The skills you learn here will never go out of date!
Why are my online courses so cheap?
The answer is that I love what I do and am passionate about people speaking clearly. The course is now recorded, you can learn without taking up my time so I can afford to sell it at this very low price. Take advantage of my 25 years of teaching experience.
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.
Easter is almost here and a lot of people have the opportunity to read aloud in church. 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.
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!
Learn how to write good poetry tomorrow even if today you don't know where to start
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 analyse 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.
How to help your children speak well with confidence
Using your voice on camera with enthusiasm and confidence
Public Speaking and how to give a speech with confidence
Some of my five star reviews:
'How to overcome speaking anxiety and have a converstaion' 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.'