Kent Waters – Accent Coach
Kent Waters is an actor and North American English (NAE) accent specialist. Over the last 20 years, he has performed on stage, television, radio and in film. Beginning in 2008, Kent has also taught English as a Second Language, focusing exclusively on pronunciation since 2014. His approach combines the best accent acquisition techniques of actors with sound pedagogy based on the latest language teaching research. As such, Kent prioritizes the musical elements of NAE such as intonation, as well as word and sentence stress, with the immediate goal of his students being clearly understood as quickly as possible. To this end, emphasis is given to awareness, listening, and practicing new skills actively in a variety of situations, such as dialogues and role-plays. While the aim is intelligibility, Kent also teaches subtler aspects of NAE for those wishing to pass for a native speaker.