- learning a language can be complicated: we aim to make it as simple as possible
- Learning a language can often be boring: we try to make it as enjoyable as possible
- Learning a language is often a long process: we want to make it as quick as possible
Talented teachers working with a proven method. Speak Your Mind is a practical and efficient learning programme for all those who want to learn English seriously. It’s a method that is designed to appeal — for the results and for the style of the lessons: dynamic, personal and with real substance.
Always and only with native English-speaking teachers, the lesson draws you in to a series of mini-conversations which give you continual chances to learn and practice new words and new grammatical structures in context. The teacher is always there to guide you try out new language in conversation – the teacher encourages and corrects your mistakes.
Listen, speak, read and write — this is the natural order in the language learning process and this represents the priorities in class. While the focus is on speaking, each lesson provides space for a variety of reading or writing activities – this prepares you for English in your place of work or for your place of study.
The complete Speak Your Mind course follows a carefully designed programme which ensures that lesson after lesson you can see the progress you make in English. You learn more every day, just as your sense of confidence grows week after week.
Studying something today doesn’t mean you will know it tomorrow or in two months’ time. ‘Use it or lose it’ – with Speak Your Mind each lesson recalls the new words and grammar from the lessons that have come before. This ‘frequency of use’ gets your memory working and means that you really do learn in class, even for people who can’t find time to study at home.
More English — less time
It’s a fact of life — learning a new language, especially as an adult, doesn’t happen from one day to the next. However thanks to the design of the learning programme and the organisation of lessons, learning times can be considerably reduced. Just to give you an example, on average beginner reaches European level A2 in 100 hours compared to the 200 hours that aren’t normally considered necessary (see Certification).
Jack doesn’t speak like John or the businessman or waiter in the West End, that’s why teachers work as a team. This way you have the advantage of learning to interact with people with different pronunciations and styles – and still have the benefit of a single teaching programme. Everyone speaks their own language fast – at least that’s the way it seems to other people. Teachers keep the pace fast in class so you learn to understand English as it really is – you don’t need to keep saying “Slowly, please”.
It’s an energetic, dynamic lesson — it’s impossible to get bored. There is the right balance between speaking and reading, between consolidating what you know and moving forward to learn new things – the right balance between working hard and having fun.