Sylvia offers face-to-face individual, couple and group Accent Reduction Training Courses in and around Toronto, Ontario.
Online group size is restricted to a maximum of 3 people to ensure that each participant receives adequate direct feedback during class.
Classes can be scheduled at your workplace or school. All classes are now online until further notice.
A minimum number of clients and/or scheduled hours are required for Sylvia to travel to your location within the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) without charging an additional travel fee.
Assessments involve an evaluation of speech in words, sentences, reading passages and conversation (including high use work-related vocabulary). It is recommended that clients bring personal words/materials to the assessment.
Typically, clients are seen for between 4 and 20 hours of training, depending on the degree of accent, personal goals, budget, rate of progress and other factors.
Sessions are generally one hour long and take place weekly. Forty-five minute and thirty minute sessions are also offered online.
Condensed courses can also be arranged for individuals desiring to complete the course within a shorter time frame.
Sessions are intense but fun!
Goals are introduced in easy contexts (sounds, words, sentences, listening activities) and progress to conversation.
With consistent practice, new skills become more automatic and are gradually transferred to real-life contexts.
Sylvia applies her extensive speech therapy skills throughout training.
Features of speech that impact most on clarity are focused on first.
Her primary goal is Accent Management, not just Accent Reduction or Modification.
Often times it is not the sounds, but rather the prosody or rhythm (stress and intonation) that can make ESL speakers more difficult to understand.
High-use vocabulary is targeted from the very first session
This ensures that clients learn to pronounce those words that are most critical to their daily life more accurately from the very first session.
Practice outside of the training sessions is critical and clients are provided with audio files to practice daily (30 minutes minimum is recommended) outside of class.
Personal words/phrases are also recorded at the end of sessions.
As new sounds and patterns become established, clients are encouraged to gradually incorporate them into their daily speech.
It is strongly recommended that clients engage a “Speech Coach” (colleague, spouse, older child, friend) so that they may receive additional, regular feedback in real-life situations.
This can be as simple as giving a colleague a list of work-related vocabulary that has been worked on during the sessions and asking for a prompt to self-correct.
For clients with limited budgets, short courses of 4 sessions can be arranged.
Clients take a greater responsibility for practising, transferring goals and involving people in their home or work life in the program.
Fees for individuals and groups are based on the guidelines published by OSLA (Ontario Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists).
Accent Training benefits clients in three areas:
Clarity: Understand and use the features of English that matter most for clear speech.
Efficiency: Learn how to speak English more fluidly and understand when and how to shorten and link words.
Confidence: Avoid communication breakdowns by learning to monitor patterns.
Prevent communication breakdowns in presentations by evaluating and practising key vocabulary and phrases beforehand.
Repair miscommunications on the spot.
Stop avoiding words and learn how to pronounce them clearly.
(IT ONLY TAKES 2 MINUTES)
COVID-19 RESPONSE: ALL CLASSES ARE NOW ONLY BEING OFFERED ONLINE