Accent Assessment

Find out your priorities, make progress faster.

Private English Pronunciation Lessons

Accent Assessment

Find out your priorities, make progress faster

Private English Pronunciation Lessons

What happens in an assessment lesson?

I’ll assess your accent, introduce the foundations and walk you through your priorities.

1. Assessment

I begin with a thorough evaluation of your accent, enabling me to tailor the lesson to your unique requirements.

2. Exploration of the mouth muscles

Speech is physical activity. It’s important to understand how the mouth muscles work so that you can change the way you speak.

3. Mouth muscle training

We do physical training exercises to make the mouth muscles stronger and more flexible. This will give you the control to create new sounds more easily.

4. Phonetic symbols

English spelling is confusing. It’s not easy to guess the pronunciation of a word from the spelling (for example, the “b” in “debt” is not pronounced!) By learning the difference between letters and sounds – and by using symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) – the process of pronouncing words becomes much simpler.

Don’t worry if you want to avoid phonetic symbols – they aren’t essential to improving your accent.

5. Your priorities

I’ll walk you through what will make the biggest differences to your speech. The primary goal is improving intelligibility (= people understanding you). If you wish, you can also work towards sounding more Standard Southern British English (or a different accent). Depending on your needs, I may point out vowels, consonants, rhythm, intonation, connected speech and muscle settings. When helpful, I make comparisons between the sound systems of English and your native language.

6. Practice materials 

I recommend using the materials in my British Council award-nominated course for practice. After the assessment, I’ll email you a PDF detailing what we learned, what your priorities are to study, and links to the relevant sections of my course.

7. Guidance

I’ll advise you on how to practise. You’ll find further tips on this and how to integrate new sounds into your everyday speech within my course.

8. Speak clearly & confidently!

After the assessment, you’ll have a deeper understanding of how English pronunciation works and you’ll be able to start your journey to communicate more effectively in English.

Where and When?

English Pronunciation classes
  • Take the assessment whenever and wherever suits you online.
  • Monday – Thursday, 10am – 6pm (UK time).

Teaching you can trust

Luke Nicholson accent coach

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Hi, I’m Luke – a British accent coach based in London.

  • Qualified: I have a first-class BA(Hons) degree in languages, an MA in acting, a CELTA for teaching English, and the International Phonetic Association (IPA) Certificate.

  • Professional: I’m a member of the International Phonetic Association.
  • Experienced: I’ve been teaching pronunciation for over a decade. In that time, I’ve taught students from 90 countries. I also lecture at the Summer Course in English Phonetics at University College London (UCL).

Pricing

The assessment lesson is 1 hour. Before you pay, contact me to check my availability.

Assessment lesson

£149

A cheaper (but very effective) alternative to private lessons is my British Council award-nominated pronunciation course. It includes access to my online classroom for 1–1 coaching and feedback.

I’m currently fully booked for regular private lessons and my waiting list is full.

However, you can still book an assessment with me!

Listen to previous students

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Book assessment / Ask a question

Contact

Use the form below to book an assessment or ask a question. You can also email me directly at Luke@ImproveYourAccent.co.uk or phone +44 (0)7952 982 803.

Please note that I am fully booked for regular private lessons and my waiting list is full. However, you can still book an assessment (£149) with me.

If you have a question, you might find the information on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I’ll assess your accent, introduce the foundations and walk you through your priorities.

1. Assessment

I begin with a thorough evaluation of your accent, enabling me to tailor the lesson to your unique requirements.

2. Exploration of the mouth muscles

Speech is physical activity. It’s important to understand how the mouth muscles work so that you can change the way you speak.

3. Mouth muscle training

We do physical training exercises to make the mouth muscles stronger and more flexible. This will give you the control to create new sounds more easily.

4. Phonetic symbols

English spelling is confusing. It’s not easy to guess the pronunciation of a word from the spelling (for example, the “b” in “debt” is not pronounced!) By learning the difference between letters and sounds – and by using symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) – the process of pronouncing words becomes much simpler.

Don’t worry if you want to avoid phonetic symbols – they aren’t essential to improving your accent.

5. Your priorities

I’ll walk you through what will make the biggest differences to your speech. The primary goal is improving intelligibility (= people understanding you). If you wish, you can also work towards sounding more Standard Southern British English (or a different accent). Depending on your needs, I may point out vowels, consonants, rhythm, intonation, connected speech and muscle settings. When helpful, I make comparisons between the sound systems of English and your native language.

6. Practice materials 

I recommend using the materials in my British Council award-nominated course for practice. After the assessment, I’ll email you a PDF detailing what we learned, what your priorities are to study, and links to the relevant sections of my course.

7. Guidance

I’ll advise you on how to practise. You’ll find further tips on this and how to integrate new sounds into your everyday speech within my course.

8. Speak clearly & confidently!

After the assessment, you’ll have a deeper understanding of how English pronunciation works and you’ll be able to start your journey to communicate more effectively in English.

It’s a good idea to take the introductory lessons in my online course (lessons 0–5) before taking an assessment. This will provide you with a solid foundation in how we create sounds and how we analyse speech. By doing so, you’ll be better equipped to make the most of the assessment lesson, as we can concentrate on your specific pronunciation needs rather than exploring pronunciation foundations.

However, if online learning isn’t your preferred method or you’re eager to get started with a personalised assessment straight away, it’s not a problem.

Yes, you can join me in my online classroom for 1–1 coaching/feedback. This is part of the online course subscription.

After the assessment, I’ll email you a PDF detailing what we learned and what to practise at home. It will include links to study lessons within my online course.

The assessment is suitable for people with a high-intermediate or advanced level of English.

Knowledge: I am qualified by the International Phonetic Association (as well as having a first-class degree in languages).

Experience: I have taught people from 90 different countries and have given lectures on phonetics at University College London (UCL).

Professionalism: I have been published in the Voice & Speech Trainers Association academic journal.

Attitude: I thoroughly enjoy my job!

Still have questions? Contact me.