What is essential for effective English?


I built My Confident English after I’d been teaching English for over ten years and saw a common problem with students.

Those who used English professionally knew a lot of English in theory, but when it came to using it in professional situations, they became anxious, hesitated and often instead of speaking, kept quiet.

I realised at the root of this problem were three main issues:

  1. The lack of a reliable system for identifying, learning and retaining essential advanced, natural vocabulary for each individual’s situation
  2. A gap in knowledge about how native speakers really produced English – pronunciation, connected speech and the rhythm of English being the most undertaught aspects.
  3. Little or no access to guided practice – students didn’t have the chance to test what they knew outside of their workplace. All their real practice was in high-stakes situations at work – no wonder they were stressed!

With this knowledge, I set about creating a system that would overcome these challenges for my students.

At the heart of every lesson our aim is to provide a supportive and encouraging environment. Students practice speaking English integrating new vocabulary and phrases as well as perfecting pronunciation and natural speech.
The more live practice we have, the more confident students become and finally start to feel as if they can speak English freely and spontaneously.
Although we strive for radical improvement, we are looking for great communication rather than speaking English with no mistakes. Being a great communicator in English opens up a world of opportunities that you will be ready to take the moment they come along.
If you’re ready to take your English to the next level, book your FREE discovery call so we can make your roadmap to master English for your career.

Check out what some of my past students have to say about the course below:

Helene talks about the MCE Course (2)

How Nicolas was helped by the course

Danilo's experience of the course

“When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.”

– Joe Namath

Have you ever seen a professional actor stuttering over their lines?

Have you ever watched a speech by Bill Gates, Ariana Huffington, Jack Ma or any other top CEO or figure and seen them look nervous, mumble and not engage with their audience? The reason is because they have confidence. Even when things go wrong you don’t see them panic or look sheepish. They continue, knowing full well that they can carry themselves through. They have a trust in themselves and their abilities that shines through, and in turn we, the public trust them. It’s very subtle and of course it’s not just their way of being that draws people to them – they have proven their knowledge and skills in their profession to back them up. But everything combined creates an effective package in one human being.

This shines through in everything they do – from speaking in public, to making decisions to writing books and publishing. And this is at the basis of how I help students of English become confident communicators.

Of course, there are the actual words and grammar structures to learn. But often, my students know a lot of content but have trouble using it in the moment when a situation calls for their contribution.

They tell me they feel nervous that they will make a mistake, that they will use the wrong word, or worse still won’t be able to remember any words at all in English. These are all common and natural worries.

In my teaching, I teach you essential vocabulary, phrases and grammar but also show you how to leverage what you already know and use it effectively and with confidence.
Using English with the confidence of a cool cat basically comes down to three things:
  1. Identifying the areas that you are weak in and finding out EXACTLY why you are weak in those areas. Is it lack of study; lack of practise in the real world because you are nervous; lack of motivation because until now you’ve been studying English because you’ve been told you should, not because it links to one of your real life goals.
  2. Creating an efficient and effective FOR YOU study plan to train yourself up to a fluid operating level in those areas. This includes discovering your real big life goal or life value that requires you to use English effectively – the big life goal or value acts as a motivator to commit to improving your English – it also helps counteract feelings of fear you may have using English. It is also great fun to find out what your big life goal is.
  3. Being honest with yourself and learning when you have REALLY understood and assimilated your target language. If the language is not in you, then you commit to repeating the process. After a while, you will learn the best ways for you of remembering new language and using it.

As well as those points, it is also important to make a pledge to spend time and effort studying both language and confidence techniques to ensure you build your knowledge and experiential confidence day by day. If you want to improve your English and become confident you can, but you do have to put the work in.

My job is to be with you as you learn and practise English. I will guide you to the best tried and tested methods in order to get results that last until you feel confident using English. I’ll even celebrate with you when you reach your goals! So let’s do it! Feel confident in English and go for your dream job, your dream life.