The PESL Certification Workshop

The PESL Certification Workshop teaches a proven method of accent modification techniques and pronunciation improvement for non-native and regional American English speakers. It is a highly-structured, evidence-based approach. Participants will learn how to independently offer instructional programs that generate income and strengthen the communication skills and confidence of their clients.

Based on over 20 years of research conducted by Dr. Arthur J. Compton, involving hundreds of accented speakers, the PESL method has become a foundational approach and program for accent modification instructors around the world.

The PESL Accent Modification Method gives individuals an opportunity to learn and use improved American English pronunciation. Studies have demonstrated increases in pronunciation clarity and accuracy of at least 50% by the majority of students who complete the training program. Our ASHA-approved workshops are conducted in major cities across the United States.

Participants will find the PESL certification workshop comprehensive and intensive. Using specialized materials and an interactive approach, workshop participants learn the techniques for:

  • Evaluating a client’s speech
  • Interpreting the results of a client’s speech analysis
  • Developing and implementing a customized program based on analysis results

You’ll leave the training with all of the tools and resources necessary for adding accent modification instruction to your set of deliverable training skills, including:

  • testing materials and scoring booklets for your first 3 clients
  • a step-by-step approach covering initial assessment to measurable results
  • a complete copy of the client/student PESL workbook
  • your new credentialed status: Certified PESL Instructor

PESL = Pronouncing English as a Second Language


-> Check the schedule of live training events here.


 

Learning Objectives

As a result of the program, you will confidently be able to:

  • use the PESL accent modification method and materials with your own clients to
    • evaluate a client’s speech
    • interpret the results of a client’s speech analysis o develop and implement a customized program based on the analysis results
    • create the best teaching environment for individuals or small groups (even if participants are from different language backgrounds)
    • market your instructional services to generate a portfolio of paying clients

Each workshop participant receives:

  • 1 Compton Screening Assessment of Foreign Accent with 5 screening analysis booklets
  • 3 Phonological Assessment of Foreign Accent (PAFA) scoring books
  • 1 PESL Stimulus Word book
  • The PESL Instructor Manual
  • The PESL Client Workbook
  • eligibility to use PESL client kits, web-based screenings, assessments and practice programs
  • eligibility to join AccentLink Pro (ILPs referral and support network) which includes discounts on teaching products and the option to list your services in our worldwide Trainer Directory

Learn more about your course instructor here.

I just wanted to thank you for your invaluable, informative, and practical workshop.  The information and skills learned will facilitate my tutoring immensely.
Thanks,
 Norma Bowman
2014 Workshop Participant – Orlando, FL

Day One

Doors open for Registration at 8:30  AM.
Class begins at 9:00 AM and ends no later than 4 PM.

Day 1 focuses on the assessment process, tools and methods.

  • The Role of the SLP* in Accent Modification
  • Digital Recording – Tools of the Trade
  • Transcribing Accented American English Speech using the IPA
  • Interviewing, screening, and evaluating clients using The Compton Phonological Assessment of Foreign Accent
  • ~75-minute lunch break
  • The PESL Online Assessment demonstration
  • Interpretting/analyzing evaluation results and creating customized courses
  • Delivery and technique: how a Compton PESL instructor teaches new patterns

Day Two

Doors open at 8:30 AM.
Class begins at 9:00 AM
and ends no later than 4 PM.

On Day 2, the focus shifts to direct teaching methods, client practice and exercises, and developing your business.

  • Quick review of the Assessment procedures covered in Day 1, and Instructor-Client Demonstration
  • Client Practice Options 
  • Conducting structured training courses for individuals and groups: a Walk-through of each session in a typical client course
  • It’s Not Just “Repeat After Me”… Voice Projection and Complete Word Production Strategies
  • Improving Accuracy through Reading, Conversation and Spontaneous Speech Activities
  • The Follow-up Evaluation: Providing Measurable Results
  • ~75-minute lunch break
  • Getting Down to Business: real steps to creating a business around your skills
  • Formal and Informal Business Structure Options
  • Basic Marketing Strategies: Proven Strategies for Generating Revenue
  • The Goal-Setting Mini Workshop

Registration Fees & Options

  • Full Payment/Standard Registration: $520
  • Deposit: Pay $260 now, $260 upon arrival
  • Group Discount: $425 per person. 2 or more individuals attending the same event on the same date. (Purchase tickets individually)
  • Student: $340. Use this option if you are currently enrolled in a Communication Disorders program. Please bring Student I.D.)
  • ILP Grad: $275. Use this option if you have already completed the PESL Certification Workshop at least one year ago. (This registration option includes an updated Trainer’s Manual, but not new testing materials or scoring books.)
  • AccentLink Pro Member: $275. Use this option only if you are repeating the workshop and you are currently an AccentLink Pro member. (This option may not be used by first-time workshop attendees. This registration type is a courtesy discount for current AccentLink Pro members who have attended a workshop in the past, or became an AccentLink Pro member by completing an online course. Existing PESL instructors may purchase or renew their AccentLink Pro membership first to take advantage of this discount.)
  • Free Refresher: Free! Use this option if you’d like to attend your second PESL certification workshop in under one calendar year (365 days). Free Refresher registrants should bring their original set of workshop materials. Registration is required; walk-ins cannot be guaranteed admittance.

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    Take Profitable, Marketable Skills with You

    You will gain all of the information and tools needed to immediately start working with clients on accent modification training. The confidence levels and rapport-building skills that are common among active instructors come with experience, but many workshop participants leave the workshop feeling new levels of assurance, motivation and readiness which propel them toward engaging new clients.

    Complete this 2-day training, and you’ll be ready to work with your new clients.

    ASHA Continuing Education Provider logo
    This course is offered for 1.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area).

    * The PESL method and workshop were designed by a speech-language pathologists. The workshop includes references to terminology and methodology frequently used by speech-language pathologists. PESL workshops are, however, open to and attended by graduate students in speech pathology programs (see our discounted registration rates), ESL instructors, linguists, voice teachers and coaches, drama instructors, and professionals who typically have at least 3 years experience with students or clients in these or related fields.

    Tickets may not be transferred to another attendee or another ticket type upon arrival. Transfers and substitutions require 48 hour notice to joe@800-language.com.

    ILP does not maintain any third-party financial relationships which may affect the planning, delivery or evaluation of any of our continuing education courses.


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    Comments from Past Workshop Attendees

    I thoroughly enjoyed your seminar…so informative and given in such a way that it was easy for everyone to understand. You kept us engaged and interested throughout.  Thank you for all of the valuable information you have given to me; I am very excited to get started! This will be life changing for me I am sure and I am so very grateful!
    Rania Morsy
    2016 Workshop Participant – Chicago, IL

    Thank you for a very informative and worthwhile conference.
    Sheila Taylor-Michael
    2014 Workshop Participant – Raleigh, NC 

    Last week’s training was insightful and exquisite! I feel that I have a new avenue of adventures to try with PESL rather than staying in the school setting (of course I won’t leave the school setting until I feel that I am really ready to go out on a limb). I have reviewed all the information that you provided last week and I can’t put into words how anxious and eager I feel about this new world of accent modification! Thank you so much for the knowledge that you shared last week!!!!
    Adrienne Lark
    2013 Workshop Participant – Charlotte, NC

    I walked away realizing that I have a lot to do, but also that this is within my reach. It was a ticket to a whole new world of possibilities!!!
    Monica Seifried
    2013 Workshop Participant – Jacksonville, FL

    Thanks again for the course- I really enjoyed it! The course was so fun and truly fascinating!
    Iomi Patten
    2013 Worskshop Participant – Los Angeles, CA

    I want to thank you for everything you provided in the recent workshop and for your e mails and all the extra support. You have really gone the extra mile in providing information that is extremely helpful. I was hoping to leave the workshop feeling confident and well-equipped to get my new business ready and start getting clients, and I definitely do. Actually the whole workshop was fantastic – it was inspiring, informative and interesting. You were concise and articulate and had a great rapport with the participants. It was overall one of the best workshops/seminars/talks I’ve been to, and I’ve been to many. Thanks so much for everything.
    Christine Olson
    2012 Workshop Participant – San Francisco, CA

    Thank you so much for a very informative presentation.  I enjoyed the transcription practice and the demonstrations of the Compton PESL method.   The business portion was very informative as well especially the webinar information… This has given me more confidence in pursuing webinars for accent modification.
    Marcia Campagna
    2012 Workshop Participant – Atlanta, GA

    I just finished PESL with a client from the Sudan. His reading performance went from 76 errors at evaluation to 7 after 13 sessions, and his spontaneous speech now has 50% less errors.
    Thanks for this great training!
    Karen Wicklund
    2011 Workshop Participant – Chicago, IL

    Since February I have already begun to work with my first client, registered an LLC, hired a web designer, and turned in my notice at my current job in a SNF with plans to be in business as an accent instructor by June. Very excited about the program.
    Amy Schiwitz
    2011 Workshop Participant

    I got my first accent reduction client and an amazing place to rent (cheaply) for my sessions all in the same week!!  You have given me the confidence and knowledge base to begin this work which is truly my passion.
    Elizabeth Schwartz
    2011 Workshop Participant – Long Island City, NY

    Just wanted you to know that I finally have a client and some $$$ coming in – Yeaaaaaaah! I had a tooth fixed and recruited my dentist, a gal from Peru – I did the 1st 3 lessons pro bono but am now on lesson 7 and the big bucks are rolling in 🙂 I teach right here on my boat. The best news is that I just love the teaching and am very good at it (thanks to you Joe). I’ll keep you posted as things get going.
    Fondly, Jeannie Martineau
    2010 Workshop Participant – Santa Monica, CA


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