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Luke Nicholson Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (West London)

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  • Professional Qualification International Phonetic Association Certificate (IPA), CELTA
  • Professional Qualification BA German & Italian, MA Acting (Distinction in Voice & Articulation)
  • Professional Membership International Phonetic Association, VASTA (The Voice & Speech Trainers Association)
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Personal Message
Improve your English Accent with private lessons in Central London or via Skype. Alternatively purchase my self-study online course.
I have taught people from 75 different countries around the world.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach non-native English speakers how to sound more British. This is sometimes termed accent reduction, accent softening, accent modification, or elocution. Not only do I look at the pronunciation of individual vowel and consonant sounds, but I also cover rhythm, voice quality, and intonation.

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Tell me about your qualifications.
International Phonetic Association (IPA) Certificate (at University College London. This qualification certifies that I have an advanced knowledge of English phonetics and the sounds of hundreds of world languages)

CELTA - Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (This is the standard qualification for English Language teaching the UK)

First-class BA(Hons) German Studies & Italian Studies (at the University of Birmingham. This gave me an excellent training in linguistics and phonetics)

MA Acting - Distinction in Voice and in Articulation (This gave me an advanced knowledge of how the voice and the muscles of the mouth work)
What kind of experience do you have?
I have been teaching English pronunciation for several years.

I have taught people from 75 different countries:

Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, The Philippines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
How much do you charge?
I charge £79 per hour.

See my website for discounted course prices.

If you would like me to travel to you, the price depends on the amount of time it takes me to travel. Please contact me for details.
Where do you teach?
I teach on Bolsover Street (central London, walking distance from Oxford Street or Regent's Park).

I also teach online via Skype.
When are you available?
I am available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11.15am-7pm.

The lessons are one hour long (but can be longer on request).
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I only teach adults (18 years and over).

My lessons are suitable for those with an intermediate or advanced level of English.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I regularly teach students via Skype. Please ensure that you have a stable internet connection and a microphone/webcam.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am a experienced accent coach qualified by the International Phonetic Association. I am a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association and a member of the DialectCoaches agency (which trains actors how to speak in different accents). Additionally, I have trained with KT Speechwork in Dublin and New York City.
Tell me about some of your current students.
I teach adults of all ages and backgrounds. Some professionals I have taught include:

ambassador, CEO, doctor, diplomat, politician, lawyer, university lecturer, consultant, finance director, engineer, interpreter, teacher, student, HR professional, tax adviser, TV producer, customer service representative, call centre operator, web designer, software engineer, actor, governess, dancer, classical musician, art gallery director
Do you have a personal message for students?
Speaking is a physical process – we move muscles to create speech sounds. In order to speak in a different accent, you need to re-train those muscles. You have been speaking the way you do since childhood, so it will take some time to change your muscle habits.

I concentrate on what will make the biggest and obvious improvements to your accent first.

The amount of time it generally takes to change your accent depends on:

1) How often you practise.
2) Whether you approach the learning with a positive mindset or not.
3) How quickly your speech muscles adapt.

Like all new skills, some people are naturally good at it, and others have to work harder.