Wong Lerner Coaching
Writing Coaching, Soft Skills, Test Prep, and Accent Reduction
AND COPY EDITING:
Do you want to change your writing habits? We can help you better understand why you do what you do. As one of Sacramento's most successful writing coaching and copy editing businesses since 2016, we have managed to help our students excel. Check out our Writing Success Program (WSP) for professionals, high school students, or college students. In the WSP, you will not only learn writing skills, but also critical reading, rhetoric, and persuasion. Our clients have improved as scholarly writers to successfully complete essays, theses, dissertations, and published articles or books.
SOFT SKILLS: Interview Strategies
Applying for a new job or changing careers can be stressful. Let us help you prepare. We have experience helping professionals including IT specialists and engineers share their ideas/ projects with mixed or lay audiences. With our background in rhetoric, we can also assist with the perfect interview pitch. We work with you step by step on public speaking, fielding questions, and communication strategies to land your new job!
ACCENT REDUCTION & TEST PREP:
We identify students' problem areas and work with them in positive, constructive ways. For accent reduction, we help you articulate consonants and vowels, and to work on American English intonation and syllable stress. WLC's accent reduction program respects cultural differences, and strives to make connections between your native language and American English. We design lessons according to our students' needs for individualized test prep and speech science for accent reduction. TOEFL, ACT, and SAT--we help you get prepared for the test day. Let us help you reach your next professional goal to communicate better in the business world.
Long distance relationships,
Are you looking for communications coaching near you but not finding what you want? We have many clients outside of the Sacramento area including the SF-Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, the Research Triangle of North Carolina, Seoul, Tokyo, and Shanghai. Whether you're local or thousands of miles away, we adapt to meet your needs.
Established in 2016. WLC is nestled in the heart of midtown at 2011 P Street Suite 303, Sacramento.
Dr. Shannon founded Wong Lerner Coaching to help individuals learn any subject or skill from their unique starting place. Her catch phrase "Writing and Speaking Success with Less Stress" sums up her method, to increase your confidence as you grow as a communicator, step by step. She welcomes all writers and learners of varying abilities.
Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner has worked for 20 years at public and engineering universities, overseas in Asia and Europe, and the non-profit sector. She worked as a college professor and instructor for many years, and she is still active as a published academic of rhetoric, fiction, philosophy, ESL, accent reduction, liberal arts, and performing arts, to name just a few. Dr. Wong Lerner holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.S. in Rhetoric and Technical Writing, a B.A. degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, and an A.A. degree in Voice. Dr. Shannon is certified to teach ESL through Cambridge University (CELTA). As a classically-trained vocalist and with a background in applied linguistics, Dr. Wong Lerner offers a highly structured, business-oriented, and individualized accent reduction program for professionals. She offers writing classes and test prep for professionals and college/high school students. Her clients have written multiple reviews about her precision and thoroughness as a copy editor.
"Dr. Lerner was given the challenging task of preparing my son for college-level writing. Last year, he was recruited as an athlete to an Ivy-league university. Although he was a fair writer, he and I were both concerned that his skills might struggle with the rigors of his new school full of valedictorians.
She developed a game plan for his preparation over 6 months. Starting with teaching him to critically read, her teachings moved onto teaching/coaching/ encouraging my son in the different writing styles. After a couple weeks, he told me that he looked differently at the world after their tutoring sessions. At the time, I didn't know what to think about that. lol. She assigned reading and writing assignments, and they were challenging and extensive. Needless to say, he improved immensely. He has just completed his first set of midterms and has completed half of his essays for his first semester writing seminar, an intense compulsory freshman writing course. Now that he is home for Thanksgiving, I asked how much his sessions with Shannon helped. He feels they were absolutely invaluable. He has learned so much from her.
As a parent with multiple advanced degrees, education has always been highly stressed in the upbringing of our children. Like many other parents, I have been unable to tutor my own children with any success (maybe you know the feeling?!). With such an emphasis, our boys have had many tutors over the years (and perhaps some PTSD to go along with that!). I can honestly say that Shannon has taught my son the most effectively. Many tutors can help a student to pass or perform better on an exam or essay. Few have the knowledge, experience, patience and persistence to help a student relearn how to critically read, write and think. Those skills he can use for a lifetime. Shannon is immensely competent, organized, thoughtful and communicative. I recommend her highly and with no reservations" (Dr. David N. You may also see this review on Yelp).
"I took a short, but intense course of accent reduction with Dr. Lerner and I can say first hand that she will be willing to work with you using very specialized tools and tailored to fit exactly your needs.
I've been working in IT for the past ten plus years, and I never realized how important it is to have effective communication with others, and how that could take or not your career into a different level, but once you are in the other side of the fence, you'll certainly know it.
My customize course was as comprehensive as I thought it would be, with three sessions per week during a three months period, were enough to boost my confidence and had a direct impact on my career.
"Speak to others in a language that isn't your mother tongue it's hard, and in addition to that Silicon Valley it's all about networking so, talking with confidence it's an invaluable asset.
I'm profoundly thankful to Dr. Lerner for the mentoring and advocacy she demonstrated to my person during our sessions for accent reduction.
Me, being a non-native English speaker, I always struggled with making myself understood with my heavy accent, gradually I could see myself making progress in the daily basis as much as the sessions with Dr. Lerner were taking place.
Now I can talk more fluently with confidence knowing that my colleagues and the people around me will understand me without any problem.
From the beginning until the end of our sessions she spent the right amount of time and dedication to review my progress and make adjustments to our sessions accordingly, so you I was never having that feeling of not making progress for whatever reason.
I encourage to whoever is looking for an excellent professional in the matter to contact her and let her guide you to a path of success" (Alex Arguello from PayPal, See the review here on Yelp).
"I hired Shannon as a copyeditor on an early draft of a journal essay. It became clear from the start that she held herself and her clients to a high professional standard. Shannon adopts a collaborative approach to copyediting, which implies that she is not only highly-meticulous in her work, but she is also invested in her client's growth as a writer. She made me feel comfortable and kept me in the loop throughout the process. I was pleased to receive her detailed feedback and annotations on a first draft of my essay. This feedback provided much-needed clarity about effective ways of revising the work. I recommend Shannon to anyone who does academic writing, especially in the Humanities. I am confident that she carries over this excellent work ethic to clients engaged in other forms of writing. I am sure to use her services again." (Dotun A., Brown University, you can see this post written by the client on Yelp)
“Throughout my thesis journey, working with Dr. Lerner as my writing coach and copy editor was the best decision I’ve ever made. Dr. Lerner changed the way I perceived writing. I've always thought that writing was just about getting your point across, but she has walked me through writing as a learning process. I learned new ways of writing and researching including correct grammar and syntax, punctuation, and citations. As I learned the technicalities of writing and researching, I began to notice my weaknesses and common mistakes. With Dr. Lerner's coaching and expertise, I am confident to say that I’ve improved in certain areas of writing where I fell short. Through Dr. Lerner’s services, my writing was reviewed and discussed consistently. I was able to explore myself and enjoy the creativity in writing. I now think of writing as a fun and creative challenge thanks to Dr. Lerner.” (Client. Ekei-Lalii Remengesau. Preserving Palauan Language Through Language Policy: Palau Language Commission and Its Policies. M.A. Thesis. Waseda University. Tokyo, Japan. International Culture and Communication, M.A., Summer 2017.)
“Back in the grad school, I found navigating my way through initial dissertation process utterly painful-all the more so because professors rarely invested their time to sit with me and yet nonchalantly asked, "What is your research about?" Having continued to work with Shannon, she offers such co-partnership and guidance, at the same time, keenly understanding the scope of my research interest. Shannon as a vigorous researcher and a rhetorical coach/communicator provides a critical, 'peer' lens through which all the relevant articles are reviewed collectively, and a platform on which I can build academic research discourse let alone the technicality of academic writing. After all, my journey in this doesn't seem so lonely as Gandalf once said: "I will help you bear this burden...as long as it is yours to bear" (David Han, University of Rochester,
you can see this post written by the client on Yelp).
The Remengesau Family
David Han, Univ. of Rochester
Alex Arguello from PayPal
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I hope we have a chance to work together.
2011 P Street, Suite 303
Sacramento, CA 95811