What makes our self-study material so effective?
Complete and Relevant Content
To become fluent in a language, you need to master all its components (pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary), both individually and in combination with each other. You also need to practise all four skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
So, although we have divided the study material into three categories (Pronunciation, Grammar, Conversation), we have made sure that whatever category you are focusing on, you are also reviewing and consolidating relevant content form the other categories. We have also made sure that you get the opportunity to practise all four skills in every module.
Another important aspect of self-study material is that the content needs to be graded, going from easy to more difficult.
We have made sure that:
- The modules (study topics) in each category follow a logical sequence, with difficulty levels clearly marked for you.
- More advanced sections revise and build on the contents of earlier sections.
- There is a smooth progression from one level to the next (Elementary to Intermediate to Advanced).
We have ensured that our explanations are clear and easy-to-follow by using:
- Simple language
- Colour coding
- Tips & notes
We have made every effort to ensure that our example phrases and sentences:
- Easily clarify the point you are learning.
- Include useful expressions in everyday contexts.
- Perfectly match the language level you are studying.
What do I learn in each type of lesson?
In Pronunciation lessons, you learn about the sounds, stress patterns, and intonation patterns of Standard British English (Received Pronunciation). Understanding the sound system of the language is essential in developing good listening skills so you can understand native speakers, movies, news, and other broadcasts in English. You can then use these resources to expand your active vocabulary. It is also important for you to develop a clear pronunciation yourself, and our platform will give you many opportunities to actively work on your own pronunciation.
In Grammar lessons, you learn all the important grammatical structures in English. Mastering these is necessary if you want to become fluent in writing. A good knowledge of grammar also improves your reading and listening skills. It is true that absolute grammatical accuracy is not essential for speaking fluently. However, a good knowledge of grammatical structures will increase your self-confidence. When we do not know the grammar rules, we may think we are making too many mistakes, and we can lose our confidence unnecessarily. On the contrary, when we know the rules, we are able to recognise and correct our mistakes, and this is a great boost to our self-confidence.
In Conversation lessons, you focus on expanding your range of vocabulary and expressions in a variety of everyday topics. Learning vocabulary in context reduces the need for translation, and is the only effective way of learning vocabulary that you can use reflexively when you speak. All the dialogues are voice-recorded for you so you can continue to improve your listening skills and pronunciation as well.