Services

Corporate Accent Modification & Spoken-English Communication Training

Clarity creates confidence and connection in the global workplace. At Chicago-based CommuniClear Global, we help lawyers, C-suite executives, and subject matter experts communicate more effectively with speakers of different language backgrounds. Unlike other English language training organizations, our sole focus is on spoken English.

CommuniClear Global offers in-person and virtual training, coaching, and consulting support to organizations in the global workforce.

Training & Consulting Services

English Pronunciation & Accent Modification Training

Speech training for the global workplace. We equip training participants with the online tools, ongoing guidance, and practice opportunities they need for an efficient training process. Each training session includes at least one of the following:

  • Mini presentations
  • Mock interviews
  • Spontaneous conversations
  • Situation role plays

Telephone Coaching

30-minute telephone coaching sessions for targeted spontaneous speech practice. Throughout each session, the speakers-in-training receive immediate feedback & step-by-step guidance.

Presentation Delivery Coaching

Coaching for verbal and message delivery in presentations. Each coaching package includes strategies, practice tasks, and immediate feedback.

Spoken-English Speech Assessments

Initial & final assessments based on real-time performance and recorded speech samples. When conducting an initial assessment, the assessor first asks: Do I simply need to adjust my ear to the speaker’s English, or does the speaker require significant listener effort? If the latter, the assessor then listens as a trained linguist to make a program recommendation. At the end of each program, participants receive a final assessment.

Consulting

An outside eye with 20 years of experience in the English language training industry. Sarah Gallant, CommuniClear Global Founder & Trainer, has served both academic and corporate contexts, in the U.S. & abroad.

“The experience with Sarah was great. Sarah is a very experienced English language trainer who applies structured approach based on your level and needs to help you improve your problematic areas. She customized the course that matched my pronunciation needs as well as my business needs. She definitely helped me improve my speech which my American friends noticed that as well. Thanks to Sarah’s customized teaching plan.”

Thang

Foreign Attorney at Sidley-Austin-Chicago, from Vietnam

“Sarah, it has been really wonderful working with you. Thank you for all the hard work and great results so far! Your work with our team members located in India and the U.S. has been stellar. I’m very happy that you will continue to provide your services for us this upcoming year, and I’m looking forward to the new expansions to the program that we have discussed. Thanks Again!”

Neil Schauer

Senior Director in R&D, U.S.

“I have been extremely happy with CommuniClear Global’s video call (videoconference) training. The lessons are engaging and well-structured with good online materials. I personally believe that they are quite unique and innovative. For me, it has been a bug plus that I can attend the training sessions in the office, at home or during business trips, and the technology platform works well. After a few lessons I saw real significant progress….”

Massimo

Director of New Ventures & Innovation, in Italy

A few things to know about us:

We embrace accents

Our mission is to help global workforce professionals communicate in spoken English with more clarity, ease, and efficiency during client calls, virtual cross-functional team meetings, and webcasts. “Removing” accents is not our key objective. However, we can help you to reduce or modify your accent.

We value structure & detail.

Our clients are busy professionals. They are in need of structured guidance in bite-sized chunks. As a result, we have designed our training materials and online platform with this in mind. Included are the following:

  • Daily learn and practice pages
  • Downloadable pdf files
  • 3-5 minute video & audio-recorded mini-lectures
  • Supplemental audio samples
  • Daily practice assignments (estimated completion time: 20-30 minutes per practice assignment)
  • Extra materials for extra practice (in case the assignments aren’t enough)

Prioritizing a systematic & active practice routine helps our clients to steadily integrate the training materials into real-time spontaneous speech.

Our training approach.

Our carefully-structured spoken-English communication training programs serve BOTH the:

  • Analytical learner. That is, one who values breaking down the English sound system to understand how it works. Also, one who is curious how English is different from their first (or second or third) language.
  • Kinesthetic learner. That is, one who best absorbs this type of linguistic training via physical movement and real-life practice tasks. This learner would prefer to practice via mini-presentation, telephone coaching calls, and spontaneous conversations.

For a results-driven program, we integrate our clients’ work-related language/materials into our training materials. We keep each session talky-talk practical while we also demystify the English sound system.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who do you serve?

We work with business executives, lawyers, and subject matter experts of different language backgrounds and industries. These professionals are advanced speakers of English who communicate regularly in English for their work. They understand that in today’s global workplace, spoken English is a professional skill that allows them to share their ideas and be understood as they intend. A neutral question such as, Are you ready for the meeting? will not be interpreted as I’m so annoyed that we’re having this meeting. Our clients understand that being better understood in spoken English can help them engage with the people they need to reach to efficiently accomplish their professional goals.

Do you offer customized programs?

Yes, we do. Contact us to start the conversation. Our carefully structured programs are designed with our clients’ spoken English and communication needs in mind.

What is the time commitment?

One of the first questions that both team directors and training participants usually ask is, How much time does this type of training require? Programs are typically range from 6-10 weeks. They are designed so that the participants practice for 15-20 (maybe 30) minutes per day (M-F). This everyday practice is important for steady improvement in the speech training process.

If a training participant travels frequently for work, does this disrupt the training momentum?

Not necessarily. Every program includes an online dedicated training space for 24/7 access to the program materials. Marking out the recommended time for any given program helps to maintain the program momentum. In place of meeting in person, we can meet by telephone, teleconference, or videoconference.

Do you help clients only with spoken English? How about written English?

Our area of expertise is spoken English. However, we know of other industry professionals who specialize in business and academic writing. We are happy to help you find a good match for your needs.

Do your instructors hold an advanced degree and have experience with this specialized type of training?

Yes, each instructor has earned a masters in Applied Linguistics-TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Each instructor also has a minimum of eight years of training experience.

How do I get started?

A phone call is a good place to start. If you are a team director or HR professional, we can discuss the next step options. If you are a non-native English-speaking professional, we can start with an informal 20-minute interview to get a sense of your spoken English and professional communication needs. We can then discuss the next step options.