Built from a simple idea
Real English is based on a simple idea which began with repeated incidents which occurred at The Marzio School. Our students came back to the EFL classroom after trips to the USA, the UK, Australia, and other countries, complaining to us that the people they met at business meetings didn't speak like we did in the classroom and they certainly didn't speak like the people on the audio tapes and videos that the big ESL publishers were producing, and which we were using every day. We were hearing this complaint with increasing frequency. In other words, despite our efforts to prepare them, our students were lost as soon as they heard real English at their destinations.
We then began to search for an answer to the question, “How do you bring spontaneous, authentic English to the ESL / EFL classroom for all levels of students, including beginners?” and “How do you make spontaneity manageable for purposes of learning the English language?”
We went about it step by step.
We traveled around the world with the best video equipment available and interviewed people in the streets to capture some real English with all the variety imaginable. We tried to ask questions which would elicit certain responses, providing us with examples of the grammar or function we were targeting for our new courses. What a surprise! We would ask simple questions such as "What did you do yesterday?" in order to have examples of the past tense for example, and so many people didn't even need the past tense to answer the question!
We began to change our strategy and course content to adapt to the way people actually spoke. These common but unexpected answers are mostly found in the upper intermediate and advanced sections of Real English. We were more conservative with beginners, using more standard responses because they need a more traditional ESL/EFL structure.
There are now over 350 one-hour video tapes behind me on my favorite shelf and over 100,000 lines of interviewer / interviewee speech in our databases. You will find the best video from this collection right here online. We also continue taping. This is now our 20th year.
One important bit of advice - Intermediate and even Advanced students should try some beginner lessons first. This will help you become familiar with the methodology used on the website, and introduce you to some concepts that are expanded in the intermediate and advanced sections. Particularly challenging, even for advanced students, are those lessons involving spelling. I have not yet met an advanced student who can do all the beginner exercises involving spelling people's names.
Real English is different. In the real world, people speak at normal speed, which seems, at first, to be very fast for nearly all students. So take your time and enjoy. I believe that you will find the people in the video clips engaging as well as instructive.
2012 has been a year of consolidation. We've made a lot of new lessons, using new techniques. Lessons take a long time to do well. We also did quite a bit of new filming again this year.
| The About Real English Video
(Credits for the Real English project):
| The "What is Real English Video"
(Presentation of Typical Content):