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Linguistic Coaching

Our Linguistic Coaching offering is aimed at the Japanese businessperson who wishes to significantly improve their English communication ability in a short period of time. This coaching is appropriate both for beginners in English wishing to gain more confidence, and advanced speakers who wish to refine and polish their English communication skills.

Our Linguistic Coaching is based on analysis of the participant's needs and is tailored to pinpoint the areas that can be leveraged for rapid and significant improvement. Communication techniques that are not covered in typical English training are taught. Participants in our Linguistic Coaching report that they are better understood by non-Japanese colleagues, leading to increased communication effectiveness. Many participants also report improvement in their listening comprehension.

Our Linguistic Coaching instructor, Paul Jaffe, has specialized training in comparative phonetics, and has developed unique skills and instructional methodologies for training Japanese speakers in proper production of English over a period of 30 years training Japanese businesspeople, professionals, and educators to communicate more effectively.

Linguistic Coaching is typically done in sets of ten sessions. It can be done for either individuals or groups. Sessions can vary between 1 and 2 hours depending on the number of participants and other conditions. Sessions can be conducted in person in the New York area, or via Skype from anywhere for individuals or very small groups.

Contents will be tailored to the participant, but typically will include:

  • Overview of the sound system of the English language.
  • Coaching on the pronunciation of sounds and sound groups that interfere with being easily understood.
  • Understanding and practicing the characteristics of stress in English, to create a more natural-sounding speech.
  • Learning to recognize and approximate more closely the natural rhythms of native English, which differ radically from Japanese. This will help the participant's English sound friendlier, and easier to listen to.

Collectively these factors can make a big difference how well one is understood in English, as well as in improving the rapport between speaker and listener. With time and attention to these factors, the participant will also be able to hear the sounds of English better.