Kevin Finnerty

Kevin F.

Philadelphia, PA

Lesson Details

Accent Reduction

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Are you having trouble in job interviews or personal interactions because your accent gets in the way? There's nothing to fear because this is something that can be remedied with a little practice and a knowledgable guide. As a trained vocalist and voice-over performer, I am acutely aware of and sensitive to the delicate workings of the voice. These mechanics can be harnessed and mastered for the purpose of adjusting or hiding any accent. All you need is guidance and the help of a trained ear to direct you.

If you are an English learner, accent reduction can be useful in removing a barrier in professional situations. Of course you have the skills and experience to perform the job, but some managers may be scared by a strong accent. They may assume that your language skills are generally weak. You and I know this is nonsense, but it is a reality we must deal with. If you are having this problem, I can help you.
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About

Kevin delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
August 2007

I have been a teacher for several years in subjects ranging from Music to English. My most recent experience has been with ESL students, which I find to be most fulfilling. I earned a 94th percentile GRE Verbal score and have coached several students in test prep and general writing. As a trained singer, dialects and accents are areas with which I have extensive experience. The mechanics of phonation and speech have been a theme throughout my career and I have developed an acute sensitivity to the intricacies of diction in various languages.

I hope I can be of service to you!

On a personal note, I enjoy long-distance bike rides, classical music (2,500 vinyl LPs in the collection), personal essay writing, movies, and cooking. I love learning and spend almost all of my free time learning about something.

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Experience

English/ESL Teacher
Sep 2013 - Oct 2015
Incheon Metropolitan Office of Education, South Korea

Music Teacher
Aug 2008 - Sep 2012
School District of Philadelphia

Education

TESOL/TEFL Certification
Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
Oxford Seminar
Bachelor of Music
Aug 2003 - Dec 2007
Temple University

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