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Accent Workbook for International Priests

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SPEACThe Speaking Pastoral English in America Course (S.P.E.A.C.) workbook is designed to help ministers serving in the United States to produce listener-friendly speech patterns for U.S. audiences. 

S.P.E.A.C. targets each sound in North American Standard English, and gives the speaker ample practice and techniques to produce the sound accurately and clearly. 

In addition to sound work, S.P.E.A.C. has sentence-level practice so that speech is produced with proper stress, phrasing, rhythm, and intonation, all of which contribute to more comprehensible speech patterns.

Words found in the practice list are compiled from the 
Roman Missal and the New American Bible Concise Concordance. The words are chosen because they are likely to be used in liturgical and pastoral contexts.

An audio CD is included for the practice words lists.

Author Jeff Jenkins earned a BA from Murray State University in organizational communication, an MA from Murray State University in TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, an MA from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Catholic Thought and Life, and a certificate in Catholic social teaching from The Catholic University of America. He is a member of TESOL and a certified trainer of the Compton P-ESL accent modification method.

Contributor Clare Haden was a vocal coach, performer and teacher in professional theater and served as the oral communications specialist at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. She is a member of Actors' Equity Association, Voice and Speech Trainers Association and TESOL. Ms. Haden is a certified trainer of the Compton P-ESL accent modification method.

Speaking Pastoral English in America Course (S.P.E.A.C.) is available from Saint Meinrad's Scholar Shop