WHO WE ARE
Pronunciation First is the only private pronunciation course provider that takes a rigorous and practical linguistic approach to pronunciation teaching. We provide bespoke training in all aspects of English phonology and phonetics with the focus on accent reduction. Here at Pronunciation First, we believe that mastering a clear English accent can be life-changing, as the way you speak transforms your communication experience. And so our mission is to help bring this change for as many people as possible through raising awareness of the importance of pronunciation and pronunciation teaching.
Tamara Prokofyeva (postgraduate degree with distinction in English Philology and Translation from Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia) started her teaching career in 2003 as a phonetics instructor to language students at Saint-Petersburg State University. After moving to London in September 2014 she established a successful private practice helping speakers of English as a foreign language improve their pronunciation in English. Tamara has developed her own accent reduction training based on her experience of both learning English as a foreign language and teaching it to students of various ages and backgrounds.
Ekaterina Valeeva-Farrington Ekaterina Valeeva-Farrington holds MA (1999) and PhD (2006) in Linguistics and Literature from Saint-Petersburg State University, and MA (2016) in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. In addition to this classical western education, for the past ten years she has been studying and practicing Traditional Tibetan Medicine with some of the most famous Tibetan doctors teaching in the West. She now combines her knowledge of linguistics, phonetics, accent work, and Tibetan medical and contemplative practices into a rich curriculum of methods related to vocal health. She currently works as a voice coach and an independent researcher in voice studies in London.