Difference In The Lives Of Many

My Teaching Philosophy
American English Pronunciation

My teaching philosophy as a professor of English as a Second or Other Languages and American Accent Coach is based on a deep belief in encouraging and stimulating the cognitive students’ activities to learn correct pronunciation of American English. I create an environment to establish a learner-centered approach that helps students speak American English Confidently, adapt to a new environment, and succeed in their professional way.

I prepare lesson plans, always considering the interconnection between the students’ knowledge, culture, and learning abilities. Choosing relevant content and activities for my students is always significant and challenging, which helps them leave their “comfort zone,” stimulate creative thinking, and desire to “go the extra mile.” I developed and implemented interactive educational approaches to teaching correct American English pronunciation or ESL (English as a Second language) which are always central to my teaching philosophy to promote reflective thinking and improve students’ listening, speaking and intercultural skills.

I always think forward to using innovative technology in the learning environment especially  when it comes to teach correct pronunciation. It is one of my favorite ways of teaching American Accent and my most extensive interest in life. Learning how to integrate new technology is key to staying relevant and engaging with students and faculty. I use technology daily in the classroom. For example, I am using 2D Sound Motion Technology to teach the correct pronunciation of American English or improve speaking habits. I created this technology to help my students understand to pronounce American sounds and words correctly, and master their American Accent in everyday life communication and at work. Each American sound is represented with a specific 2D posture motion that enhances their critical thinking and helps to understand the difference between the native sound system and an American one.

Not only is it essential to educate students as a one-way “role-play, but” it is also necessary to learn from them. I see the learning process as a two-way “street:” Give each student personal attention and become acquainted with their educational and sometimes personal needs. I also try to ensure that my interaction with students contributes to their sense of confidence. This way, I have found that learning from students is one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching while offering students the benefit of my knowledge and experience as my goal as a teacher is to help my students achieve their goals. To do my best I create a motivating and positively-trusted learning environment based on honesty, acceptance, and mutual respect. I am confident in providing the skills and tools necessary for success and fostering each student’s individual talents, giving them the confidence to embrace their dreams and make the reality.

Warmest Regards,
Dr. Alex Obskov., Ph.D.
American sounds, American consonants

American Consonants sound-by-sound

1. You can understand how to pronounce American consonants correctly using the 2D Sound Simulator;
2. You can practice each sound with “phonetic exercises” (at the beginning, middle, and end of words);
3. You can practice speaking them in “sentence practice” & “paragraph practice.”
Use your consonants confidently!

This chapter consists of 25 American English consonant phonemes: 15 Voiced Sounds & 9 Unvoiced Sounds.

Session 1. American Unvoiced [t] & Voiced [d] Phonemes + Voicing [t̬]
Session 2. American Voiced [r] & Voiced [w] Phonemes
Session 3. American Unvoiced [s] & Voiced [z] Phonemes
Session 4. American Unvoiced [th] & Voiced [t͟h] Phonemes
Session 5. American Unvoiced [ʃ] & Voiced [ʒ] Phonemes
Session 6. American Unvoiced [ʧ] & Voiced [ʤ] Phonemes
Session 7. American Unvoiced [h] Phoneme
Session 8. American Unvoiced [p] & Voiced [b] Phonemes
Session 9. American Unvoiced [f] & Voiced [v] Phonemes
Session 10. American Unvoiced consonant [k] & Voiced consonant [g] Sounds
Session 11. American Lateral Voiced consonant [l] Sound
Session 12. American Voiced consonants [m], [n], & [ŋ] Sonorants
Session 13. Word Endings; ED -ending [t], [d], or [id]



“…I have been working with Dr. Alex Obskov for six and a half months to improve my pronunciation, and I appreciate him for the fantastic job he has done with my accent. I came to the US several years ago, and it was challenging for me to understand people, to speak my mind, and to feel confident in the way I sound. There are eleven sessions that Alex has designed perfectly to target the most important sounds in the American language. I have had a very thick Russian accent, and the manner of speaking was different. Alex has been so patient with me, helping me out to understand the American consonants and vowels, word stress, and intonation patterns. I would say that I often struggle with the feeling of low confidence in my English speaking, but Alex has helped me change my mind completely. Thanks a lot!



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American Accent Program
for Speakers of English as a Second Language