I hold Masters degrees in Applied Linguistics and Speech Pathology as well as a Bachelors degree in Education. I have taught both adults and children in university and private school settings, as well as working with students privately.
I have extensive professional experience and training to help people who would like to reduce their accents, or who would like to improve their public speaking skills.
I have also tutored elementary and middle school students with their schoolwork and to help them prepare for standardized tests as well as students who are preparing to take the TOEFL exam.
I have had extensive experience in the business world and have worked with business professionals who are looking for jobs and who would like to improve their performance at work on speaking and writing tasks.
Some of the formal classes I have taught include conversation and oral communication, pronunciation in English, public speaking, TOEFL preparation (group lessons), reading (elementary school students), grammar, extensive reading (university level).
I also worked as the Curriculum Coordinator at a small private school (for adults) in Atlanta, Georgia.
In addition, Jayne produced and hosted a weekly radio program in Boston. She also produced documentaries for Montgomery County Cable TV in Montgomery County, Maryland. One of her documentaries was nominated for a prestigious ACE Award.
I can speak Spanish at an intermediate level (and learned Spanish as an adult learner which has given me tremendous insight into the challenges that adults face when learning a new language).
As part of Jayne's private practice, she provides customized instruction for individuals and small groups with a wide range of performance levels who would like to:
* make their speech more understandable by working on their overall pronunciation of English.
* improve their public speaking and presentation skills
* use conversational English more comfortably in business, social, or academic settings.
* improve their use of grammar in writing and in speaking.
Jayne has worked with clients from:
Coca-Cola, KPMG (Big Four Accounting firm), Mercer University, and other organizations.
Provide customized ESL training for business professionals, adults, and children other on conversational skills, grammar, pronunciation, reading and writing in English. Tutor Elementary and Middle School students who are non-native English speakers on academic subjects.
Taught Extensive Reading to advanced level international students (literary interpretation of novels and improvement of reading skills).
Taught oral communication skills to Level 2 students to help them improve their listening skills (in conversation and in lectures), their conversation skills, and their pronunciation skills.
Taught ESL classes for small groups of adults of varying abilities. Among the classes taught were: Pronunciation in English, Public Speaking, Conversation, and TOEFL preparation.
As Curriculum Coordinator, evaluated syllabi and lesson plans and observed teachers to make recommendations on improvement.
Taught immigrant parents (intermediate beginners to intermediate level learners) about US schools.
Developed materials to incorporate content with language development to help learners improve their speaking, listening and reading abilities in English.
Worked as and Account Manager and Sales Representative for many companies in the Atlanta area including Scholastic Books and IBM. Won multiple awards for my business performance.
Taught introductory Spanish to US children (ages 4 - 7).
Structured procedure for helping learners to make their speaking in English more understandable.
· Accent Reduction · In studio Jayne is a perfect fit for me. First, she diagnosed my REAL issue--not the one I thought I had, benchmarked the issue and then set a plan to resolve it. Her approach is data and research driven, which resonates perfectly with my style. Her homework is always effective, and I've seen improvement after every lesson. For the first time, I've listened to my recorded voice without cringing!