L2 Accent Reduction Centre provides language training for people with a strong command of English. It has been a common problem for many individuals when their company recommends taking an ESL course. In fact, the individual does not require further ESL instruction but needs support with the correct rhythm and intonation of their speaking, which will reduce their accent. Or perhaps they require support with the written nuances of the language so that they can control their tone of voice in written correspondence. Our unique training programs are popular with corporations (BC Hydro, Deloite, Scotiabank, see our complete list www.L2accent.com/client_list.html) because they go beyond what an ESL course offers.
Accent Reduction is not always well understood. Most ESL learners took pronunciation classes but did not learn the techniques used by native speakers, so they are not able to speak with the correct rhythm and intonation. Some people look to voice trainers or acting coaches to help with accent reduction. Again, these approaches are not based in the mechanics of the language, which can cause added frustration to individuals who need to learn a whole new system, instead of building on the ESL knowledge base that they already have. L2 Accent Reduction Centre provides training that is rooted in second language acquisition methodology.
Being able to speak publicly is an essential skill for business and accent reduction is only one confidence building tool. Depending on your first language, you may struggle with tone and intonation. Due to cultural differences you may struggle with eye contact and body language. All of these aspects will be touched on so that the audience is more aware of the steps they may need to overcome in order to deliver speeches and presentations effectively.
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