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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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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INTERACTIVE * ENGAGING * EFFECTIVE * yet Simple This total and complete Guide trains every element of American English speech in its natural context using everyday language of social/professional/technical settings.Develop your English communication skills for professional advancement and social situations. Attain a thorough understanding and mastery of the accent standard in North America. Learn to: Articulate each of the sounds, the sound blends, and grammatical inflections. Apply intonation and rhythm patterns unique to American English. Use proper stress on words and sentences.Used world wide by colleges, universities, language schools and by individuals for self-study

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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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