Giving shy students new confidence

Shy students avoid attention

If you are shy by nature, you learn early on at school how to hide in a group, to be the one who never puts their hand up.  You sit quietly, at the back of the room if you can, preferring not to draw any attention to yourself.  You only speak when called upon to do so, and you dread the moments when that eventually happens. 

With language, silence is counter-productive

Unfortunately, when the purpose of the class is to learn to speak another language, silence is not an option, and being introverted and not having the confidence to practice speaking up in front of others is a serious handicap to your ability to learn. 

Recognising the problem

Good teachers are aware of this, and understand that any demand to perform in front of a class full of other people is, for some learners, a nightmare.  Even one-on-one private interactions with a sympathetic teacher can be an intimidating and difficult ordeal.

Learning with YES is completely private

YES – that’s easy! lets even the shyest learner learn to speak English in complete safety and privacy.  The course is based around short video examples of normal English speech, looping and repeating to encourage synchronised copying and repetitive speaking practice. The speaker is looking directly at the student as they say the English word or phrase or sentence.  The student can then mimic the teacher, practising shaping the sounds with their own mouth and vocal chords.

Critical progress checks

As their confidence and facility with a particular example grows, learners can video themselves saying the particular learning element aloud and then evaluate their own performance more objectively, comparing it side by side with the native English-speaker’s example from the course.

Video ‘selfies’ that won’t be shared

Nobody will ever see or hear the learner’s first awkward attempts at speaking English.  No-one but them will ever see their progress-checking video ‘selfies’, as they cannot be saved or shared.

Giving control to the learner

The learner is in control of this process.  They need not share their new skill and interact with others in English until they have built up their confidence from this private speaking practise, and learners themselves are the best judge of how much practise that will take.

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