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 is the author of The American Accent Workbook, She Built Ships - Workbook, and editor of She Built Ships in World War 2. She has also designed numerous course curricula and materials. Ms. Knoop trained as an accent coach 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). There she studied linguistics, phonetics, semantics, pronunciation, and teaching methodology. She is fluent and literate in Spanish, and has lived in South Korea, Mexico, Spain, and Costa Rica. Ms. Knoop is a native Californian who resides in San Francisco's North Bay.
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.