American Accent Acquisition Specialist
Rebecca Linquist is Fripp Associates’ recommended Accent Reduction and American Accent Acquisition Specialist.
She has pioneered a program that helps non-native speakers of American English transform their speaking skills in as little as two months. She begins by analyzing a client’s speech, defining critical areas for focus, and customizing delivery to maximize time and effort, creating noticeable and sustainable results in her client’s speech, via 1-1 personal coaching. Rebecca has also worked in business as a Senior Manager and is intimately familiar with the communication challenges of non-native American English speaking professionals in the US.
Her programs are influenced by linguistic theory, speech therapy, and English as a Second Language techniques, as well as Best Practices based on her experiences working with professionals and C-level employees in the Silicon Valley. Her methodology includes visual, auditory, and kinesthetic techniques, using brain plasticity to create change. These experiential techniques are critical to reactivate the dormant language learning abilities we all possess as children. She uses both traditional means and proprietary techniques to address clear pronunciation and articulation, word stress, intonation, breathing pattern modification, mouth mobility/movement, voice projection, improving loudness with speech, and alternative solutions to slowing down the rate of speech. Through intense pattern-changing, one-hour sessions, once a week for a series of weeks, her programs enable profound behavioral change in her client’s speech.
Rebecca’s current and former clients include managers and executives employed by companies such as Cisco, eBay, Google, Oracle, KLA-Tencor, HP, Vocera Communications, Logitech, PayPal, NEC-America, Yahoo, and Apple. She has a Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics/TESOL from San Jose State, one year of doctoral studies in Management from UOP, and has apprenticed with a speech therapist.
Rebecca specializes in live, 1-1 personal coaching sessions at the client’s location or via the internet. Most packages include 10 or more sessions and may include additional sessions for applying the techniques and strategies to specific presentations, business conversations, and other client-specific needs.