Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Michael Jacobs

Adjunct Faculty

As an adjunct instructor at MIIS, I have taught Standard American English (Accent Reduction) and Public Speaking for interpreters since 1996. A professional actor for over thirty years with a Master's degree in Performance with emphasis on voice and diction, I also teach theatre for Monterey Peninsula College and am Actor-In-Residence for the Pacific Repertory Theatre in Carmel. I have authored Speak Like an American, a program for rapid learning and comprehension of the Standard American English dialect and use it in my classes.


Dialects, voice, and diction


MA, Performance, California State University, San Jose; BA, Theater Arts, Whitman College

Course List

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TIAG 8501 - Public Speaking      

This course is designed to improve your "Platform Skills" in T & I by building you confidence, improving your verbal and non verbal communication and articulation, and eliminating stage fright and self-consciousness. These objectives are achieved by focusing on breath control, vocal projection and inflection, eye contact, scan analysis (or cold reading), body language and control of idiosyncratic behavior, and use of visual aids. Throughout the semester, you will also be assigned self evaluations, as well as peer evaluations providing constructive criticism. We will work on three main types of speeches (informative, persuasive, and entertaining), as well as practice paraphrasing, shadowing, and cold reading.

Fall 2016 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS

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TIAG 8592 - Standrd Amer Eng(Accent Reduc)      

This course is designed to give the student a program of rapid learning and understanding of the Standard American English dialect. Homework consists of practicing the vocal exercises and the weeks’ text work. Students will be required to speak in class each week portions of the text and asked to practice all of the text on their own.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, Spring 2018 - MIIS

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