The speech Key, inc.


Accent Modification

Success in our society depends upon one’s ability to communicate clearly and effectively.  However, such a level of communication can be difficult to obtain.  With more and more foreign nationals seeking employment and a new life in the United States, many parts of our culture are now a veritable melting pot of accents and linguistic variations.  While many of these émigrés bring with them a strong grasp or mastery of English, individual speech patterns may limit their ability to fully express themselves or be understood.  These limitations may result in frustration and embarrassment, and these individuals may be unable to fully make their unique and valuable contributions to society.

Fortunately, a way exists to relieve the frustration and isolation these individuals may feel because of their accents.  The Compton Pronouncing English as a Second Language (P-ESL) program provides a method for modifying a foreign accent in order to be better understood in conversational English.  Through use of the Compton P-ESL method, clear, effective communication can be achieved.

The Compton P-ESL program begins with a personal analysis of the client’s speech.  This analysis reveals exactly how their pronunciation varies from standard American English and identifies specific areas for concentration. 

A speech professional then teaches the client appropriate speech modification techniques, as well as the basic sounds and principles of American English.  The client learns to discriminate between different speech sounds, with special emphasis on:  pronunciation, complete word production, and voice projection. 

Upon completion of a Compton P-ESL course, the client’s speech is analyzed again.  The results are then compared to the initial analysis so the extent of the client’s improvement can be determined.  Past comparisons have shown that students who attend all the appropriate sessions and practice diligently on their own can expect to experience at least a 50% change in their accent or dialect.


Compton P-ESL Method