The following outline applies to the ILP Academy course offered at this web site, and not to the live certification workshop.
Section 1: Concepts and Preparation
In the first of three sections in the course, we’ll begin with a description or The Role of the PESL Instructor, addressing the difference between communication disorders and foreign/regional accents, and why a speech-language pathologist is the most qualified individual to teach pronunciation skills using the PESL method. We’ll also introduce the Rules of the PESL System, which introduces a framework for getting the most out of it. Within this frame or structure, you’ll learn how to use the PESL method with two approaches: Traditional (for face-to-face or on-site instruction, and Web-based, for assessment and instructional services delivered via video-conferencing.
Section 2: Assessment Procedures
The second, more substantial portion of the course provides detailed step-by-step instructions for analyzing the accent and speaking patterns of each individual you work with, beginning with The Assessment Interview, and working through the process of capturing a recorded sample of the client’s speech. You’ll use the recorded sample to perform three critical steps to designing a client’s individualized program: Transcription, Pattern Analysis, and Target Selection.
The PESL Accent Modification Method was originally taught to SLPs with a pen-and-paper approach, often requiring hours of careful transcription and notation. Most PESL instructors now take advantage of the PESL Online Assessment tools, accessed at www.comptonpeslonline.com. This amazing set of secure web-based tools creates a portfolio of assessment data for each of your clients, and automates most of the analysis process – turning what was once hours of work into mere minutes – with automatically-generated reports that can be emailed to clients.
The PESL system can be used to conduct small group sessions – up to five individuals working together, from any language background – with all five individuals working on their personalized programs simultaneously. Instructions for synthesizing up to five different accent profiles into one training program that targets the needs and skills of each participant are included in this section. This is one of the most valuable and unique features of the PESL analysis procedure. You’ll always have the option to work with one, two, or up to five students at once. The goals and potential of each student will never be compromised in group training, and group participants benefit from the conversational, turn-taking structure of group classes.
Section 3: Instructional Methods and Training
Once the assessment procedures are complete and training agendas have been created, it’s time to begin the training process. Section 3 is laid out as a walk-though of every session in a typical client training program. Partial recommended scripts, detailed instructions on using the structured learning process, and activities that incorporate reading, presentations, social interaction, and conversation. You’ll learn specific procedures for introducing new pronunciation patterns, and the technique that enables adult learners to begin using their new speech patterns immediately, in their very first session. There are also specific strategies for gaining a clearer understanding of the phonological foundations of accent patterns, and using a stronger, more confident, more compelling speaking style. Increased confidence is often the most substantial benefit of this training as reported by clients.
To reinforce the learning that takes place during sessions, your clients will be required to use the PESL Online Practice Lab – a practice and recording platform that enables the instructor to review recorded performance of specific tasks. Client access to the Practice Lab is private for each individual, and never expires. The client may continue to benefit from it long after your training is complete. It’s available exclusively to certified PESL instructors.
You’ll learn how to guide your clients through the entire program, which culminates with a final presentation built around the client’s own social or business-related concerns. After they’ve completed their final session of the program, you’ll capture a post-training sample from your client. The sample is then analyzed using a procedure similar to the pre-training analysis. Before-and-After results can be generated using the web-based assessment tools you learned to use in Section 2 of the course.
This self-paced course includes audio, video, text and downloads for certain procedures. Most students complete the course in 1-2 weeks. It is offered for .9 CEUs (ASHA).
Registration for this course, as part of the ILP Academy course catalog, includes access to additional courses:
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