Are there any pre-requisites for your programs?
There are no pre-requisites for LinguaTec's programs. All of
the programs, however, have been developed for professionals who
are already fluent English speakers but who need to improve their
skills in certain targeted areas.
The general content areas of these two programs are the same: sound
production, word stress, and American rhythm and intonation patterns.
Accent Improvement, as an 8- or 12-week course, provides more detail
and extensive practice in these areas. It also allows time for you
to practice and assimilate the content between sessions.
What's the difference between Accent Improvement and
Intensive Pronunciation, offered as a 2-day workshop, focuses on
those aspects of American pronunciation that are most critical for
clear communication. The practice component is designed to give
you tools to continue your development after the workshop is over.
What's the difference between Say What You Mean and Communicating
Clearly and Assertively?
Say What You Mean helps you to structure your speech so
that it conveys what you are thinking and makes your message easy
for listeners to process. It also gives you specific strategies
and phrases to use in the following areas: expressing ideas, exchanging
ideas, disagreeing, giving feedback, and talking about accomplishments.
Communicating Clearly and Assertively develops two distinct
skill areas. The first is how to speak clearly and concisely when
you need to organize your key points quickly. The second is how
to balance assertive and responsive communication; in other words,
how to accomplish what you want while maintaining positive working
relationships with others.
How long is a coaching program?
Coaching programs vary in length since people have different
needs, objectives, and learning styles. That's why we generally
schedule an assessment meeting before we make a proposal for coaching.
The proposal gives you our best estimate of the time that will
be required. As LinguaTec does not require a program contract,
you may interrupt the program at any point or extend the program
if you want additional training.
Can I change my current habits after speaking
English for 20 years?
While we can't say it's easy to change long-held speech habits,
it's certainly possible to improve at any stage. What you need are
an open mind, a willingness to try techniques that may be outside
your comfort zone, and a commitment to practice.