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Speak with Ease and Confidence with Accent Reduction
Be Heard. Be Clear. Be Understood.
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!