Revisiting the Orientation Session – The Origin of Accents

The Perfect Starting Point A good way to kick off your orientation session is to present the handout titled The Origin of Accents and ask questions such as, “Ever wonder about why you are speaking with an accent? How do accents happen?” The best answers or explanations to those questions include: An accent “happens” to any adult who learns a second language. Your American English is accented because you are using the pronunciation rules of your first/native language. Everyone, EVERYONE, speaks with an accent. There is no such thing as unaccented speech. An accent can “happen” to any adult regardless of age, education, or cultural background. You might tell your… Read More

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Updates to our membership tracker software

Updates are being installed for the membership management software used at 800-language.com. Active members may have trouble logging in or accessing some features while these updates are being performed, but active members can still use their membership discount benefit when purchasing trainer materials by phone (800-526-4824, ask for the Research Division). This brief inconvenience will ONLY apply to this web site (800-language.com), and no effect on the PESL Practice and Assessment sites.

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800-language.com Security Settings update – January 2020

Just a quick technical note here to reassure you about your safety and security using this site… SSL Certificates are small data files that activate the little padlock icon up near the web address in your browser. That padlock tells you your browser (Chrome, for example) is securely connected to the servers we use to host and store our website data. Personal data stored on the server for this site is extremely limited – your payment information is handled by Paypal or WePay servers, not ours. I bring this up because the SSL certificate for this site recently expired (January 22, 2020), and a few users tried to access the… Read More

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The PESL Certification Workshop – Orlando, FL | Nov 19-20, 2019

2-day PESL Certification Workshop; 1.3 ASHA CEUs. Registration Options: Standard Registration – One Payment, $520.00. Deposit – Partial payment now, Balance due at the door – $260.00. Group Discount (per person; purchase each registration separately) – $425.00. Student (please bring Student ID to verify) – $360.00. ILP Grad (If you have attended a certification workshop more than 1 year ago, or you have completed the online course) – $325.00. AccentLink Pro Member Discount – $275.00. Free Refresher (if you have attended a live PESL workshop within the past 365 days from this workshop date) – No Charge! Learn the step-by-step processes of analyzing accented American English, how to create personalized… Read More

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Password Reset Problems

This issue has been resolved for all site users. ILP Academy and AccentLink Pro members who are attempting to use the Forgot Password link to reset it are not having any success. It’s a problem that we’re aware of and are working to correct. In the meantime, if you find yourself locked out of the site and need assistance with resetting your password, please email joe@800-language.com, and we’ll get you back in promptly with a temporary password you can update once you are logged in again. All the best! Joe Comeau

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