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July 18, 2022 @ 10:00 am August 5, 2022 @ 6:00 pm

Knight-Thompson Speechwork is pleased to announce we will be offering a three-week Teacher Certification program in Knight-Thompson Speechwork in the summer of 2022, July 18-August 5, taught by Co-Directors Phil Thompson & Andrea Caban. The program will be held in person in Irvine, CA (with a possible online hybrid option). Sessions will take place five days a week, Monday through Friday, except the final week which may end on Saturday the 6th, depending on cohort size. Prior to the start of the program on July 18th, there will be 3-4 required webinars and various deliverables, to be scheduled, starting on or around June 1, 2022.

Program Goals

The purpose of the Certification is to make sure that its participants possess:

  • A thorough understanding of the Knight-Thompson approach to speech training.
  • A thorough knowledge of the International Phonetic Alphabet and an ability to use it effectively in teaching.
  • A thorough understanding of the Knight-Thompson approach to the methodology of accent training.
  • An ability to productively use research resources for accent acquisition, as well as efficiently learn and effectively model new accents.
  • A demonstrated ability to teach this material effectively and with full understanding.
  • A demonstrated ability to use this approach creatively in teaching and coaching.


The emphasis in the Certification program will be on individual development, and all participants will receive substantial individual attention and mentoring. Participation in the Certification program does not guarantee certification: in some cases we may require additional work to demonstrate understanding and teaching skill. Admission to the Teacher Certification Program is open only to participants who have already taken Experiencing Speech, Experiencing Accents and a Phonetics Intensive. Prospective participants in the Teacher Certification Program also must have some experience incorporating this approach in their own teaching or coaching before going on to Certification.

Application Process

Submit your application via this link. Then email an accent breakdown* and a link to an accent modelling sample to knightthompsonspeechwork@gmail.com.

Requirements for Accent Breakdown: include a section for each of the 4Ps as taught in Experiencing Accents; include cut sound samples and phonetic transcription for the Posture section and each of the token sounds in the Pronunciation section. An expanded version of a breakdown from Experiencing Accents coursework is acceptable.

Requirements for Accent Modelling sample: A 2- to 3-minute fully-embodied performance of a memorized text in the accent from your breakdown.

Applications open August 8, 2021 and will close on February 15, 2022. There will be two rounds of application review by the KTS Council. The first review will happen after October 1, 2021, and the second will happen at the close of applications on February 15, 2022.

*KTS acknowledges this accent breakdown is your intellectual property and will be used for application review purposes only.

Please note that application to the Cert does not guarantee admittance.


Program Costs

Upon acceptance, the enrollment fee for the Certification is $3,500 USD. If you are accepted into the program, payment instructions will be provided.



Payment Deadlines

In order to plan effectively for these workshops, it’s important to have a clear sense of the commitment of potential participants. For that reason, we ask for a deposit of $500 to secure your place in the workshop. This is due upon acceptance into the program. The full payment is due June 1st, 2022. If your plans change, and you are unable to attend, we will refund any payment less $100 if you inform us before June 1st, 2022. After that date, however, no refunds are possible. Please plan accordingly.



July 18, 2022 @ 10:00 am
August 5, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
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