Webinar 18: What is MLE?

Questions about this or any webinar? Contact KTS Webinar Series organizers Jeff Parker and Julie Foh at ktswebinars@gmail.com. Please join us Monday, December 10th, at 4pm (EST) for our 18th Knight-Thompson Speechwork webinar! “What is MLE?” will be an hour-long online discussion of the Multicultural London English accent, or “MLE,” possibly pronounced [ˈɛmɪˌli̽]. The discussion will kick off with a facilitated conversation among linguist Paul Kerswill, coaches Mary Howland and Linda Nicholls-Gidley, and New York actor Noah Anderson about the linguistic features and development of MLE, and how it is taught, learned, and used as an accent for actors. The conversation […]

Webinar 16: A Women-Ar (free!)

Questions about this or any webinar? Contact KTS Webinar Series organizers Jeff Parker and Julie Foh at ktswebinars@gmail.com. To All Female-Identifying Speechworkers: please join us Monday, October 22nd, at 4pm (EDT) for our 16th Knight-Thompson Speechwork webinar (for free)! Andrea Caban and Julie Foh, the female leadership of KTS, will facilitate a conversation about our collective experiences coaching and teaching within, without and in spite of the patriarchy. This will be an opportunity for us to be together, hear each other, and perhaps pool some courage and ideas for how to maintain our power and integrity as speech coaches in a […]

Webinar 14: Coaching Language & Style Part Two

Sorry for any confusion! You are now in the right place (ktspeechwork.org) to register for this webinar. If you’ve already completed this process on the old website (ktspeechwork.com) then there’s nothing to worry about. We’ve still got those records, and there’s no need to register again.  If you haven’t registered yet, this is the place to do it. If you’re planning on waiting for the last possible moment to register…don’t. Go ahead and register using the “tickets” section at the bottom of the page.   Please join us Monday, July 30th, at 3pm (EDT) for our 14th Knight-Thompson Speechwork webinar! […]

How Many Accents?

From Jeremy: In the last two posts, we (the editors) introduced ourselves and let you eavesdrop on one of our conversations. But enough about us! We’d like to hear from you. The big question I’m wrestling with today is: In a college accents course, how many accents should be covered, and which ones? Here’s a little more background… At the end of last term, I asked the students enrolled in my accents class what about the course was useful and what needed work. Everyone agreed that oral posture was a revelation and super-useful. Many were frustrated by the phonetics– as […]

Webinar 13: Coaching on Set

Please join us Monday, June 25th, at 3pm (EDT) for our 13th Knight-Thompson Speechwork Webinar! Doug Honorof and Mary McDonald-Lewis will host: “Coaching on Set.” Doug Honorof and Mary McDonald-Lewis will talk about what it’s like as a coach on a TV/film set. They will share their own experiences and offer advice, and there will be time for questions. The Registration fee is $10 to cover hosting costs. Once a month, every member of the KTS community is invited to connect, collaborate, and share all things KTS related.  If you have taken Experiencing Speech or have been introduced to fundamental […]

Actors Be Damned! (or: What I Don’t Think)—What Is the Value of (Super) Narrow Transcription?

All actors should learn narrow transcription. And I mean super narrow, with multiple diacritics hanging off of every symbol like crazed Christmas ornaments. All teachers and coaches should employ similarly narrow transcription in all their prepared materials, and whenever taking or giving phonetic notes. They should not water down the detail even when preparing materials for or giving notes to actors who don’t know any phonetics. If these actors can’t handle it, well, that’s just too bad. They should have paid attention in speech class. No. I’m pretty sure some people think that’s what I believe. I don’t. I think […]