Speakeasy School teaches English using the Callan Method which works fast, is fun to use and aims to be successful with any student, regardless of their age, nationality or learning ability. It was first developed by Mr Robin Callan in 1960 and is based on the Natural Approach. Similarly to the way children learn their first language: the student first hears a new word, then imitates what he hears, later sees the word written and finally writes it himself.
The Callan Method comprises 12 stages, from beginner to advanced level and takes an average of 1 year to complete from start to finish.
What makes us different from other courses?
Callan lessons are conducted at a very fast speed (240 words a minute)
which prevents boredom, makes each student concentrate, stops him from
translating in his head, allows him to hear more words repeated more
times and makes it easier for him to understand English outside the
- Continuous repetition
The lessons are taught through constant repetition and revision of grammatically correct sentences. By revising everything four or five times the Method ensures that the student remembers what he learns (usually for the rest of his life), no matter how poor his memory is.
- Constant change of teacher
The Callan teacher changes every hour, so, depending on how many hours students study per day, they get taught by two or three different teachers. The reason for the constant change of teacher is to overcome the boredom of going over the same material lesson after lesson. A change of teacher also helps the students understand different voices and accents.
Cambridge First Certificate
The Cambridge First Certificate Exam (FCE) is an internationally recognised qualification in English, accepted by many employers and educational institutions. It is set at the upper-intermediate level and covers four main language skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as assessing grammar and vocabulary.
Students who reach stage 9 of the Callan method are offered the Cambridge First Certificate Exam preparation course, which normally takes 12 weeks and is usually intertwined with the Callan Method stage 10 and 11 (which is optional, but recommended as it provides the students with additional vocabulary required for the exam). The preparation classes are conducted in a traditional method of teaching and include exam techniques, intensive writing practice as well as extra speaking and listening exercises. They also focus on specific grammar issues, as well as vocabulary, including phrasal verbs and prepositional phrases.
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
The Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) is the second highest level Cambridge ESOL Exam and is accepted by the majority of British universities as fulfilling their English language entrance requirements.
The CAE preparation classes are available to students who have completed stage 11 of the Callan Method and wish to further their English language studies or are working towards the Cambridge Proficiency Exam. The course focuses on advanced grammar and vocabulary, as well as helping students to improve their language skills by using them in a wide range of contexts.
The International Language Testing System tests English proficiency in all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. It is recognized by more than 6000 organisations worldwide. Educational institutions, along with employers and government immigration agencies rely on IELTS as part of their recruitment or admittance procedures. The IELTS preparation course is designed for students whose English ranges from intermediate to advanced, and is intended to familiarise the candidates with the format of the test and exam techniques.
Please contact us for more information on FCE, CAE and IELTS course start dates.
The timetable is arranged to allow choice and flexibility.
Students can choose to study for two or three (or four) hours a day, three or five times per week.
Each lesson is 50 minutes long, followed by a 10-minute break.
Day classes are run in blocks of three or four, with each study block divided into three or four 50-minute periods. Afternoon and evening classes consist of two 50-minute sessions:
- 9.30am-1.20pm — 20 lessons per week (minimum requirement for TIER 4 visas)
- 12.30pm-4.20pm — 20 lessons per week (minimum requirement for TIER 4 visas)
- 9.30am-12.20pm — 15 lessons per week
- 12.30pm-3.20pm — 15 lessons per week
- 3.30pm-5.20pm — 10 lessons per week
- 5.30pm-7.20pm — 10 lessons per week
- 7.30pm-9.20pm — 10 lessons per week
Before signing on, the student is given a series of free trial lessons.
This allows time to read about the Callan Method and see how it works before committing to the course.
Visit the Callan website to find out more about the Callan Method.