The course is designed for non-native and regional native speakers of English, who wish to soften, modify or reduce their accent toward Standard British English.
Participants must be over 18 with a medium to a good level of spoken English.
The Participants are generally employed as tech professionals with engineering backgrounds and gradually require strong communication in their work profile and interaction.
Identify the vowels and consonants that reveal you as a non-native or regional speaker and learn how to achieve the native sounds by understanding the differences in the lengths of sounds, tongue positions and shapes of the lips.
Improve your self-awareness and ability to imitate. This will help you to identify (hear and feel) differences in pronunciation and make it possible for you to change your own.
Increase your understanding of the patterns between the written and spoken word to help you integrate your new skills into live speech.
Clarify the terms and syllables that you stress mistakenly. Gain awareness and understanding of weak syllables and weak forms, which will enable you to take on the essential rhythm and melody of Standard British English.
Achieve greater ease, confidence and clarity in Standard British English pronunciation.
Each session involves listening and imitating the target sounds; repetition; developing physical, visual and auditory awareness; understanding tongue and lip positions; learning patterns; and experiencing how to integrate new habits into live speech.
Identify the vowels and consonants that reveal you as a non-native or regional speaker and learn to be sensitive to various sound differentials between native and conventional English speakers.
Phonetics, sound isolation and syllable expressions.
Word Pronunciation and listening activities.
Syllable and Syllable Stress patterns.
Practice sessions and twisters.
Evaluation and feedback.
Word stress and capturing the essence.
Sentence Stress in English.
Thought Groups and Pause.
Program Specific word drill with Sentences.
Articulation Exercises/ Reading Passages.
The objective of this training program will be to help participants understand and use a neutral English accent that people from various cultures across the globe can easily understand. Themethodology will include presentations, activities, assignments, evaluations, practice and feedback.
Identifying and dealing with Mother Tongue Influence (MTI).
Vowel Sounds and Consonant Sounds.
Using a neutral accent.
Reducing the rate of speech
Volume and tone
Clarity and enunciation
Reading exercises to practice pronunciation, inflection and enunciation.
Spoken communication exercises (extempore and presentations) to practice rate of speech, pausing, inflection and tone of voice.
Individual and group activities that enable participants to practice their learning.
Assignments that help enhance learning beyond the classroom sessions.
A pre-training assessment is conducted on spoken communication at the start of the training feedback.
Individual feedback is given to the participants regularly during the session-based activities and assessments.
A post-training assessment conducted on the training program's final day, with participants given feedback and action plans.
The assessment results and feedback will be available to the organization/participant.
Video and audio clips
Games and Group Activities
Confidence, clarity, effective communication, better customer engagement,
improved work and personal relations, self-esteem.
However, the native influence on pronunciation has interfered with comprehension ability to a great degree. Accent neutralization training helps increase this aspect of communication, which positively impacts customer service. The accent neutralization, in speech training refers to the module in which the participant is taught how to eliminate his MTI (Mother Tongue Influence). This training is mainly used in businesses where interaction with overseas customers is a prerequisite. As stated by neutralaccent.com, a neutral accent means “an accent the world understands.
Training in this field of Accent Neutralization has primarily resulted from globalization. The rise of globalization has impacted communication to a large extent. It has also created a revolution in entrepreneurship & outsourcing. Outsourcing is generally defined as transferring components or large segments of an organization’s internal infrastructure, staff, processes or applications to an external resource. The tendency is towards outsourcing to countries where this work can be done at a lower cost to the company. India has enjoyed the benefits of outsourcing because of its wealth of highly educated English speakers. The need for speaking in a neutral accent has grown today as clients & customers have to interact in a universal language in a globally acceptable style & accent.
The problem is that many customers need help understanding accents other than their own; hence accent neutralization or reduction becomes vital for customer satisfaction.