This course will train your mind and body to naturally produce meaningful, grammatically acceptable English, without having to translate or consciously remember vocabulary or complex grammar rules and terms. Fluency, or natural language operates from the subconscious, just like your first language.
Traditional methods force us into a complex and poorly integrated system of ‘grammar’ rules, and very conscious processes such as translation, memorization and recall, which will never lead to fluency because they do not address the subconscious areas of the ‘language brain’ that are responsible for fluency. We don’t need such a complex system, and we didn’t have one when we learned our first language. To see the important role the subconscious plays in fluency, all you need do is compare how your native language functions to how your English functions.
We help you to develop a subconscious framework for English, similar to the one that developed when learning your first language. But as adults we can’t just absorb a language the way a child does; we need the assistance of instruction that addresses the subconscious capabilities of the human mind to grasp patterns and use them.
Ubu English uses a simple semantic grammar system that shows us how words and phrases combine, and how these relationships produce meaning. It’s just a set of simple concepts, with very few rules and terms, and lots of speaking practice to help you build the subconscious framework you need to reach fluency. As your mind starts to grasp this system and its mental and motor patterns, the subconscious will take over the learning process and do the hard work for you.
We study these basic concepts, applying and observing them in practice, and focus on speaking and producing well understood English. You will learn the essential forms and patterns of English and get a lot of practice using them to speak. It is this combination of mind and body training that the brain needs to develop the links and coordination needed for fluency.
You will learn by doing, naturally, and as your brain develops, your new abilities will begin to appear, just like in that moment when you discovered you were riding a bicycle for the first time.
This course is for anyone who is serious about becoming fluent in English, but it is not for beginners. It is for those who have studied English to the intermediate or even advanced level but still have difficulty pulling it all together, especially when speaking. If you can read this site and get something like 75% or more of the meaning, you're well prepared for this course.
This course is about developing fluency, about training your mind so you can use English without effort or struggle. It requires commitment to practice and study, and while it is not difficult, it is also not easy. This course is quite literally about changing your brain, about rewiring your neurons so fluency can happen. This is the thing that traditional methods cannot give you. It takes consistent effort to accomplish, and you need to be able to commit to at least five hours of study and practice every week, for at least three months if you want good results.
Other than that, the course is for anyone who is interested in becoming fluent. This could be professionals who need English for work, travelers who want to engage more deeply with people in English, students who study in English, expats who want a richer cultural experience, and many others.
This is an online course that uses Skype and Google Docs. Each week you will be given study materials, practice activities and assignments. You will also meet with your tutor at least once a week for 1 hour.