American Accent Tutoring For Adults

American Accent Tutoring For Adults

5.0 (8)
1 employee
10 years in business

About this tutor

I have been a teacher all my adult life. For me, it is a calling. Since 2010, I have been working in the Belltown area of Seattle with adults from all over the world to help them advance in their careers, get a job, feel more comfortable socially, and just be understood. I work with tech professionals, business people, students, teachers, stay-at-home moms and dads, and anyone who wants to perfect the American accent.

There is no set curriculum. I teach each student according to their individual needs and goals. Because my background is broad, I am also able to help with essays and applications, grammar and vocabulary.

Professional Background:

Adjunct Professor, Writing, New York University

Director, NYU Summer Institute in Public Relations

Director of Marketing, Seattle University, College of Education

Instructor in Writing, Bellevue College

Adjunct Instructor, Writing, University of Washington

Principal, Suzanne Rothenberg Communications, New York City

High School English Teacher, Yonkers, NY


BA, English Education, Carnegie Mellon University

MA, Speech and Theatre, City University of New York

PhD Coursework, Communications, New York University

Seattle Literacy Council ESL certification

I love this work because I get to meet so many interesting people and learn so much about their countries and cultures. I meet individuals, not stereotypes, and learn more from them than they do from me.

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Seattle, WA 98121
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8 Reviews


  • Aracelis Nass

    I like the 1:1 experience for Accent Reduction, I have taken individual classes for the last 6 months and I have seen exponential improvements. Thanks to Suzanne I had been able to identify my areas of improvements. Suzanne is very professional, punctual, strict and friendly. I totally recommend Suzanne if you are looking to reduce your accent.

  • Sui, J

    Sue is an excellent tutor. I have had a great time working with her on my accent, and i can definitely say that I've improved a lot. I've also learned a lot that now whenever i pronounce something wrong, I'm aware of it and i can work on correcting it! The courses are well customized, and Sue is very open to inputs, which I like a lot!. In addition to the text book learning, we've also spent a lot of time talking. Sue was able to identify all my accent issues while I was talking to her, but the way how she did it wasn't very disruptive, and I still got to enjoy the conversations.

  • Mayuko

    Working with Suzanne has been wonderful experience so far. She is very patient and knowledgeable about improving my english accent. She focuses on each one's particular problems and goals, so every time after meeting with her, I feel I am getting better at English speaking. I highly recommend Suzanne as an American accent tutor.

  • Tarik Arici

    She loves what she is doing and she has a lot of experience. She has had a lot of students from different countries. Chances are she already had students from where you are, and that really helps. She also never loses focus and works on your mistakes without getting tired.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We meet for a free consultation first, where we discuss our backgrounds, the student's goals and desires, and explore the possibility of working together. The first lesson is diagnostic; I learn what the student's major language issues are. We proceed from there!

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been a teacher for over 20 years -- from high school English to college level writing (at New York University, University of Washington, Bellevue Community College) to accent modification tutoring for adults. Before moving to Seattle in 2003, and while teaching at NYU, I owned a public relations business in New York City, where I represented major clients, such as Scholastic and PBS with film and television projects. In Seattle, I have served as Director of Marketing for the College of Education at Seattle University, as a volunteer tutor at Washington Middle School, and volunteer ESL tutor with the Seattle Literacy Council.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$40/hr+ Rates vary according to students' goals, hours per week, and whether private or semi-private sessions are required.

How did you get started teaching?

I began ESL/Accent modification tutoring with a Colombian lawyer whom I had helped with writing to pass the Washington State Bar Exam. After she passed the exam, she asked me to help her with her English.

What types of students have you worked with?

I tutor many from Amazon, Microsoft and other tech companies, lawyers, teachers, executives, graduate students, job seekers, parents, and other adults who want to improve their fluency in American Englishin order to advance in their careers or simply be comfortable in America.

i am very interested in other cultures and I'm sure I learn I learn more from my students than they learn from me! My students are natives of France, Italy, Turkey, Russia, Germany, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, and elsewhere.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A Chinese student got a new job at twice his salary.

I attended one of my students' wedding.

I helped a mom from Russia get a job and be comfortable enrolling her pre schooler in local activities.

A Hispanic student went home for a visit, and friends told her she sounded like "a gringa." (I really like that one!)

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for experience, flexibility, and personal chemistry.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

How much time they are able to devote to tutoring sessions. Are they committed to improving their speech?

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