General English Fluency Course
The Main Features of PELC’s English Fluency Course
- You’ll study texts about the founder’s life experiences and views of the world
- Based on conversation
- You’ll get to know typical phrases and collocations which native speakers use on a daily basis
- Opportunities to create true sentences which incorporate newly-learned words and collocations
- Examination of online news articles. Each article is supplemented by a summary of the most useful words and collocations as well as voice recordings
How can you improve your spoken English?
Fascinating real-life texts and authentic materials are at the heart of this course.
However, there’s so much more I do for students of this course when it comes to speaking English with confidence and developing learning strategies. As an example of a language learning strategy, I always encourage my students to create true sentences about themselves and their life experiences which contain newly learned words and phrases. It’s not an issue for me to check these sentences. Essentially, having a large stock of personalised sentences significantly contributes to fluency. If you have a system in place to revise these sentences on a regular basis, they will be on the tip of your tongue when you are speaking in a live situation.
Spoken competence in English also revolves around removing “clutter” from your mind. It’s easier to “think in English” when you realise that you don’t need to learn the ins and outs of all those grammar points, tenses and aspects you studied to death at school. For instance, you don’t need to worry about the passive voice and uncommon aspects such as the future perfect continuous and future perfect. They’re hardly used in spoken English! Therefore, I get my clients to think in terms of 1-2-3-4:
|1||Present Simple||Everyday routines / habits|
|2||Past Simple||Specific details and completed actions in the past|
|3||Present Perfect||Life experiences|
|4||Present Perfect Continuous||Past, present and future together|
When it comes to English tenses and aspects, don’t stress yourselves out about the entire spectrum of tenses and aspects. Just have the four aspects mentioned in the table above in your mind.
It’s so much easier to speak English fluently once you begin to get your priorities right. I’ll help you to simplify the English grammar system so you can focus on what really matters when it comes to attaining fluency. For instance, it’s vital to boost your knowledge of collocation. It’s also critical to focus on the way native speakers use connected speech to link words together and create that all important “perception” of fluency.
Can you achieve English fluency in three months?
I’m not a huge fan of the word “fluency”.
There’s no real consensus as to what fluency actually means. Does it mean being able to speak at breakneck speed regardless of how many mistakes are made? Does it mean being able to use connected speech to link words? Does it mean that a speaker is able to strike a balance between accuracy and speed?
Probably, fluency entails a reasonable level of accuracy, and the ability to automatically produce chunks of language (collocations).
In my view, it’s possible to speak excellent English after six months, provided that you meet certain conditions. For example, it’s vital to have regular contact with English. Several of my students take short classes every second or third day. This means that, on the days they don’t have classes, they still have some contact with English because they have to read an article or listen to a TED talk in preparation for the next class.
It’s also important that you have a language learning strategy which you are comfortable with. I’ve written extensively on this site about the PELC Word-Phrase Table. Essentially, I developed a Word-Phrase Table to help me record all of the new Serbian words and collocations I came across whilst living in Serbia. Not only that, I personalised all of these words and collocations by creating true sentences about myself and my life experiences. My teacher checked my sentences for me. All I had to do was to revise the sentences on a regular basis so that they would be “swimming” in my brain and ready to be retrieved in future conversations.