Road to English Proficiency

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Road to English Proficiency Course Details

A brand new learning experience to cultivate your English

Our signature course, Road to English Proficiency, is a combination of eLearning and personalised tutoring from British teacher, Kerin Goodall. The programme is designed to give high level students an alternative way to study: 

Course Structure

The course is an on-demand online course.  As a result,  you can access the material whenever it suits you. You don’t have to attend at scheduled times which means that wherever you are in the world the time difference is never an issue.

On the monthly subscription, a new module is released each month for 12 months.

If you choose the fast track option, you have access to all modules and you can choose the order you do them and how quickly you do them. 

You can also opt to buy modules singularly

What's inside to Road to English Proficiency?

Inside the lessons you have podcasts, audio, video clips, articles, pre-recorded tutorials made by Kerin and other teachers, and interactive quizzes. 

The material we use is authentic:  material produced in English that was not created for intentional use in the English language classroom. This makes the learning process even more engaging, imaginative and motivating for students. 

You’ll do tasks throughout the module which focus on vocabulary building and strengthening your fluency:  comprehension, writing, speaking and reading. 

Furthermore, you will use our forums as a place to practise what you are learning, chat, discuss topics, share ideas and learn from your peers all over the world: think of the forums as our online place to hold conversations. 

This is also where you will find guidance, detailed corrections and support from Kerin.

 

Course Details Index

The Activation Project

Activate what you learn!

At the end of each module, you’ll find the activation project. The activation project is one of things that makes EDA unique. Often in traditional courses this part is forgotten about. But we would argue it’s the most important stage!

It is your opportunity to put everything you learn into practice, in a context that is real, meaningful and relevant to you.

The tasks will differ from month to month depending on the topic. They will include speaking, writing, reading, listening and/or vocabulary development.

You can choose to do as many as you like and you’ll receive personalised feedback and corrections in written or audio form: the more effort you put into it, the more get out of it!

Progress Checks

Each module includes a progress test. This is a check-up step and it helps you verify your understanding and identify areas you need to review. 

When you pass the test, you get a certificate.

Personalised Feedback from your Teacher

What our students love most about this course is the feeling of having a real teacher who cares about them! 

This was a crucial factor to me when I designed this course: to include all the benefits of eLearning but with a human touch.” Kerin

You will have input and feedback from Kerin throughout the course and you can ask her questions any time through the messaging system in the platform.

 

Course Outcomes

The focus of this course is on developing a comprehensive vocabulary and improving your skills and fluency towards English proficiency. 

The fluency part will happen when you practise and activate what you are learning; when you write and when you complete the speaking tasks. 

“I monitor and correct your work consistently. When you send me your speaking tasks, I give you feedback on your pronunciation and give you suggestions about how you can sound more fluent and natural (I usually give this feedback by audio).” Kerin

 

Road to English Proficiency

All 12 courses included in our signature advanced English course

We start off with a general discussion about TV preferences and habits and then we explore the topic of binge watching through a short video from BBC Ideas.

Next we focus on an article which discusses the main features of successful TV series pilots and work on the vocabulary used by the author. You’ll practice listening for keywords with more videos and then share your thoughts in the forum.

We then have lots of fun listening practice with clips from Breaking Bad, Desperate Housewives, Fleabag and more, so you experience real English in a meaningful way.

  • A lot of advanced vocabulary connected with watching habits & TV series.
  • Listening & fluency work
  • How to use TV series to improve your English.
  • Functions: Prepare a short debate where you will defend your point of view.

Choose between the essay writing task or the speaking task (or do both!)

Bonus lessons:

  • Vocabulary Builder Extra Study
  • Reading and Listening Extra

You have a real interest in the English language (in particular British English) and you want to dive deeper into colloquial language and learn slang.

You want to learn strategies that will help you consistently improve your vocabulary acquisition and you want to brush up your comprehension skills.

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(Module 2 on Road to English Proficiency or buy as single course)

By the end of this course you should

  • have shared your opinion and ideas on the theme of language
  • compared two written arguments
  • have acquired new nativelevel vocabulary
  • be able to use these new words & expressions in your own context
  • be able to recognise slang when you hear it and determine if it is high frequency
  • have followed a TED talk and clip from BBC Ideas
  • translated a piece of ‘correct’ English into ‘real’ English
  • discovered a new method for learning vocabulary

You will complete a writing and speaking task using slang and natural language. You’ll also try out the study method for new vocabulary.

Bonus Materials

  • Writing Lab Extra Practice
  • x2 Listening Practice

Take your English up a gear by improving your comprehension of native speakers and developing your pronunciation.

You have an advanced level of English, and although you can generally catch the gist of what native speakers say, you still struggle to understand the finer details

You want to learn strategies that will help you consistently improve your listening skills and you want to learn pronunciation techniques to help you sound more natural

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(Module 3 on Road to English Proficiency or buy as single course)

  • Learn about the differences in UK regional accents
  • Strategies to deal with natural speech patterns when you are trying to understand native speakers
  • In particular: recognising redundancy, repetition and illogical speech patterns
  • You’ll have a firm understanding of what connected speech is and what the ‘schwa’ sound is
  • How to identify keywords and catch specific details
  • To identify words that lose a syllable in fluent speech & make your speech sound more fluent

You will complete two speaking tasks which will encourage you to focus on your pronunciation in a fluent and natural way. You’ll also listen to a story and reformulate it in your own words. This can be a spoken or written task

Do you LOVE art? Would you like to be able to talk about it confidently and fluently in English?

Yes and yes?! This course has been made especially for you!

Join us on one of our student’s favourite modules, where you’re going to learn how to talk about art in advanced English: all the vocabulary and expressions you need. 

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(Module 4 on Road to English Proficiency or buy as single course)

  • Learn how to talk confidently about art:
  • Art vocabulary
  • How to give your reaction and opinion to art
  • How to talk about colour, composition, texture, mood & atmosphere and subject matter
  • 5 steps to help describe a piece of art
  • Bonus: quick review of tenses

You will do a short presentation about Frida Kahlo, either in video or audio format (speaking)

You will critique a piece of art (writing)

Take your English up a level by coming to grips with the fundamental differences between British & American English!

As a consequence of understanding the differences between American and British English, your comprehension will improve and you will  acquire new vocabulary.

We’re going to reflect on our own experiences & do a lot of comprehension practice (for both Br and US English). We’ll also learn how to improve our receptive listening skills.

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(Module 5 on Road to English Proficiency or buy as single course)

  • Main differences between British and American English (lexical, phonetic, grammar and spelling)
  • How being aware of these differences can improve your comprehension
  • Selfstudy method: receptive listening
  • New vocabulary from comprehension boost and article

Choose between the essay writing task or the speaking task (or do both!)

Bonus lessons:

  • Vocabulary Builder Extra Study
  • Reading and Listening Extra

The use of narrative to tell stories forms an important part of our everyday communication and life. Learn how to do it correctly and confidently. 

You love talking! You like telling stories, funny anecdotes and chatting about what’s been going on your life.

Or perhaps you want to learn storytelling for work; whether in a marketing context or just to be able to let colleagues know what’s been going on with the dayto-day.

You want to do this fluently in English, using the correct grammar, b pronunciation and the best language.

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(Module 6 on Road to English Proficiency or buy as single course)

  • develop fluency in storytelling
  • develop understanding and accurate use of a range of narrative tenses
  • understand and try out the learnbyteaching method
  • make a minipresentation on a grammar point
  • read mini-sagas and create your own
  • learn useful language for storytelling
  • practise pronunciation of past tenses
  • practise telling anecdotes and stories

It’s a big project this month! You will have the chance to write your own anecdote and also tell a story. Furthermore, for those of you feeling creative this month you are invited to write your own minisaga.

Bonus Materials

  • Pronunciation boost: how to pronounce the ED in past tenses
  • Bonus lesson: Tips and language for telling anecdotes
 

We’re going to be encouraging reflection and expressing ourselves this month by looking into our past and future selves.

We’ll work hard on expanding our vocabulary, in particular discussing the theme of change.

We’re going to watch a thought-provoking TED talk regarding the psychology of our future selves and focus on selected vocabulary that comes out of the video.

Finally we will read the optimistic article Into the Future and head on over to the forum to discuss the points raised.

You’ll learn how to discuss change; your opinions on this theme and how it relates to your own life.

By the end of this module you should

  • Have acquired new advanced vocabulary
  • Be able to use these new words & expressions in your own context
  • Listened to a TED talk and understood key details
  • Have shared your opinion and commented on others
  • Practised a monologue & carried out a selfevaluation

You will complete a speaking task talking about change. You’ll also practise using your newly acquired vocabulary.

One of our most popular modules! 

Master how to handle situations – when you don’t understand something –proactively.  Upgrade the way you work in English and improve how people respond to you!

In any international professional context; meetings, networking events, job interviews, and so on, there will likely come a point in the conversation when you don’t understand something that is being said. How you manage this will depend on the conversation being successful or not. 

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(Module 8 on Road to English Proficiency or buy as single course)

  • You will learn strategies and practical language that you can use when you don’t understand English.
  • You will explore the reasons native speakers can be hard to understand and why you should never feel bad if this happens to you
  • You will listen to native English speakers talk about these issues and at the same time, test your comprehension.
  • You will know exactly what to say and how to say it in order to keep communication going and always appear professional, in control and competent.

You’ll create your very own checklist of strategies. Then you’ll practise exactly what you would say in various real-life scenarios.

The next challenge is to listen to a company meeting, and catch the keywords. You’ll then create a dialogue following on from that task. 

If you want more, there is an extra writing task to do and x2 bonus lessons as well! 

 

This module is actionpacked! Full of video clips, LOTS of new vocabulary and thoughtprovoking themes. (I’ve also managed to throw some comedy in to lighten the serious mood!)

We’ll work our way through the first unit which is dedicated to telling lies: highlights from his lesson include a hilarious clip from ‘Would I lie to You‘ and a lecture from one of our EDA friends, Joelle from Oxford.

We’ll then move on to talking about fake and misleading news before ending the module on the topic of crime.

A lot of advanced vocabulary connected with lies, fake news and crime, with a big focus on comprehension.

Main skills developed: listening & reading. Secondary skills practised: writing, speaking

I’ll be challenging you this month with a series of timed ‘stream of consciousness’ writing tasks. You’ll then have a precision writing task to do and a fluency speaking task.

Bonus materials:

  • Article: Beyond Fake News – 10 Types of Misleading News,
  • Reference guide: A-Z Crime Word List

This month there is a big focus on expanding our vocabulary and honing our reading and writing skills.

In the first part of the module, we’ll be looking at replacing ‘boring’ words that we tend to overuse, such as ‘good’, ‘nice’ and ‘bad’ and we’ll be looking at how we can replace using ‘very’ with stronger, more impactful words.

We’re going to spend some time with Michelle Obama to improve our listening skills and try out some paraphrasing!

This will lead us nicely on to the second part of this month’s module where we study HOW to write a summary and WHY this is a skill that will help you on your way to English proficiency.

How synonyms are one of the best ways to expand your use of English vocabulary.

How to write a summary: what a summary is, why it’s an essential skill and how to do it

This month you’ll be writing a summary. You’ll choose a topic of interest and produce a written piece of about 150-300 words.

This month the theme is FAST! We’re going to focus on rapid natural speech and how to go deeper into picking out keywords and improving our comprehension.

You’ll start the lesson with a podcast episode Elisa and I made for Milan based fashion mag, Tustyle. Whether you care about fashion or not, this is your chance to eavesdrop* on a typical chat between your teachers and pick up some rich native level vocab!

Next we’re going to watch a video about the implications of fast fashion and explore the themes around it (and at the same time, doing some vocabulary work around prefixes and suffixes)

Finally we’re going to do a session on how to deal with fast speech, looking at strategies to help you improve your listening and how to build uplistening for accuracy’ as well as ‘listening for gist’.

I’ll also show you how you can use dictation as a selfstudy method for learning new vocabulary.

By the end of this module you will

  • be able to talk about fashion and style
  • be able to talk about the consequences of fast fashion
  • be able to use strategies to help you deal with rapid speech
  • have acquired and practised a selfstudy technique for ‘listening for accuracy
  • You have a speaking task this month (or writing if you prefer!) where you are asked to express your opinion.
  • Seeing as there has been A LOT of new vocabulary this month, you’re also invited to do a vocabulary extra task
  • For those of you feeling studious, there’s an article in The New York Times to read.

Bonus Materials

  • downloadable e-book

Do you LOVE books? Would you like to be able to talk about books confidently and fluently in English? 

Yes and yes?! This course has been made especially for you!

Join us on this course to learn everything you need to know to talk about books: all the vocabulary, language and expressions you need. 

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(Module 12 on Road to English Proficiency or buy as single course)

  • Vocabulary specific to literary genres and books
  • Language relevant to talking about books
  • How to give your reaction and opinion to books
  • How to review a book
  • Key details comprehension practice
  • Reading practice

Bonus:

  • e-book with course: How to talk about books: The Ultimate Guide
  • I love poetry bonuses

Using all the new language acquired, you will share your ideas in the discussion room in the forum

You will prepare a 3 minute speaking challenge (speaking)

You will review a book (writing)

Requirements

To join Road to English Proficiency you need to meet the following requirements:

The time you spend each month will vary, depending on your individual goals and what’s going on in your life that month!

As a minimum, you are expected to dedicate 2 hours per week to the tasks in each module. This is sufficient if your goal is to maintain your level and cultivate your English knowledge.

For those of you who want to go up a level and work towards significant improvement, we suggest 4-5 hours per week.

Is Road to English Proficiency the right course for you?

As much as I’d love to say “this course is everyone!” I can’t. It isn’t! 

It ISN’T for everyone. I designed it for people who really love English;  who are really willing to spend their free time on it and for people who genuinely want to experience a new approach to learning. 

This course gives you A LOT of flexibility: you can study when you want, where you want and how often you want. However,  it still requires you to COMMIT to learning.

Why am I trying to put you off*?!  (put you off means dissuade you!)

Quite simply, if you don’t meet the requirements, this course won’t work for you and you’ll be disappointed

I take my work seriously and although I want my students to enjoy learning, I want them to take learning seriously too. 

 

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Even if this course isn't for you, it doesn't mean that you can't study with EDA!

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