Frequently Asked Questions
What is the P-ESL program?
P-ESL stands for Pronouncing English as a Second Language and is a program and strategy that uses extensive research b backed standards. All of the lessons and practice assignments use specific phonetic contexts that have been documented and researched to improve reduction of foreign accents.
The data show that if a client trains with a certified P-ESL trainer and puts the time and effort into the practice work and a assignments, then at least a 50% or higher improvement will be demonstrated.
When are the sessions held?
Sessions are scheduled weekly, at a mutually convenient time between the client and the instructor. Sessions are one and a half hours in length for 12 weeks. The initial consultation/evaluation cost is $150. Should you decide to register for the course within 6 months, this fee will be applied to your tuition.
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How can I tell if I need Accent Reduction Therapy?
Ask yourself these questions in your job environment...
Ask yourself these questions in in a social environment...
Do I feel that often people seem to be focusing on how I am speaking rather than what I am saying?
Am I difficult to understand when on the telephone?
Do I feel less confident speaking in social situations?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you would benefit from enrolling in our accent reduction program.
Do I get asked to repeat myself frequently?
Do I have difficulty communicating my ideas with my colleagues?
Does my accent interfere with communication in my workplace?
Do I worry about people understanding me when I have a presentation to make?
Am I concerned that I won’t progress in my job because people don’t always understand me?
How much time do I need to practice?
As you know, the more you practice, the more success you will enjoy.
It’s not just learning how to say certain sounds but it’s changing a life long speech pattern (muscle memory) that, once learned, will need to be assimilated into everyday speech situations.
It is recommended that you practice 1 hour daily or 20-30 minutes twice daily. This is the absolute minimum required in order to make significant progress.
How much can I expect to improve?
Anticipated improvement (assuming the client is compliant with practice times) is 50-70%.
Please note that it is not a goal, nor is it realistic to expect 100% reduction in your accent.