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Laura
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Laura
« Carrie was able to identify my pronunciation issues very quickly and very precisely, which has been a great help in my day-to-day communication with both colleagues and clients. I am sure that with her help I will be able to progress more effectively in my career. »
£35/h
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Response Time 4h
Lessons offered by Carrie
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at her home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Accent Reduction-English
Levels
  • All Levels

Pronunciation Tutor Online | English Accent Tutor Coventry area

Methodology

Is your English easily understood? Do people sometimes misunderstand you? Would speaking more clearly improve your confidence, job prospects and social life? If your answer is yes, then contact Clear Pronunciation for expert elocution support.

Clear Pronunciation will enable you to reduce your accent to ensure you are understood 100% of the time.

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

With Clear Pronunciation's help, your spoken English will sound more authentic and therefore more intelligible to others.
This can be achieved by:

Ensuring that you know how to produce the vowels and consonants of the English language correctly
Knowing when and where to stress or reduce syllables to reproduce the unique rhythm of English
Creating the characteristic melody of spoken English to communicate the message you intend to.

- Tell me about your qualifications.

BA (Hons) University of Hull (European Studies)
MSc University of Surrey (Management Studies)
CELTA Cambridge (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)
IPA - University College London (The International Phonetic Association Certificate of Proficiency in the Phonetics of English)
Certificate of Teacher Training (The Pronunciation Studio, London)
LAMDA Grade 8, Gold Medal in Public Speaking (Distinction)

- How much do you charge?

I charge £35 per hour.

- Where do you teach?

• Clear Pronunciation offers both one-to-one and group sessions
• Courses are designed to meet your specific objectives
• Your personal needs will be identified at a free assessment session, designed to ascertain the best way to help you achieve your goals
• Tuition can be delivered at your place of work, home or at Clear Pronunciation's offices in Leamington Spa
• It is recommended that classes are one hour long. All classroom materials are produced by Clear Pronunciation.

- When are you available?

I am available Monday - Friday 9.30 am - 5.30 pm.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

I teach adults.

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

I have prepared students for IELTS, FCE, CAE and CPE.

- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.

I often teach via Skype, either exclusively, or in combination with face-to-face sessions.

- Do you have a personal message for students?

The key to improving your English pronunciation is self-awareness and commitment. Clear Pronunciation can help you build your knowledge and understanding of the sounds of English and how they are produced. With your enthusiasm and plenty of practice at home, real progress can be made after only a few sessions. You can catch up with the latest news and views on pronunciation on my Facebook page @clearpronunciation.

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Background

- What kind of experience do you have?

After more than two decades in corporate communications, I turned my attentions to another key area of communication and retrained as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language. Having identified a growing need for expert pronunciation support for professionals competing in a global jobs market in which English predominates as Lingua Franca, I launched Clear Pronunciation to provide a specialist service to meet this requirement. As the international language of business, English is essential. But all too often, non-native English speakers are held back by poor pronunciation which restricts their promotional opportunities, impairs their performance at interview and prevents them from fulfilling their potential.

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

Yes I have an up-to-date DBS Enhanced Check Certificate.

- Where and with whom did you train?

I completed my CELTA training at Warwickshire College, Leamington Spa, where I am now a part-time Lecturer. Following an intensive course in teaching pronunciation at the London Pronunciation Studio, I studied independently to attain the IPA Certificate in 'The Phonetics of the English Language' at UCL. This was followed by: 'Teaching pronunciation differently' – a course delivered by world-leading pronunciation experts - Dr Piers Messum and Dr Roslyn Young of Pronunciation Science - focusing on the articulatory approach to improving the pronunciation of non-native English speakers. In 2017, I was invited to be a moderator on 'Teaching Pronunciation Differently'.

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)
IATEFL Special Interest Group in Pronunciation (PronSig)

- Tell me about some of your current students.

Some of my most recent students include professionals from Nursing, Engineering, Film, Accounting, Information Technology, Psychology, Marketing, Dentistry, Medicine and Environmental Science.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £35/h
Lessons offered by Carrie
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at her home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Accent Reduction-English
Levels
  • All Levels

Carrie's CV

• BA (Hons) University of Hull (European Studies), MSc University of Surrey (Management Studies), CELTA (Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) - Grade A.
• IPA University College London (The International Phonetic Association Certificate of Proficiency in the Phonetics of English), Certificate of Teacher Training (The Pronunciation Studio, London), LAMDA Grade 8 Gold Medal - Public Speaking (Distinction).
• DBS Enhanced Check

10 reviews on Carrie
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Laura

Carrie was able to identify my pronunciation issues very quickly and very precisely, which has been a great help in my day-to-day communication with both colleagues and clients. I am sure that with her help I will be able to progress more effectively in my career.

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Lorea Jayo, Post Production Digital Artist

Carrie is a very professional teacher with extensive knowledge of linguistics, which has helped me enormously with my pronunciation. She was able to identify my specific needs as a Spanish speaker, and provide me with practical help tailored to my level and requirements. Her enthusiasm and passion make learning a lot easier.

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Cris Zarzoso, Customer Service Coordinator

Carrie has helped me to reduce my Spanish accent and improve my intonation. Her in-depth knowledge of pronunciation methodology alongside her understanding of foreign languages has really helped to develop my accent in an effective and enjoyable way. I would recommend Carrie highly for anyone who feels language is a barrier at work'.

Interview with Carrie

QUESTION 01 | 08
What first attracted you to teach this element of the English language?
Carrie — I’m a native British English speaker, but also speak a number of other languages, so I understand the challenge of trying to produce the authentic sounds and intonation of a language that is not your own.
QUESTION 02 | 08
Can you name a living, historical or fictional character that you think is the emblematic representative of the English language?
Carrie — Sherlock Holmes, although fictional, perfectly embodies the culture of British English: well-crafted sentences, a highly developed sense of irony and a colourful use of idiom and wit.
QUESTION 03 | 08
Is there a typical word, phrase, tradition or behaviour in the language that you particularly like?
Carrie — Clients always ask me why English pronunciation is so ‘tricky’. The answer lies in the unique history of our language and also explains why we usually have at least two words to say exactly the same thing. It is this richness of choice and precision of meaning that is so appealing. The difference between synonyms often lies in the degree of formality or ‘register’ required in any given situation. The nuances of British English particularly, are both a curse and a blessing!
QUESTION 04 | 08
Why is correct pronunciation and accent important?
Carrie — Communication depends on mutual understanding, and pronunciation errors can be equally frustrating to both speaker and interlocutor. My interest lies in helping those who already speak the language to ensure that they are understood 100% of the time, guaranteeing that their message is always understood. This is important both in the workplace and socially.
QUESTION 05 | 08
What is the main difficulty when trying to improve pronunciation and what can help the process of learning?
Carrie — Effective pronunciation depends on producing the right sounds in the right way. It is a physical rather than an intellectual skill – the result of engaging the speech organs – jaw, tongue and teeth – appropriately. Not all languages have the same set of phonemes, so some sounds are totally alien to the non-native speaker of English. A good example is /v/ in Spanish and the voiced and unvoiced –th (/θ/ and /ð/) appear in very few languages, so are a problem for almost everyone.
QUESTION 06 | 08
What's the best piece of general advice you can give to those wanting to improve English pronunciation right now?
Carrie — It’s useful to think of a mispronunciation as a speed bump. If you speak slowly and clearly, your interlocutor or audience will ‘recover’ the momentum of their listening if you pronounce something in a slightly disorientating manner or use a variation that they are not accustomed to. If you speak very fast, they will not have sufficient time to tune into the flow of the conversation before another ‘hiccup’ occurs. Thus, you can lose someone very quickly. This phenomenon is often exacerbated by the misapprehension that speaking faster will ‘mask’ an accent. It actually has the opposite effect!
QUESTION 07 | 08
How has travel or a specific trip helped you to increase your skill and knowledge of the language technique?
Carrie — The fact that I speak several other languages and travel abroad frequently – mainly to Europe – helps remind me regularly what it’s like to be a second language speaker. It helps me remember how challenging it is to have to express yourself in a language that is not your own every day (and often all day). As a pronunciation coach, one must always be empathetic and sympathetic towards one’s clients, most of whom are not natural linguists, but specialists in their own fields, be they engineers, doctors, film directors or lawyers!
QUESTION 08 | 08
What makes you a Superprof in English language pronunciation?
Carrie — With a background in corporate communications and teaching, as well as being a fluent speaker of well-crafted European languages, I have a unique blend of skills and knowledge. It’s is this dynamic mix of abilities which make me a ‘Superprof’ when it comes to pronunciation. I have spent a number of years perfecting a technique which focuses on the ‘articulatory approach’ to coaching the mechanics and delivery of the English sound system.

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