Pronunciation Training – Start next Tuesday, Sep 9th!

Speaking clearly is important to succeed in the Canadian workplace. And speaking with little or no accent will surely help boost your confidence to integrate into the workforce and lead to more career opportunities.

The CPAC Pronunciation Training is designed to address the specific difficulties of non-native speakers in verbal communication.  This 12 week intensive course is conducted in a small group setting with intensive interaction and individual attention, allowing each participant to target his/her own issues to reduce accent and improve voice quality. 

Participants are required to demonstrate a certain level of competency in English (CLB 6 and up) and have the motivation to improve. Attendance at class will help you build awareness – the first step towards change. Commitment to home practice is crucial to success. Concepts will be reviewed in class and distributed in handouts. There are in-class exercises as well as practice homework. The next class starts on September 9, 2014.

About the Instructor:

Ms. Carolyn Johnson has received two bachelor’s degrees – one in linguistics and one in education – and is certified by the Ontario College of Teachers. She is qualified in CELTA (Certificate in English Training to Adults) and has extensive training in second language acquisition.

In her career, Carolyn has taught students of all ages, from primary to university to working professionals, including teaching academic ESL at the pre-university level, and pronunciation courses at both the University of Manitoba and of Toronto. She has done extensive private and group accent modification coaching with university students and professionals from many linguistic backgrounds.

Time:               September 9— November 25, 2014 (12 weeks)
                         Every Tuesday Evening, 7:00pm – 9:00 pm
Location:        CPAC Office, 4150 Finch Ave E., Scarborough, ON M1S 3T9.  Free Parking.
Fees:                $300+HST for CPAC members, $360+HST for non-members
Class size:       15 max

Please include your name, membership number (if you are a CPAC member), phone number and “Pronunciation Training” on subject line in your registration.
Inquiries & registration: contact Grace at 416-298-7885416-298-7885 ext. 105, or email to:


                   Testimonial from Students

This pronunciation workshop is an excellent opportunity for non-native speakers to improve their pronunciation and to understand what correct sounds should be for certain words by native speaker (e.g., butter, biography, education, etc.).  The workshop also raises awareness for us to pay attention to native speakers on how they pronounce or stress some words. The teacher is very knowledgeable in English linguistics and some difficulties facing Chinese English speakers. The workshop is structured well but the teacher is only guiding through the materials.  The real and effective benefits are still up to each individual to practice accordingly.   

                                                                                                – Chunlei Zhao

Although it was a group study class, we have been provided one-on-one teaching / learning opportunity. In addition to pronouncing correctly, Heather taught and demonstrated the technique to produce sound like a native speaker. Heather’s class was very useful and we can benefit in and after class, life-long.

– Zhenyong Li


I am very fortunate to attend this pronunciation class. Compared with other pronunciation classes I have attended, this one is especially designed for Chinese. The instructor demonstrates extensive experience with Chinese and knows exactly the common speaking challenges we face. My favourite part is the one-on-one correction, which tells you what problems you have with which sounds and shows you how to make them right. I highly recommend it to anyone who is willing to improve his/her English speaking skills. 

                                                                                                Yucheng Zhang