Learn English (ESL) with Tom

Master The American Accent

Tom S.
TakeLessons Live Instructor
Live-clock-goldClass length: 60 Min
Level: Intermediate

About this class

Intermediate – Can interact and be spontaneous but has problems with grammar and vocabulary Wants to improve their fluency, articulation, and pronunciation of speech.

Upper-Intermediate – The student has an understanding of everyday language with a few grammar and vocabulary errors and can speak without strain.

You will learn to produce the standard American accent. Some people also call it “broadcaster English.” It’s the standard, neutral speech you hear on CNN and in educated circles. It’s a non-regional American accent, meaning that people do not associate the dialect with any particular part of the United States. It is the accent most commonly associated with educated people in the American East, Midwest, and West.

There are numerous study tips throughout the course, both from myself and many successful students who have significantly improved their American accents. In addition, individual professional analysis of your accent will help you study accent reduction more efficiently.

This course will teach you to pronounce all of the leading American English vowel sounds accurately. The English alphabet has five vowels, a, e, i, o, and you, but it has 15 main vowel sounds. This is one of the most challenging aspects of American English to master for some learners. Speakers of languages with fewer vowel sounds are likely to speak English using only the same number of sounds in their native language. Sometimes they do not even hear the distinction between certain sounds in English. Consequently, non-native speakers might pronounce “hill” and “heal” differently. Similarly, the words sell and sale, or cup, cop, and cap may also sound the same when spoken by a non-native speaker.

This course will give you more detailed knowledge of the most problematic vowel sounds for non-native speakers. In addition, you will learn to clearly distinguish between certain sounds that may have seemed very similar to you in the past, and you will know the standard spelling exceptions for some vowel sounds within frequently used words. Memorizing these exceptions will significantly improve your accent.

This course will teach you how to form all of the consonant sounds of American English. “Problematic Consonants” and begin practicing the most difficult sounds for non-native speakers. Make sure that you also refer to the “Native Language Guide” at the end of the course, which will tell you which specific consonant sounds.

This course will teach the rules of stressing words within sentences. If you highlight the right words, your speech will have a natural rhythm and melody familiar to native speakers. The stress and reduction of terms create the music of English.

And finally, “Intonation” is the melody of language and is made up of pitches that rise and fall. This rising and falling melody is used to communicate our intentions and emotions. In spoken language, intonation replaces punctuation. It tells the listener whether we are finished talking or have something more to say, whether we ask a question or make a statement. Intonation also gives information that words alone cannot provide. It can indicate anger, surprise, confusion, hesitation, sarcasm, interest, or lack of interest. If your speech has good intonation, it will be more dynamic and exciting to listen to.

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About Tom S.

Certified Florida OCPS Teacher
Certified AP Language Instructor
Certified AP Literature Instructor
Certified TESOL/TEFL Instructor
Certified IGCSE Instructor
Certified SAT/ACT Coordinator and Proctor
Certified JollyPhonics

Take a lesson with a native English speaker! I help dedicated students and professionals improve their communication skills for every occasion. I provide the experience and encouragement needed, by assisting students in the advancement of their studies, careers, travels, or just for the fun of it.

I began my partnership with TakeLessons™ in 2009. My teaching style is relaxed, offers a project-based curriculum, tailored to best fit the student's needs and schedule when possible.

As a certified English teacher in curriculum and instruction, I ensure all my lessons are personalized for each student. Previously an elementary and post-secondary teacher, my concentration was helping students reach their full potential in the shortest amount of time. Meanwhile allowing online forums allow the students to relax and take in all the information through independent practice, modeling, and recall.


It's imperative that the student understands phonics as well as the parts of speech, i.e., syntax, tone, diction, use of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, etc.

As an English teacher, I develop an individual curriculum for all my students. I take pride in providing my students a project-based learning experience each lesson so that my students take on an active role in all my classes.

Students receive a step-by-step lesson plan or book with each lesson The study focuses on a specific aspect of language use, e.g., life skills, literacy, or vocational and workplace English competencies. Both approaches involve teaching students basic English skills, such as listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Lessons are based on the Common Core State Standards


- Pronunciation techniques and tips
- Independent practice for the workplace
- Quizzes, textbooks, videos, and computer lessons
- Basic communication with real-life interactions
- Personalized Google Doc
- Instant feedback!

Classes place awareness on the students' culture and recognition of cultural differences which might affect a student's ability to acclimate to their English-speaking environment.


We discuss goals to determine interest, learning style, and objectives - together creating a lesson plan designed for the individual student.


Combination with TakeLessons Classroom and eLearning with Zoom