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Accent Control and Pronunciation-Small Group-Professional

Dates:August 6-27, 2024
Meets:Tu from 7:15 PM to 8:45 PM
Location:USA - Baldwin County Campus
Cost: $340.00

There are 3 openings remaining at this time.


The tutoring course content to control accent and pronunciation in English will vary according to the needs of the clientele. Skills may include: understanding the differences between language variation and accents, targeting and practicing your speaking differences, identifying and listening for how others use the language, determining what parts of your accent you want to keep or modify, understanding when formal and non-formal language is used, and how to modify your language to accommodate them. Also, the mechanics for the the pronunciation of specific American English sounds will be explained and modeled.

This course will be taught by TESOL professionals.

Fee: $340.00

USA - Baldwin County Campus

Take Highway 98 through Daphne, then turn on US-98 Alternate (also called Section Street) and take this to downtown Fairhope. Turn west onto Fairhope Avenue and go two blocks.

The USA Baldwin County Classroom Complex will be on your right at the corner of St. James Street and South Summit Street.

The physical address of this building is 111 St. James Street.

Robert Leier

Robert D. Leier received his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in international development education and his M.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in TESOL, bilingual education and applied linguistics. His undergraduate degree is in Biology and Chemistry.

Dr. Leier has taught undergraduate and graduate courses since 1991 in the areas of technology and media for ESOL, applied linguistics, second language acquisition, methods in ESOL, bicultural and bilingual education, assessment in ESOL, music for ESOL, multicultural and social foundations of education. He has also served as chair or as committee member for over 50 graduate and doctoral degree students, and more than 60 graduate certificate students.

He also has taught ESOL at all proficiency levels form beginners through advanced and for grades 5 through adult in public and private schools. Additionally he has directed and taught in a family literacy program for Central Americans and taught workplace literacy skills to high school and adult students. Dr. Leier has also tutored students in preparation to take the IELTS and TOEFL examinations.

Dr. Leier is proficient in Spanish and has studied several other languages such as Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Armenian, Ilokano and Maya Quiche. He has served as a Peace Corp volunteer in Guatemala, El Salvador and Philippines. He has lived and worked in 8 countries and has served as an U.S. Department of State English Language Fellow in Colombia, Armenia, Republic of Georgia (virtually), and Latvia.

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