Michelle Knoop has over 20 years of experience teaching American English and accent to speakers of other languages in the workplace, community colleges, and privately. She has designed numerous curricula and materials for her courses. Ms. Knoop trained as an accent coach in 2010 with Rebecca Linquist of English By The Hour in Silicon Valley, and has a Master's degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from San Francisco State University (1994). She trained in linguistics, phonetics, semantics, pronunciation, and teaching methodology and is bilingual in Spanish. She has lived in South Korea, Mexico, Spain, and Costa Rica. Ms. Knoop is a native Californian currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Beginning with an in-depth speech analysis, an individualized plan for each client is created, using custom materials and a systematic approach to each client's particular challenges. By providing patient, focused, accurate modelling and feedback, change is effected quickly. Between sessions, practice exercises based in neuro-linguistic programming are prescribed to reinforce the work done in coaching sessions.