English Clarification Coaching

We all speak with an accent!  

One accent is no better than another!

Yet, many, who are required to speak in public, to committees, to clients, to an audience, are asked to or encouraged to either :

1.  ENGLISH CLARIFICATION or EUROPEAN ENGLISH

-gently clarify specific individually chosen  intonation/pronunciation in their own lovely accented English 

 

2.  or modify  to a more ‘GENERAL NORTH AMERICAN”  - “or “neutral” sound.  (I will do this work mostly for actors for a role preparation. This is an accent acquisition skill. Another accent in their toolbox - not a full time accent to 'replace' their original.

As in any work situation, it is not about what is right or wrong, but what is appropriate for the particular work. 

Yet, one does NOT have to deny part of one’s identity while speaking in a “General North American” sound.  On the contrary, modifying only some aspects of rhythm, intonation and pronunciation can lead to more CLARITY OF THOUGHT AND SIMPLY ALLOW THE LISTENER TO UNDERSTAND AND FOLLOW YOU -THE SPEAKER - WITH MORE EASE.

BECOMING A BADGER 

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Gad Elmaleh: This American Life

Radio Show  October 2016

English and Comedy Rhetoric Coach for Gad Elmaleh  Carnegie Hall Feb 2017

I do not teach ESL (English as a Second Language), meaning grammar, vocabulary, idiom.  Accuracy and fluency in the language of English is necessary to work towards English Clarification in accent. I have worked on English Clarification and Speech skills with many individuals in the corporate world and Francophone Theatres.

 

Some companies include:

Bell

GL group (Germanischer Lloyd AG)

Toastmasters

CAE Montreal

Recochem Montreal

 

French Theatre Companies:                  French Actors in Film/TV/Theatre

TOUT A TRAC                                                                          Gad Elmaleh

 THEATRE DE LA PiRE-ESPECE                                           Rémy Gerard

THEATRE DE L’OEIL                                                               Gerard Darmon

THEATRE 4Dart                                                                      Mitsou

JEUNESSES MUSICALES DU CANADA                                Benedicte DeCary

ESPACE GO                                                                             Karine Vanasse

RIDEAU VERT                                                                    Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin

THEATRE LE GROS  MECANO                                               Yves Jacques

THEATRE DE LA PIRE-ESPECE                                             Toby Pelletier

                                                                                                  Jean Marchand

                                                                                                  Jean -Marc Genereux

                                                                                                  Stephane Demers

                                                                                                  Anne Marie Cadieux

                                                                                                  Theodore Pellerin

                                                                                                  Eric Bruneau

On set with Mitsou Gelinas for MITSOU'S KITCHEN

“Wicked Old Songs”

‘La musique inquiétante’

Rideau Vert/The Segal Centre, Montreal

2009/2010 Best English Language Production

L’Association Quebecoise des Critiques de Theatre

 

Emile Proulx-Cloutier

English language and American Accent

Jean Marchard (at piano) Austrian accent