Everything you need to speak clearly and confidently, all in one place.
San Diego Voice and Accent offers customized online English communication training that will transform you into a compelling and effective speaker.
Customized packages can include training in American English pronunciation, accent reduction, public speaking, presentation skills, and professional voice projection skills. All classes and courses are taught by Julie Cunningham, an industry-leading American accent coach and licensed speech-language pathologist.
Not sure where to start? Here are all of the training options I offer:
#1: Fully customized 1-on-1 training
This option is best if you want to receive the most intensive and effective training possible. All sessions are private, and the course material is fully customized to your specific communication goals. I offer two types of private training, Accent Reduction training and Professional Voice training. They can be trained separately or combined into one customized course. To find out if 1-on-1 training is right for you, click here: Private Accent Reduction Training and Private Professional Voice Training.
#2: Group classes
This option is best if you want the same high-quality and effective training that I provide, but you have fewer speech goals and are looking for a less-intensive training program. To find out if group classes are right for you, click here: Julie’s Conversation Club.
#3: Self-study online courses
This option is best if you want the same high-quality and effective training that I'm known for, but you want the flexibility of training on your own schedule. All courses come with the option of purchasing a speech evaluation to help guide your training, as well as private, one-on-one training sessions to maximize your progress along the way. To find out if self-study, online courses are right for you, click here: Online Courses from San Diego Voice and Accent.
If you’re ready to start your speech training, be sure to check out my Pricing information first. Then, contact me to discuss your customized training course. I’m looking forward to speaking with you!
Areas of Practice
Accent reduction can help those who wish to improve their English communication skills by developing a deeper awareness of the American accent and learn how to be a more effective communicator. My accent reduction courses are fully customized to your specific needs and concerns, and each course offers rigorous study materials that will teach the American accent at all levels of language and settings.
You'll learn how to pronounce American English vowels, consonants, stress and intonation, and sentence-level linking and word reductions. You'll also improve your conversational English skills through role playing and presentation activities. All courses include regular, personalized feedback and access to weekly office hours between sessions to keep you on track to reach your goals.
Professional Voice and Executive Skills Training
Learn how to project a clear and confident voice in the most stressful of settings - public speaking. Professional voice and executive skills training can teach you techniques to improve the strength, quality, and clarity of your voice, and help you to conquer the anxiety of public speaking.
Everyone can benefit from public speaking and voice projection training, as the voice is used in all forms of oral communication, across all languages and accents. This course can benefit both native speakers of English and non-native speakers of English, and it can be added onto any accent reduction course if desired.
Classes and Courses
If learning in a group is more your style, SDVA offers live, weekly group classes on the American accent at Julie's Conversation Club! Participants come from all around the globe for fun and engaging lessons on the American accent. You can also practice your English conversation skills with Julie and receive detailed feedback on your pronunciation skills.
You can also study at your own pace with one of SDVA's premium online courses on the American accent! Whether you're a beginner of English or more advanced, a working professional or a student, SDVA has an online course that can benefit you!
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"I recently finished a 10-session program with Julie, and I am completely satisfied with the results. Since the first class, it was clear that she was an expert on the subject and created a safe space to practice and ask. The program is completely structured to your needs and based on an initial feedback on your English level, which is probably affected by your mother tongue. It was quite helpful to know the aspects that I needed to improve, but at the same time to be versatile enough to focus on the points you feel less confident. Julie is very organized, so you are aware beforehand of how the class will be, together with feedback of your assignments. I totally recommend Julie if you are looking for a coach that helps you improve the details of your accent that limit your communication or make you feel less confident. My best piece of advice is take the leap to reach your English goals!" — Juan V., PhD student, Spanish
"Julie provided key information on American English pronunciation. Before I attended her 4-week seminar, I thought my pronunciation was pretty good. After the first class, I realized that there are still many things I can improve on. She provided information and feedback on how I can improve my pronunciation skills. I liked very much her practice in the class. The information I learned in her classes helped me to hear and understand better what others are saying. And with practice, I can feel others can understand me better as well. Julie has a great way of helping me to realize how the muscles in my mouth can move in a way to fulfill the need for the word at hand. This is exactly what I need to improve." — Hong, Senior Scientist, Mandarin
"Working with Julie was awesome! She helped customize the syllabus as per the feedback from my initial performance review, which helped me focus on my weak areas such as understanding intonation, consonants, and American English pronunciation. The course gave me a jump start on becoming a better story teller." — Sunit V., Electrical Engineer, Hindi
"So thankful for Julie! She is an outstanding instructor; organized, flexible, knowledgeable, dependable, objective, honest, and committed to help her students succeed. Despite being unable to complete the 16 lesson course due to other commitments. I was able to improve my pronunciation during our 9 sessions, and most importantly, increase my awareness of speech patterns that as an ESL student was not familiar with. Working with Julie has significantly improved my overall confidence in speaking the English language. I particularly appreciate her honest feedback, and all the resources provided during our sessions. I highly recommend working with Julie for anybody wanting to improve their pronunciation and understanding of American speech patterns. So worth it!" — Lupita H., Registered Nurse, Spanish
"Before I worked with Julie, I had trouble pronouncing words with vowel sounds - I’d either carry over a sound to another word or swap the starting sounds of two consecutive words. This made me a little conscious and I asked her for help. She broke down the pronunciations and word linkings over a few video sessions, and helped me master the pronunciations. As a result, I became proficient at pronouncing sounds I previously had trouble with, and now I’m much more confident while speaking. I’ve also gained more awareness of my pronunciation. Julie is an excellent and a patient communication coach, and I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to work on their pronunciation and accent reduction." — S.J., Tamil
"I had the pleasure of working with Julie on my standard American accent. Her knowledge and supportive instruction style made the experience truly enjoyable and worthwhile. Her professional yet easy going manner made me feel comfortable from the outset. Julie was encouraging, enthusiastic and most of all patient. I have renewed confidence in my accent capability and I have her to thank for it." — Stephen L., Voice Over Actor, South African English
"I am a college student and have taken Julie's classes for over six months. Julie fixed my Chinese accent and improved my speech skills. She is one of the most responsible teachers I have ever had. Julie is VERY ORGANIZED. She would make a plan every time before class and give good feedback after. Julie would always upload helpful practices in Google Drive with an organized format. I also had a practice sheet that tracked my practice time. All of these small details made me study and make progress spontaneously. Julie is also extremely precise and experienced. I had a Chinese accent and she was able to find my minor flaws and give me efficient ways to fix them. I was always able to see my improvement after each class. I am very fortunate to learn from Julie. If you want to fix your accent precisely and efficiently, Julie will be your best choice." — Aaron Z., Student, Mandarin
"I have worked with Julie for 8 months to improve my accent. She is an incredible teacher. I like how quickly she could diagnose my pronunciation issues, in particular my tongue placements. She increased my awareness of how to speak like a native speaker. She also gave me drills to improve my speech, some of which are quite innovative such as using a metronome. Julie is very patient and compassionate and fun to work with. I highly recommend her for her skills, caliber, and approaches to quickly move you forward.” — Joan Y., Life Coach, Mandarin
"I’ve crammed down the first four and a half chapters of the Master the American English Vowels for Spanish Speakers course. This course has so many great nuggets of wisdom! I’m sure other Spanish speakers will love it, too. So far, the part that I love the most is the reduced vowels in sentences as I know it makes such a big difference in speech. And having the chance to repeat each sentence as many times as I want in normal and slower pace is just brilliant!" — Rocio P., Software Engineer, Spanish