Trina Killian

Trina K.

Ridley Park, PA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have experience providing accent reduction services and ESL services to students of various age levels. I have training in speech-language therapy and linguistics which have given me background knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of speech production along with understanding of the sound systems in various languages and how that affects one’s accent.

I like to focus on the sounds as well as other factors that influence accent and language: nonverbal communication, intonation, stress, etc. It’s not always just the sound that changes how you are perceived!

Whether you want to learn English or reduce your accent for fun or for work/study, I would like to help!

About Trina K.

I am a nationally certified speech-language therapist who also minored in linguistics. These qualify me to teach English and accent reduction with a fine-tuned ear. I am trained in assessment of language and sound production. In the case of accent reduction, errors are not all just about sounds, but nonverbal communication as well! These greatly affect your ability to be understood by a native English speaker, as are sometimes missed in others who do not have formal training is language and speech assessment.

My experiences as a language learner myself have also given me insight on how it is to both learn a language formally through school, and learning a language through experience living in another country. I know what it feels like to have difficulty understanding native speakers until your skills are high enough, and how it can make your brain feel tired just listening to a foreign language all day!

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Experience

Volunteer Group ESL Conversation Instructor
Jan 2015 - Apr 2015

English Language Institute

Volunteer instructor for "Talk Time", an ESL conversation practice group, with up to 5 students per group.

Education

Speech-Language Pathology
Jan 2012 - Apr 2017

University of Pittsburgh

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

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