Atlas Speech Coaching
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Because of accent-reduction sessions that I took with Eric, I now speak more clearly and with more confidence. My overall communication skills are hugely improved because of this.Nov 12, 2016Eric M.'s reply
Thank you Sauli. Your improvement was amazing! Honored to be your guide on your path to better communication.
Ting L.Apr 11, 2015VerifiedEric M.'s reply
Thank you Ting. It is a pleasure to work with someone so dedicated to improving their spoken English.
Although I grew up using English as a second language, I still sound quite different from native English speakers. Upon engaging Eric, he was able to identify specific areas that I was having problems with and provided advice on how to overcome it. During the course of the training, Eric was extremely patient and encouraging, which I think is important and really help as changing one's speaking habit is not easy. The improvement can be felt 1-2 months into the training sessions as noticed by people around me and myself. Thanks Eric!Jan 30, 2016Eric M.'s reply
Thank you very much for the thoughtful review. Your dedication and resulting progress was impressive. I really enjoyed our sessions together. Even though we were separated by half the world, it felt like you were sitting right next to me. Congratulations!
Working with Eric was insightful and fun. He is a very knowledgeable tutor, who explains very thoroughly his approach and builds a great rapport with his students. He reviewed all target sounds I needed help with (multiple times over the course of the 10 classes I took) and spent a considerable amount of time outside the classes reviewing my recordings and providing me with tips even on professional situations I encountered. I can not recommend Eric enough, you will not be disappointed if you choose him as a pronunciation and communications tutor.Jun 5, 2015
Eric helped me improve my English speaking for my job. He is fun to work with.Apr 13, 2015Eric M.'s reply
Thank you Aisha. You did a great job! Good luck with your interviews. I'm always here to help you. Feel free to contact me any time.
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I typically work with my clients on a weekly basis for hour long lessons at prices that range from $90 to $125 per hour.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?My work with non-native English speakers who learn a new language as an adult, focuses on changing the unconscious habits that govern the sounds produced. Each of my clients begins with an free language assessment online. This online recording uses practice words and reading passage are phonetically balanced to specifically test the most important areas of spoken American English. Then I analyze the recordings and present a full personal speech assessment to my clients for free before our first session. Based on this assessment I recommend a personalized 8-10 session program that will not only improve the target sounds, but also work to improve your complete word production, voice projection, and phrasing skills. New habits or the reshaping of old habits can only be accomplished with practice and repetition. An 8-10 week program provides the most concise and effective results for my clients to achieve their goal to improve pronunciation. I work with my clients one-to-one over the phone because when I meet with them in person or when we use Skype they have a tendency to feel like their practice is more of a performance. It is important for us to work on developing new speaking skills using your natural voice. Plus, it is your ears and your mouth, not your eyes, that help improve your pronunciation. Your grammar and vocabulary are very good. It is clear to me that you have a strong command of the English language. However, without working with a professional speech coach, your accent will stay the same. I know that together we can help you shed the distracting sounds that signal to friends, colleagues and clients that you are not a native English speaker. Let's get started working to improve your pronunciation. We can start as early as next week.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I am certified by the Institute of Language & Phonology as an Accent Modification Specialist. This certification is very specialized to specifically help improve spoken English. I work with individuals from around the world to help them improve their pronunciation and neutralize their accented speech, regardless of their native language and culture.