Julian Northbrook’s

Extraordinary English Speakers

Fearless, Eloquent English for THOSE WHO DARE TO BE DIFFERENT

“What matters is this: being fearless of failure arms you to break the rules. In doing so, you change the culture and just possibly, for a moment, change life itself.”

– Malcolm McLaren (the original punk)

Dear Extraordinary English Speaker to be,

Malcolm McLaren was The original punk. And my all-time hero. McLaren was someone who changed the way people thought. You see, punk was about far more than a fashion style. It was about fearlessly challenging the world and changing it for the better.

The Extraordinary English Speakers is for those who dare to speak extraordinary English as a second language.

Language Punks who dare to do things differently.

The English learning industry is broken.

Schools are still stuck in the dark ages teaching grammar rules that nobody uses. The internet is awash with bad advice, and wannabe “English teachers” who have never learned a language themselves run amok.

I offer you a different way.

But be warned… this is not for everyone. For EES to work for you, you need to be a certain kind of person.

Someone with a fire in their heart.

Someone determined to BE MORE than they are now.

Learning English isn’t about English.

It never was.

For me English is just the beginning ー It’s about creating change in your life, pushing forward, refusing to limit yourself and DOING something amazing.

I don’t want to work with wishy-washy people who just learn English because they think they should. Because they think they won’t get a job without it or because their mum told them to.

Who is EES for?

EES is for English learners who have already reached the intermediate level and are serious about mastering English and using it for success in their lives.

Whether you live in an English speaking country or use English for international business, the thing that connects us in EES is a need for a very high-level of English proficiency.

If you’re already happy with how you speak English… this isn’t for you.

But if you feel embarrassed when you speak, if you’re not as fluent as you need to be, or you can’t use English naturally ー I can help.

How does EES work?

When you join EES, you get weekly lessons to study, the monthly EES Gazette, unlimited feedback and critique on your English speaking, and a whole load of other benefits.

But these aren’t just any lessons.

They’re designed in a certain way, especially for people who have already reached the intermediate level.

You see…

In order to get REALLY good at English, three you need to get three things right.

I call this the three Pillars of English Improvement.

The first Pillar is Method.

Even now, the majority of schools teach using grammar based, ‘words-and-rules’ methods. You learn grammar rules and vocabulary, and you combine those to make sentences.

Only, this isn’t really how the brain works.

Native speakers do NOT speak with grammar rules and individual words that the combine to make sentences. Linguists used to think they did… but we now know this is wrong. The way native speakers use language is very, very different to the way you were probably taught English.

This is a problem…

If you want to speak fluently and naturally – i.e. in a native-like way, you need a method that is based on how native speakers ACTUALLY use language.

But it gets worse…

The way English is traditionally taught makes you think about what you are saying and translate in your head. So you’re actually practising DIS-fluency.

Simply put, there are good methods, and bad methods.

Choose the right one.

This is the basic method we use in EES:

Don’t worry.

Not half as complicated as it looks. And I’ll train you in the method during the special “Onboarding Course” that all new members complete.

This said…

Even the best method in the world is useless if you’re learning the wrong thing.

This is where the second Pillar comes in…

The second Pillar is Materials.

As part of my PhD research, I analysed English textbooks… and I’ll tell you now – the result was NOT good.

This is also a problem.

You can only ever OUTPUT what you’ve already INPUT. If the materials you use (or used) were inputting the wrong language… then you’re going to be outputting the wrong language.

To put it another way, even the best method in the world is a total waste of time if you are learning the WRONG thing.

The lessons you get in EES are not just random stories and dialogues. They are carefully researched and optimised to ensure you are always learning the correct English.

Not only that but as part of each lesson I teach you how to use proper tools to check these things for yourself.

Never underestimate the importance of the materials you use.

As part of my research, I asked Japanese adults to judge how natural sounding phrases and expressions were. What I found was disturbing – their knowledge of secondary school textbook English was BLOCKING their ability to judge correction.

Learning the wrong thing, then, is not only useless if you want to speak English well… but it may even be damaging in the long term.

The final Pillar is Mindset.

This is important, because if you believe you can’t improve your English… you CAN’T speak amazing English…you won’t take the action necessary.

When I was a student I learned French.

And I failed the subject.

Then when I came to Japan in 2007, I had to learn the language. But because of the way I was taught at school I believed I wasn’t talented at languages and I could never speak Japanese well.

This is a huge problem.

The best method, combined with the best materials is STILL useless if you don’t do the damn work.

To solve this problem, when you join EES you get access to the Bulletin Boards — our support and discussion group. As well as this, I regularly interview people from a range of industries about using language effectively in the real world.

How much time do I need for EES?

High speaking skill cannot be learned in a very short space of time.

You need to learn, practise and repeat English over a period of time. Becoming an Extraordinary English Speaker is a process.

When you join first you need to complete the EES Onboarding Course.

This is a short course that teaches you how EES works, and how to use the weekly lessons. The Onboarding Course is required, and all new members must complete it. But it can be done in about a week.

After that, how much time you spend is up to you. At a minimum, I suggest you do each week’s lesson, each week. This will take you between 1 to 2 hours each week.

Extra time can be used to study lessons from the Archives (to speed up improvement), listening to the Extraordinary English Conversations series and practising the lessons in each month’s Gazette.

How fast will I improve?

First, everybody is different and it depends on (1) whether you listen to advice (if you do, you’ll improve… if you don’t, you probably won’t) and (2) how much you learn the lessons and practise what you learn.

Simply put, the more you do… the faster you’ll improve.

Most people see a boost in their English in 1~2 months and a significant improvement after 6 months.

That said, remember: speaking extraordinary English is a process. There will ALWAYS be more to learn, so really the question is not “how good can I get?” but “how good do I WANT to get?”

Here is what EES member Hanako said about the programme:

(note: Doing English+ is the old name for EES – it’s the same, just the name changed).

What do you get when you join EES?

When you join, your membership includes:

1. The 12-page EES Gazette Newsletter. The Newsletter ships on the 1st Monday of every month, and each issue is dedicated to a specific topic related to using English at an extraordinary level in the real world.

2. A new lesson to study Every Friday at 5 pm. Learn the language of extraordinary English conversation and speak fearless, eloquent English.

3. More than 120 past lessons to pick and choose from. The EES library is constantly growing – you get access to everything in the Archives.

4. Extraordinary English Conversations. Interviews with a whole range of brilliant business men and women.

5. Free Critiques on your English. The problem with speaking English as a second language is that you often don’t know what your own weak points are. Record yourself, and I’ll give you my typical blunt opinion. Not for the easily offended… but if you can take criticism, you’ll improve fast.

6. Access to the Bulletin Boards. This is your place to ask questions, get advice and really use your English.

7. Special rates on courses, seminars and workshops that I run. Enough said.

If all this sounds good…

Great.

But I need to warn you:

This is Hard Work

For any of this to work though…

… you have to do the work.

If you’re the kind of person who collects lessons and information but never actually does anything, stay away. I have very little patience for fools.

This said.

If… you are the kind of person driven to improve and are prepared to invest as little as £1.64 a day into your English

And… you are prepared to put in the time and the effort required to become an extraordinary speaker of English

Then… welcome to Julian Northbrook’s League of Extraordinary English Speakers.

Click Here to Become an Extraordinary English Speaker