Do the words elocution teacher conjure up an image of a little old lady dressed in a Tweed suit talking rather 'posh' ? If so, think again! I live in jeans, laugh a lot and have a hint of a Dorset accent when not teaching but I am passionate about my work and am incredibly serious (with a smile) when it comes to teaching my pupils to speak clearly. I've been teaching since 1994 and have had articles pubished world wide.
Remember all successful people have one thing in common: Confidence Successful people have confidence in their ability to succeed and in their ability to communicate. To succeed in the world today, children and adults need to be able to communicate with confidence. Even in this age of emails and text messages, the spoken word is still the most effective way of communicating.
Elocution lessons for adults
Do you want to improve your speaking? You either talk too fast, too quietly, with an accent or just get frightened at the thought of speaking. My video courses are like having a lesson with me, just you and me doing exercises and learning how to speak clearly. These are a fraction of the cost of a private lesson and you can watch them over and over again forever.
Fees £20 for a 30 minute lesson OR video course foronly £9.99
These lessons can help with your articulation - do you leave off the ends of your words or do all your vowels sound the same?
Do you speak very quickly and find it impossible to slow down without sounding monotonous?
I can show you how to speak clearly and how to speak with expression.
PLEASE NOTE - you will not sound 'posh' (unless you want to).
An added benefit of taking lessons is that your brain gets a good workout and brain stimulation is good for all of us.
Lose your accent
Many people come to me with the same question - can you help me lose my accent? Elocution lessons can help with the reduction of an accent. My English pronunciation course foronly £9.99 is perfect for this.
Elocution lessons for Children
If you want your children to feel confident and speak clearly, with good clear articulation, have a look at my page forchildren
Please note that the youngest age I will teach by Skype is 7.
During a session I'll teach you how to speak at the correct pace (not too fast but not too slow), to speak at the correct volume and with expression. Talking with expression doesn't mean speaking dramatically, it means using your voice to sound interesting and exciting.
Good articulation (correct consonant sounds and correct vowel sounds) and accent reduction can also be achieved with practice - but a lot of people love their accent so it's worth remembering that you can speak clearly and confidently with an accent as long as it's not too overbearing.
Speak clearly and confidently video course
Speak clearly without feeling awkward or self conscious
How to speak clearly and confidently will demonstrate to you how to speak so that you have more confidence in your voice and are more easily understood when talking to people at work, school, making presentations or public speaking. This is an hour and a half course that you can dip into continually and forever because the information I teach in this course will never go out of date - it will always be an essential part of communicating. It is only 1 hour 30 mins long because I have been teaching this since 1994 and I know what you need to know - we get straight to the point so as not to waste your valuable time. The course also includes as a download my 31 page ebook about speaking well and goes into the topics in the course in a little bit more detail.
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.
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
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