Frequently Asked Questions
How much English do I need to know?
If you understand simple words like “school”, “job”, “morning”, “holiday” etc we can work with you. 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 English. If you don’t know even 5-10 words in English, we encourage you to take some English 101 classes first and come back.
Are all your conversation partners native English speakers?
Yes. We give you a 100% guarantee on this. When you join the program you can select whether you want to practice with a native English speaker from the US, UK or Australia.
What is a session (Or lesson) like?
A session will be identical to you having a conversation with a native English speaker in real life. You can talk about simply anything – from sports to movies to culture to politics. Conversation partners at Spoken English Practice are trained to conduct these sessions in such a way that you get maximum chances to talk in 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, your 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. Your improved speaking and listening skills will also help you in improving your writing and reading skills.
How do I schedule sessions with a Conversation partner?
The Buy Lessons page outlines how you can reserve sessions.
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. If you prefer 1 hour sessions instead of 30 minutes, we can arrange this.
What’s the cost, and how do I pay?
Our programs are very affordable and start at $99 for 10 lessons. Please check the Buy Lessons page our website for full details. You can pay by credit card or PayPal through our secure payment gateway. You will get a confirmation email within minutes. We offer a 30 day money back guarantee.
How often should I speak with a Conversation partner?
3 times a week is ideal. If you prefer more sessions a week, we can arrange this.
At what times do the sessions take place?
We offer a lot of flexibility – you can have classes anytime, between 7AM and 11 PM New York City Time (EDT), 7 days a week. Check the programs page for information on what times sessions can be scheduled.
Do I get the same teacher (Conversation partner) in all my classes?
You will typically get 1 or 2 teachers depending on your schedule.
Where should I go for my session?
You don’t need to go anywhere. All sessions are conducted through the internet, via Skype.
Where do you have office locations?
Currently we have offices in Boston, London and Sydney. We are planning in opening brand new Spoken English Centers in China, Brazil and Russia.
What countries do you get students from?
We have helped students from over 100 countries develop their conversational English.
Examples of countries/cities of some recent ESL students we have worked with : Shanghai (China), Mumbai (India), Moscow (Russia), Tokyo (Japan), San Paulo (Brazil), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Bangkok (Thailand), Ho Chi Min (Vietnam), Milan (Italy), Paris (France), Vienna (Austria), Istanbul (Turkey), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Berlin (Germany), Kiev (Ukraine), Budapest (Hungary), Bucharest (Romania), Warsaw (Poland), Seoul (South Korea), Chennai (India), Munich (Germany), Brussels (Belgium), Saint Petersburg (Russia), Yerevan (Armenia), Lima (Peru), Bogota (Colombia), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Santiago (Chile), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Madrid (Spain), Hanoi (Vietnam), Beijing (China), Delhi (India), Jakarta (Indonesia), Manila (Philippines), Kathmandu (Nepal), Male (Maldives) etc
Do you teach grammar?
We teach grammar but our method of teaching is very different from the traditional English speaking course. 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.Typically, our conversation partners will give you grammar corrections at the end of the lesson.
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 is your class cancellation policy?
You must inform us 24 hours in advance. E.g. If the class is starting at 9AM EST Monday, you should inform us before 9AM EST Sunday.
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 at a time convenient for you.
Is Skype reliable enough for 30 minute English practice sessions with native speakers?
Skype is 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.
Do you offer group discounts?
Yes, we do! When you buy 5 x 60 sessions ($539.95 x 5), you will get a 6th absolutely FREE (A discount of $539.95!). This is actually a very popular option for families and groups of friends. For larger groups or corporate bookings, pls email email@example.com for special rates and packages.
Please email any other questions you have to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you within 3 business days.