Clarity • Confidence • Eloquence

Ear & Speak is about communication – helping clients from a diversity of backgrounds improve their skills. My job is to help you towards your goals.

- Dr Duncan Markham

For over 15 years we've been offering flexible and dynamic one-on-one communication and accent training in Melbourne. Our clients appreciate our genuine expertise in accent modification and advanced spoken English communication, and our honest, no-nonsense approach.

An essential advantage is that we can help you with one issue, or across many areas, including elocution lessons or other communication skills for better English. We also have a unique online accent reduction course for clients elsewhere in Australia. (⇢ Overview of services)

Advanced accent reduction

From the first time we meet, we work with you so that you:

  • repeat yourself less often, and develop the skills to help people understand you the first time you say something
  • speak with smoother rhythm and flow, improving the fine detail of English pronunciation
  • use appropriate, modern local or international pronunciation, not the rigid textbook manner taught by non-experts
  • are able to make accent changes in real conversation as soon as possible
  • can learn basic changes or very fine-grained modifications, depending on your goals and progress

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Australian English dialect

If you want to, and where necessary, we help you:

  • learn Australian English accent/pronunciation, with the special characteristics appropriate for the social groups you belong to
  • understand the relevant differences between English dialects to improve problem-solving, learning and international communication
  • improve use and understanding of the up-to-date characteristics of Australian English grammar, vocabulary and idioms

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Specialised pronunciation correction

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Elocution

Whether English is your first or fifth language, our skills help you:

  • improve fluency and confidence
  • speak in a more comfortable, socially appropriate manner
  • broaden your vocabulary and choose the best words
  • converse on a wide range of topics
  • shape your message for the right audience

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Extended communication skills

We can teach you to communicate clearly and confidently:

  • identify and correct grammatical problems
  • express ideas by organising your thoughts better
  • write better professional correspondence
  • develop your conversational skills
  • perform better in job interviews and the workplace
  • understand and resolve inter-cultural issues

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