Online Accent Training
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.