Hello there! If you know that your English pronunciation needs some work and you're keen to improve it, you are in the right place!
Perhaps you want to communicate more clearly? Maybe you're tired of having to repeat yourself or simply want to feel more confident when speaking English? These are all good reasons for starting pronunciation training.
But there are lots of other benefits too! Previous students have mentioned big improvements in lots of areas, including:
* commanding more RESPECT in professional environments
* sounding more FLUENT overall in English
* INTEGRATING better in English speaking communities
* enjoying better RELATIONSHIPS with English-speaking colleagues/friends
I'm Kate and I specialise in pronunciation/accent training.
I'm also an experienced Speech and Language Therapist (MSc) and qualified English teacher (EFL). I have used my skills and passion for pronunciation to help students from all over the world to speak more clearly and confidently.
I also have a degree in modern languages (BA HONS) and have learned several languages myself. So I understand that mastering a new language can be really fun but also really frustrating!
It's never too late to improve your pronunciation and you don't need a 'perfect ear for accents' to succeed; you just need the right kind of help and a commitment to your goal. In my sessions, we work hard, we make it fun and we see some real progress every session.
ABOUT THE SESSIONS
My pronunciation training sessions involve the following elements:
1. Initial assessment of strengths and needs
2. Setting goals – together we will establish what your goals are and what changes are realistic with the time and resources available to you.
3. Listening work – We will practise 'ear training' exercises to become more familiar with common errors in your own pronunciation.
4. Practical articulation work - I will help you to make tricky consonant and vowel sounds by showing you where to place your tongue and other articulators.
5. Rhythm and stress work - I'll help you to imitate the natural 'rhythm' of English when you are speaking.
6. Generalisation work - I'll help you make that transition from the classroom to the real world, so that you can integrate your new pronunciation patterns into everyday speech.
Please get in touch if you have any questions about me, you or my methodology.
I combine specialist techniques from the field of Speech and Language Therapy with the 'tried and tested' methods I use to teach English as a foreign language (EFL).
This combined approach means I can help students with a wide range of difficulties and learning styles. Goal-setting is an important part of the process and sessions are tailored to meet a student's specific needs. Boosting your confidence and motivation is equally important, so sessions are challenging but fun!
I also have a modern languages degree (BA Joint Hons) and speak 3 additional languages. I've lived and worked abroad myself for long periods and so I fully understand the fun (but also the challenges!) of learning another language and trying to master it.
Initial Assessment Session: £65
NOTE: Pay the discounted 5/10 session block rate for the assessment if a block is purchased at the time of booking.
The assessment includes:
- Pronunciation screen (self-recorded assessment, using materials provided)
- Full analysis of individual speech sounds and connected speech features (linking, stress, prominence and intonation)
- Detailed written report with a summary of pronunciation strengths and needs
- 30-minute consultation via videoconference to discuss report and plan goals
Cancellation policy: 24 hours (no cost); less than 24 hours (50% of total price)
Perfect! Kate is amazing! She uses a very professional methodology to handle accent reduction. If you're hesitating then give it a try with the first Pronounciation Assessment.
It has been lovely working with Anna. She is really positive and enthusiastic and has picked up the notoriously difficult 'th' sounds in record time! A great start :)
Perfect! Kate has been a great teacher for me and is a joy to work with.
Her skills in speech therapy allows her to approach things methodically, through clearly defined steps. She’s able to accurately assess your current level and break down your progression into smaller, actionable milestones. Her large experience means she comes prepared with documents at hand for each lesson. All in all you feel guided at every turn and it’s a pleasure to see myself making progress so quickly!
Kevin has already made some really good progress in a short time. He's great to work with and I look forward to seeing him progress even further :)
Perfect! I'm very happy to have contacted Kate for my accent reduction classes. Kate is very patient and kind. She listens to all my problems very patiently and guides me systematically. Definitely a big confidence booster! Her initial evaluation promised me that Kate is going to be a wonderful teacher and I decided to sign up for her classes. She has different techniques to make sure I pronounce the words accurately. She is very cheerful and I always look forward to her classes every week. I highly recommend Kate as your tutor for your accent reduction!
Sneha is a delight to work with - enthusiastic, hard working and motivated. She has made great progress in only a few weeks and I look forward to watching her progress even further. Well done, Sneha!
Perfect! Everything was great.
Sabine and I have only just started working together but I can see already that she has a definite awareness of what she needs help with, a high level of motivation to improve and a good sense of humour too! I'm looking forward to working with her :).
Perfect! Kate is a very professional and nice tutor. It is a big pleasure to study with her. She is very friendly and patient. Kate is using diverse teaching techniques, which makes every lesson interesting and effective. Will definitely recommend Kate as a tutor!
Maya is great work with. She has a very good ear and picks up new sounds quickly. She is also really motivated and willing to put in the work to perfect her British accent. A really promising start :)
Perfect! I really enjoy learning with Kate. She’s a great teacher and put me at ease from the start. Kate explains everything every clearly and is extremely knowledgeable. She takes great care in organising and structuring each lesson and set of homework. The lessons are really fun and I am always looking forward to my next lesson.
Emmanuelle is an impressive student! She found the 'r' sound difficult to begin with but persevered and is now progressing extremely quickly with what is typically a very difficult sound!! She's really motivated to improve her accent and great to work with all round. Thanks Emmanuelle!
Perfect! Kate is a real professional. She has well-designed didactics, profound knowledge and skill set to teach. She has identified my weak points with the initial assessment and made a customized plan to my needs, which has been very helpful. If you are serious to improve your pronunciation/accent, you need a pro to work with, like Kate. She is a nice person and easy to talk to as well. I highly recommend to attend her class.
Ikuya has been an excellent student so far. He has made quick progress with the 'l' and 'r' sounds and can already produce difficult words much more clearly. He is aware of what he finds difficult and learns quickly. Well done, Ikuya! :)
Perfect! I've studied English as a Foreign language for long period but I couldn't realize my frequent or fossilized errors especially in pronunciation section. The most impressive thing of Kate class is a professional diagnosis. When I received my result of pronunciation test, I was shocked cause those are exactly same when I thought as my weakness or bad. As a tutor, precise ability to catch the weakness and strength of students is one of the essential attributes. Moreover, providing suitable resources such as easily accessible website is so helpful to practice in daily life. This was enough to make me feel how passionate and professional she is! Her teaching skills or techniques are reliable as well. To be honest, I am a primary school and KFL teacher in my country. As a educator, I would like to evaluate her class very highly and valuable. She is qualified and has plentiful knowledge of different language background. I would like to recommend you this class and this wonderful amazing teacher! I bet you won't regret!
Hyojin is a pleasure to work with. She is really motivated and clearly works hard to improve her pronunciation. She has a good understanding of her own strengths and needs and is on the right path to clearer speech.
Perfect! Kate is an excellent tutor. She is able to create a sustain a positive, professional relationship and help to achieve the goals. I have had several lessons with Kate and already felt a progress in reducing my accent when I speak in English.
Natasha is a really motivated and a pleasure to work with. She is proactive in doing work independently to improve her pronunciation and is making great progress :)
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