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The Received Pronunciation Programme

Online Lessons

In these online lessons, you will learn everything you could possibly need in order to improve your English level and significantly improve your Standard Received Pronunciation. 

Downloads & Homework

Downloadable files with every lesson you have. These are filled with plenty of exercises that you will be required to do before the next class. They will be very instrumental in your journey.

Practice on WhatsApp

Feedback, counselling, guidance, and conversation with voice messaging on WhatsApp. Throughout our journey, you will be able to ask me any question, anytime.

Hello, I'm Abraham Elenin.

I am a British English teacher and accent coach. I am a certified teacher, and I specialise in teaching Standard Received Pronunciation to non-native English speakers online using different/modern methods compared to what is commonly found from more traditional teachers.  

 

My fresh new approach, using online lessons, recorded content, as well as direct contact, including voice messaging, provides the perfect roadmap to achieving your perfect English with a Posh RP British accent goals. I love talking to students from all over the planet, and nothing is better than hearing the cheerfulness in their voices when we have finally accomplished our goals. 

Programmes

British Pronunciation

In this course, you will learn every single thing you could possibly need in order to achieve your RP British English pronunciation goals. The course prioritises the sounds that will make the biggest difference to your accent. You will master all short vowels, long vowels, diphthongs, consonants, constant clusters, intonation, word stress, sentence stress, and significant connected speech techniques, including (assimilation, catenation, elision, intrusion) – absolutely everything, as well as my personal help on WhatsApp along the way.

General English

In this course, we will be focusing on language skills, including listening, fluency development, oral intelligibility, reading, grammar, writing, and vocabulary development. By improving your speaking and listening skills, you will eventually communicate effectively and productively.

Business English

In this course, you will be provided language instruction and training in business communication skills, including business correspondence, negotiations, formal presentations, informal networking, business vocabulary, report and proposal writing, as well as reading for professional purposes. You will also cover a range of skills that are found in everyday work scenarios. You will carry the message across and reach agreement.

Young Learners

This course is addressed to those who are of a younger age. The course focuses on simple English, including:

  • Turning lessons into songs

  • Illustrating new vocabulary using creative visual diagrams

  • Encouraging mnemonic devices to memorise grammar rules

  • Weaving in spontaneous or consistent dialogues throughout the lesson

  • Breaking up solitary study sessions with games and dancing exercises

 

English For Adults

This course is for adults who need English for their own purposes, to meet their own goals, and for personal reasons, no matter what the level is. Here are some ideas that are going to be used during the course:

  • Avoiding complicated grammar rules. There are so many rules in English grammar that a normal person can't just learn and apply them when speaking English.

  • Using simple vocabulary that will be easy to memorise.

  • Practising speaking as much as possible.

  • The classes are relevant to the student's age.

  • Flexible learning styles according to age, level, and purpose

Pricing

40-minute Lesson

$60

60-minute Lesson

$80

Intensive Lesson

$110

FAQ

Do you only teach one-to-one lessons?

No, I teach one-to-one lessons as well as groups.

Do you only teach online lessons?

No, I teach both online and offline lessons. For more information, please contact me at berberenglish@gmail.com.

Are online lessons convenient?

From personal experience and the feedback I have received, I would say YES! They are more convenient and efficient. All you need is a good Internet connection, and you are all set!

How does feedback work?

After each lesson you have, homework will be sent to you. Your homework must be done before your next lesson. As for pronunciation practice, you can send voice message(s) up to 7 minutes long on WhatsApp to get free feedback.

How often can I practise on WhatsApp?

You can contact me any time except weekends and official public holidays in Britain. Feedback takes up to 48 hours to be provided.

Why do I have an accent?

Everyone in the world has an accent when they speak. One accent is no better than any other. However, people who speak English as a second language regularly ask me for help with English pronunciation in order to stop people misunderstanding the things that they say. It's frustrating to be asked to repeat yourself, or to feel that people are listening to how you are speaking, rather than what you are saying. This course will help you to understand how small changes to your pronunciation can make a big difference to how well you are understood.

Why soften my accent?

There are a number of reasons why you may want to soften your accent. They may not all apply to you
and you may have reasons of your own, but these are some of the most common:

  • People make judgements about us when we speak, both professional and personal judgements. We may not like it, but they do.

  • A strong accent may often be perceived as a low language level, which is frustrating for the speaker and can lead to missed opportunities in work and everyday life.

  • A strong accent, even with perfect grammar and vocabulary, can prevent understanding and make you feel less confident about communicating. 

In reality, pronunciation is a separate skill and not a reflection of how fluent you are. However, the way that we speak also affects the way that we hear, so not understanding the rules of pronunciation can mean that some information is processed incorrectly, and can lead to misunderstandings and more missed opportunities.

Is it important to have good pronunciation?
Just consider the following points:

Bad pronunciation:​

  • May be confusing and hard to understand for those who listen to you

  • Gives the impression that you are uneducated

  • Doesn't allow you to become a good public speaker.

Good pronunciation and a neutral accent:

  • Allows you to become a pleasant communicator

  • Is a good basis for public speaking

  • Will enable you to enjoy speaking more

  • Gives you confidence, and your confidence in turn opens up for you all sorts of opportunities.

What accent will I learn?

The British English accent you will be learning in this course is called Received Pronunciation, or RP for short. Geographically, RP is most commonly associated with the south of England, and is one of the main accents spoken in and around London, although certainly not the only one. Queen Elizabeth Il spoke a very traditional form of RP, while many British TV and radio presenters speak one which is more typical of modern-day users

Why Received Pronunciation?

Why not learn to speak with a Scottish or London Cockney accent? Why make an effort to reduce a strong Russian or Spanish accent? The reason is very simple: to help you with making your English clear and easy to understand for the majority of English-speaking people. This course teaches you how to develop Received Pronunciation (RP). RP is simply a neutral pronunciation of educated Southern English. It's sometimes called Standard English.

What is the history of RP?

Beginning over a century ago, RP spread rapidly throughout the Civil Service of the British Empire and became the voice of authority and power in a substantial part of the world. Because it was a regionally 'neutral' accent, and was thought to be more widely understood than any regional accent, it also came to be adopted by the BBC when radio broadcasting began in the 1920s.


The first Director General of the BBC, Lord Reith, when asked why he had chosen RP for the BBC, replied: "I tried to get a style or quality of English which would not be laughed at in any part of the country.


To date RP retains its considerable status. It is still the standard accent of Parliament, the Church of England, the High Courts and other British national institutions. It has long been the chief accent taught to foreigners who wish to learn a British model. RP is also taught in acting schools in the UK, as actors from different cultural and social backgrounds are required to have the ability to speak using RP when it's necessary for their performances.

It should be noted that RP is not static. Modern RP has been simplified compared to, say, what it was over 50 years ago, and now sounds more neutral and democratic. However, it will most certainly remain the accent of educated people.

How will it feel?

Working on your accent will feel very different from working on your grammar or vocabulary. When you change how you speak, you change a part of your identity. Our voices and accents are highly personal reflections of who we are. When we speak, we instantly share information with the world about where we have come from and how we feel about ourselves. People respond to that information, and make judgements, even if they don't realize they are doing so. When you change the way you speak, people will respond to you differently, and you will also feel different about yourself. People sometimes say they feel fake when they first start learning a new accent. This is unavoidable, so I recommend treating it as part of the fun! Give yourself permission to feel different at first, like putting on a disguise. You will gradually get more and more used to talking in this way.

Where can I listen to examples of this English accent?

Search for these speakers on YouTube to hear the accents:

Female: Maggie SmithEmma WatsonKeira Knightley 

Male: Ralph Fiennes, Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh BonnevilleJeremy IronsCharles Dance

How long will it take to change my level?

It normally takes 6–9 months; however, it also depends on other factors, including:

  • Your current level of English

  • The level of English you need (Hint: for most people, upper intermediate is enough)

  • Which languages you already speak

  • If you’re living in an English-speaking country

  • How hard you study

  • How much you practise

  • How good you are at learning languages.

Do you receive payments from Russia and China?

Yes.

 

What are your terms & conditions/privacy policy?

You can find the terms & conditions here. The privacy policy can be found here.

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