Accent Reduction Classes Using Skype

 


This is a guest post by Cheryl Posey.  She is a licensed and nationally certified speech pathologist that focuses on Accent Reduction and Communication Skills Training.  You can find and follow her on her Speaking Your Best
 website. 



Why It's a Great Idea. In recent years, distance learning via the Internet has become almost a way of life, both in our professional and personal lives. We communicate with people from all over the world using either telephone conferencing or video conferencing. Chatting with friends and family members, conducting business meetings, earning a degree, meeting someone new from an online dating service, and providing instruction in almost any field available are just a few of the benefits of using the technology that the internet provides.

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Why is choosing Skype’s video conferencing on the internet to improve your communication skills? What are the benefits? In this article, we will be taking a look at the reasons video conferencing classes are becoming so popular with people from all walks of life.


Skype is free!

The videoconferencing software, Skype, is free to download on any computer: whether it be a PC or Mac. In today's world, we are all looking for the most cost-effective way to interact with others, and it does not get any better than free!


Skype provides three methods of communication to meet everyone's needs

Once you install Skype on your computer, you can communicate with people on your contact list using a variety of methods: audio only, video conferencing, and text chat. Videoconferencing is most like face-to-face, because you have the luxury of seeing and hearing the person you are speaking. Most of the people I work with prefer the video conferencing feature over in-person classes. There are a few individuals who prefer audio conferencing over videoconferencing, as video conferencing is more threatening than audio alone. Skype has something for everyone!


You have the option of private or group classes with Skype

Skype provides you with the option of having a private class where you would work directly with me alone, or a small group class with up to four people. While Skype provides both private and small group options, almost all of the people I work with prefer private classes. The main reason for preferring a private class is that most people do not want to be corrected in front of others as it makes them feel self-conscious and embarrassed. They are much more comfortable working directly with an instructor.


Skype's video conferencing is high quality

Because Skype provides good quality videoconferencing, there is usually no delay between the movements and speech. Occasionally, if a person does not have a fast enough Internet connection, the videoconferencing feature of Skype may not be an option. In this case, they may need to change to the audio only feature on Skype or use the telephone. From my experience in working with hundreds of people, there is no difference between the improvement rates for individuals using video conferencing versus audio.


Working on the Internet allows me to work with people from all over the world

Skype uses the Internet for video and audio conferencing, making it accessible for all individuals, regardless of their location. This is a huge advantage! The only the only time that the Internet would not be suitable for classes is if the student does not have an Internet or has a very slow Internet connection. The other consideration is the difference in time zones. Care must be taken to make sure that the time zones are correctly identified for each person so that classes can be scheduled appropriately.


Having classes using videoconferencing is very convenient

Today's professionals work long hours and often frequently travel for work projects. Because there is no travel time associated with having classes via Skype, you can arrange to take classes whenever it is convenient for you: at work in a conference room, at home before or after work, or even at a hotel if you are on a business trip. These options make taking classes using Skype very convenient.

In summary, we are all busy with our day-to-day lives, and free time is precious. Because there is so little downtime, we are always looking for convenient ways to schedule activities and classes without them becoming a burden. In today's society with our high technology, Skype video conferencing software provides a solution for us. For accent reduction classes and communication skills training, it is the perfect way for individuals from all walks of life and backgrounds to minimize extra time away from family or work. It is nice to know that you are just a click away from taking a class to help you achieve your goals in spoken English!

 

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