What happens in lessons
The teacher asks questions
Our English designed with the Direct Method eBooks are packed with questions to help practice words, expressions, and grammar. Every question is asked twice, giving you a chance to listen more carefully if you missed anything the first time. After asking the question, the teacher will give a brief start to the answer and encourage you to join in – no need to think, just start speaking!
The teacher speaks quickly
Speaking quickly is a natural part of life. We provide a safe and supportive environment for you to practice fast-paced speech and get ready for real-world interactions.
Long answers with the same grammar as the questions
The goal is to practice speaking a lot, so you always use the same grammatical structure as the question to make complete sentences during the lesson. By doing this, you’re not just answering questions, you’re making full sentences with the vocabulary and grammar you want to learn.
For example: Q: About how many pages are there in this book? A: There are about two hundred pages in this book. (rather than “Two hundred.”)
The teacher helps you with the answer
As you are answering the question, the teacher will always listen to you. If you are unsure of what to say or if you have forgotten a word, the teacher will always give you the nest word or two. Whenever you do the, you should repeat the question after the teacher, and the immediately try to answer it again.
Whenever you make a mistake, the teacher will stop you right away. In this way, you will be able to identify the mistake and develop a habit to not make it again in the future.
Correction by imitation
When the teacher notices a mistake, they will copy it and then say the correct pronunciation/form.
Why? Correcting by imitation is a powerful method of learning the difference between mistakes and correct pronunciations. It is especially important for pronunciation, since it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish subtle differences between sounds in a foreign language.
What should you do? Just repeat the word again and then continue on with your sentence.
For example: Student: He come from Poland. Teacher: Not come – comes. Student: He comes from Poland.
One of the reasons our method is so special and effective is its predictability. It follows the same pattern for each lesson, so you always know where you stand with your progress and what to expect from it.
Revision – you repeat questions and answers that you learned during previous lessons.
New Work – the teacher explains new words and grammar and introduces new questions and answers.
Reading – you read some pages from the book out loud while the teacher helps you and corrects any mistakes.
It is important to see, hear, and use new words and grammatical structures repeatedly in order for you to be able to understand them for good when learning a foreign language. The ratio between revision and new work in every lesson is about 60:40. You will review the material that you learned in the previous lesson before moving on to the new material.
You’ll be able to progress from a complete beginner to an upper intermediate student by completing our Courses. Each lesson builds on the skills you gained in the previous lesson, and each eBook builds on the previous eBook. In order to achieve confidence and fluency in the target language, vocabulary and grammar are introduced in a well-planned sequence.
Your first lessons
Why study with this method?
Emphasis is on revision
The material you learn in one lesson is repeated in the following lessons so that you won’t forget it. Through constant practice and revision, you improve your pronunciation and fluency at the same time.
Practice the most important words and grammar first
Even if you are a beginner, you will soon be able to hold a conversation in English. As you progress through the levels, we introduce more complex vocabulary and grammar.
Improve your speaking and listening skills, and become a more confident communicator
The lessons are taught completely in English, which teaches you to think and speak in English without pausing to translate.
The teacher speaks quickly, and you will learn to understand English as it is spoken naturally
Because of the speed of the lessons, you won’t have any time to think in your own language or worry about using the correct grammar. Instead, you learn to speak as a reflex, like you did when learning your own language as a child.
The teacher corrects every mistake you make as soon as you make it
The teacher corrects by imitation, repeating your error, then giving the correct version for you to repeat. You will learn from this correction and make rapid progress.