Despite the fact that personalized Accent Reduction training is the best way to improve your English pronunciation, many people still have concerns about signing up, and most of those concerns are very valid. Let’s take a look at the top 5 concerns about enrolling in an Accent Reduction / English Pronunciation Training course.
I’m concerned that Accent Reduction won’t help me improve my English Pronunciation at all.
This is an incredibly important question to ask and consider, before you dedicate a lot of time and resources to a program. Will it work?
Perhaps you’ve already completed a DVD or CD course with little success. Maybe you know a friend who has spoken English twice as long as you, and still speaks with an accent. Or perhaps you think the claims just sound too good to be true. No matter what your reasons are, it’s important to choose a course that is research based and has a proven track record of success.
Fortunately, at Confidence Learning Services, we take your concerns about our Accent Reduction program seriously. We can tell you that most of our clients actually improve 50 to 80 percent after completing a 12 week course. Not only that, but we will give you a detailed analysis of your speech before and after the course, and a before and after recording as well. If you’re still concerned, we’ll be happy to provide you with a list of references to contact.
I’m concerned that Accent Reduction will help me improve my English Pronunciation – too much!
Perhaps you’re not concerned about being successful in an Accent Reduction course, but being too successful.
Many people tie their accents to their personal and cultural identity, and they don’t want to surrender that. It’s understandable. You may be concerned about what would happen if you opened your mouth and instead of your voice, you heard a voice that sounded like Matt Lauer or Gayle King.
Fortunately, there are many qualities that make up your voice besides your accent. Your tone of voice, and your rate of speech are just two factors that aren’t necessarily accent related. The specific words you use regularly also contribute to your individual speech style. Even if you change your accent completely, your voice will still be your own.
Let’s consider an example. Say you know someone who regularly mispronounces one word – they may say, “Leave” instead of “live”, as in, “I leave in Knoxville.” If they corrected that one mispronunciation, they wouldn’t be losing their identity, and you would still recognize their voice. This is what we are doing in Accent Reduction, but on a grander scale.
I’m concerned that a personalized Accent Reduction course will take too much time
These days, everyone’s calendar is filled and time is at a premium. Will you really have time to be successful at Accent Reduction?
At Confidence Learning Services, we recommend you plan to practice about 60 minutes a day during the 3 months that the course takes place. This, combined with your 60-90 minute weekly session, should be enough for you to see drastic improvement. If you skimp on practice, expect to see less impressive results. However, if you dedicate extra time to practice, you can hope for better progress.
After your 12 weeks, we recommend continued practice, but at a less intensive pace.
While 60 minutes a day is a serious commitment, you will be able to see results in as little as 12 weeks. The time commitment for improved English pronunciation is intensive, but short-term. We strongly recommend you take that into consideration before you sign up. However, if you’re serious about improving your accent, we hope you’ll find the time in your schedule.
I’m concerned that improving my English Pronunciation will cost too much.
Again, another valid concern. Some Accent Reduction courses run over $2000 for a 12-week course, and you may not even get one-on-one attention from an instructor.
Fortunately, there’s some good news. Confidence Learning Services’ Accent Reduction courses are more affordable than the industry average, and we offer convenient payment plans.
Although Accent Reduction is a short term expense, it’s important to weigh that against the longer term benefits. Improving your English Pronunciation may result in clearer communication with your co-workers, boss, clients, or potential employers. Investing in an Accent Reduction course now may pay off with promotions, new accounts, or new job opportunities in the future.
Additionally, many employers subsidize or pay entirely for their employees’ Accent Reduction training. You may wind up owing nothing for your course!