Frequently Asked Questions
How much English do I need to know?
You should have basic English skills. Spoken English Practice’s program is targeted towards non- native English speakers who want to go from an elementary level to an advanced level in spoken English.
What areas in my English can I expect to improve?
You will become more fluent in English.You will speak more effortlessly, you will sound more natural, and you will become more spontaneous. Over time, you pronunciation will improve making it easier for native English speakers to understand you. You will develop better listening skills, which will allow you to quickly and correctly understand native speakers in real life conversations.
Will sessions help me improve my writing skills?
No. Our focus is in helping you improve your Spoken English. There are tons of free resources out there that will help you improve your writing skills.
Can you help me prepare for exams like the TOEFL, IELTS?
We don’t have specific sessions targeting exams like the TOEFL, IELTS. However, it is our experience that if you improve your English conversational skills overall, speaking components in these exams can be very easily conquered.
Do you teach grammar?
No. Our focus is in helping you Speak English naturally, without having to process grammar rules in your head. At Spoken English Practice it is our experience that focusing too heavily on grammar will slow you down when learning to speak English.
Who is a Native English Speaker?
A Native English Speaker is someone who has learned and used English from early childhood. It does not necessarily mean that it is the speaker’s only language, but it means it is and has been the primary means of concept formation and communication. It means having lived in a truly English-speaking environment during one’s formative years, so that English has been their primary/preferred language of communication.
Are Native English Speaker English language professors?
No. This is what makes our program unique and effective. We do not teach English. We create opportunities for you to practice with real people – the kind of people who you’d meet at a business function or in graduate school. You will have real conversations in English, not silly role plays. We hire people who are good conversationalists and who are good listeners. We also make sure we hire native English speakers who have traveled across the world, who are knowledgeable in a lot of areas and who love interacting with people around the world. All of our native English speakers have at least a bachelor’s degree.
Can I choose the Native English Speaker?
No. A native English speaker will be assigned to you.
How do I schedule sessions with a Native English Speaker?
The Spoken English Practice programs page outlines how you can reserve sessions.
How often should I speak with a Native English Speaker?
2-3 times a week is ideal. Spoken English Practice requires that you have at least two sessions a week.
At what times do the sessions take place?
Our sessions take place 7AM to 11PM EST. Check the programs page for information on what times sessions can be scheduled.
Where should I go for my session?
You don’t need to go anywhere. All sessions are conducted through the internet, via Skype.
How long are the sessions?
Each session lasts 30 minutes. It is our experience that 30 minutes is the optimal duration for 1-to-1 conversations.
What’s the cost, and how do I pay?
Please check the Programs section on our website. You can pay by credit card or PayPal through our secure payment gateway. You will get a confirmation email within minutes.
What do I need to have for a session?
You need a computer with Internet access, a microphone, and speakers. The native English speaker will call you via Skype so you need to have Skype on your computer. You can get Skype downloaded easily here
What happens during a session?
A session will be identical to you having a conversation with a native English speaker. It’ll be a real life conversation – you can talk about simply anything – from sports to movies to culture to politics. Native English speakers at Spoken English Practice are trained to conduct these sessions in such a way that you get maximum chances to talk in English.
What if I need to reschedule a session?
If you miss a session that you had already scheduled you will not receive a refund. If you missed the session due to special circumstances, please e-mail to info@SpokenEnglishPractice.com
What happens if Spoken English Practice cancels a session?
You will not be charged if Spoken English Practice cancels a session. Spoken English Practice will e-mail to set up a makeup session.
Is Skype reliable enough for 30 minute spoken English practice sessions with native speakers?
Skype is typically a very reliable method of making free voice calls over the Internet. You can make a free Skype Test call to see sound quality. Also, please make sure you use a set of good earphones and speakers.
Is Skype a free service? How can I get it?
Yes.Skype is a free software application that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet Downloading Skype is free and will only take you 3-4 minutes. You can find the Skype download link here.
Please email any other questions you have to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you within 3 business days.