Did you come to the U.S. only to find that years of English classes didn't help you speak the way Americans do? Believe it or not, it's not your fault. Even native English speakers don’t speak English like it is written.
What if I told you that written English is almost NEVER spelled like it sounds? What if I told you that English speakers who grow up with the language learn to listen and speak it for years before they ever read and write, and when they learn written English, the spelling is so crazy that they have contests called “spelling bees” just to see who can make sense out of it?
Now compare this to the classes you took and the way English is taught to you as a second language. I’ll bet you learned grammar. I’ll bet you learned reading and writing in English. I’ll bet you learned the same kind of education curriculum that native English speakers learn, and then they expect you to speak what is written on paper.
However, when you try to speak it as it is written, it doesn’t sound right. In fact, you could swear that when you hear people speaking American English, it sounds nothing like what you learned or what is written, and doesn’t make much sense. Worst of all, none of your classes prepared you for this or even gave you an idea of where to start to fix it. You may try English conversation classes or even learn American accent training, but that's only a small part of the problem. Something is still missing.
Sounds crazy right? Yet, there are millions of people who live in the U.S. who have been here for many years who are still not comfortable speaking English. No one showed them how English speaking really works for native speakers, or what is different about it compared to written English or most other languages. They learned the rules of grammar, but there was no curriculum for the rules of speaking. (They are very different rules!) Many of them took classes but the classes didn’t help, so they gave up.
Was this done maliciously? Is it a cruel joke? Believe it or not, the answer is no. Teachers taught English the way they learned it and were told to teach, and people who speak native English from birth (by listening and speaking first) speak subconsciously and aren’t aware of what they’re doing. As a result, these things are never taught in ESL curriculums. Speaking practice occurs in classes, but the key rules of the spoken language and understanding the difference between spoken and written English are never addressed. In fact, there has never been a curriculum for English speaking that effectively addresses the key differences between the way Americans speak native English and the way it is written—until now.
Thanks to Judy Thompson, a courageous and innovative English professor in Canada, Donald Larson & William Smalley, Thomas & Elizabeth Brewster, and other contributors around the world, there is now a curriculum that is much more effective and faster for transforming ESL students into confident and capable speakers of North American English. From public speaking to understanding native English speakers to being understood yourself on a regular basis; now you can achieve these goals more effectively, much easier, and in less than half the time.
There are a few essential rules for English speaking, but the foundation that allows ESL learners to begin speaking like native speakers comes from the sounds, not the spelling of the letters. In other words, the secret to speaking American English begins with the understanding that the spelling is disconnected from the actual sounds of the words we say. After that, it's all about ear training and learning the other rules that native speakers use when they talk that have nothing to do with written English.
A wise man named Albert Einstein once said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” With this new understanding of how English works, our hope is that no ESL student will never again spend years of time and money on English classes, only to find that he or she can’t communicate effectively with Americans in the United States. This transformation starts now.
Here are some of the reasons why our new ESL English speaking course is the only one like it in Houston:
It’s the only course in Houston with this revolutionary new curriculum.
You can pay as you go, and stop at any time. If you’re not sure about paying for the entire course, just pay for one class. Then pay for the next class--or not. Continue as long as you like. If you ever don’t find it helpful, you can stop at any time for any reason and there are no registration fees. That’s how sure we are that you will find it valuable, and that you will learn things that no other class has taught you.
Small class size of only 1-8 students, so every student gets individual help and attention. There are never more than 8 students per class, sometimes much less.
At the end of the course, we use our resources to help match you with an American speaking practice partner for free. This way you can continue improving indefinitely after the course, by meeting one-to-one with an American English speaking volunteer for weekly practice. Your volunteer will help you continue to practice your American accent training and get answers to cultural and English language questions when they arise, even after you finish. You will still have a guide.