When and where are your workshops conducted?

Most of our workshops are conducted in the United States, in major metropolitan areas or near heavily traveled airports. Current workshop dates and venues are shown at www.800-language.com/workshops. Our workshops are nearly always conducted in business-class or 3-star hotels. There are often (but not always) several lodging choices within a short distance from our chosen workshop venues, should you need overnight accommodations.

Workshops may also be arranged by any group interested in hosting with an appropriately-sized meeting space. Hosted workshops may be private or open to the public, depending on the interests of the host. The hosting group will be granted reduced workshop fees for each participant associated with their group, and may choose whether or not to invite other professionals from outside their group. They may also choose whether or not to have the ILP promote the event and manage registration for the event.

Is there a discounted hotel room rate I can take advantage of when attending the workshop?

Although our workshops are often attended by individuals from around the world, many of whom travel to the U.S. for the specific purpose of attending our workshop, the number of workshop attendees requiring overnight accommodations is typically too small to meet the requirements for group hotel room discounts. Lodging will be your own responsibility. If you prefer a hotel other than the workshop venue, try using the search engine of your choice to locate “hotels near workshop hotel address” and be sure to use the quotation marks.

How do I register for a workshop?

At www.800-language.com/workshops, select the workshop of your choice to be directed to the registration page.  The registration page will accept your payment info. You may pay with a credit card using our PayPal registration process (which does not require you  to have a PayPal account), or by mailing a check . The mailing address will be provided on the registration page. Groups or companies requiring additional information before paying should contact ILP Training Director Joe Comeau at (888) 526-5824

What is the registration fee and how do I pay?

There are several registration options, all of which will appear on the workshop registration page. The standard registration fee is US$450.00. A workshop seat may be reserved with a deposit (partial payment) of $250.00. The remaining balance can be paid upon arrival at the workshop. The balance may be paid by credit card, check, money order or cash.

What do I get at the workshop?

Each person attending the P-ESL workshop for the first time receives the most current version of our Instructor and Client manuals, a set of traditional assessment supplies (3 Phonological Assessment of Foreign Accent scoring books, 1 Stimulus Items book, 1 screening kit), and all of the information required to  begin using these materials with paying clients. The workshop will address the details and steps of the assessment process, how to integrate digital recording options and web-based tools, the factors to consider in establishing face-to-face and web-based services, and an introduction to business setup and marketing.

Will my P-ESL certification expire?


I have never provided any kind of accent modification instruction. It was not mentioned or addressed in any of my academic training. I am currently employed  in a school/hospital/skilled nursing/home therapy setting. ..

Do I need experience with accent modification prior to attending the workshop?

No, not if you are or have been a speech-language pathologist. The workshop is designed to prepare you to deliver accent modification services. Nearly everyone at our workshops is interested in having the option to deliver this type of service while continuing to offer the other services they have been trained to deliver. Some individuals are interested in creating a substantial business-generating venture. Whatever your interest, this workshop will help create that bridge for you.

I am not a speech pathologist. I am a/an: ESL instructor/linguistics teacher/voice, drama and singing instructor, foreign language teacher. graduate student. 

Professionals and students in the areas of linguistices, voice, drama, singing and foreign language instruction frequently attend our workshops. The P-ESL workshop was created by and for speech-language pathologists. There are concepts, terminology and practices mentioned at the workshop that any speech pathologist or communication disorders student would be expected to know. Examples of  these include Manner, Placement and Voicing qualities, and the general set of common characters that comprise the International Phonetic Alphabet. Anyone with a minimum of 3 years of experience, practice or study in communication disorders, applied linguistics or ESL teaching should not have difficulty applying the concepts used at the workshop.

Is there anything I should read before I attend the workshop?

The International Phonetic Alphabet is a heavily-used component and tool for P-ESL accent modification. Review the basics by starting with a simple search using the search engine of your choice. Review the resources you find. Most workshop attendees are familiar with this information, but have not used it in any practical way after completing their academic training. It will be re-introduced at the workshop. You will not be tested.

If I am a licensed speech pathologist, may I provide accent instruction to clients outside of my home state?

That depends. The answer is detailed, yet straightforward, and requires a thorough and confident understanding of your professional role.

The Institute of Language & Phonology does not have any jurisdiction over the practice of any individual service provider. We simply believe, very simply and very ethically, that accent modification is not a clinical service because a) an accent is not a disorder – and this position is supported by ASHA, b) it is not a medical diagnosis, c) the teaching of accent modification is not reimbursable by any health insurance funding source in the United States, and d) accent modification instruction is not regulated by any licensing body in the United States.

All of these reasons make it possible for anyone, from any background, with any level (or lack of) education to call him or herself and accent modification instructor, accent reduction teacher, accent coach, or any similar self-appointed title. This is part of the reason why it is critical that SLPs know how to make their services, skills and knowledge distinct from individuals who are not licensed or certified in the field of speech pathology.

ASHA refers to accent modification as an elective service that may be provided by an SLP. ASHA and the ILP both agree that SLPs are uniquely qualified to deliver the service of accent modification instruction. ILP promotes instructors as consultants – not therapists, clinicians or even corporate speech pathologists. When a speech-language pathologist consults with a non-disordered, neuro-typical adult, the SLP is acting as a consultant. The P-ESL certification course includes specific instructions for acquiring an acknowledgment and understanding from each client that therapy, or therapeutic/clinical services are not being provided when the P-ESL method is used. The course also explicitly reminds instructors to abide by their ethical responsibilities when interviewing potential clients, and to take appropriate action in response to the suspicion or disclosure of any clinical condition, such as hearing loss, dysfluency, etc.

The labeling of accented speech as an articulation disorder is highly unethical. The neuro-typical, non-disordered accented speaker of American English in the United States does not have any cognitive or physical barrier to acquiring the habitual pattern of using an altered pronunciation style. SLPs who deliver accent modification consulting or training services must use their skills to determine if/when referral for suspicion of a clinical condition is present. Although it can happen, this is rarely the case in the corporate professional settings in which accent modification instructors deliver their services.

If someone were to teach you a British accent, would you consider it therapy? Would you need a medical referral? When an actor studies and practices a foreign accent with a dialogue coach, does that coach become the actor’s clinician? Certainly not so.

Any service provider operating in a clinical context is strongly advised to ethically adhere to all regulatory mandates and guidelines set forth by ASHA and local state licensing bureaus. If you provide a consultative service that is physically and conceptually free of the implication of clinical service delivery (in other words, if you do not create a therapist-patient relationship based on a medical referral or academic evaluation), these mandates and guidelines do not dictate how you provide your services to clients. If you offer accent-related instructional services as a clinical service provider in a clinical setting while representing yourself as a clinician, you must adhere to state and national mandates, and you must be licensed in your home state as well as the state in which the patient/client resides. You may not conduct “tele-therapy” sessions over a phone or computer while representing and presenting yourself as a licensed clinician. Telepractice must be conducted with rigid adherence to national, state, and institutional polices.

If you offer your services independently with absolutely no clinical branding, clinical marketing, clinical or medical data collection and/or clinical treatment practices, you may offer those services to anyone, anywhere. The P-ESL method may be validly and ethically used without any clinical treatment practices or data collection. If the client reveals a condition or medical history that may interfere with the application of P-ESL practice techniques, a licensed clinician, even one acting independently, is required to provide referral options. To better understand the role of clinical knowledge and clinical practice techniques in the successful delivery of a P-ESL training program, complete the P-ESL certification course. It is open to all professionals, licensed as a clinician or not.

That does not mean you are prohibited from showing your credentials. Displaying your credentials does not imply the delivery of a clinical service. The credentials of many licensed professionals adorn the covers of popular best-selling books consumed by thousands of individuals. These books contain diets, strategies, recommendations and exercise techniques – all offered under a protective disclaimer that advises readers to seek the treatment of a medical professional when appropriate.

Bottom line: accent modification is not therapy.

The important points:

  • An accent is not a disorder.
  • Anyone can decide to label and market themselves as an accent reduction trainer (or similar term). Only licensed speech-language pathologists may use the CCC-SLP credential.
  • Assuming your delivery of consultative services is not the result of a medical referral, diagnosis, or clinical evaluation, you may teach, coach or instruct clients anywhere in the world, unless your services are delivered in a clinical setting.



New Trainer Help and FAQs

The ILP is made up of three different divisions. Each of the divisions is a separate business and administered by different people:

Research Division (www.ajcomptonpesl.com and www.carouselhouse.com): Led by Dr. Arthur J. Compton, the creator of the P-ESL method. The Research Division manages the production and distribution of assessment and training materials, including the P-ESL Online Assessment and the Online Practice Program. Carousel House (www.carouselhouse.com) is the publishing portion of the ILP Research Division.  and where you would order subscriptions to the online assessment. Contact Welby Lam (administrator) at (800) LANGAUGE or ajcomptonpesl@aol.com

Training Division (www.800-language.com): Led by Joe Comeau, who creates and conducts training material for those who wish to become certified P-ESL instructors. Contact: joe@800-language.com

Design and Technology Division (www.comptonpeslonline.com): the team that created and manages the development of the P-ESL Online Assessment and Online Practice tools. Contact: info@comptonpeslonline.com


Ready to see our currently scheduled workshops? Click here.

Where do I go and what do I do when I have a new client?

1.  I want to assess my client using the online assessment.  Go to www.carouselhouse.com, select Products, then scroll down to Online Subscription Services (or just use this link: http://carouselhouse.com/products.php#anchor6), and select the subscription option that best meets your needs.  If it’s your first time ordering you’ll receive a username and password within 48 hours. Then watch the Tutorial on the main page of www.comptonpeslonline.com and try out the assessment yourself before you use it for your first client!

2.  I want my client to use the online practice lab.  Go to www.ajcomptonpesl.com, select Order Client  Materials, then choose item 4545V (and 4545W if you want to get them the optional workbook – it’s the same content as the online audio lab). Both you and your client will be authorized to use the program.  Keep in mind that orders are only processed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays so plan ahead! There’s an overview video here that shows you and your client how to use the online practice program. It’s also on the login page at www.comptonpeslonline.com.
3.  I want to listen to my client’s practice recordings.  Watch the video “Compton P-ESL Client Playback Directory” on our video channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ComptonPESLonline.
4.  I want to assign my client homework using the convenience of the online practice program.  Learn how to do this by watching our video at https://www.youtube.com/user/ComptonPESLonline.

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