This quick assessment will only take you about 10 minutes to complete. You can take it anywhere as long as you have a microphone to record yourself. There are 4 parts. In the first, you will be asked to give some basic information about yourself. In the second part, record yourself reading some words. Then, read a quick passage. And finally, provide a short speech sample.Your recordings will give me general information on your intelligibility and some specific information on sounds and other aspects of speech that are problematic for you. As I listen, I will write up a brief report on my findings. I will share this information in a 30 minute Skype call with you, along with which areas to focus on for fastest improvement and resources to help you reach your improvement goals.
Nicole Kaup is a professional ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor and accent reduction specialist. She has 18 years experience teaching adults from all over the world. She has taught at colleges, universities and in intensive English programs in the U.S. and in China. She has also worked privately with foreign born professionals, including engineers, doctors and business people. Her degrees are in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), foreign languages and business, in addition to advanced training in American English pronunciation, accent reduction techniques and teaching methodologies. She speaks Spanish fluently and has a working knowledge of Portuguese, German and Mandarin as well.