Online Coach for Accented English Speakers
and Native English Speakers
and Native English Speakers
Originally from New Jersey, I discovered my interest in the science of speech while living in Montreal to attend McGill University for my undergraduate degree. I studied French each semester, and became fascinated with bilingualism and second-language acquisition. In addition to my coursework in Psychology and Linguistics, I worked at Dr. Elin Thordardottir's research lab on a study of Syntactic Development in Bilingual Children at the McGill School of Communicatoin Sciences and Disorders.
My learning and work experiences in Montreal inspired me to become a certified English teacher though the CELTA (Certification in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages) program at The Teaching House in in New York City. I then moved to Boston to complete a master's degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders (a.k.a. Speech-Language Pathology). In my master's program, I learned to clinically evaluate my clients' speech and design targeted exercises to improve communication skills. I have applied these methods to my work with lawyers, professors, actors, singers, and other professionals to guide my clients toward clearer, more effective speech. My primary interest in speech work is Accent Modification. I have had the privilege of learning Dr. Christi Barb's methodology for accent coaching and joining Adastra Speech as an Associate Coach.
An accent is a characteristic of your speech that is integral to your identity. Your language background is a part of who you are, and should be celebrated. That said, an accent can be an obstacle to achieving your goals if it affects listeners' comprehension or perception of you. You deserve to be heard and respected. I see accent modification as a tool to adjust your speech to be sure that your ideas are heard and respected.
Speech is the result of a complex pattern of muscle movements that we perfect as children. We are all "pro-athletes" in our native languages, but speaking a second language is a completely different sport. Pronunciation and intonation are often glossed over in English Language teaching, even though they are key elements to spoken English. It is difficult to break habits you may have formed when learning English without guidance in accent. With supportive coaching and dedicated practice, however, you can re-train yourself to pronounce words more clearly and modulate your accent to suit any professional or social situation. I am happy to answer any questions you have about the process, and look forward to coaching you!
Speech Coaching Services with Ariela
for speaking situations such as:
Individual sessions, pay-as-you-go
Customized Lessons & Practice
Targeted practice for speaking situations plus:
Feedback for your recordings (homework) between sessions
Invoice sent for complete lesson set