FAQ’s – Accent Reduction
How is an online ConverSAID℠ OnDemand typically structured? Do students need to attend sessions at specific times?
We encourage all students to participate in live sessions in order to maximize their experience. However, if you miss a session, need to review, or are unable to attend a particular session, you also have the opportunity to watch the recording at your convenience.
How much is tuition for online courses?
Membership levels are available to subscribe and may be upgraded at anytime. Customize your training with One-on-One instruction after your initial ARTA Assessment is completed and your results are provided after this private session. Factors that affect cost are largely based on the degree to which you wish to supplement and accelerate your improvement with private or semi-private monthly training sessions.
Are the results measurable?
Yes. You will receive from your certified trainer a diagnostic report of your speech level and course syllabus to improve. The assessments may be taken anytime during the semester to measure progress.
Will I learn English grammar?
Although grammar and vocabulary building are likely to be enhanced during the course, it is not the focus for ARTA Training. An Intermediate to Advanced level of English proficiency is required to participate in all programs.
Will I lose my personality if I change my accent?
We celebrate the diversity of all cultural backgrounds. We don’t impose or force anyone to change or deny their unique individuality. We strive to balance traits of a students vocal characterization, while providing tools to improve short comings.
Do I have to take an Assessment?
Yes. You will review with your certified trainer a custom report of your results and syllabus. The ARTA Assessment will be used as a road map to improvement. The report consists of charts and multiple comparisons throughout the Assessment training session.
What is the ConverSAID℠ Syntax and how does it work?
The ConverSAID Syntax (CS) is a short hand to reading phonetic sounds which has proven to be an internationally recognized method of transcriptions of the (IPA) International Phonetic Alphabet. Since language changes over time, the ConverSAID Syntax reflects modern shifts of spoken English among native born Americans.
Am I too old to change my accent?
You are never too late to learn something new. Generally, the learning curve is higher among students who have been speaking in English speaking countries since adolescence. Our goal has always been to provide practical techniques that are easy to practice and implement at any age.
What is an ARTA Certified Trainer?
Our Accent Reduction Certified Trainers and coaches undergo a rigorous training process in which they must pass a lengthy oral and written examination, demonstrating their understanding and mastery of ARTA accent reduction principles and vocal pedagogy. Teacher certification classes are held year round.
What is the background of your certified instructors?
ARTA-(ARS) Certified Instructors have taught the ARTA Method of Accent Reduction for an average of 10 years.
Trainers have qualifications, but are not limited to credentials in the following areas of study:
- ARTA Trained & Certified
- Achieved a Master’s level in Speech Pathology, Linguistics, Drama or English.
- Native English speakers
- Professionally trained dialect coaches, vocal coaches, broadcasters (tv&radio), speech pathologists and corporate consultants, among others.
How long does it take to see real improvement?
You will notice improvement in the first session. After, there is no optimum program length. Longer exposure to training is improves efficacy, which is why our membership is annual for ConverSAID OnDemand and monthly for live sessions. Core factors that influence the student efficacy rate are:
- Frequency and duration of sessions
- Motivation and persistence
- Consistency of attendance
- Ability to imitate sound and listening skills