Information for Instructors


Assistant Professor of Theatre Lisa Bohn's class at Arkansas State University poses with their books.

Assistant Professor of Theatre Lisa Bohn’s students at Arkansas State University pose with their books. Seated, from left, are Tyler Gillespie, Brooke Thomas, Luis Chavez, Clint Stevens and Jaelyn Epps. Standing are Mike Reagan, Matthew Stewart, Betsy Hegger, Morgan Carvell and Josh Donner.

Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen is used in drama schools, conservatories, and university theatre departments around the world as a leading textbook in dialect instruction for actors. The print edition has 24 dialects, 370 pages, and contains 12 CDs, while the iTunes eBook version (for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) contains exactly the same material (with the sound files embedded in the eBook instead of on CD) PLUS one extra dialect  not currently offered in the print book: Jamaican. E-mail Paul for a pdf preview copy of the print book, letting him know your academic affiliation and the course for which it might serve as a textbook. (Sorry, but no preview of the all-important CDs is possible, and costs prohibit sending hard copy previews or desk copies. However, iTunes does offer a free preview of the eBook version.)

The list price is $99.95, but a 40% academic discount is available on orders of five or more copies placed via an institutional purchase order (usually either from your campus bookstore or your department). If ordered directly by the instructor (or his or her proxy) and pre-paid, the same discount is offered. This allows the instructor to pass along the discount to the student, making the per-copy cost (for five or more copies) $59.97 plus shipping. A free instructor’s copy is included whichever ordering method is selected.

If you order directly through us, you can get the 40% academic discount on the print book even if you order fewer than five copies — so long as other students plan to purchase the iTunes eBook. In other words, if you order three print books and two students plan to buy the eBook through iTunes, we will still honor the 40% academic discount on the print books because your total book/eBook purchase will add up to five or more. However, because iTunes currently offers no way to give discounts to specific individuals, students who wish to buy the iTunes eBook at a discounted rate must purchase during specific academic windows during the year (for instance, during the month of December) when we discount the iTunes eBook to $69.99. (That’s roughly the same price as the discounted print book when you consider that the eBook is free of shipping and handling costs.)

Please note that because the iTunes eBook contains one extra dialect, Jamaican, that is not currently offered in the print/CD edition of ADSS, we will be happy to offer students who opt for the print edition of ADSS a complimentary copy of our Jamaican eBook (good for Windows/Mac but not mobile devices). This will guarantee that all your students have the same material.

The book is best used in conjunction with the International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA), which Paul founded in 1997, and where recordings by native speakers of all the dialects and accents in the book can be heard. IDEA is also published in a format compatible with mobile devices, making it easy for students to access the files in class that way.

Many dialect instructors include dialect-gathering as a class activity: the students find dialect speakers, record them, analyze their speech, and create monologues based on the interviews. Some instructors, particularly if they are also associate editors of IDEA, use this activity to create additional recordings for the archive. Your creation and submission of recordings that may be useful to other dialect researchers and students would be most welcome. Please see Becoming an Editor for details on this research and publishing opportunity.

Another powerful addition to Paul’s instructional services are the interactive charts of the International Phonetic Association. The graphics were designed by Professor Eric Armstrong of the University of York in Toronto, while Paul voiced all the sounds. You will find the charts on the IPA demo page (where you may order them in CD-ROM version if you prefer, or download the iOS app); and on Armstrong’s Website.