I specialise in accent softening for those with a good level of English as a second language.
What to expect from an hours session:
• Having flagged individual sounds that need to be addressed, I will provide a lot of written material which will explain how to make the sounds and provide exercises for our class that you can also work on in your own time.
• During each session I will introduce some new sounds such as the “th” sound (ð for those who like IPA). We will spend time making sure the sound is pronounced correctly and practise it in the context of specific words and larger bodies of text. It’s then up to you to take it away and practice.
• Phonetic or IPA symbols will be used for my reference. However if this is something that interests you I can notate using phonetics.
• Often, where English is a second language, there is some work to be done on the pronunciation of spellings that signal multiple sounds, such as the letter “e”. This is the sort of thing we will focus on.
• I mainly work on sounds that cause the meanings of words to be confused, aiming for a clearer version of your own accent. For example “hit” and “heat” could easily be confused if the vowel sound is not pronounced correctly.
• Key to fluent speech is getting the right intonation and stress. The meaning of a word or sentence can be conveyed by intonation, so it is important to get it right. Even those with perfect English can convey the wrong meaning when they speak.
• Once you are comfortable, we will introduce some free speech as we try to work what you’ve learned into your natural speech. You can also bring your own text with specific terminology that relates to your profession.
What you get:
• Worksheets and live notes made during the session
• An individual vocal assessment
• Classes at your own pace
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I trained in voice at a top drama school, The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where I obtained a BA in Acting. Having received three years of training in Received Pronunciation, I graduated with a keen interest in voice and dialect, going on to teach accent softening to those with English as a second language. I have taught people with many different dialects including Indian, Albanian, Greek, Polish, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, French and Italian. The methodology is the same, regardless of the dialect. Phonetically trained, I take a practical approach to teaching and learning dialects.
Currently, I am working towards an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and plan to research speech and auditory perception of speech in more detail. Already my studies have influenced my teaching as I discover more about the brain’s abilities and limitations in changing speech patterns. I must add that I am not a trained psychologist or therapist, despite the title of my postgraduate degree. My interest lies in scientific research.
As an actress I have been trained by many vocal coaches and have gone on to train others in how to speak confidently and assertively, be that for business or performance purposes.
I offer 1 hour classes at £40 and a half an hour free consultation over Skype. In the introductory session we will form a study plan together and I can assess how best to use our time. I will send some material prior to this session and ask you to read it aloud so that I can assess which sounds need attention.
2015 - Present
English Dialect Coach: See above for experience.
2019 – Present
Youth Teacher – Queens Theatre Hornchurch: Teaching ages 4-8 and 9-14 at the theatre’s Saturday class.
2017 - Present
Manager/Teacher: My own business, running drama classes for children and young people. The classes use drama techniques to boost confidence and enhance skills that are applicable to all areas of life and study. We use fun exercises that help young people to find their voice, stay focused and work together as a group. The classes are designed not only to enhance creativity and interpersonal skills, but are reported by parents to improve confidence and behaviour.
I also provide workshops for youth groups and schools, tailor made to suit the needs of a specific group. For example I recently ran some workshops for a young carers group in Barnet.
2015 – 2019
Workshop Facilitator - A Team Arts: Delivering education on key issues to schools and youth groups, including vulnerable students and those with Special Educational Needs.
As an actor I have performed in films and on TV for companies such as the BBC. I have also performed in theatres such as the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Birmingham Rep and Wales Millennium Centre. For a full list of my acting credits see (concealed information)
Perfect! Francesca is an excellent professional and I absolutely love her lessons. We’ve been working on my accent since April and I have to say I have already learnt a lot. I’m very happy and I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to soften their accent!
Perfect! I've been having pronunciation lessons with Francesca for several months and it's been an amazing learning journey. She's lovely tutor and classes are great. She is always really focused in the lessons and takes notes of everything that doesn't sound right to be worked at a later time and she make sure that nothing is overlooked.
Luis is a good student, he arrives on time and prepared. He works hard and is committed to the classes. A pleasure to teach.
Perfect! Highly recommend, Francesca very quickly identified issues within assessment and gave good written information and tuition to resolve. She is very knowledgeable and an excellent teacher.
Excellent! First of all, I am really thankful to Francesca, that within a very short time, she managed to prepared my friend for her B1 SELT exam. Few things I must say about her that, she is always well prepared for the lesson and understand the learner's need very well. I really appreciate her support and strongly recommended her as an English teacher.
Ikhtiar recommended me to a friend who I have been tutoring B1 English. It's going very well and I'm thankful to him for setting it up.
Perfect! Francesca is an excellent tutor. She responded quickly to my emails and was always on time for each lesson. Her approach of teaching is flexible and based on the person. She approached every lesson prepared with learning materials to help me progress quicker and answered all of my questions. I would highly recommend.
Jemal is a brilliant student and I enjoyed our first lesson.
Francesca is both reliable and inspirational. She has single handedly set up a theatre training academy in East London that strives to give children from lower income backgrounds the same access to the arts as their more privileged counterparts. Francesca approaches each lesson with a great deal of intelligence, creativity and passion and I would have no hesitation in recommending her to students studying at any level.
Francesca is a fantastic tutor. She responded quickly to my emails and was always on time for each lesson. She was extremely knowledgeable and provided lots of learning material to help me progress quicker than I had imagined. Highly recommended.
Francesca is a fantastic acting teacher and I couldn’t recommend her enough. She instantly makes you feel at ease and is really supportive.
I know parents of children who have received acting lessons from Francesca. They praise her enthusiasm, innovative style and sensitivity to the particular needs of their children. I have observed her lessons and noticed children developing confidence to explore their talents in a safe, structured environment. Francesca is reliable and trustworthy, with several years experience of working with children and young people.
Francesca is an excellent tutor, full of enthusiasm and expertise, and takes a very inclusive approach. She quickly builds positive, supportive relationships with her students.
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