A Few speech Tutor Qualifications
I have taught speech courses in an adult language center for 2 years preparing ESL, adult students, and English students for presentations in front of audiences, as well as pronunciation help.
I have taught two semesters of undergraduate coursework in Public Speaking at the University of Connecticut. I have also taken and taught undergraduate and graduate work on speech production, speech sounds, and the acoustics of speech.
I was a professional actor for years, including Shakespeare and classical theater, and have coached acting students for their audition pieces for Julliard, ACT, NYU, UCLA, LAMDA and the Royal Academy in London. I have also helped lawyers be more comfortable in a courtroom and businessmen give convention speeches.
I taught the elements of effective speech, and the techniques used to improve effective speech, in several military schools for over nine years. My main area of concentration was in helping students overcome their fear of giving a speech to a class or large audience. I also taught techniques on how to improve when writing speeches, preparing presentations, and developing effective lesson plans, to those qualifying as Instructor’s for various technical and specialist programs.
While completing my Bachelor of Arts, I studied speech communication. I also have experience coaching high school and college level speech and debate. Additionally, for those seeking help in the area of speech pronunciation and accent reduction, I specialized in pronunciation and phonetics in my Masters in English Language Teaching. I also currently teach phonetic pronunciation courses and accent reduction courses on the college level. I hold a Doctorate in Education and have over 10 years experience working with students. I am prepared to help students with a variety of needs in the area of speech.
I have an extensive background in speech performance and education. My experience with teaching speech began 22 years ago.
My method includes breathing to find your center, and projecting from that core. You will learn to control your breath, projection, and lexicon. Further, I concentrate on muscular control to help you increase your pronunciation and understanding. Diction training to improve overall communication. The muscular work will help eliminate things like slurs and lisps. The breathing will help control things like stutters. Lastly, I will help understand and improve your temporal resonance auditory processing so that you can more effectively hear yourself when communicating.
The holistic view includes automatic self esteem increases with specific work on taking control of your own eloquence.
You will find energy and focus increases as well as a strong sense of control.
My field of endeavor requires me to be an effective speech communicator. As the pastor of a local church I am tasked weekly to take the words penned by men two-thousand years ago and recast them in contemporary language in a way that is faithful to the original message. The message I present is also required to be relevant to lives of my hearers in spite of originating in antiquity through a different culture and in different languages.
While a college student, I participated in the forensic team - which engaged in speech competitions. I competed in impromtu, extemporaneous, and after dinner speech events. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels of my educatin I was required to complete classes in speech communication - including instruction on the hearers responsibility for speech communication.
My instruction in speech communication focuses on clear organization in the speech and the authenticity of the speaker. Hearers do not trust, and therefore are much less likely to listen, to a person who tries to be someone they are not. Additionally, hearers tend to tune out if they think the speech os going nowhere - organization is a must.
I have a MS Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Vanderbilt University, and a BS Degree from Florida State University with a major in Speech and Language Pathology and a minor in Elementary Education K-8 grades. I have over 35 years of experience working with individuals with all speech and language disorders in the public schools, Speech and Hearing Centers, SNF Units in Rehabilitation Centers, and other Rehab. experience such as out-pt. Additionally, I am certified to teach reduction in Foreign Accents in English Speaking foreigners, so that their speech is more intelligible in America.
Many of my classes focused on public speaking, projecting one's voice, proper breathing techniques, locating one's natural pitch, adding interest by increasing inflection. organization of speech: Introduction, Body, and Conclusion. Correct posture is also emphasized, as well as eye-contact to one's audience.
I am a qualified special education teacher for a multiple disabled classroom and high behavioral needs. My children have disabilities of cerebral palsy, mild to moderate intellectual disabilities, speech and fine motor deficits. I work closely with many students who all have severe speech challenges. Here is where I utilize communication devices and non verbal teaching techniques that gives every child a way to speak. I also am qualified in the literacy and language curriculum that utilizes a sequence of teaching steps to teach any child to read. I help students develop their own voice through these devices and speaking techniques, as well as creating adapted reading materials and picture symbol materials to teach with.
I've had over twenty-five years' experience as a theater professional and lawyer and now serve various theaters in the Washington, D.C. area as a dialect coach. I'm a playwright as well, and the sum of my training and experience has enabled me to help students and coaching clients hone the communication skills.
My coaching practice has consisted of adult, professional non-natives who have come from Egypt, Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine, India, Mexico, China, Korea, Columbia and Trinidad. They are anxious to acquire Standard American speech or at least modify their accents if it appears to be keeping them from attaining their professional goals. (In theater, the task is often to help an actor acquire a dialect or work on reducing or eliminating a regional accent that can get in the way of establishing a character. I also coach actors individually on accent remediation because a regional accent can prevent an otherwise talented actor from being cast.)
I also received formal speech training as an undergraduate at Tulane, as a theater major and then under the legendary Lyda Virginia Parker at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater, a professional acting school in New York.
Over the years, as a lawyer and playwright, I've also learned how to structure speeches, the various forms that they come in---motivational,persuasive,informative,etc. and how to write an effective presentation using PowerPoint, transparencies and available technologies.
Other speech Requests From Students Like You
I am seeking an English teacher who can focus on accent reduction for a professional in finance.
My coworker and I want to do classes together to reduce our accents.
I need a tutor for my son ASAP as he just started the 3rd grade he needs better pronunciation and verbal communication.
I would like a tutor to help a student with speaking and reading skills.
I am an adult female who is moving up in my job position. I need to improve my pronunciation and speaking voice. I live in Bedsty, Brooklyn. I'm looking for a speech tutor twice a month on Fridays for one hour.