According to research by Dean R. Hoge, PhD, and Aniedi Okure,
OP*, the most common feedback given by U.S. parishioners about
their international priest pastors is the difficulty they have in
understanding their accents.
*International Priests in America: Challenges and
Opportunities; Liturgical Press, 2006, p. 51
The Institute for Priests and Presbyterates' accent acquisition
trainers offer a 13-week accent acquisition program using web-based
audio and video technology. For curriculum, trainers use either
web-based course materials, or the Speaking Pastoral English in
America Course (S.P.E.A.C.) with its accompanying audio CD.
Both methods provide individual, personalized training.
The Institute's trainers are certified in the Compton P-ESL accent
acquisition method, which has been used successfully by
thousands of clients in areas such as film, customer service and
international business. Our instructors have helped priests in
dioceses across the United States.
How it works
The training course is conducted in 13 weekly hour-long
face-to-face sessions over the Internet. Your computer will need a
high-speed Internet connection, webcam, microphone and speakers.
Scheduling is flexible and can begin at any time convenient to both
the student and the instructor.
At the conclusion of training, you (and your sponsoring diocese
or religious community, if applicable) will receive a comprehensive
report with the percent of improvement on your individualized
target sounds and recommendations for specific target sounds
requiring continued practice. See a sample final report below.
Depending on the trainer, curriculum for the IPP's accent
acquisition training comes from either the Speaking Pastoral
English in America Course (S.P.E.A.C.) workbook with accompanying audio
CD, or from web-based materials associated with the Compton P-ESL
method. Targeted sounds are assigned each week for daily practice
Sample reports and curriculum
If the method is practiced one hour daily for the span of the
training, typical results of at least 50 percent better clarity and
accuracy in North American speech can be expected.
Assessing Your Accent
If you're unsure whether you could benefit from accent training,
start by taking this short initial
screening online. After our trainer reviews
the screening, you will be contacted by email with the trainer's
recommendation regarding your need for accent training.
The cost of accent modification training is $1,200 per
Included in the cost of the training:
13 one-hour weekly classes, flexible scheduling
Speaking Pastoral English in America Course (SPEAC) workbook
with audio CD or lifetime online access to Compton-PESL training
Weekly assignments from the SPEAC workbook or online
Program results summary highlighting both areas of improvement
and areas needing further practice.
Prior to Registration
We recommend that you first complete and submit the free initial
screening to determine your accent training needs located under the
tab labeled "Accent Assessment."
After receiving the results from your initial screening, if you
decide to register for training, download, complete and return the
registration form below. On the registration form, you must check
the box stating that you agree to the terms of the learning
agreement below. You will be contacted by our trainer to set up a
schedule for training.
For more information
Contact the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates: