You want to learn a foreign language. You want to speak well and without hesitation.
That’s what we bring to the table: we give you the secrets of the most effective methodology out there and material to help you study effectively with or without a teacher. First, it is essential to understand how to learn before choosing a course, a teacher or opening a self-study book.
You want your language skills to be clear and automatic. You want it to run like clockwork.
To understand how our methodology helps you build fluency, let me share an observation we made that led to our strategies.
My nephew is a brilliant boy. Very bright, very curious, he’s learning to speak Spanish (from his mom), French (from his dad) and English (they live in England). A few years back, he couldn’t count. A year ago, I asked him how old he was and he replied, “I’m 1, 2, 3… I’m 3 years old.” This year, I called again for his birthday and asked him how old he was. This time he replied “ I’m 4 years old.”
Learning to count is one of the most basic functions our brains learn to master at a very young age. What did I witness in my nephew’s learning? He had gone from not knowing to knowing and finally to mastering. Numbers used to be a list of words that went from 1 to 10. Now, he could automatically associate numbers with values.
The same can be said for anyone learning practically any skill. How do you go from not knowing to knowing to mastering as quickly as possible?
(Learn the Grammar Rules)
(Feel comfortable with the Grammar)
(Start to use the Grammar quickly and automatically)
(Go out and use the Grammar in real life)
The first step is going from not knowing to knowing. It seems simple. This step should be 100% clear to you before you move on. Not knowing to knowing requires simple straightforward explanations to understand the concept of what we are learning. In learning languages, we learn the form and the context of a language skill:
I/you/we/they + V1 – he/she/it + V1+”s”
example: “I live in London.”
at the moment/now
I am + Ving – You/We/They + are + Ving – He/She/It + is + Ving
example: “I’m staying at the Europe Hotel in Vienna.”
Learn to recognise a good textbook and good methodology. Explanations should be clear and simple. Our methodology provides just that. In addition, we introduce “cues” or “triggers”. These are meant to initiate an automatic response in your brain so that you know what to say and when to say it. As with my nephew, we do not wish to count from 1 to whatever your age is before saying the number. Your response is automatic!
The second step is going from knowing to mastering. Now, this step is more often than not greatly overlooked by textbooks and methodologies around the world. This step cannot be summarized to one or two random exercises.
We have developed a simple series of types of exercises to take you step by step from knowing to mastering.
an exercise in which you practice the form of what you’ve learnt
example: fill in the gaps with the Present Continuous
I _______________ (read) The Great Gatsby at the moment.
P2: solo/in pairs
an exercise to set up the basic automatic response from the cue/trigger
example: short answer race
cards with questions in Present Simple and others with Present Continuous – flip the cards and answer as quickly as possible
P3: in pairs/in groups
an exercise to develop the automatic response through roleplays
example: famous character cards – roleplay a meeting of famous people, tell each other what you do/what you’re doing
Production: in pairs/in groups
an activity to generate as many language skills from you as possible in natural context to build up this new skill with other skills
Now, let’s apply this methodology to counting to understand how my nephew came to master this.
Not knowing to knowing: teacher/parent taught numbers in order from 1 to 10
Knowing to mastering:
P1: repeated the numbers in order from 1 to 10 until he knew them by heart
P2: practiced saying the numbers out of order until he knew them by heart
P3: teacher/parent played games with him, at a show of fingers, say the number
Production: teacher/parent used toys/characters/dolls to ask my nephew how many there were, added some, took some away, every time asking how many there were
My nephew went from not knowing to knowing to mastering quickly and efficiently thanks to these basic steps. As all children, he now knows numbers and can use them automatically when their use is triggered in his brain.
You want the exact same response from your language skills: clear and automatic.
With our methodology, you get clear and simple explanations for a proficient “knowing” and quality and strong material to build mastery in your English. Our publications will provide you with all of this for specific language skills in English and will also provide self-study help that can be applied to any language.
Enjoy our publications. Make it run like clockwork.