Professional speaker, trained voice artist, trained linguist, Distinguished Toastmaster, creator and producer of "Successful Interviewing in English" and "Writing Cover Letters and Resumes", a 112-video MOOC course hosted on Coursera, I offer high-level coaching to help you improve your spoken English performance -- whether in interviews, pitches to investors, or professional conference presentations. I teach American English Pronunciation at the University of Maryland, and continue to be an active member of Toastmasters, an international public speaking organization.
Your voice is your presence in the world. If you do not learn to use it, you remain invisible.
Great teacher. Mr. Duquette was very knowledgable about the material. I thought this class was fantastic. He was entertaining and engaged and he always communicated things in a clear way. If he did go through things too fast, he would always go back and make sure to clarify any confusion. I would recommend him for any student interested in the field.
Charles taught me both individually and in a group setting, and he has a fantastic ear for each student's pronunciation problems, and an approach to improve them. In addition to being aware of individual sounds, he is also an expert at linking, syllable length, and intonation, along with exercises to work on these essential areas of the music of the English language. Besides working on pronunciation in particular, Charles has lots of ways to improve your public speaking and presentation skills in general.
I have been fortunate enough to become Professor Duquette’s student since entering my Ph.D. program at the University of Maryland. I had a Chinese accent and was uncomfortable in Public speaking at the beginning. I turn to Professor Duquette for help, as he is indeed an expert in this field and passionate in helping international students improving pronunciation. He completely understands the nuanced difference between an American accent and another accent. He delicately organizes his course materials, and introduces other resources such as toastmaster clubs, jazz chants. All of them are very helpful. He always effectively, patiently and kindly coaches students. I especially adore his profession. For example, he sets up individual meetings section in order to help us one by one. Professor Duquette is not only an expert but also a true friend. I wish him all the best in the future!
Typically, one hour per week with assignments between meetings.
MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Voice Training, The Actor's Stage Studio
Distinguished Toastmasters, Toastmasters International
I offer Skype lessons or private lessons, with different rates.