Nicole Kaup

Nicole K.

Seattle, WA
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Accent Reduction

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I work with foreign-born professionals to help them overcome English language challenges, speak clear, understandable English and reach their full potential in an American workplace. I can help you improve your pronunciation, develop a more American accent, fine-tune your grammar, improve word choice, take into account cultural considerations and more.

Tell me what you need, and I'll create it for you. Here are some examples of specific things we can work on too: phone skills, giving presentations, interview prep, interacting with patients, selling to potential clients. And there is so much more.

When you work with me, I create a program specifically for your needs, so you can reach your personal and professional goals. Since your lessons are designed just for you, the time you spend practicing is efficient and you make progress toward your goals quickly.
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Nicole delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 16+

Teaching since:

I am an accent reduction specialist and English language coach. I am a professional educator and have been teaching for 18 years. I have degrees in teaching English to speakers of other languages, Spanish and business. I also have advanced training in accent reduction and English pronunciation. I have taught at colleges, universities and language schools, as well as private individuals and workplace classes. I have taught people from all over the world. I spent 2 years training English teachers and conducting workshops and speaking at conferences throughout China and Mongolia. I also spoke on pronunciation at the international TESOL conference in Chicago in 2018. I am fluent in Spanish, and have some knowledge of Portuguese, German and Mandarin Chinese.

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Accent Reduction Specialist
Jan 2012 - Present
NW SOAR (Northwest School of Accent Reduction)


English Language Fellow
Mar 2015 - Jan 2017
U.S. Department of State & Lianyungang Teachers College

Served as an English Language Fellow stationed in Lianyungang, Jiangsu, China. Trained pre-service and in-service English teachers. Conducted workshops and spoke at conferences throughout China & Mongolia on teaching methodologies, English pronunciation and oral English skills. Frequent speaker at U.S. Consulate's Shanghai American Center.

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Adjunct ESL Instructor
Aug 2002 - Mar 2015
Clark College, Vancouver, Washington

Taught all levels of adult ESL to students from all over the world. Created and taught accent reduction workshops in the department of continuing education. Taught beginning & intermediate Spanish courses.


M.A. Spanish Linguistics
Sep 1997 - Jun 2000
San Diego State University
Postgraduate Certification - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Sep 1995 - Aug 1996
University of California, Davis
B.A. Spanish & Business Economics
Sep 1988 - Mar 1992
University of California, Santa Barbara


Limited Proficiency
Mandarin Chinese
Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Standard American English - Native Speaker
Fluent / Native Proficiency


TESOL International Association
Jan 2015

TESOL International Association’s mission is to advance professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.

Photos & Videos

10 Most Mispronounced English Words
English Coach Nicole
Pronunciation workshop for English teachers in Lianyungang, China.

Pronunciation lesson with a Colombian businessman.

English class with a Mexican student.

Workshop at the American Center in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on how to improve pronunciation.
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5 Reviews

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Vera Oct 7, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Before I took my classes with Nicole, I was unable to pronounce certain words because of my accent. This affected my progress at work. After 12 classes and a lot of practice, I was much more confidant with my speech and pronunciation. Nicole was very professional and knew exactly how to help me improve. She was very flexible when it came to scheduling our online classes. I would defiantly recommend Nicole, she is a great person and an even better teacher.

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Pilar Sep 11, 2018
Accent Reduction · In home

I have lived in the USA for about 20 years and couldn't recognize the pronunciation mistakes I made on my conversations, all I knew was that conference calls at work were moments of suffering and anxiety for me.
Nicole helped me to understand and correct my mispronunciation. She is an amazing and dedicated teacher with an incredible amount of patience.
After the completion of our classes I received a promotion at work and I attribute it in part to the improvements I made on my speech.
Thanks to Nicole I'm not uneasy any more about conference calls :-)
I highly recommend her!

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Julie Aug 11, 2018
Accent Reduction · In home

The reason I looked for accent reduction training was I wanted to improve on my English and people understand my accent better. Our trainings were really helpful. When I started the training, I thought I just needed accent lesson, but during the process, I realized I needed the help for grammar, writing, vocabulary etc. I felt my lesson was comprehensive English not just limited accent lesson. I liked you to record my accent and listened together. I didn't like to hear my voice and accent , but it was great reality check. I also liked the motivation and encouragement from you. Your honesty was really helpful too. The favorite part was having good conversation with you. I recommend Nicole because she can detect our problem and really familiar with the problem of Asian accent. She prepares the lesson well and customize our needs. She will set the goal for you, so it is easy to follow. If you are not sure, I want you to take a test and go over with her. It would be the eye opening.

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Huy Aug 3, 2018
Accent Reduction · In home

Nicole is a great teacher. She tried all the ways to help me improve my pronunciation, even the hardest sound. She patiently corrected my sound. It was a great time working with her.

Ricardo Jul 31, 2018
Accent Reduction · In home

Her classes are very professional. I learned a lot and I improved my accent in many words and phrases.

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