Clearly Speaking is a comprehensive training program for individuals who speak English as a second language and wish to increase their ability to be understood by others. The Clearly Speaking group uses an adaptation of the Compton P-ESL method, which is supported by 20 years of linguistics research, to help participants improve their pronunciation of American English. Before starting the training program, group participants receive a thorough evaluation, in which their English pronunciation is carefully analyzed for errors that affect their ability to be understood. This evaluation sets a baseline from which individual goals can be set, and from which beginning of semester to end of semester performance can be compared. The Clearly Speaking group meets once per week for one hour. The first 40 minutes of each session consists of small group (1-2 participants) training, and then 20 minutes of the session consists of larger group activities for carryover of speaking skills.
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