About this course
This course lays the foundation to make an expert out of any student.
Settle in as Sarah walks you through the characteristic sounds of the Standard American Accent including the pronunciation of different sounds, words, phrases, and full sentences.
Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive seven short and easy to follow video lessons conducted by Sarah Valentine, a professional accent coach of 20 years. Plus! Complete the challenge within the ten days and you’ll get personal feedback on the self-tapes you submit after each lesson from Sarah herself.
Couldn’t do it in ten days? Don’t worry, you’ll continue to have access to the course so you can repeat it until you have the accent just right. This course will familiarise actors and voice actors with the basics of Standard American and even help those who simply want to sound more native.
Day 1. We begin with familiarising yourself with Ruzuku and using the website to get the most out of it. Moving quickly to Lesson 1, Phonetics, Learn to spell your way. You wont be learning the International Phonetic Alphabet you will be doing it YOUR way.
Day 2. Straight into creating your Spark - what triggers you into your accent?
Day 3. Words to Practise - Now we're moving from focusing on sounds to words. Bring what you learnt about sounds from the last lesson to help you navigate this new list of words. This lesson will focus on pronouncing words to help you sound more American.
Day 4. Catch up day - here you can go over the last 3 days and get all homework completed and watch over the videos ready for day 5.
Day 5. L's R's T's Don't get caught out on those very American sounds. Get these sounds right and you will nail this accent.
Day 6. Phrases and Words particular to Standard American
Day 7. Catch up day for homework.
Day 8. Sentences to Practise - here we really get into the nitty-gritty. Time to get those words sounding really good.
Day 9. More Sentences to Practice - Really working on those sentences so you get all your sounds right.
Day 10. Monologue day - this is the big one. Hopefully, you have learned your script (given to you on day 1) now it’s time to layer that accent on top. Upload that video! Get it done. Feedback from me on your work. I will go through your monologue and give you feedback on where you need to do work or tell you how great you are going.
This course is fun and full of great learning for any actor wanting to sink their teeth into a new accent. For further learning you can get a FREE copy of Sarah’s eBook ‘5 Accents Every Actor Needs to Master’ by visiting the link below:
Sarah's teaching is a wonderful blend of being clear and informative but also very warm and encouraging. It is a treat to learn from such an expert in her field who appreciates different learning styles. I would recommend this course for people who are confident at picking up new accents, but also those like myself for whom it is out of their comfort zone as Sarah makes it so straight-forward and un-intimidating.