This is a course which presents the best methods that I have found for becoming fluent in English (or any second language really). I have taught a lot of students who like learning English as a hobby, but I mostly teach working professionals who want to improve English for their careers in fields like IT, Engineering, Law, Business, Medicine etc.
The idea is that this course can be used like a tool-box. When you lose motivation with language learning, or when the methods you're using aren't helping you to reach fluency, then you can use this course to choose some new methods and techniques to work on. The overall goal is always speaking fluency, as that is what most students are trying to achieve but reading, listening and pronunciation skills are really important things to work on first before you reach speaking fluency.
I will continue to add lectures to the course, change some parts, add extra resources etc as time goes on and as I find new techniques and methods to share. This course will definitely be a continual work-in-progress over the years as I continue to improve it. So all feedback is welcome! The feedback will help me to change things and provide a course that can help students reach fluency.
Subtitles (closed captions) in English are available! Look for the button at the bottom/right corner of the video ;)
Enjoy the course. I hope it helps!
This is just a short introduction to the course where you can understand the basic goals and how they can help you
This is just a quick quiz to test your comprehension of the introduction video.
In this lecture I talk about reading strategies, extensive reading and methods for consuming as much interesting vocabulary and content as possible
My final thoughts on the course
One of the biggest mistakes in language learning, that I can see, is that a lot of students learn about the language and don't learn by using the language. Instead of learning about grammar, I think that a much more effective fluency method would be to learn about travel, about technology, about the industry you work in using English. If you want English fluency, you need to start learning about the world using the English language.
The model of language fluency is simple really: we read and we listen to a language, discover new words etc and this information gets stored in our brains as passive knowledge. To improve speaking fluency, this passive knowledge needs to be activated. When you talk about the topics you have read about, all the information which you use when speaking becomes activated. Once used, it is ready to use again at a much faster rate. This is fluency. The ability to take in, and give out information quickly and effectively.