Maybe you feel discouraged by the constant need to repeat yourself. Perhaps you avoid giving your input during team meetings because you anticipate being misunderstood. Or maybe you’re frustrated by the amount of time you spend seeking clarification from someone whose first language isn't English.
For both the speaker and the listener, the fear of misunderstandings can halt the flow of information and create serious barriers to productivity. As an ARI student, you will learn how to proactively foster a more productive work environment through better communication.
As a speaker in our accent reduction program, you'll gain confidence in knowing that when you give voice to your ideas and opinions, people will focus on what you are saying and not how you are saying it.
As a listener undertaking an accent comprehension course, you’ll learn to work more effectively with coworkers and clients regardless of their background or native language. Removing these communication barriers will facilitate the flow of information, allowing both you and your teammates to collaborate and make better use of time and resources.
"I used to dread talking on the phone. I was always trying to find ways to write; if I write then the person can read it. Talking on the phone was so awful, but now I have a telephone conversation and nobody asks me to repeat myself. It's really exciting!"
- Yasmin Zakari, ARI Participant and ESL Student