The video segments below are from an instructor demonstration originally video produced by Dr. Compton in 1997.

The videos presented here are from Dr. Compton’s original library of training materials.

The materials used in these demonstration reflect the editions that were available at the time. These videos, which are no longer used for PESL instructor training purposes, were created before the web-based training options became available. Although you’ll see obsolete technology, such as cassette tapes, the methodologies and structures presented in these videos are very similar to what PESL instructors use today. Instead of printed workbooks and cassette tapes, instructors and students now use digital recordings and the Online Practice Lab.

Believe it or not, the PESL materials presented in these videos had already gone through a few format updates. The versions shown here were not first editions. The current digital versions are continuously updated, improved and enhanced by the ILP Design & Technology team managing the development of the Online PESL Assessment suite and the Online Practice Lab.

Enjoy the trip back in time as you watch. You may pick up a teaching technique, a gem, a tidbit here and there, or a subtle change in approach you had not considered before, and find it just as useful today as it was when it was originally presented to the group of students in the video clips. The students and the instructors who appear in the video are not actors. They were actual participants.

Segment 1: Introduction [3:28]

In this clip, we meet the instructor, Phyliis Taylor, and her five students: Friedel from West Germany, Barbara from Switzerland, Wentai from China, Lui from Lebanon, and Akiko from Japan.

Each student speaks briefly about their language and country of origin.

Segment 2: ILP History [1:21]

Instructor Phyllis Taylor explains how and when Dr. Compton started the Institute of Language & Phonology while working on phonology research with graduate students at San Francisco State University.

Segment 3: The Origins of Accents

Instructor Phyllis Taylor discusses the roots and causes of foreign accents, and their relationship with language development.

Segment 4: Learning New Skills

Segment 5: The International Phonetic Alphabet and Spelling

Segment 6:Types of Speech Sounds
The instructor reviews terminology and concepts associated with speech sounds.

Segment 7: Types of Speech Sounds – continued

Segment 8: Introducing the Client Manual
In this clip, the instructor reviews the personal speech analysis section of the client workbook.

Segment 9: The Scale of Spoken Communication Skill
A motivating and helpful perspective is presented using one of the orientation tools.

Segment 10: How Do I Know If I Am Progressing?
The participants discuss the impact of family, co-workers, and statistics.

Segment 11: Accepting Your New Identity
The instructor discusses the impact of accent instruction on one’s personal identity.

The instructor leads the participants through their very first speech exercises.

Observe the instructor providing models for word and sentence repetition for five participants in a turn-taking arrangement.

Dr. Compton distributes and discusses the original tape-recorded audio practice materials.

The instructor explains the first practice assignment.

An instructor leads participants through an exercise in making auditory distinctions.

The instructor leads participants through a sentence production exercise with varying intonation models.