Speak With Success
BUSINESS COMMUNICATION & WRITING SKILLS
We have customised this two day intensive program in English pronunciation skills for anyone who wishes to speak English correctly for personal satisfaction or career success.
This program can be a standalone program or as a module of English Express suite of English language programs.
It is well known that most Malaysians pronounce English poorly. This is because when we speak English, we tend to import the sounds in our respective mother tongues into English. This program aims to create an awareness of the common pronunciation mistakes made by Malaysians and to highlight several key areas for improvement that will enable participants to sound dramatically better in a short time. Participants will also be taught to read the International Phonetic Alphabet used in English dictionaries.
1. INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH PRONUNCIATION
The importance of correct pronunciation, Received Pronunciation, International Phonetic Alphabet
2. FUN WITH PLOSIVES
Practice using plosive sounds t, k and p; combining the plosives; pronouncing the words in the past tense
3. MORE FUN WITH PLOSIVES
Practice using plosive sounds g, b and d; combining the plosives; pronouncing the words in the past tense
4. ACCENT NEUTRALIZATION
Introduction to the schwa sound; correcting common errors such as kuh-rekt instead of ko-rekt for the word correct etc
5. SPEAK WITH STYLE
Correcting common errors such as red instead of raid for the word red, bred instead of braid for the word bread etc
6. SUPER STYLE YOUR SPEECH
Explore the use of long vowels & diphthongs, phrasing – distinguish long and short vowel sounds, speak in phrases rather than word by word
This program employs adult learning techniques which include active learning strategies to facilitate understanding and retention. Participants will spend 80% of the time in actual practice which allows them to learn and develop a new way of speaking English. A workbook is used to facilitate the program. Included in the workbook is a chart which the participants can use (after the program) to track their progress in incorporating the various elements of correct pronunciation in day-to-day speech.
Azmi Shahrin was born in Ipoh and received his early education at St. Michael’s Institution, Ipoh and Malay College Kuala Kangsar. He won a Shell Scholarship to further his studies at the University of Kent, United Kingdom where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Economics. He subsequently obtained a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Malaya (2009) and he is currently a PhD candidate at the same university. He has been a member of MENSA since 1989. He has had more than a decade’s working experience in managing marketing communications, distribution channels and product branding with several companies including Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn. Bhd. and Maxis Communications Bhd. However, destiny was calling and in 2003, he quit his well paid job to become a trainer.
Azmi owes the turning point of his life to Toastmasters. In 1998, he joined Extol Toastmasters Club to sharpen his presentation and communication skills. He was President of the club in 2005-2006. He was also instrumental in the founding of Kelab Pidato Perdana (a Malay language Public Speaking club) where he served as President in 2004-2005 and is currently the Chief Trainer. In 2007-2008, He was Governor of Division W (of District 51 of Toastmasters International) and had the responsibility to oversee 32 clubs. He has also won many prizes in speech contests over the years and awards for excellent leadership and dedicated service, such as the Division C Toastmaster of the Year 2004-2005 award. He is also a trainer with the Toastmasters Leadership Institute. In 2006, he achieved Toastmasters’ highest award, which carries the title of “Distinguished Toastmaster” (DTM). All these enabled him to launch and excel at his new career as a public speaker and Presentation Skills trainer.
In 2015, Azmi has achieved the Gold Award Certificate for Test of English in Communication (TOEIC) scoring the maximum score of 495 for both the listening and reading components. This makes him a qualified trainer for TOEIC courses.
In the past 12 years as full-time trainer, Azmi has conducted training for the private/corporate sector, the government sector, educational establishments as well as members of the public. He has trained over 11,000 adults and students. While he specializes in public speaking and presentation skills, he is also competent in related areas such as communication skills, interpersonal skills, negotiation skills, English language skills and leadership skills. He regularly consults for Triple A Training, Proskills Trainers, Asia iKnowledge, Maslow Trainers and Consultants, Knowledge Paragon, Compass Mind Asia, SubHills, Aqalivista, Emerge Knowledge Connection, IVC and several other training providers.
LIST OF CLIENTS
Agility Logistics, Agreyia HCD (Asia) Sdn Bhd, Alcon Laboratories (M) Sdn Bhd, Ambangan Heights Sdn Bhd, American Air Filter Manufacturing Sdn Bhd, Amway Malaysia, Anamitra Consultancy, Asia iKnowledge Sdn Bhd, Bandar Utama City Corporation, Bank Rakyat, BERNAMA, Blackgold Oil & Gas Sdn Bhd, Capital Events, CCM Bhd, Celcom, CIMB Aviva Assurance Bhd, CIMB Bank, CMA CGM, Credit Guarantee Corporation (CGC), Cyberview Bhd, Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Department of Statistics Malaysia, DK Leather Corporation Bhd, Disitu Holdings Sdn Bhd, Domino’s Pizza Malaysia, DRB-HICOM, Dynamic Speakers Training Centre, Eastern Pacific Industrial Corporation Bhd, e-Cop.net Surveillance Sdn Bhd, Edaran Bhd, Election Commission of Malaysia, Elite Essential Sdn Bhd, Elken Sdn Bhd, Employees Provident Fund (EPF), EXIM Bank, External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA)