New Year's Resolution

Make 2018 New Year's resolution the year you improve what is arguably the most important soft skill - communication. Even today, in this world of texts, emails and messaging of all kinds, the spoken word is still the most effective way of communicating.

What can be better than starting the New Year full of confidence? Being able to speak without anxiety. You never know what  this could lead to - perhaps a new and better job, more success at college or university. If you're a coach or a teacher of anything, dance, sport, music for example this new confident voice could get you more clients and lead to a more affluent 2018. If you have children you could enrol on my course which shows you how to help them become more confident when they speak. 

If your New Year's resolution is to improve your voice and confidence enrol on one or more of my courses now. I have courses for learning to speak clearly and confidently, for showing children how to speak clearly, how to practice vocal exercises, how to recite poetry or how to give a  speech. Have a look now - if you click the links to the courses you will be able to look at sample lectures before you buy.

New Year's Resolution online courses

How to Speak Clearly & Confidently
Only £9.99

This video course will teach you how to speak clearly and demonstates how to make what you say sound interesting. It is very much like the first lesson I would teach you face to face but you have the added advantage that you can watch it over and over again. There are plenty of opportunities for you to join in and repeat and try out the things I suggest. How to speak clearly and confidently will teach you how to speak  so that you will find making presentations, talking to people at work or school much easier and less stressful. You also get a free download of my ebook. Remember - you can watch it over and over again forever!  

Voice exercises to improve your speaking voice and pronunciation
 
Only £9.99

This course will never become outdated - it will always be essential for clear speech. 

This isn't aimed particularly at people who have English as an additional language, about 50% of my pupils over the last twenty years have  English as their first  or only language and they just want to improve their pronunciation and how they speak. Let's take a simple example – how should you pronounce the word 'our'? About 75% of people say 'are' when it should be 'hour'.

This course focuses on voice exercises for most of the vowel and consonant sounds made in English. I cover 16 vowel sounds and 23 consonant sounds as well as a few oddities of English pronunciation. I will show you how these sounds should be made, what shape your mouth should be, where your tongue should be and you will hear what they should sound like. In each lecture there is an opportunity for you to repeat the exercises after me.  Each sound has it's own lesson so you can jump around and pick on the sounds you need to improve. 


How to give an Informative Speech

This video course will show you how to prepare your speech, how to deliver your speech whether you should stand or sit and whether you should read it or memorise it. You will also learn how to speak so that you are clearly understood. Unlike a lot of courses about public speaking there are no super insights like 'imagine your audience is naked' it teaches the basics, in simple form, of good clear speaking. Not only does this course show you how to speak your speech it also takes you through the process of writing a speech and explains how to choose what to include.

There is also an added resource of  a list of 40 suggested titles for your informative speech.

Watch more free lessons - click preview the course

Help your child to speak clearly

'There are many parents who want to teach their children to speak...but they do not know how to go about doing it. If you are one of these parents, this course is highly recommended to you because it contains many useful tips and sound advice on how to encourage your child to speak, not only clearly, but more. I especially like the part where the instructress guides us on how to encourage a child to speak in sentences, rather than giving one-word answers. I found that many parents and teachers .... have problems in this area. They do not know how to expand a conversation and as a result of that, children do not have enough exposure to the sounds and rhythm of the language, which is crucial to mastering the language. I think this course provides the missing pieces that could help many parents and teachers to improve in this area.' Course review by Soon Kheng, Chan

As parents we spend hours encouraging children to walk (often before they are ready), to count and to read but we rarely spend time actively encouraging them to speak clearly. I don't mean correcting how a word is pronounced, 'no, it's not oppolit, it's opposite' (a word I had trouble with as a child) I mean teaching them to speak in sentences. We assume that because we talk all day every day our children will pick it up. 

This course will show you how to help children, how to correct them, how to encourage them to speak in sentences and how to have fun with sounds. The methods used in this course can be used to help children who aare just learning to speak or older children who just lack clarity or confidence.

Only £9.99


How to recite 'Daffodils' by William Wordsworth

This course is not an English Literature course. I have been reciting from memory and reading out lohow to read aloud  poetry for the last 50 years - I started very young! This course will show you and explain to you how to make the poetry sound interesting. How to make the importnat words stand out, how to be clear and expressive. We will not wonder why certain words were used instead of other words - we will take, almost at face value, the words on the page and make them sound convincing.

Only $9.99

Good communication skills are important at any time of the year but for some reason January is the month when we all feel the need to improve some aspect of our life. If you click on the specific links for each course you will find the up to date fee - yo may be lucky and get a New Year Sale price!

What people say about my courses

'Recommend to all speakers of the English Language who wish to improve or correct their pronunciation. The Teacher has a great way of explaining concepts and the reasons why a pronunciation should be correctly pronounced in a certain way. I like the tutor's way of teaching,which is a traditional style,that has substance and clarity. Video and Audio quality is very good.' - Shaun, Aug 2018

'I had a mumbling issue which led me to go to a speech therapist and pay £100 per session, after losing £200 and still not having a solution, I came across this course and I had quickly found the solution to my problem. Over and above that, I got a lot more out of this course, more than anything a real enlightenment as to how I speak, how that comes across and how I can improve my speech to get better outcomes out of conversations and speeches. Thank you Serena.' Reuben, Aug 2018

What people say about me .....

You are a "Guru" (teacher) in the true sense of the word, as you impart and share your knowledge in totality, and I'm lucky to have you as a teacher. Kavita.

'....explained everything professionally well and honest she gave very good useful tips and has this unique charm and engaging voice that soothes my fears of always being afraid to speak to others because they might judge me and she was thoroughly precise and to the point and she gave quite a lot of useful longevity tips for everyday use. IMPRESSIVE 5 STARS!!'  Laurie , Aug 2018

I’m lucky enough to have had some elocution classes with Serena face-to-face some years ago in Bournemouth. Having English as a second language I used Serena’s knowledge and professionalism to help me, at first, to understand that an accent can be a part of your character and this gives your speech some flavour. The important bit is to understand and learn how to speak every single word clearly, with a good pace, with high and lows which make your speech interesting. It was enlightening, and now I have found online all those wonderful classes with a genuine English lady. This is priceless. Thank you Serena! - Newton, Feb 2018