Accent Reduction – Knoxville TN
Confidence Learning Services offers the Best Accent Reduction, Accent Modification, and English Pronunciation Training in Knoxville, TN and worldwide via Skype.
Knoxville Tennessee – East TN
Knoxville is a city in the U.S. state of Tennessee, and the county seat of Knox County. The city had an estimated population of 183,270 in 2013, and a population of 178,874 as of the 2010 census, making it the state’s third largest city.Knoxville is the principal city of the Knoxville Metropolitan Statistical Area, which, in 2013, had an estimated population of 852,715. The KMSA is, in turn, the central component of the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette Combined Statistical Area, which, in 2013, had a population of 1,096,961.
First settled in 1786, Knoxville was the first capital of Tennessee. The city struggled with geographic isolation throughout the early 19th century, though the arrival of the railroad in 1855 led to an economic boom. During the Civil War, the city was bitterly divided over the secession issue, and was occupied alternately by both Confederate and Union armies. Following the war, Knoxville grew rapidly as a major wholesaling and manufacturing center. The city’s economy stagnated after the 1920s as the manufacturing sector collapsed, the Downtown area declined, and city leaders became entrenched in highly partisan political fights. Hosting the 1982 World’s Fair helped reinvigorate the city, and revitalization initiatives by city leaders and private developers have had major successes in spurring growth in the city, especially the downtown area.
Knoxville is the home of the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee, whose sports teams, called the “Volunteers” or “Vols,” are extremely popular in the surrounding area. Knoxville is also home to the headquarters of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Tennessee Supreme Court‘s courthouse for East Tennessee, and the corporate headquarters of several national and regional companies. As one of the largest cities in the Appalachian region, Knoxville has positioned itself in recent years as a repository of Appalachian culture, and is one of the gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
So what is Accent Reduction? And why would you need it?
Accent Reduction teaches you the Standard American English Pronunciation that you have been trying to achieve. Maybe you’ve tried reading books on how to speak English like an American, watched videos on YouTube, or done a course from home. You might have just waited, hoping that your accent would magically go away. But accents don’t actually change by themselves – not without work. Some people spend decades speaking with an accent, because they never put forth the effort to improve their accent. But it didn’t … at least not as much as you’d hoped. Sure, you can make yourself understood well enough to survive, but you didn’t get the results you were really looking for — the ability to be easily understood, be respected, and feel confident at work and among friends. It’s hard when you know you are well-educated but you can’t always get your point across clearly. You have to repeat yourself or wonder if the other person really understood you — or was just too polite to say anything. Sometimes, you don’t get the jokes your co-workers tell, or you miss the point of your boss’s presentation because he was using expressions that just didn’t make sense. You may be secretly worrying that you will miss a job opportunity or promotion because of your accented English pronunciation. You want to speak English like an American, but you just don’t feel like you fit in. You are proud of your heritage and culture, yet you want to be part of the English speaking culture where you now live. You don’t want to give up your past, but you want to find a way to blend that with your present situation. You have discovered that cultures vary widely, and you’re just not sure how to act or what to say. It’s not just about using correct English pronunciation, but also about feeling at ease. It’s embarrassing not to know how to greet others, carry on conversations, and handle miscommunications. You just want it to be easier.
More about Accent Reduction in Knoxville
Our clients receive an in-depth accent evaluation that determines their specific areas of pronunciation to be targeted for improvement. Based on that evaluation we create an accent reduction curriculum that focuses on those areas of American English Pronunciation that are most important in improving communication. Each client has access to an online practice program that provides in-depth practice opportunities to perfect the pronunciation techniques taught. At the end of our course, we re-evaluate to identify improvement. Most of our clients see a 50% to 80% improvement in their accent.
American English Pronunciation Training and Accent Reduction
Knoxville accent reduction classes are available on-site anywhere in the Knoxville Tennessee area. If you are not located in Knoxville Tennessee you can access our personalized services anywhere via Skype. You get real, live access to an accent reduction expert no matter where you are.
What is an accent?
An accent is the unique way that speech is pronounced by a group of people speaking the same language. A person’s accent depends on many factors; however, accents are usually grouped in the following way:
Regional Accents – for example, people who are from Texas often sound different than people who are from New York.
Foreign Accents – for example, someone who was raised speaking English will sound different than someone who was raised speaking Spanish and learned English as an adult.
Accents are a natural part of spoken languages. It is important to realize that no accent is better than another. It should also be stressed that accents are NOT a speech or language disorder.
How do accents affect communication?
Accents reflect the unique characteristics and background of a person. Many people take great pride in their accents. However, some people may have difficulty communicating because of their accent. These difficulties include the following:
- People not understanding you
- Avoiding social interaction with those who may not understand you
- Frustration from having to repeat yourself all the time
- People focusing on your accent more than on what you are trying to sayThese types of communication problems may have negative effects on job performance, educational advancement, and everyday life activities. It may also negatively affect your self-esteem if you are having trouble communicating because of an accent. For all of these reasons, some people want to modify or change their accent.
Can I change my accent?
Yes, with lots of hard work, practice, and the help of a qualified accent reduction specialist, you can learn how to change your speech pronunciation. Changing your accent is also known as “accent modification” or “accent reduction.” An accent reduction instructor can provide services to speakers who want to modify or reduce their accent. People who receive these types of services include the following:
Non-native English speakers
Speakers who want to reduce a regional accent
Business and medical professionals who want to improve their communication skills because of a foreign or regional accent
Actors who need to learn a new accent for a role or performance
What can I expect from an accent reduction course?
You will first receive a thorough evaluation of your individual speech pattern. Your instructor will evaluate your:
Sound pronunciation (consonants and vowels)
Stress, rhythm, and intonation of speech
You may be asked to read words, sentences, and paragraphs. The instructor will also listen to your speech in conversation. After all of this information has been collected, the instructor will determine what can be done to modify your accent and improve your overall communication. A set of goals based on your individual needs should be developed. Training sessions may be individual or in small groups.
Because improving your accent can help you communicate with coworkers or clients, your employer may help you pay for your accent reduction courses. Contact Confidence Learning Services to learn more. 1-865-226-9477