About Us

Pronouncing American English is the creation of Arthur J. Compton, Ph.D.  He is the Founder, Director and President of the Institute of Language & Phonology in San Francisco. He received his BA degree in Business Administration/Advertising, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics, Psychology, and Speech Pathology, from Ohio State University. He was an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa where he established academic programs in Psycholinguistics and Child Language.

In 1978, he began his explorations into the area of Foreign Accent Improvement, and developed the Compton P-ESL Program (Pronouncing English as a Second Language) which has since become a standard for accent reduction consultants. Dr. Compton has worked with thousands of clients from more than 125 different language backgrounds.

Pronouncing American English was developed to provide those seeking to modify their accents a streamlined and affordable online self-study program tailored especially for the individual’s native language background.