Travis James – Founder, Director
At the time that he opened New York Speech Consulting in downtown Manhattan (SoHo), New York City, Travis was considering a variety of projects in his new start-up loft space. He was teaching New York based actors and performers, as well as collectively teaching communication skills to non-theatre professionals, including U.N. diplomats and executives on Wall Street. While using his degree from New York University, Tisch School in his coachings, where he studied acting techniques, he went on to pursue a Master’s degree at The Actor’s Studio, New School for Social Research, MFA. During this renaissance of exploration with other theatre professionals; actors, directors and writers in the International arts scene, Travis began developing his unique approach for non-actors. It was in this shift of using the cognitive awareness in his study of Industrial Organizational Psychology blended with unconscious training for the actor that he found this new approach. Travis began actively teaching in New York and Los Angeles where he became known as the “Accent Eliminator”. Today in his 21st year and making this truly revolutionary approach to voice and speech teaching community and the public. As both a entrepreneur, director, teacher, Travis has learned first-hand the benefits of a collaborative experience using a variety of approaches from the arts in education to create one’s own style of communicating outside the world of fine arts.
If you are not completely satisfied with the quality of your trainer’s instruction in acquiring our Accent Reduction Training services, simply simply ask us and, if we can’t solve your issue, we will credit you for your class. We want you to be satisfied. Your success is our success! Please buy with confidence.
FAQ’s – Accent Reduction
1. How long does it take to see real improvement?
You will notice improvement in the first session. After, there is no average program length. Core factors that influence the student are:
+ Frequency and duration of sessions
+ Motivation of student
+ Proficiency of English
+ Acoustical Training; listening skills
2. How much does it cost?
Customized study options and Pricing are based on your learning potentiality and trainer’s plan recommended at the completion of the Assessment. After you work privately with an ARTA Certified Trainer, your assessment report and score will help determine your curriculum vitae. Factors that affect cost are largely based on program length and frequency of sessions.
3. Are the results measurable?
Yes. You may request from your certified coach a diagnostic assessment of your speech level and road map to improvement. The results will be available for later review.
4. Will I learn English grammar?
Although grammar and vocabulary building are likely to be enhanced during the course, it is not the focus for accent reduction. An Intermediate to Advanced level of English is required to participate in all Accent Reduction Programs, reaching the median score on the ARTA Accent Assessment for advanced placement.
5. Does it matter which language I speak?
No. Some participants have shown faster improvement in the areas on intonation and stressing for some languages. Overall, accent improvement rates are not favored due to a specific language or background.
6. What is your Method of Accent Reduction and how does it work?
We believe that all accents should first be broken down phonologically using the ARTA Accent Transcriptions (AAT). This short hand to learning American sounds has proven to be Internationally recognized method of accent reduction since 1998. Since language changes over time, the ARTA Method reflects consistent, modern shifts of the speech heard among native born Americans.
7. What is an ARTA Certified Trainer vs. an Associate 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. Associate trainers are currently in the process of receiving certification by ARTA.
8. What is the background of your ARTA Certified instructors?
Our ARTA-(ARS) Certified Instructors have taught in the ARTA Method of Accent Reduction on average for over 12 years. They have taught students in over 90 countries.
ARTA Certified Trainers have qualifications, but are not limited to credentials in the following areas of study:
+ Minimum of 8+ years teaching experience
+ ARTA Certified
+ Hold’s a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degrees 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.
Access to Self-Paced Video Training content of Speak-Well.org. Includes tips and features of Self-Paced Training Plan. Enrollment includes [$29 per unit / 2.5 x 5 units per week].
OVERVIEW OF AMERICAN ENGLISH SOUNDS
HOW TO HEAR AND SAY THEM. English Phonetic spellings sounds.
The speech architecture and how it works. Long and short sounds.
RHYTHM AND STRESS PATTERNS OF AMERICAN ENGLISH
How to stress syllables in words.
How to stress works in phrases and sentences.
The rhythm of English.
Hearing and using stress patterns.
Using and understanding the spoken English of everyday conversational forms.
INTONATION PATTERNS OF AMERICAN ENGLISH
How to use stress and intonation patterns to reduce your accent.
Hearing and using intonation patterns.
THE VOWEL SYSTEM OF AMERICAN ENGLISH
Learning the IPA – Categories of vowels and how to say them.
Hearing and using vowels and diphthongs.
How to use vowel patterns to reduce your accent.
THE AMERICAN ENGLISH CONSONANT SYSTEM
Categories of consonants and how to say them.
Hearing and using consonants.
How to use consonants patterns to reduce your accent.