ARI's English pronunciation classes teach the aspect of English fluency that is typically left out of a traditional ESL course: pronunciation
Pronunciation training includes standard American English vowels and consonants, as well as the patterns of rhythm, stress, and intonation that are used in everyday speech.
Although English pronunciation training includes intonation and voice projection skills, which are critical to a successful presentation, the focus is on accurate articulation.
Presentation skills typically address how speakers present information and field questions. English pronunciation, on the other hand, teaches the best ways to produce the sounds in English that don't occur in other languages.
Yes, intonation is an essential part of American English speech patterns.
Intonation, the rise and fall of your voice, is the part of your speech that conveys feeling and demonstrates emphasis. Intonation also helps your listener determine if you're asking a question, providing information, or completing a thought. Intonation patterns engage your listener and give vitality to your speech. Some people say that intonation is what makes communication come alive.
Patterns of intonation in American English differ from those of other languages. As a result, intonation is "a must" for any comprehensive communications program.
Perhaps the most challenging aspect of English pronunciation is that words aren't pronounced the way they're spelled. English is not a phonetic language. In fact, there isn't one letter in the English alphabet that's always pronounced the same way.
For instance, although there are only five vowels (or six, if you include 'y') in the English alphabet, there are twenty-one vowel sounds in spoken English. This is one reason why, even after many years of living in the U.S., people still struggle with English pronunciation.
Another reason is that adult learners need to learn how to use speech muscles in new ways to produce standard American English sounds. At first, this may feel unnatural and strange. They're often very different from the way speech muscles are used when speaking in one's native language. However, through pronunciation training, which must include specific instructions and guided feedback, we know everyone can produce every sound in every human language.
We teach standard American English pronunciation to serve the needs of US-based corporations, global companies with a multinational workforce, and people who do business with an American client base.
These are three terms used interchangeably to describe accent training.
They share a common objective: to learn articulation techniques needed for speaking with standard pronunciation.
Everyone. When an organization provides English accent training and accent comprehension training, the entire organization benefits: non-native English speakers, their team members, and an organization's clients and customers. People from different cultural backgrounds provide new vantage points for innovation and problem solving. Contributions are made when messages are understood.
Global companies realize that when talent engagement increases, so too does the organization's bottom line. Accent comprehension improves talent engagement by allowing a multinational workforce to communicate with ease and a spirit of camaraderie.
ARI's patent-pending listening curriculum is simple, straightforward, and actionable. It provides a systematic approach to:
Speaking with clarity and confidence helps everyone perform at their very best.
Soft skills training programs are designed to help people create positive interpersonal relationships. They often fall in the category of diversity and inclusion and talent management. Developing effective communication is a requirement for building strong teams, implementing succession plans, and creating competitive advantages.
According to a 2011 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, verbal communication skills are ranked as the #1 soft skill sought by employers in job candidates, coming in above strong work ethic, teamwork skills, analytical skills, and initiative.
ARI's faculty of accent coaches are certified speech language pathologists, linguists, and/or university level instructors who are certified in the Ravin Method® of rapid language acquisition. They have the most comprehensive training available for effective teaching of accent reduction techniques. Our faculty is consistently assessed by the metrics of improvement made by their program participants.
All instructors are highly trained in cultural competency. They not only understand global perspectives and cultural norms, they value them.
Classes and workshops are offered:
The Accent Reduction Institute uses proprietary software developed by Menlo Innovations, a company that creates software learning tools with the end user in mind. Our software is easy to use and combines text, video, and audio input to teach patterns of standard American English pronunciation.
We've found that voice recognition software has two inherent problems:
While many other pronunciation training methods rely on a "listen and repeat" process for speech training, the Ravin Method® uses an auditory, visual, and kinesthetic approach.
Ravin Method® methodology is rooted in the core disciplines of cognitive neurology, speech pathology, and applied linguistics.
Successful businesses in today's global workforce are able to serve diverse communities. Our workforce represents a multicultural client base with rapidly growing purchasing power. For example, in the last decade the buying power of Hispanics grew by 108% and Asians by 98%.
When our workforce is empowered to communicate easily, they're able to innovate, problem solve, and effectively serve the needs of their diverse client base.
According to the US Department of Labor-Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 23.9 million members of our workforce are foreign born.
Recognizing the essential contributions they make to U.S. and global organizations, pronunciation training is a key part of professional development for industry experts with heavily accented speech.
Learning accent reduction techniques enables people to convey their know-how with clarity, confidence, and ease. This leads to clear communication that leverages professional expertise, retains key talent, and creates client loyalty.
Our experience has been that non-native English speakers welcome the opportunity to build effective communication skills and "level the playing field".
Accent reduction through ARI emphasizes eliminating language barriers while helping people maintain their unique cultural identities. We recognize that an accent is a speech pattern; we all have an accent. ARI's pronunciation training focuses on acquiring the ability to pronounce sounds in English that may not occur in their first language.
Accent reduction training is typically offered as part of a Diversity and Inclusion initiative. Our faculty members are experts at culturally competent training. Our programs do not compromise a person's cultural identity. Accent reduction training with ARI is not an accent elimination program. In fact, our program participants are taught how to 'code switch' between different speech patterns. It's always an individual's choice which pronunciation pattern they would like to use.
Accent reduction training at ARI:
Yes; ARI training with a certified accent coach allows our clients to quickly, decisively, and permanently change the muscle memory of their speech apparatus.
In doing so, our clients master English sounds that had previously been impossible to pronounce.
ARI students have preset objectives with a specified length of coursework duration.
A language proficiency assessment is available prior to the start of the program.
A progress report is also available for students and/or employers at the conclusion of each course.
ARI's ROI Calculator measures how much money an organization saves, in dollars and cents, by providing our accent reduction programs to their workforce.
The data provides ROI metrics specific to each program, each participant, and each client.
ARI's ROI Calculator consistently shows that the cost of an ARI accent reduction course pays for itself after the second, one-hour session.
Using ARI's accent reduction methodology and curriculum, improvement is noticeable in just two, hourly sessions. A full curriculum is determined by the client's level of proficiency.
Instruction does not typically go beyond 20 total hours.