If you can’t access Ear & Speak’s specialist face-to-face elocution training in Melbourne, the next best thing is our unique online English accent modification course to help you anywhere in Australia or beyond.
On this page you can find out all about the program, see FAQs, the fees and make an enquiry! If you'd like to know more about why we are the only serious choice for accent and communication training in Australia, please see our main page about accent modification or start on the front page.
Expert, targeted, live one-on-one online training
Over almost two decades of helping clients, we've resisted offering live video training in most cases because it can't deliver the quality that we pride ourselves on face-to-face.
Online pronunciation lessons are not as effective as face-to-face (despite what some providers claim), but during the Covid-19 lockdown we worked hard to move our existing clients to an online setting, observing the challenges and different techniques needed.
We then decided to develop a special open-ended program that gives you a clear idea of what is achievable to improve your accent in English. Everyone is different, so training lasts as long as you want.
We always recommend good face-to-face training when available locally, but if it isn't possible for you then we believe it is better to get our expert help online rather than being frustrated (or using inferior services).
Our Accent Reduction at Home classes are still tailored, analytical and flexible, but our focus is a bit different to our face-to-face training because it takes longer to build skills when learning remotely.
All of your lessons are with one expert trainer (either Dr Debbie Loakes or Dr Duncan Markham). One trainer, specialist training materials, and additional web-based resources. There's nothing better online!
How does it work?
The process starts with a brief video chat with you to check that your devices and connection are good enough for doing serious, focused online learning. We then get you to do some short recordings that we use for analysis purposes before your first training session, plus a detailed questionnaire to understand your background and goals.
Training then gets into some very specific problems that you're having that we know are generally easier to master in an online setting. This lays the foundation for adding more challenging elements to training, depending on your progress.
Insight is the first step towards improvement and confidence. As rapport and practice increases, we are able to focus more and more on implementation of the new skills in real-life communication situations. (In our face-to-face training we would start doing that much earlier, but we need to be realistic about the effectiveness of online learning.)
Unlike other online products out there, we aren't just telling you a problem and then moving on to the next issue. We're always focused on insight, mastery and implementation of new knowledge in your everyday life.
Fees for online training
Click here for information about our face-to-face training fees and location in Melbourne.
ONLINE TRAINING (Accent Reduction at Home)
|First three 45-min lessons||$426 (=$142 per lesson)|
|Further training: single lesson||$142 per lesson|
|Further training: three lessons (discounted)||$387 (=$129 per lesson)|
We only work with clients who are committed to making progress, so the minimum cost is three sessions.
Fees effective until 2022. All fees are in Australian Dollars. We accept OSKO instant bank transfer, Visa, Mastercard and American Express. All cards attract a surcharge of 2-3%, depending on the card.
This enquiry form is for online training only. Click here for information about our advanced face-to-face accent reduction training in Melbourne.
After pressing Submit, it will show "Processing" for a few seconds before finishing. If you have any trouble submitting the form, please do try again, or just give us a call/email using the details on our main contact page.