Workshops For International Priests
Two- or three-day workshops delivered to your diocese. Intensive accent training or a combination of accent and cross-cultural ministry skills. Mid-May to mid-August.
The Speaking Pastoral English in America Course (S.P.E.A.C.) electronic workbook is designed to help ministers serving in the United States to produce listener-friendly speech patterns for U.S. audiences.
S.P.E.A.C. targets each sound in North American Standard English, and gives the speaker ample practice and techniques to produce the sound accurately and clearly.
In addition to sound work, S.P.E.A.C. has sentence-level practice so that speech is produced with proper stress, phrasing, rhythm and intonation, all of which contribute to more comprehensible speech patterns.
Words found in the practice list are compiled from the Roman Missal and the New American Bible Concise Concordance. The words are chosen because they are likely to be used in liturgical and pastoral contexts.
Online access to audio files is included for the lists of practice words.
Author Jeff Jenkins earned a BA from Murray State University in organizational communication, an MA from Murray State University in TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, an MA in Catholic Thought and Life from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, and a certificate in Catholic social teaching from The Catholic University of America. He is a member of TESOL and a certified trainer of the Compton P-ESL accent modification method.
Contributor Clare Haden was a vocal coach, performer and teacher in professional theater and served as the oral communications specialist at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. She is a member of Actors' Equity Association, Voice and Speech Trainers Association and TESOL. Ms. Haden is a certified trainer of the Compton P-ESL accent modification method.
Speaking Pastoral English in America Course (S.P.E.A.C.) is available in electronic form (PDF) from Lulu.