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ANNOUNCING one-hour private lessons taught by Tom Kelley. Tom is an actor and language coach living in New York. He has an MFA from Harvard University’s acting program, where he took courses in phonetics as part of his voice and speech training. Tom also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Acting with a minor in Music, Vocal Performance. He has been working as a Rachel’s English teacher since September 2012.
Tom has been in many Rachel’s English videos, including the Relaxation and Contractversation series, which he wrote. Get to know Tom by watching this Rachel’s English playlist!
Lesson Information – What You Can Expect:
Each lesson will be focused on helping the student make real progress: this means noticeable improvement in specific concepts and sounds that you can begin integrating into your everyday English conversation. It is possible that 4 weeks may be spent focusing mainly on one or two specific concepts or sounds, like placement, the R sound, or linking. If you commit to drilling during the week, combined with the recording projects and our focused lessons, you will see improvement. Students must commit to practicing 20 minutes a day, every day, to see improvement. An example lesson is outlined below.
Each week you will have a recording assignment to complete 48 hours before your lesson. All active students also get access to the MegaFun Classroom developed by Rachel and Tom – where you will find tons of videos, audio drills, games, a listening room, and forums where you will be able to ask questions and communicate with other people from around the world who are improving their pronunciation. You can’t get access to this material anywhere else! See below for an outline of a typical lesson.
Learn more about Tom’s approach by watching this interview on How to Practice. For the transcript of the interview, visit this page.
|4 One-Hour Lessons – $400
(must be taken within 6 weeks)8 One-Hour Lessons – $800
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You can purchase a lesson pack by using the PayPal button above. You will then receive an email from Tom Kelley that will direct you to his calendar so you can book your agreed-upon lesson times. Tom’s teaching slots are below. For more information, feel free to email Tom at email@example.com.
Tuesday: 2pm-5pm EST, 7-11pm EST
Wednesday: 9am-1pm EST, 2pm-6pm EST
Thursday: 2pm-5pm EST, 7-11pm EST
Friday: 9am-1pm EST, 2pm-6pm EST
Saturday: 10am-1pm EST, 2pm-5pm EST
Structure of a Lesson
Example timeline of an hour-long lesson:
2:00pm – Lesson begins by addressing any questions that have come up for the student since the last lesson.
2:10pm – Go over homework – receive feedback from the teacher regarding the recorded assignment that was turned in previously. The feedback will focus mainly on the major topics that the student is currently drilling.
2:30pm – Focused drilling work with the teacher – making sure that the student is drilling correctly and is understanding all sounds and concepts fully.
2:45pm – Free talk / conversation: a chance for the student to practice focusing on the topic while in conversation with the teacher. The teacher will clarify any words/phrases that need adjustment.
2:55pm – Wrap Up – Discuss questions from the session and select recording project for following lesson.
Premium Video Evaluation – $200
How it works: You send Tom a recording of yourself reading a piece of provided text and speaking freely for 1-2 minutes. Tom will listen to your recording and create a video response highlighting American English pronunciation issues that he hears and ways to improve. You will receive access to the feedback video, Tom’s notes, and suggestions for what to focus on to improve. You will also have the opportunity to sign up for a 15 minute Skype meeting with Tom to discuss any questions you have about his feedback. Estimated delivery time: 3-4 weeks.
Video Evaluation – $150
How it works: You send Tom a recording of yourself reading a piece of provided text and speaking freely for 1-2 minutes. Tom will listen to your recording and create a video response highlighting American English pronunciation issues that he hears and ways to improve. You will receive access to the feedback video, Tom’s notes, and suggestions for what to focus on to improve. Estimated delivery time: 3-4 weeks.
Basic Evaluation – $75
How it works: You send Tom a recording of yourself reading a piece of provided text and speaking freely for 1-2 minutes. Tom will listen to your recording and provide written feedback on any issues that he is hearing. You will receive Tom’s notes from your recording and suggestions for what to focus on to improve. Estimated delivery time: 2-3 weeks.