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The Ear & Speak team is Dr Duncan Markham and Dr Debbie Loakes. We combine backgrounds in academic research and teaching with years of practical experience in helping people from all backgrounds with their communication skills. We offer the most comprehensive breadth of expertise in Australia for clients seeking help with their spoken English communication.

We are the only trainers in Australia with

  • comprehensive technical understanding of the phonetic and psycholinguistic challenges and solutions that form part of effective, advanced accent learning and modification (see qualifications)
  • up-to-date insight into current spoken and written English in Australia and overseas
  • detailed practical knowledge of the linguistic and phonetic systems of a wide range of other languages
  • extensive experience teaching phonetics and linguistics to various audiences, including university students, speech therapists, and interpreters
  • a history of academic research in accent learning, phonetics, speech processing, and developments in the Australian English accent and other varieties of English.

We also have experience in

  • writing, editing and translation
  • communicating complex ideas effectively to audiences from many backgrounds, industries and at many different stages in their personal and career development
  • forensic speech analysis in legal/criminal investigations
  • training overseas graduates in Australia to perform well in job interviews
  • helping medical students and overseas-born medical professionals to prepare for OSCEs, MMIs and other examinations and admission interviews.

Dr Duncan Markham

Dr Duncan Markham

Qualifications and experience

Some of my publications

  • Markham, Duncan and Valerie Hazan. (2004). The Effect of Talker- and Listener-Related Factors on Intelligibility for a Real-Word, Open-Set Perception Test. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research 47(4):725-3.
  • Markham, D. and V. Hazan. (2002). Talker intelligibility: Child and adult listener performance. Journal of The Acoustical Society of America 111(5):2481-2481.
  • Markham, D. (2000), Individual differences in the acquisition of second-language speech. In A. James and J. Leather (eds), New Sounds 2000 (pp. 236-9). Klagenfurt: University of Klagenfurt.
  • Markham, D. (1999), Listeners and disguised voices: the imitation and perception of dialectal accent. International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law, 6(2):290-299.
  • Markham, D. (1997), Phonetic Imitation, Accent, and the Learner. Lund: Lund University Press
  • Markham, D. and Y. Nagano-Madsen (1996), Input modality effects in foreign accent. In H.T. Bunnell and W. Idsardi (eds), International Conference on Spoken Language Processing '96 (Vol 3, pp. 1473-6).

Dr Debbie Loakes

Dr Debbie Loakes

Qualifications and experience

Some of my publications

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