The American Accent Guide, 2nd Edition, A Complete and Comprehensive Course on the Pronunciation and Speaking Style of American English for Individuals ... book and nearly 8 hrs of MP3 audio

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9780963413901: The American Accent Guide, 2nd Edition, A Complete and Comprehensive Course on the Pronunciation and Speaking Style of American English for Individuals ... book and nearly 8 hrs of MP3 audio

This internationally acclaimed accent reduction program is the most comprehensive of its kind. The American Accent Guide, 2nd Edition, consists of a 237-page book accompanied by nearly 8 hours of MP3 audio on 1CD. (The reviews for the version with 8 CD are also relevant to this version, since they share the same content.)
Lessons addressing the entire sound system of American English introduce each of the speech elements in a logical sequence. These elements are: the voice and timing patterns of intonation, stress, and rhythm, and each of the individual speech sounds. The vowels are trained early in the course, because they are generally challenging sounds, and they are key to mastering intonation stress and rhythm. Each consonant is practiced in all its variations and in all contexts and all combinations with other consonants. Focus is given to articulation at word endings, especially those that involve grammar.
Lessons build upon previous lessons, resulting in new skills building upon newly trained skills. The learner gains a wealth of insights while training entire new speech patterns. Clear and articulate male and female speech models guide and engage the learner in a variety interactive exercises using everyday language that include many idioms. Lessons progress from the word level to verbal exchanges to presentation length materials. In addition to more fluent, articulate speech, the learner attains better comprehension of the language as spoken, improved grammar, and better understanding of the American culture. Now in its second edition, this program is a complete resource for the individuals who use it for self-study as well as for accent coaches, and instructors at colleges and universities.

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About the Author:

Beverly A. Lujan began her studies in Speech-Language Pathology and linguistics at San Diego State University with the interest of gaining expertise at providing accent modification training to non-native speakers of English. She completed her studies at The University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, where she earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Speech-Language Pathology. In addition to specializing in the training of language, voice, and articulation, she took elective courses in ESL, and did independent research to further her expertise in accent training. Beverly has supervised graduate students at the University of Utah, in their preparation in accent modification training.
In 1990, Beverly founded the Lingual Arts School where she has provides American accent training to English learners from countries the world-over, serving individuals as well as corporations. Her method of addressing the entire sound system of the American English sound system evolved into a complete and comprehensive book and audio program, The American Accent Guide, with the first release in 1999.  Beverly continues to provide her consulting services to corporations and individuals.

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I am an English language instructor in spoken, written and listening comprehension, with ESL and EFL studies and programs directed to non-native speakers of the language, be they from China, India, Pakistan, Japan, Cambodia, and Vietnam. I also teach broadcast and print journalism at the Media University, and am supervisor of the European Union-UIBE sponsored simultaneous-consecutive English-Chinese-English graduate degree program. I have been living and working in China for the past eleven years. For the past two years I have been using The American Accent Guide, 2nd Edition, which is the most original and the most comprehensive resource I have ever used to achieve the mission on the cover of the text. Clients applaud its creative approach to correcting the thorny issues of pronunciation, n s for l s, l s for r s, final consonants, stress, rolled r s and so forth. The American Accent Guide has been a boon for many senior executives of Chinese firms who have been and who are expanding their businesses overseas and who are no longer self-conscious about addressing foreign counterparts. A number of senior level government officials from the central government as well as executives from the Beijing Organizing Committee of the 2008 Olympic Games rave about the successes they have achieved. As do a large number of local bankers and investment gurus. A number of senior executives from leading European firms stationed in Beijing have also been clients. They also praise the systematic approach to reducing their accents and adopting a North American speaking style. I highly commend this authoritative Guide. ----- --David Fieldman, ESL Instructor for major corporations



In our experience at the Auroville Language Laboratory, Beverly A. Lujan's American Accent Guide is the most precise, systematic, comprehensive guide to English pronunciation that we have come across. Beverly's approach will save English learners a great deal of time. In fact, our experience shows us that the shortcut approach to accent training will not work. Cutting corners and repetition of conversational snippets without an assimilation of the character of the language, and without an understanding of where and how its sounds are produced, is simply a waste of time. By investing time and effort in the beginning and following Beverly Lujan's systematic approach, English learners can progress much faster. Every single sound in American English is illustrated with pictures, sound files on the accompanying audio, very precise instructions of how to produce it, and many examples. It is obvious that an enormous amount of research has gone into this book. A child learns a language through sound. When you learn a new language, you enter into its sound universe. Beverly A. Lujan's extremely precise phonological approach opens up the sound universe of American English to non-native speakers. It goes to the root of the language. Language Labs in colleges and universities will find this an excellent resource for students who are non-native speakers of English. Private Language Institutes around the world would do well to incorporate this book/CD set into their programs. ------ --Mita Radhakrishnan, Coordinator: Auroville Language Laboratory, India
Teachers and learners of English will be grateful to Beverly A. Lujan for The American Accent Guide . This program provides clear, detailed and comprehensive training in the areas of both pronunciation and comprehension. The American Accent Guide provides an in-depth presentation of the sound system of the English language: intonation and stress, vowels and consonants, rhythm, and the contrasts between sounds. Practical, well-structured exercises focus on developing clarity of pronunciation in addition to recognition of specific sounds, words, and rhythm patterns. Much attention is given to distinguishing between sounds which non-native speakers frequently confuse or miss entirely. What is especially important are the sections which illustrate the role these speech elements also play in the communication and modification of meaning and nuance. A section on the major (but usually overlooked) role of the schwa vowel is just one of the many essential contributions of Ms. Lujan s work. The American Accent Guide will find a valued place in professional business training as well as in schools and ESL classes. This program particularly responds to the needs of corporate call centers whose employees must quickly understand and then reply to consumer queries and complaints in a clear and natural manner. Their success -- or failure -- can greatly impact a company s reputation and success. The program is so clearly organized that individual learners can use it independently as well. ------ --Madeleine Shaw Lucien-Brun, Paris-based language trainer for corporations

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