Online Video Courses

Course 1 - Speak Clearly and Confidently

  • How to speak clearly and confidently will teach 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 course has been designed so that you can hop from one lecture to another they are not dependent upon each other, this makes improving your speech easier for you as you can concentrate on the bits you think you need to. 
  •  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.

Course 2 - English Pronunciation and voice exercises 

  • This course includes various downloadable resources with explanations and exercises. 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.  
  • This course has been designed so that you can hop from one lecture to another they are not dependent upon each other, this makes improving your pronunciation easier for you as you can concentrate on the sounds you need to.

Course 3 - How to overcome speaking anxiety and have a conversation

  • Having a conversation should always be fun. Think back to a time when you've been busy chatting to a friend and then suddenly realised you've been talking for 2 hours! This course will show you how to feel confident when you are speaking and will give you some ideas for questions to ask or comments to make to get a conversation going or to keep a conversation going.
  • This course now  also includes a section on talking on the phone. 
  • This course has been designed so that you can hop from one lecture to another they are not dependent upon each other, this makes improving your speech easier for you as you can concentrate on the bits you think you need to.

Course 4 - Reading Aloud Scriptures from the Bible

  • In ancient times the Bible was always shared aloud and being able to read aloud from the Bible is a wonderful skill to have.  I started taking Bible Reading exams when I was only 13  years old and have taught people to Gold medal Standard in Reading from the Bible.
  • This course is a stand alone course and assumes that you have not taken any of my other courses.   
  • This course is for anyone who preaches, lay readers (LLM), members of the clergy, Sunday School teachers or anyone who loves to read from the Bible.

Course 5 - Voice acting and how to master the art of reading aloud

  • The most important skill required for voice acting or voice over work is the abillity to read aloud for performance. This is a wonderful skill and one that can also be used to read aloud to children, friends, elderly or sick relatives etc.
  • We can all read - some better than others - and because of this we all think we can read aloud. The truth is, we can't. Some of us struggle. Reading aloud is a skill that anyone can learn but there are basics steps to go through. Not all (perhaps a very small percentage) of voice acting/voice over work is the very dramatic cartoon type voice. Most is an ordinary voice with clarity and expression. I can teach you how to improve your reading aloud skills so that you will be able to read aloud serious business items, adverts, children's books, classic novels, modern literature, poetry, news bulletins etc.
  • This course does NOT teach you the technical aspects of recording - I know very little about microphones or sound proofing but I do know that you could have the best recording facilities in your town but if your voice isn't up to the job it will be waste of a good facility! 
  • This course gives you plenty of opportunities to practice along with me, after all you can't improve your reading aloud skills unless you read aloud!

Course 6 - Acting for all ages

  • If you have ever wanted to act then this video course is for you. I have taught speech and drama  since 1994 and I've entered pupils for various drama  exams with LAMDA, New Era Academy and Victoria College and also helped pupils who have entered Trinity College exams. Pupils have appeared in TV series and performed Shakespeare with the Brownsea Open Air Theatre. One of my pupils was awarded the Sir Roger Moore Award for the highest Honours in Grade 8 (Gold Medal) Acting exam with the New Era Academy in 2010.
  • This course has been designed so that you can hop from one lecture to another they are not dependent upon each other, this makes improving your acting skills much easier for you as you can concentrate on the skills you need to.
  • This video course is full of practical advice - how to stay in character, how to use your face, how to be heard etc. The exercises give you a chance to act using all of your senses and your body.  
  • There are lectures towards the end about different exams, preparing for auditions, learning words and Shakespeare.

Course 7 - How to write that poem you know is inside you

  • Writing poetry is a special way of using words and involves putting these words in a special order. 
  • This course covers poetic form, rhythm and rhyme and does NOT attempt to analyze English poetry. I explain the importance of making a poem your own. We all go through different emotions during our life - some happy, some sad, some frightening, some serious and many of us find that being able to put on paper feelings that we find difficult to talk about very therapeutic.
  • There is a closed private group where people can share their poetry with other students. I have studied poetry since the age of 10 and in my profession as a voice confidence coach I teach people how to speak poetry everyday. 
  • This course not only explains but also has various writing exercises to help you create your poetry. 

Course 8 - How to help your children speak well with confidence

Course 9 - Sports coaches: Improve your communication skills

Course 10 - Using your voice on camera with enthusiasm and confidence

Course 11 - Public Speaking and how to give a speech with confidence

Course 12 - Dance Teacher Training - communication skills

Some of my five star reviews:

 'How to overcome speaking anxiety and have a conversation' course 'She 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

 Speaking Clearly and Confident course  - ''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.'

 '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!'

'Serena is an amazing instructor. She gives very clear, simple instructions, and the reasons behind them. My speech has improved instantly and I can't wait to learn more. This is a fantastic course, which I highly recommend. Thank you Serena, I can't wait for your next course.'

'The instructor is an awesome lady. She is well thought and well spoken (of course). It is a novel go at a speaking course, and I learned quite a bit from it.'

'Though I have been studying the speech sounds of English for quite sometime, there are still many new things to learn from this course. Thank you, Ms. Greenslade.'