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From the get-go, working with Victoria was a pure delight. Her professionalism and constant devotion to scaffolding anyone’s learning are only few of the reasons why I chose her as my mentor. With her help, I have been able to increase my level of confidence exponentially, as well as being successfully mistaken for an anglophone ever since. In other words, if you are looking for someone to support you every step of the way, Victoria is definitely the way to go!
- Max L. Maclean – ESL teacher
The only reason why I think I’m comfortable writing a testimonial about Victoria is because she is not the first instructor with whom I’ve worked. That’s what gives me the ability to compare. Victoria is very capable of helping you modify your accent. Working with Victoria was nothing but a pleasure. In simple terms, she is good at what she does and is confident about it, something that I consider an important deciding factor when seeking one’s services. She’ll give you tones of fun exercises to do, forcing your ears to be much more attentive to the way you speak and hear. Last but not least, she is an honest person in that you won’t need to sign up for a membership!
- Arash Milani – Attorney
Victoria is a fantastic teacher. She was highly skilled at identifying my specific points of difficulty, and more importantly for me, she would explain everything in such a clear, precise and scientific manner. She would identify my mistakes by pointing out voice patterns, tongue and mouth positions. With her help, I’ve learned IPA, which vastly improved my understanding of accent patterns. I have truly enjoyed my time with Victoria and learned immensely from her. Her classes and guidance were invaluable.
- Dr. Nevin Oz – Professor & Researcher
Victoria is an extremely kind and devoted teacher. She has helped me make a huge step forward with my accent. By practicing daily, I have seen my English improve considerably in 10 weeks of class. As I am a person who wants to have a perfect standard american accent, Victoria would always be attentive to small details in my pronunciation and would take time to explain the differences between the Montreal, Canadian and American dialects. It was a pleasure working with her and I wish I had reached out to her even sooner!
- Maude Bouchard – Actress
Victoria is a very good teacher. Since I have started my classes with her, I figured out my accent problems and practiced on that. She has analyzed and designed the specific courses that fit my needs and therefore, I appreciate very much having classes with her. Thanks Victoria!
- Hanh Nguyen – Medical Researcher
To anyone thinking of improving their English Accent: Working with Victoria is your only solution! Working with her felt very easy but improved my accent so much. She always made me feel comfortable during each pronunciation class we had. After each training, she provided me with plenty of resources to keep in order to study and keep it on my computer to practice every once in a while. I recommended her to friends and will keep doing so. Also, the cost of her services were fully covered by my work health insurance.
- S. Bélanger – Customer Service Representative
I have been dragging my feet for years on working on my pronunciation. I wish I found Victoria earlier. She helped me understand the mechanism behind good English pronunciation and things I should focus on while speaking. We have been doing a lot of work during the classes, however the real change comes by practicing daily. I am fortunate enough to have an insurance that covers part of my expenses, so I will be going back to strengthen my change. It’s a real confidence boost when people stop re-asking what you said – they get it from the first attempt. I highly recommend improving your pronunciation.
- Eric Lupu – Website Developer
I have gained so much. I was thinking, to speak better language, we need to know more vocabulary and be fluent in grammar. But after attending your class, I have learned that it is confidence, the way we express, and the way we pronounce that matters a lot in speaking a language. Thank you Victoria for giving me such a confidence. My parishioners are really happy with my performance. Now they’re able to listen and understand every inch of my homily.
- Fr. Stephen Diraviam – Missionary Priest
I had been looking for an accent reduction course for 3 years before I found Victoria’s course. The course was great! Being aware of my pronunciation difficulties and learning what my patterns were really helped me to focus on them and gain confidence with the English language. Doing the daily exercises really made a difference!!
- Ana Lucia Chin – Fraud Analyst
Victoria is a fantastic instructor. She was able to pinpoint the aspects of english pronunciation that were most difficult for me, and she provided very helpful instruction on reducing my accent. I have enjoyed the classes taught by Victoria and really appreciate her guidance over the past months- I highly recommend the accent reduction course taught by her!
- Bin Lu – Software Engineer
If you’ve ever worked with me, you know that I am always going on and on about the importance of practice in acquiring the standard American accent (or any accent, for that matter!) There is a lot of research supporting the how, what and why to practice, but today, I want to focus on a […]
I remember being back in graduate school, meeting with my advisor. I asked her a question, and I was surprised when she answered “Are you telling me something, or asking me a question?” I thought it had been obvious that I was asking a question. Specializing in speech perception, however, my professor was keenly aware […]
In the last article, I began discussing word stress and vowel reduction in American English speech. Now, I will give the wordy answer to a question I get asked very often by clients who wish to improve their American English pronunciation: “But what are the RULES for determining American English word stress?!” While it does […]
Victoria Patenaude works with motivated, non-native English speaking professionals whose accent poses a barrier to their communication ease, confidence, and clarity. She holds a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Linguistics from McGill University. As a student of foreign languages herself, Victoria has a unique and empathetic understanding of the challenges of mastering pronunciation in another language– apart from English, Victoria is also fluent in Polish, French and Greek. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and an active speech-language pathology license in the province of Quebec. Victoria has pursued several specialized trainings that allow her to have a multifaceted and more holistic approach to her practice, including: an IAOM approved course in Orofacial Myology, a BBEA approved course in the Buteyko Breathing Method, and the Compton PESL Accent Modification course from the Institute of Language and Phonology. Combined with her experience and expertise in the field of neurorehabilitation, Victoria’s approach focuses on personalized instruction and feedback that’s guided by the principles of neuroplasticity, our brain’s ability to change and adapt, allowing each of her clients to improve their communication skills, increase their confidence, and reach their highest potential!