Conversational English Lessons for Every Learner
Whether you're just starting to learn English or have been speaking it for ten years, Newcastle Language Systems offers group and private English lessons that can bring your skills to the next level.
Beginner Levels: A1 - A2
Certainly, language apps are great for beginners. After all, they allow us to learn vocabulary and hear the language in a controlled conversation. We even use them ourselves for the languages we study! But language is about conversation and interaction. Therefore, a beginner needs to actually speak with a live coach to learn the language.
Beginners also need a coach who will speak slowly and clearly to the students because the brain is just beginning to identify all the sounds, words, and structures of the new language. Unfortunately, we have learned from the second language classes we have taken that some instructors speak too quickly, and moreover, they often use structures that the students haven't yet learned. This sometimes causes the students to believe that they are not able to learn a new language. Consequently, they stop trying.
At Newcastle Language Systems, one of our primary goals is comprehension. In our Beginner Conversational English Lessons, we therefore focus on the sounds of the language. From the beginning, we teach students to pronounce the English sounds correctly. Consequently, this makes it easier for them to understand the language when they reach the next level. We accomplish this through clear, logical, color-coded phonetic lessons, which you can read about on our Accent Addition page. Of course, the lessons also focus on the basic structure of English grammar and the vocabulary necessary for daily conversation. So, are you ready to stop talking to an app and start talking to a live, professional educator? Click to find one now!
Intermediate Levels: B1 - B2
As second-language learners, we often reach a point of personal success. For example, we can easily ask for directions or order food in the new language. Wonderful! But often, the person we are speaking with says something that we do not understand. We then feel like we have not made any progress at all.
The intermediate level seems to frustrate learners the most. This is because the learner understands the structure of the new language but still has difficulty speaking and comprehending it. One major problem is that most learners do not live in a country where the target language is frequently spoken. Therefore, they don't have the opportunity to speak and hear it in a variety of situations. Good language courses address this problem by having the students role-play situations. However, this is often confusing because two students are usually playing the roles. For example, one of them often doesn't understand what is being said, and he or she doesn't know who is at fault. Is it the speaker or the listener who doesn't understand the language?
Therefore, role play between a coach and student is one of the best methods for learning to speak in certain situations. Furthermore, it's even more beneficial if the educator has had some theatrical experience, which you will find at Newcastle Language Systems. Through these educators, students have had to interact with everyone from a forgetful waiter to an irate CEO of a multinational company. In this way, the educators give students the opportunity to hear and use English in a variety of interesting situations.
Certainly, at the intermediate level, vocabulary building and advanced grammatical structures are also important. Consequently, our Intermediate Conversational English Lessons introduce words, expressions, idioms, and rules necessary to move students to the advanced level. If you're ready to be one of them, click below to start!
Advanced Level: C1
Reaching the "C" level in any second language is a great accomplishment. You should be proud of yourself! But did you know that speaking a second language at this level is equivalent to playing a musical instrument at a professional level? And just like pianists who have to practice their skills every day to reach concert level performance, so do second language learners have to practice new skills. Because whether it's playing an instrument, learning a second language, or kicking a football, studies have shown that we do not improve our skills in any field by just using them. Practice is the key to improvement! This is why living in an English-speaking nation is not enough to improve our speaking and listening skills. We have to actively learn new language skills.
Our C1 and C2 Conversational English Lessons are designed to introduce advanced speakers to English grammatical constructions and vocabulary found in intellectual discussions. Sessions can be about law, art, philosophy, politics, economics, film – or any subject that interests you. Just contact one of our educators and tell them your goals!
Advanced Level: Near-Native (C2)
After speaking English for such a long time, you finally feel that you can converse on any subject: art, politics, philosophy, cooking. None of these is a problem for you. Congratulations!
Yet, sometimes, someone says something that you aren't quite sure how to interpret. Or perhaps you've read and reread a sentence in a text that just doesn't make any sense. What is the author really trying to say?
As we all know, the difficulty with a second language is that we sometimes simply do not understand either the pragmatics of a conversation or the cultural references. Frequently, colleagues seem to laugh at jokes we don't get. Sometimes we don't know if a store clerk is trying to be polite or sarcastic. Even a simple word like "well" can cause confusion because it can be interpreted in so many different ways.
Our educators have varied backgrounds in the arts, business, and academia. This allows them to specialize in a number of domains. Therefore, in our near-native Conversational English Lessons, students may find themselves discussing any number of topics while additionally increasing their language skills. Typically, lessons at this level include the comprehension and production of advanced grammatical constructions, such as active and passive topicalization and the future perfect continuous. So, if you're ready to speak and comprehend English in a whole new way, click below to find your perfect instructor!