This class is the first in a two part series on American English intonation. The series is designed to help the high-intermediate to advanced English speaker master the key elements for speaking clear, understandable English. The series of courses focuses on the musical and rhythmic aspects of pronunciation, which are the most important aspects of intelligible English speech. The courses each include a workbook, are interactive and require active participation. Part 1 covers word stress, sentence stress, contractions and reductions.
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.