Time to talk is for you if…
You're ready to dedicate regular time to using your English - but you don't have unlimited time.
You want to talk about genuine, interesting topics (not what you usually find in boring, outdated text books) that supports not only your speaking and listening skills but teaches you about British culture too.
You need classes where you actually get chance to practise your own speaking and listening skills and build genuine friendships in English.
You want access to a bank of video classes driven by the content you need - and where you can watch native English speakers with a strong regional accent so you can really sharpen your listening skills.
You need the flexibility to be able to drop into the classes when it suits you (without feeling behind) and to be able to stay in the membership for as long as you need to.
I am very lucky to have such a supportive and knowledgeable teacher
I find your explanations IMMENSELY helpful as they are short, concise and very CLEAR.
Your daily tasks are so effective and achievable.
My approach to learning English is to focus on good quality conversations about real topics (no dry text book topics here!) and to provide access to genuine language that reflect how English is really spoken in the UK. Language is alive and always changing and my classes reflect that.
Imagine this. You speaking clearly and confidently and no longer worrying that your English is going rusty. English has now become a natural part of your life. You are fluent in English, you chat freely and easily and never feel anxious that you won’t understand what you’re being told.
Your English now means you can get that promotion, deliver that course, give that presentation, pass that exam, join that network. Your English is a tool you are in complete control of and you know how to use it to build the life of your dreams.
How many hours per week is the membership?
We have 4 hours of conversation classes each week and you are welcome to attend them all – or to just attend the ones you’d like to. Some members attend every class, some attend a couple a week, some attend whenever they can.
What times are the conversation classes?
Mondays 9.30-10.30am. Tuesdays 9.30-10.30am, Wednesdays 6.30-7.30pm and Thursdays 6.40-7.40pm. All times UK, currently GMT + 1.
Do I get 1:1 time with Ellie?
This is a group membership programme. You are more than welcome to book in a separate 1:1 with me. The payment link for this is on the Work With Me page on this website.
Does the membership include grammar lessons?
No, the focus on Time to Talk is exclusively on speaking and listening skills (although there are videos looking at the pronunciation of grammatical phrases in the prerecorded videos).
How will only speaking to other learners help my English?
Great question! There are so many myths around about why it is better to practise speaking with a native speaker rather than a non-native one. But they’re just that – myths.
The truth is that biggest barriers most students face when they want to develop their English speaking skills is lack of output. This simply means they do not spend enough time talking. In Time to Talk the focus is on your output. It is your chance to develop your own fluency as a speaker.
Not only that, English is spoken by more people as a second language than as a first. Therefore, you are more likely to be using your English to speak with another speaker who learned English as an adult than one who spoke it from birth.
What happens if I miss a lesson?
There’s no pressure to attend all the conversation classes. I know the members are busy so I don’t want anyone to feel worried about being “behind”. Just join us again when you’re ready.
Is there a minimum period I need to sign up for?
Not at the moment no, although this is something I’m considering. Currently you can sign up for as little as one month but you can also stay for as long as you like (some members have been with us for over a year!)