Early beginners, Young or Old, need small steps with pictures, repetition, and encouragement. Learning needs to be fun, enjoyable, and practical. I can help you learn English even when a smile is all we have in common.
When you know some English, but not a lot, many things are confusing! Vocabulary building and basic sentence structures are important as well as the ability to ask people to speak more slowly. The speed of speech is a barrier. Learn to recognize which words blend together so that you can identify what was said and repair what you said with humor and confidence.
When English is your second language, you may be trained in technical writing, but struggle to understand humor in the newspaper or in the lunchroom. Maybe you need more skill in giving presentations or editing. Whatever skill you want to acquire, if it is English, we can do it!
I think accents can be beautiful! However, if your accent makes you difficult for others to understand, there are likely just a few changes that need to be practiced for your speech to become more easily understood. Usually, these changes can be made in just a few lessons, if you are willing to do the homework! Second language learners might find identity in their accent, which can be retained at the same time as you become easier to understand. No longer will your difficult speech impede your relationships!
Whether you speak no English or very good English, the most important words are practical. You need the right English to be able to function during your stay, and you need the practical skills and vocabulary NOW!
Lessons are designed to meet your goals:
Even though I plan a lesson, I want to know about your communication struggles. This allows me to understand your specific needs in language or culture. Your life experience determines some of your communication needs. You language skill level is only part of that. What is happening in your life matters, so let’s focus on the communication that supports your life, your needs, and your desires.
When you leave a lesson, I want you to leave with immediate understanding and application. The practical skills you need are discovered when you get stuck. You may need help with basic communication, following signs, ordering from a menu, or understanding instructions. Maybe you need help to understand the humor of American colleagues, or maybe your accent makes it hard for others to understand you. Maybe your boss says you need English lessons and you don’t know why. (I can figure that out!) Maybe you have a presentation to give and need help with tone or cadence of speech? These skills are practical and when you can see a change in your abilities, you will gain confidence and courage.
This is not only true for children. Adults learn faster and retain better, too, if the experience is enjoyable. What we practice through repetition we learn, but repetition need NOT be boring! Pleasant, confidence-building lessons that are varied and include life experiences and activities will boost retention with less effort. Why make hard work boring? Why not make it fun?