There is world of opportunities and challenges out there waiting for you. The key may well be your fluency and confidence when speaking in English.
If you ...
Want to improve your ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English;
Wish to be able to hold a conversation with relevant and up to date content, in English;
Recognise the need to enrich your English vocabulary;
Realize the need to improve your English grammar;
Aim to develop your ability to conduct meetings, give presentations, argue, discuss and negotiate in English;
Wish you could give a talk, deliver a speech or a lecture, preach or pray in English, with fluency and confidence;
Desire to develop your vocabulary, your self-confidence, flow and self assurance when speaking in English;
Then we have the answer for you: The English4Life Workshop!
The workshop is an unprecedented, innovative and contemporary program in which you will acquire fluency, develop your vocabulary and strengthen your own confidence to speak in English, privately and in public.
An why do we call it a "workshop"? Because in a workshop you can sand, polish, mould, improve, fix, etc. It's a place of "work". That's what we will be doing. We will "work" on your english speaking skills to bring them up to the level you'll need to be successful in your endeavours.
How does it work?
In groups of between 5 and 10 people each, we will get together via ZOOM (Meet, Teams or any other platform) once or twice a week, in the evenings, for about 1,5 hours each time, to talk. Of course, if there's a demand for it, we will also open classes during mornings and afternoons.
Every now and then we will have guests from abroad (Singapore, Japan, Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Scandinavia, etc.) with whom we will have the opportunity to talk and from whom we will learn a lot.
For those who live in Curitiba, we will get together from time to time, either at my place, at coffee shop, a restaurant or at a student's place, for a great time of mutual acquaintance and sharing of experiences. All to be done in English, of course!
The cohorts will be formed with people that are roughly in the same level. There are five levels of proficiency that we will use to place you in the right cohort:
Elementary: Your knowledge of the language is just enough to communicate in a very limited and rudimentary way. You understand, with great difficulty, what others say, but you cannot respond.
Basic: You understand reasonably what others say and can follow the general meaning of ordinary conversation and can even respond with short sentences but with great difficulty.
Intermediate: You can communicate comfortably in a social environment with a fair degree of fluency and vocabulary. You are able to initiate a conversation with appropriate content and vocabulary and maintain a relevant dialogue.
Advanced: You understand very well what others say and can respond with great confidence, a high degree of fluency and richness of vocabulary. You are able to conduct meetings and give presentations in English, confidently and fluently.
Professional: You have complete command of the language. You safely use different linguistic structures and your vocabulary is as wide and complete as that of a cultured person, native to the English language. You are able to speak in public, with confidence, fluency and richness of expression.
At the time of enrollment, you'll have to inform us in which level you place yourself. What will we talk about? We will talk about everything. There are no off-limit topics or issues. We will talk about ethics, movies, books, money, life, relationships, personal experiences, communication, public speaking, current affairs, leadership, marriage, kids, religion, sex, soccer, spirituality, eternity, politics, ..., and this is just a short (abridged, for the more sophisticated) list of topics.
We will hold debates, with people taking sides and defending their viewpoints on any contemporary issue. From time to time we will open to visitors who would like to participate in our talks. We will also have, every now and then, lectures and speeches on various subjects, given in person or via videos, followed by Q&E sessions open to all present and via Internet.
In addition to all that, we will promote forums on controversial issues such as freedom of speech, freedom of choice, abortion, individual rights, values and principles, morality and sexuality and other topics of relevance.
Just imagine the wide landscape of opportunities that will open up for you to explore, having developed your English speaking skills to the max!
The Environment We have designed the workshop in such a way that once we are in our "classroom", only English will be spoken. No Portuguese will be spoken, except under excepcional circumstances. We did this so that you will feel as if you were abroad, in a foreign but friendly environment and be challenged, stimulated and inspired to do your level best and break through the mental and emotional barriers that prevent you from speaking with confidence and ease.
Duration The workshops have a a date of opening but not a date of closing. We will do the workshop for as long as we have people interested. Of course, not being a "school", there will be no "certificate" or "graduation". After all, we never graduate from life, do we?
Individual Conversation Without extra cost, you will have the chance to talk, one on one, for half an hour every week, with other people who already speak fluently in English, that we will recommend. You will have to schedule the time directly with them. Participantes will be enrolled for the individual conversation on a first come first served basis.
Turbo Talk If you wish to "turbocharge" your learning process, you may schedule additional conversation time online, via Zoom or other means, with people who already speak fluently in English that we will recommend. A maximum of 1,5 hours of conversation per week may be scheduled, in different days. Each session will have a duration of half an hour.
Further details will be provided to those interested in enrolling in the Individual Conversation or in the "Turbo Talk".
Start November 16th, 2022. The actual start-up of our workshops will depend on the enrollment of at least 5 (five) participants so we can form a proper cohort for a fruitful conversation. In the event that we do not have the number necessary by the starting date, we will let you know. You will have the option of waiting for the next date or being reimbursed the full value of the fees you paid. If we decide to postpone the starting date, it will be for no more than two months from the initial date, i.e., January 16th, 2023. Finish As mentioned earlier, we have no "finish" line. This is a "continuous, ongoing" type of workshop and we will hold it for as long as there are people enrolled.
Investment Yes! This is not a cost! It is indeed an investment. An investment on yourself whereby you will enlarge your horizons, expand your opportunities and give yourself a better chance to succeed in life.
Workshop 12 hours per month (three hours per week), at the very low cost of R$ 30,00/hour, totaling R$ 360,00 per month.
Family Members A discount of 10% will be given to each additional family member that enrolls (registers) in the workshop at the same time as you do. The discount will be applicable to the first three months. Proof of family ties will not be required. This is a "honour-based" transaction and we’ll take your word for it.
Group Discount A special discount will be given to the members of a group of 7 people or more, that enroll together at the same time. Get in touch with us for details here.
Turbo Talk If you want to speed up your learning, you can enroll for the "Turbo Talk". It's a one-on-one, 1 hour conversation, on any topic of your interest. The program consists of a 12-hour package, to be used up within 2 months from the date you enroll. Hours paid for and not used within this time will be forfeited. Unless, of course, you find us in a very generous mood to give you an extention... this is neither very common nor too rare.
Your Investment for TurboTalk? A meagre R$ 60,00 per hour, paid at the time of enrollment, Payment Payments of the weekly classes will be done on a monthly basis, i.e., at the beginning of the month. All payments will be due by the 5th of the month. Only those who have settled their accounts will be given access to the classes.
Payment of the "Turbo Talk" hours will be done at the time of scheduling. Alternative payment terms may be agreed upon.
Payment Methods PIX 41999734655 - If you chose to pay via PIX, you'll have a discount of 10%, applicable at the time of payment. All you need to do is to pay the net amount of R$ 324,00. Got it?
Credit Card - If you chose to pay with your credit card, click in the payment button below. You may chose to pay at sight or in instalments. You will be presented with other payment options such as "Pay Slip" (Boleto), PIX and Debit Card. Disregard them all.
Commitment To enroll in the workshop you will be required to make a commitment to stay enrolled and pay the monthly fees for three months. You may, if you wish, to enroll for more than three months. After the first three months, you may cancel your enrollment at any time.
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