KTS Webinar 27: An Introduction to Knight-Thompson Speechwork with Keri & Foster

Join us for our 27th webinar for a FREE introduction to Knight-Thompson Speechwork. KTS Certified Teachers Keri Safran and Foster Johns will outline a brief history of Knight-Thompson Speechwork, discuss what are (perhaps) principles that guide this work, and lead participants through an exploration of the vocal tract and basic speech actions. Your curiosity is invited for a KTS refresher, an introduction, or just to have a good time with speakin’ sounds! Keri Safran is a performer and Knight-Thompson Speechwork Certified Teacher who splits her time between New York City, Los Angeles and the Berkshires. Her clients range from Oscar & Tony winners […]

KTS Webinar 27: An Introduction to Knight-Thompson Speechwork with Keri & Foster

Join us for our 27th webinar for a FREE introduction to Knight-Thompson Speechwork. KTS Certified Teachers Keri Safran and Foster Johns will outline a brief history of Knight-Thompson Speechwork, discuss what are (perhaps) principles that guide this work, and lead participants through an exploration of the vocal tract and basic speech actions. Your curiosity is invited for a KTS refresher, an introduction, or just to have a good time with speakin’ sounds! Keri Safran is a performer and Knight-Thompson Speechwork Certified Teacher who splits her time between New York City, Los Angeles and the Berkshires. Her clients range from Oscar & Tony winners […]

EXPERIENCING ACCENTS #12 in NYC

A SIX-DAY WORKSHOP IN THE SKILLS OF ACCENT ACQUISITION With Co-Founder Phil Thompson and Certified Teacher Julie Foh    August 8th-15th, 2019 in New York City August 10th & 11th will be days off for you to rest and enjoy the city. See below to register, put down a deposit, or pay in full. Click here for a full description of the workshop. Experiencing Speech is a prerequisite for Experiencing Accents. We strongly recommend taking our Phonetics Intensive beforehand, as well. For more about Knight-Thompson Speechwork, please visit About the Work. Questions? Email us at knightthompsonspeechwork@gmail.com. Workshop Costs: VASTA Members […]

EXPERIENCING ACCENTS #12 in NYC

A SIX-DAY WORKSHOP IN THE SKILLS OF ACCENT ACQUISITION With Co-Founder Phil Thompson and Certified Teacher Julie Foh    August 8th-15th, 2019 in New York City August 10th & 11th will be days off for you to rest and enjoy the city. See below to register, put down a deposit, or pay in full. Click here for a full description of the workshop. Experiencing Speech is a prerequisite for Experiencing Accents. We strongly recommend taking our Phonetics Intensive beforehand, as well. For more about Knight-Thompson Speechwork, please visit About the Work. Questions? Email us at knightthompsonspeechwork@gmail.com. Workshop Costs: VASTA Members […]

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 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 […]

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 […]