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Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor in Crouch End - Sonya Ross

Sonya Ross Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (North London)

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  • Crouch End (N8)
  • Last Logged In: 26 Jul 2017
  • Sex: Female
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  • Can Travel To: Barnet, Camden, City of London, Enfield, Islington, Waltham Forest
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  • Professional Qualification MA English Lanaguge
  • Professional Qualification MA Voice Studies
  • References References are available upon request
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Personal Message
I am a professional voice, speech and accent coach who is passionate about helping people make the most of their spoken voice. I work on all aspects of the voice, but specialise in Accent Reduction for non-native speakers of English.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Accent Reduction, Accent Softening, Elocution, English Pronunciation, Received Pronunciation, British Accent, Clear Speech, Articulation, Vocal Confidence.

In my training, we generally work physically to help the client make the most of his or her spoken voice. For example, we may look at breathing habits for a more confident vocal delivery, or we will look at the movement of the mouth to improve pronunciation clarity. In my sessions, clients get to know themselves and their habits a little bit more, and are then equipped with the exercises and materials necessary to develop newer habits for a more effective voice.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I completed my master's degree from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2006, and gained a first class Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Phonetics in 2008. My undergraduate degree was in English Language from the University of Edinburgh (2001). I have spent my life studying and teaching phonetics, speech and voice! I am also qualified to teach English as a Foreign Language (CELTA, 2001).
What kind of experience do you have?
Since gaining my MA from Central in 2006, I have been working steadily as a voice, speech and accent coach: 11 years and counting! I spent some years working in London drama schools and voice coaching organisations, teaching voice, accents and phonetics but now work independently as a coach and consultant. As well as coaching, I have drawn up bespoke programmes for each client or group, as well as creating my own written, audio and video materials.
Before my MA, I taught Business English as a Foreign Language for 4 years.
How much do you charge?
For one-to-one sessions, my basic fees range from £50 - £70 per hour, depending on the location of the lesson: Skype, north London or central London.
We start with a one-off introductory session, which involves full assessment and introductory teaching, and is at a slightly lower fee of £40 to £60.
I offer a 10% discount on any advance block bookings of five sessions or more.
For a quote for a closed small group e.g. a group of colleagues, please contact me.
A travel charge of £10 per lesson may be applicable for sessions taking place outside Zone 1.
My fees include teaching, as well as my own written, audio and video support materials.
My full fee structure is set out on my website, which can be found on this listing.
Where do you teach?
I am based in north and central London, and am happy to travel in and around London.
In some cases I can teach in clients' workplaces or homes.
I regularly teach in: Crouch End, London Bridge, Canary Wharf, the City of London, Liverpool Street and Oxford Circus, among other locations.
I also offer training over Skype.
When are you available?
I am available Monday to Friday in north and central London. Lessons can be arranged between 8am and 8pm, depending on availability.
I am also available on Saturdays 9am - 4pm in Crouch End and over Skype only.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I mainly teach adults, 18+.
My clients are both native and non-native speakers of English. Non-native speakers working on Accent Reduction generally already speak English at a high level and are ready to focus on pronunciation.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
My training is not affiliated to any formal qualification.
However, I have helped clients prepare for: drama school auditions, the oral parts of IELTS, CPE and other English Language exams, PhD vivas, presentations and interviews.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
No, I generally work only with adults.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
To set up a Skype lesson, once we arrange a mutually suitable date and time (carefully taking into account time differences if the client is abroad!) I then send a confirmation email with the session slot, my Skype ID and the invoice for the session. Payment is due at least 24 hours before the session and can be made by PayPal or Bank transfer. I always acknowledge receipt of any payment once received.
Electronic materials such as worksheets and recordings are shared before, during and after the session where appropriate.
Internet connection quality: if sessions are interrupted or rendered impossible due to a poor connection on the client's end, the session is normally still chargeable and would end at the originally scheduled time. I have an excellent, reliable fibre optic internet connection. In the highly unlikely event that my internet fails, the time will of course be made up or the session rescheduled at no extra charge.
Where and with whom did you train?
I trained under Joe Windley at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Tell me about some of your current students.
My clients are generally executives of many backgrounds (e.g. PR, insurance, sales, financial services), as well as lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, actors, musicians and students. They have a wide variety of language backgrounds: Italian, Russian, Mandarin, Romanian, German, Portuguese (Brazilian and European), Spanish (South American and European) and French, to name but a few!
Do you have a personal message for students?
Whether you are interested in working on accent, voice, both, or even if you are not sure, it is my job to see you as an individual and advise you on the best course of action to address your vocal needs. Working with the voice can be interesting, fun, challenging and even life-changing, so if you have any questions at all about how I can help you, please get in touch for an informal chat. I look forward to helping you make the most of your spoken voice!