An accent is a part of who you are. It is part of your cultural and personal identity. At Lingua East, we love accents, always have. However, we recognize the negative impact an accent can have for people speaking English as a second language, both professionally and personally.
Miscommunications occur all the time. When a listener does not understand you, because of word choice, pronunciation, tone of voice, or some combination of the above, the results can be disastrous. We know what it feels like to not be understood when speaking a second language. And we are dedicated to providing quality accent modification services to decrease the chances of having that happen when you communicate in English.
Our accent modification services are provided with the ultimate goal of reducing the negative impacts that accents can have on a person’s life, and enabling that person to meet their goals and go further than they imagined. We don’t want to eliminate your accent. It’s part of who we are. We do want to give you the tools for effective communication, that you can use at will, as needed.
The Compton Pronunciation of English as a Second Language method, known as PESL, is a program we use to help individuals who speak English with a noticeable accent. The PESL method is based on research done by Dr. Arthur J. Compton and is provided by speech professionals who have completed formal training in the method. For decades, this method has been in use. It has benefitted tens of thousands of participants.
Participants in PESL training work with a certified speech trainer once a week for about three months. This training may be offered on an individual basis either in person or via teleconferencing, or in a small group setting. The result is clear, effective spoken communication.
The program begins with an assessment that identifies speech sounds that differ in the participant’s spoken English, and any speech patterns that may interfere with the intended transmission of information. It continues with a series of engaging sessions that are customized so the participant may learn more accurate pronunciation of the sounds of Standard American English. We like to keep the training sessions interesting without sacrificing quality or value.
After completion of the training sessions, a final assessment is performed to measure overall improvement. Typical participants in PESL training demonstrate improvements in their speech of 50 to 80%, along with additional benefits that are not so easily measured. These include improved voice control, increased confidence, and a significant improvement in professional performance.
Speech training with the PESL method is particularly beneficial to individuals who interact with a large network of people, such as professionals in the corporate world, healthcare practitioners, IT professionals and consultants, and students and professors in academia. Really, anyone who speaks English with an accent can benefit from PESL training.
At Lingua East, we are certified to provide PESL speech coaching. If you would like to become a more effective communicator, complete a free screening today or send us an email. We’d love to hear from you and to help you take the first step toward clear communication. Let them hear your ideas, not your accent.