Brooklyn’s Triumphant Journeys Offering English Pronunciation for Career Success through Adult and Continuing Education at Medgar Evers College

December 16, 2011 | Medgar Evers College

Triumphant Journeys Life Coaching is partnering with Adult Continuing Education at Medgar Evers College to offer, “English Pronunciation for Career Success,” a beginning course taught by a licensed speech pathologist. The five week course, starting on February 28th, 2012, will include 10 class sessions and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

This course, the third that Triumphant Journeys is offering jointly with Medgar Evers College, is based on a unique approach, the Ariber Accent Reduction B.E.A.T.™ program. Students will focus on learning to hear the “beat” of their own language, thereby learning to hear the melody of English. Participants will find themselves able to correct their pronunciation on their own, with far less effort than traditional accent reduction approaches.

“Those for whom English is a second language often know English grammar and may even have an advanced vocabulary, but have problems with intonation and pronunciation,” says speech language pathologist Rochel Lieberman, who will teach the course. “Every language, like a song, has its own melody and beat. When you speak English with the melody of your primary language, your pronunciation doesn’t sound right to the listener and you may not be understood.”

Ms. Lieberman points out that the Italian melody, for example, includes many phrases that lilt upwards, while Spanish speakers tend to use a very rapid beat, especially when speaking with emotion, and Russian speakers have a tendency to staccato speech.

“None of these melodies sound right when combined with English,” Ms. Lieberman notes, “because the melody of English goes up, then downward, and at a slower pace than some other languages. When students start using the rhythm and pace of English, they not only sound more natural to English speakers, they also have more time to improve their articulation.”

Every participant in the course will receive a complete, individual evaluation of their American English accent. These evaluations will help identify the vowel sound that causes greatest difficulty to the class as a whole; the course will include extra attention to improved articulation of this vowel sound.

Instructor Rochel Lieberman, MA CCC-SLP, is a Speech Language Pathologist and a professor of language development, as well as the founder and director of Ariber Speech. She works continuously with professional speakers and sales professionals to enhance their ability to communicate with the “sound of success.”

There will be a free demonstration of the Ariber B.E.A.T. method on February 6th, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. at Medgar Evers College. The room location will be provided to those who RSVP to ace.info@mec.cuny.edu. For further information on the course or to register: please contact Ms. Abelsky – chaya@triumphantjourneys.com or 347-240-8899).

Triumphant Journeys was founded by Chaya Abelsky to provide coaching services and training to individuals, couples and organizations. Ms. Abelsky received certification in Life Coaching from New York University and is a Professional Certified Coach of the International Coaching Federation. She started her career as a computer programmer, discovering her preference for working with people while doing client training for the NonProfit HelpDesk, a nonprofit organization that builds capacity at other nonprofits. She moved into a managerial role at the organization while expanding her capabilities with management skills courses and classes in a variety of healing modalities, and then entered the NYU coaching program.


About Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.