I can speak English with a high degree of accuracy

I am a physician who graduated from an international medical school. Due to my strong accent, at times, people complained that I was difficult to understand. So, I decided to enroll in an accent modification and communication training course with The Whittaker Group. I have been working with Ms. Whittaker, who is a speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience. She worked on identifying my speech challenges including vowel and consonant sounds, word and sentence stress, and voice projection. She helped me increase awareness and ability to produce English in a style consistent with mainstream North American English. I am deeply impressed with her level of expertise, and very effective method of teaching. After four months training, I feel that I have made a lot of progress. I have gained confidence and can speak English with a high degree of accuracy and be easily understood by others. I am very happy with the outcome and cannot thank Ms. Whittaker enough for her time.
— L.Y., physician from China
 
Good news! I was offered the job that spurred my desire to minimize my regional accent. I want to thank you for all your help and guidance through the interview process.
— William Harrington, Financial Consultant
 

My experience in this class was wonderful.

I had the opportunity to work closely with the instructor. She was able to identify each of the student’s needs, and provided individualized material to work on. I felt that all her attention was on me, which it was very helpful. From now on, I’ll be more aware when I’m speaking. I’ll try to apply everything that I learned in this class for the rest of my life. I’m very grateful to Marjorie, and what she taught me. Also I’m grateful to (my managers) for giving me the opportunity to be part of this pilot leadership, accent and communication training program. I hope that other employees will have the same opportunity. Thanks so much.
— M.R., Supervisor (world-renowned medical center, Boston, MA), originally from Puerto Rico
 

This is the best training class I have ever attended.

I learned a ton with one of the best instructors. I would say that this pilot program is good for anyone who needs foundational knowledge in leadership and accent, and wants to learn a lot in a short period of time.
— R.M., Instrument Technician (world-renowned medical center, Boston, MA) originally from Morocco
 

Now I am ready because I am more confident.

I (want to take) this opportunity to thank you for these three precious months of attending this program. I learned how English was difficult, but after this class, now I am ready because I am more confident. Thank you!
— M.J., Instrument Technician 2 (world-renowned medical center, Boston, MA), originally from Haiti
 

She paid attention to every single sound I pronounced

Marjorie Whittaker has designed a great program to address the needs of every international professional who wants to improve their accent and speech skills. She paid attention to every single sound I pronounced, at every moment of every session! Every week, I could hear the improvement in the way I pronounced words. People around me have started noticing my progress. Marjorie’s program equipped me with excellent skills and techniques that helped me practice daily in order to keep reducing my accent.
— Professor of Mechanical Engineering Originally from Greece
 

Marjorie Whittaker was a recent guest on the television show The Language of Business. 

Our team was very impressed with Marjorie, her company, the way in which she works with her clients, and the outstanding content she’s included in her many published books. Over the past 18 months, Marjorie was one of only a few guests who opted to follow-up her appearance with a detailed blogging commentary. I have spent significant time outside of the US for business, either living overseas or frequently traveling abroad and intimately know the challenges involved with effective international business communication. It’s difficult but with practice and guidance can be improved working with people like The Whittaker Group. So, if you know of people who need to improve their business communication, or would like additional information on Marjorie or her firm, contact her!
— Greg
 

She has become an invaluable partner to our business.

I would highly recommend Marjorie and her services without reservation; she has become an invaluable partner to our business.
— Marisa Petrillo, Office Director, Corey McPherson Nash
 

Your materials provide very high-quality resources.

Your materials provides very high-quality resources for properly qualified and motivated students to use toward mastery of American Medical English. You are to be commended for the obvious diligence that you have expended in developing them. I would certainly give them my highest recommendations.
— Gerry Whelan, MD
 

She has helped me in so many different ways.

My journey as an international student in a new country has been a tough and challenging one. As a professional, I truly recognize and appreciate Marjorie’s labor as a great teacher. She has helped me in so many different ways. Marjorie’s teaching skills and strong spirit have been a great support to me in my long path to speak English fluently.
— AJ, Internationally licensed physician
 

Marjorie’s class proves to be a valuable asset for my future career.

This fall I decided to spend the time to improve my pronunciation and English communication skills through Marjorie Whitaker’s communication class. This effort was highly rewarding as I have improved both my pronunciation of English words and the ability to be understood in one-on-one conversation settings. It was Marjorie’s personal attention, care and guidance that allowed this successful outcome. The class gave me the tools, the material and the professional guidance to work on my English skills and master them as I embark on my next career challenge.
— YSG, Business Ops Manager, Telecom
 

I highly recommend Marjorie to anyone looking to speak more articulately.

She is extremely knowledgeable about her craft and is the consummate professional. She gives practical, useful advice to help you become a better speaker. Most importantly, you get real results in a short period of time. Truly worth the time and money.
— Linda Tucker, C.P.M., CPIM, Senior Curriculum Developer at Oracle
 

The three of us worked with Marjorie as part of our Presentation Skills Training.

She absolutely exceeded our expectations. Her humor, warmth, intelligence, ability to “go with the flow,” and really listen to our needs enhanced our confidence, clarity, and presence as communicators.
— AL, EC, AS Creative professionals at a leading branding and design studio
 

Marjorie's class has completely changed my life!

I feel more confident speaking English. I speak slowly and calmly and I am able to concentrate more on the subject than my pronunciation. I no longer have the anxiety about not being understood and I am aware of my mistakes and can catch myself and correct them.
— L.B., Aesthetician from Romania
 

I very much enjoyed working with Marjorie to improve my presentation skills.

Her advice was very valuable in both preparing the structure of the presentation and also managing my anxiety about public speaking. She provided a relaxed, friendly environment where I could practice my presentations. Marjorie also helped me overcome my soft spoken nature by developing the power of my voice. I’m now able to go into Board of Directors’ meetings with confidence and give clear, effective presentations!
— L.B., Manager at an accounting firm
 

My speech improved faster under Marjorie's coaching than a newborn under a patient mother.

I have been preparing for job interviews during my senior year at Boston University, and had chosen to work with Marjorie to reduce my Asian accent. A month later, I have received numerous compliments from friends that the way I speak is now very native. As a future professional in finance, speaking well-articulated English with no accent is a cornerstone of my clients’ confidence, convincing them that the fund is well invested, just as we are well disciplined. Marjorie has helped me achieve that.
— M.W., Business student from China
 

Having a managerial position at work often tests my communication skills.

I’m a native English speaker who wanted to improve my articulation and tone, reduce a regional accent, and polish up my speaking skills. All the books I found on speaking skills focused on ESL, or grammar, or other topics that didn’t apply to me. When I expressed my needs to Marjorie, I realized that what I was looking for was to improve my elocution skills. Within ten sessions of working with Marjorie I could hear an improvement in my voice and see results at work. Marjorie is very professional and supportive, and she made a potentially tedious topic fun and enjoyable for me. Marjorie also helped me with soft skills, like identifying assertive communication styles and using effective interpersonal communication to resolve conflicts. Before meeting Marjorie, I did not know such a speech class existed. I am so happy to have found her and highly recommend her classes to anyone who is looking to improve their communication skills.
— J.K., Boston, MA
 

I came to the United States when I was nineteen years old, maybe a bit too old to learn a new language.

I went back to high school for 3 years, then attended another 2 years of technical school. I’ve gained a lot of knowledge, but not in the area of language. I graduated in December 1998, and have since been working full-time employee at Second Wind.

Communication is my biggest challenge. I’ve been in and out of community college for many semesters (trying) to learn English, but didn’t gain much.

In 2010, my manager found The Whittaker Group and recommended it to me. Since then, I’ve attended multiple sessions with the Marjorie Whittaker, on and off over the course of three years. Now I am very confident in my communication skills, especially verbal. I’d recommend everyone that I know who is looking to improve his/her communication skills to this group without any hesitation, even if that person is a native English speaker.
— Quoc Ho, Production Manager | Second Wind Systems -From Vietnam
 

Even though I grew up with English as my primary language, I was constantly being asked by colleagues and friends about my regional accent.

I became very self conscious and it was evident that I needed assistance in accent reduction. I searched the internet and found Marjorie’s website. I enrolled for individual sessions with Marjorie after speaking with a couple of students she provided as references. She has helped me tremendously! Marjorie is a very skilled, patient and organized professional. After an initial assessment, Marjorie immediately prepared weekly lesson plans specifically tailored to my needs. As a result, my pronunciation has improved and I have learned various techniques from Marjorie to continue to achieve my goals. I highly recommend Marjorie’s program!!!!!
— A.J., Attorney from New England
 

Despite the initial apprehension and many doubts that I had about speech therapy, Marjorie was exceptionally helpful!

Having spent over 12 years in this country, I wasn’t sure whether a mild accent could be effectively treated through only a few months of personal sessions. But, Marjorie exceeded all hopes, not to mention expectations. She was excellent at identifying my problem areas and highly effective at showing me how to improve within those areas. Furthermore, she was great at providing me with materials to use on my own. Marjorie was especially great when it came to making me feel comfortable. I always felt very relaxed which helped me concentrate on improvement rather than how silly I must have sounded. She was always very responsive when I felt that I needed help in a particular area. All in all, it was a very pleasant and highly beneficial experience!
— E.P., Attorney from the Ukraine
 

Marjorie's accent reduction course is terrific!

She identified the difficult sounds for me and developed a plan to work on each problem systematically. The goals were very achievable because there were only a couple of sounds to work on at each class. At the end, I improved my pronunciation by over 80%! Marjorie is very patient and flexible and helped me with my crazy schedule.
— H.Z., Engineer from China
 

The class was different from many English classes that I took before and I dropped off after few sessions.

It was a real pleasure to attend it. Marjorie was excellent and very patient. She made me achieve my goals easily by adapting the class to my needs.
— H. C., Principal SW Engineer from Morocco
 

Marjorie is an excellent instructor.

Accent reduction can be very difficult and is a slow process, but you can’t find a better instructor. She can quickly assess the individual accent problems and works diligently with her students to improve their accent. She is extremely patient in working with her students’ accent issues. Her training will definitely help you to improve communication and more importantly (become) aware of your day to day mistakes in your pronunciation. In my mind, this is a critical step forward to improve your accent.
— V.J., Engineer from India
 

Recently graduated from college, I started working with Marjorie to improve my communication / presentation skills and to better prepare for interviews.

Though I get along well with most people, I am shy and don’t like talking about my accomplishments or myself. During our sessions, Marjorie helped me to think more about what I wanted out of a career, and to portray this in cover letters and during interviews (written and orally) in a professional yet conversational manner. Marjorie and I practiced a wide range of interview questions, and even brainstormed small talk and special interest points; I usually get nervous and forgetful during interviews, so I was especially grateful that Marjorie suggested and was willing to review these with me. We also discussed how intonation can affect first impressions and conversations, and how to avoid flat or unenthusiastic tones. Marjorie is easy to talk to, very encouraging, and I greatly appreciate her help and services.
— R.K., Recent Ivy League Graduate
 

I learned so much and am very thankful to have had your guidance.

I feel much more prepared in presentations and am happy to have a toolkit of invaluable resources moving forward.
— A.W., Designer - Corey McPherson Nash
 

We have had the opportunity to work with Marjorie on various professional development projects including presentation training, accent reduction courses, as well as soft skills training.

After her initial assessment of our needs, she worked with us to tailor a program specific to the needs of the participant(s). In addition to the outlined training, she often helped us with “real time” training when applicable. Whether helping our team prep for the big presentation or just organizing thoughts for a smaller conference call, she gave our team the tools necessary for a positive outcome. Marjorie’s professionalism and knowledge of her subject matter is impressive, but her patience and ability to connect with people is what truly sets her apart from the competition. She has a natural ability to make the trainee feel at home and comfortable with the training process which is critical to the ultimate success of the program. She has been completely flexible in working with our staff individually and in group settings and has willingly accommodated our many scheduling conflicts – always ready to shift gears when the need presented itself. I would highly recommend Marjorie and her services without reservation; she has become an invaluable partner to our business.
— Marisa Petrillo, Office Director - Corey McPherson Nash
 

I was born in a former British colony. As a result, I spoke fluent English before I moved to the U.S., although I wanted to sound “American”.

After calling more than a dozen accent reduction programs in Boston, I came across the Whittaker Group. My first impression of Marj was the most positive, so I asked for references whose accents awed me. Consequently, I arranged for an assessment. On our first meeting, I was even more impressed with her as a person. She is a warm, cheerful and very friendly lady with a perpetual contagious smile. We had a pleasant, easy-going and well structured interview that assessed how I said every English consonant and vowel sound, as well as my intonation. It’s amazing how simple words like “the”and “man”can make a difference in one’s accent. Marj picked them up! I knew I wanted to work with her, as it was just a perfect fit. I quickly began to see noticeable differences in my accent, especially with my vowel sounds. Marj’s feedback helped me not only with my accent, but also with my voice quality and public speaking skills. The study books and CDs that she developed are phenomenal, user friendly and great for self study. I knew that I could not change my accent overnight and that it took a lot of practice constant feedback over a long time. So, I was quite flattered one day when a fellow colleague asked me how long I had been in the US. “Three years,”I replied. “When did you lose your accent?”he asked with conviction. Admittedly, I don’t sound 100% American, but I sound much more so than I did on the first assessment. I speak more clearly, articulate my thoughts better, communicate more effectively and indeed feel more confident speaking in public and giving professional talks. I have continued working with Marj and would definitely do it again, without hesitation. As a result, I strongly recommend her program.
— A.J., Doctoral Candidate from Zimbabwe
 

Over the past ten years, I've tried a variety of different methods to gain proficiency in my English pronunciation.

I took private lessons and bought materials from many popular ESL schools, but Marjorie’s method was the best and really worked for me. As an executive of a global investment firm, I am always requested to speak in front of a large professional audience. Now, I feel that people are paying more attention to my message rather than my accent. Because of Marjorie’s professional and friendly assistance, I feel more confident to extend my network.
— C.T., Investment professional from Malaysia
 

Marjorie and The Whittaker Group showed me how to hear myself like never before.

If you can’t hear how you sound to the world, you’ll never be able to change your accent. That’s where Marjorie’s online platform comes in! If you’re looking to modify your speech, look no further.
— Brandon Gunnoe, Reporter
 

A must for anyone looking to minimize their Boston accent.

Sessions with Marjorie and the Boston Rules workbook are a must for anyone looking to minimize their Boston accent. One on one sessions with Marjorie identified which sounds were challenging for me. She taught proper jaw and tongue placement to produce the correct pronunciations. In just a short time, I can now hear and work consciously to control my accent. Marjorie is extremely attentive, professional, and makes learning fun. She is definitely the person to go to improve pronunciation and diction.
— DM, Senior Manager, Mechanical Engineer from Boston
 

I highly recommend Marjorie to anyone looking to speak more articulately.

I highly recommend Marjorie to anyone looking to speak more articulately. She is extremely knowledgeable about her craft and is the consummate professional. She gives practical, useful advice to help you become a better speaker. Most importantly, you get real results in a short period of time. Truly worth the time and money.
— Linda Tucker, C.P.M., CPIM, Senior Curriculum Developer at Oracle
 

Best investment we made this year!

“Marjorie’s innovative and varied teaching techniques have been very effective. The best investment we made this year!”
— M.D., MIT Grad Student, Italy
 

We now possess a solid understanding of the ground rules in English pronunciation.

Marjorie’s intensive course has been a great choice. Not only is our accent clearly improved – we now possess a solid understanding of the ground rules in English pronunciation.
— A.L., Harvard Law School Grad Student, Italy
 

Using the online platform and the book - I can improve a lot.

Marjorie, Thanks for all of your help! Although I am aware I still have a lot of ground to cover, it has been an eye-opener for me, and I believe with more personal efforts - particularly using the online platform and the book - I can improve a lot. Once again, I would like to thank you for your help in my sojourn to becoming a better English speaker.
— Q.A., Master’s Student, International Medical Graduate, from Nigeria