KTS Webinar #29: Approaches to Teaching Foreign Language Accents

Saturday, February 27, 2021 5:00 pm PST / 8:00 pm EST To convert this meeting to your timezone, please visit: https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/ Please join us on Saturday, February 27, at 5:00 p.m. PST for our second webinar of 2021, “Approaches to Teaching Foreign Language Accents” hosted by Eliza Simpson (KTS-Certified), Jack Wallace, and Yusef Seevers. In this webinar, our presenters will detail some of the techniques that they have found successful while coaching foreign language accents (both white and non-white). The presenters will each invite a bi-lingual actor/coach to interview and ask them about their experiences. They will then examine the […]

Vocal Tract Posture and Four-Year-Olds

A version of this post was previously published in The VASTA Voice. Getting the vocal tract posture of a language or an accent right is a crucial part of successful accent acquisition. Vocal tract posture (also called oral posture), is the particular patterning of muscular engagement, release, and positioning characteristic of individuals and groups of speakers. It is, if you will, the ‘home base’ for an accent, and can be thought of as the position to which the vocal tract returns when at rest, or when preparing to speak or resume speaking. Phoneticians call it articulatory basis, or basis of […]