Have you ever seen a rocket take off ?
It takes a massive explosion of energy—3.5 million kilograms of thrust in fact—to fight gravity, and get up, off the ground, and into space.
But once it’s there?
The space shuttle just glides along easily, with no resistance.
This is what the MEF Accelerator course does for your English speaking
Over the last several years I spent a lot of time working one-on-one with coaching clients. I helped them to speak amazing English. Overcome their problems and really use their English in their work and everyday life. All while also perfecting my methods.
And what I’ve found is this —
The best results come from a short, very intensive period of training… followed by a longer, more relaxed (but consistent) period of learning and practise.
The First 90 Days
What matters for the rocket is the first push off the ground. And that’s the same for you. Get the first 90 days right, and from there speaking English is easy.
But if you try to skip this?
You’ll be working from the wrong foundation, and you’ll struggle.
Create the right habit now
In the Accelerator course, we’ll create a daily English learning plan that is structured, consistent, easy to do, customised to you personally and based on methods that work.
You’ll create an English learning habit so that you get everything right now… then put your learning on autopilot.
Yes, it’ll be hard work and the process is very intense.
But the idea is to get you as big a boost in proficiency as possible, as well as get you absolutely clear about what you need to do after the first 90 days.
Then you just have to keep implementing what you’ve learned over time to get better and better and better.
Here’s how it works
MEFA is highly interactive.
The course is delivered as a combination of training sessions once a week that you study in your own time, homework tasks to complete (which you’ll need to submit for feedback each week – there are strict deadlines for this), and weekly live Group Coaching Calls in case you get stuck. This is also where we customise what you learn in the sessions to you and your personal situation. Don’t worry if you can’t make each one live – I record them.
This is not an automated course. There's no course website or account to access like most other online courses (other than for some bonus supplementary materials taken from my Extraordinary English Speakers programme).
I run everything manually via an email group and weekly Group Coaching Calls on Zoom, working directly with you.
Here’s What YOu'll do
Re-wire your English
In the first week, we’ll look at the most important change you need to make, as well as implement a series of “Quick Proficiency Booster” exercises and routine changes to get you going as fast as possible.
Reconditioning Your Behaviour
In week 2 we begin the process of reconditioning your behaviour – it’ll take more than the week to do this, but the work we do here provides the framework, and for many people is the most important week in the course. Put simply, your behaviour is either working for you, or against you - we need to make sure it's for you.
Build Your Structured Plan for Daily Improvement
In week 3 we’ll get you set up with a structured plan for daily improvement that will get you the results you need, and look at the different types of learning exercises you’ll need to do (and the exact balance for optimal improvement). Mastering English requires daily learning, but it's also important to be doing the right kind of learning.
In weeks 4, 5 we go deep into how English works as a language actually what you should be learning, when and why. By the end of Week 5, you'll be able to use several (free) tools and exercises that will allow you to gain deep insight into the English you learn, check our own mistakes and false intuitions about what is (and is not) natural English, and never have to rely on grammar books or boring word lists again for your study.
Learn From Every Mistake
You already know that it's important to make mistakes, and learn from them - mastering English is about systematically reducing errors and performing better in each and every conversation. But how do you actually do this? In Week 6, we'll talk about learning from real English data, the materials you should be using and how to use them along with an exercise commonly used in therapy and behavioural psychology to turn every "failed" conversation into a powerful learning opportunity.
Week 7 is all about fluency building – you’ll understand the 5 elements of fluency. Most people think fluency is one thing… but it’s not. Fluency is actually 5 multiple processes that need to be trained in different ways – this is why typical methods fail to improve your fluency. We'll identity your specific fluency problems, and use the right exercises for you personally to fix them. I'll also show you how to learn in a way that ensures you never forget your English.
Eliminate "Mental Gymnastics"
If you're like many people, you translate in your head and over think everything when you speak. This is a problem, because until you break this habit you'll never speak automatically, without hesitation and your English will be slow and awkward.
Stop Making Mistakes in English
In Week 9 I show you how to think like an English speaker and stop making mistakes in English to speak accurately and naturally.
Going Beyond Speaking English "Well"
In week 10, 11 and 12 we go deeper into your goals, and connect them to your English learning so that you’re not just learning randomly… but actually using what you learn in the real world and improving as you go. You'll start to think like an English speaker, and go beyond simply, dry, boring conversations and learn how to have fun in English, and use it in the way native English speakers do.
To join MEFA you need to meet the following requirements:
If you don't meet all of the requirements, MEFA is not right for you.
Julian's expectations if you join
If you’re on the fence about joining MEFA…
… let me try and put you off.
If you join, I have very strict expectations about what you need to do. I expect homework done, submitted on time and carefully considered every single week. No excuses.
And when I give feedback, I expect you to do what I ask you do... and if you don't, I will criticise you for it and make it very clear that I’m not impressed. Of course, if I can see you’ve tried hard and simply made a mistake or misunderstood something?
We learn by making mistakes, after all.
But there’s a big difference between trying and failing and not trying and failing.
So to be clear, if you join, here are my expectations ー
- I expect you to do the homework and will be (very) disappointed if you don't. We do keep a record of everybody's activity, and I have told people they’re not welcome on future courses because they didn’t participate. Harsh? Perhaps, but you have been warned.
- I MUST have your final homework submission by every Sunday Morning @10 am Ireland time. That's the deadline each week. If you submit even 1 minute after that, you won’t get feedback.
- If you get stuck or have any questions at any point you must ask. My goal in MEFA is for you to be completely clear about what you do with English, how to use it in the real world and how to improve your English consistently, for the rest of your life. There will be an optional live coaching call every week (shared with Extraordinary English Speakers members, and normally Wednesdays @11 am Ireland time, though the time does change) and you can also ask questions in the discussion group any time.
In a nutshell…
I take my work seriously, and if you aren’t going to take your English-improvement seriously as well, you shouldn’t join.
See, MEFA almost always fills up.
And I really, really don’t want to mess around with people who make excuses, don’t do the work then piss and moan because they don’t get the results they need.
This might sound harsh, but you need me more than I need you. And that gives me the luxury of being able to choose who I work with - and I only want to work with people who are serious, and dedicated.
If you have a good work ethic and can stomach my brand of blunt-reality you'll benefit from this course.
If you're going to make excuses or you're a sensitive flower and easily offended, you shouldn't join.
How to Join MEFA
If you want a place in the next group, you need to be subscribed to my Doing English Daily Email Tips.
I do this because places are strictly limited to 15 places and the fee is expensive.
Last month the fee was €750, but this price may (and often does) go up.
Also, because places are limited, there are strictly no refunds on the course for any reason and all sales are final (I only want people serious about doing the work to join).
Once again, to join first subscribe to the Doing English Daily Email Tips.
Here’s a common question about MEFA:
A quick question. How much time should I allocate to this course, including all the classes and assignments, per week?
I ask you to commit to a minimum of 30 minutes a day.
That’s normally enough for all the MEFA tasks. Some people may need a little more time (particularly if your comprehension skills aren't good - though we'll improve that over the first few weeks). Others may need less time.
You'll also need extra time for the English study that I’ll ask you to do (this isn't advertised on the course page, but I also give you weekly lesson from my EES programme to supplement what you learn in MEFA).
The live sessions themselves are about 60 minutes each, depending on the week. Some are a little longer (but not much) some a little shorter. You can split them over two or three days if you want to, though (I send the sessions out every Monday). The homework is different each week. Some weeks will take you a while to do, others no time at all.
Basically, you don’t really need that much time.
This said, I will point out though that a big part of what we're doing in the course is saving you time. Several years ago one of my clients worked in an international company in Japan and consistently had trouble at work because of his English. He wasted a lot of time because of misunderstandings and mistakes made and ended up having to work a lot of overtime (often unpaid) and obviously, his incompetence made him very, very unpopular with his boss and co-workers. The solution was both simple and obvious: fix his English.
Another thing I do with coaching clients (and will do in the MEFA course) is help you engineer your routine so that you're using time that'd normally be wasted because being "busy" is often just a form of laziness.
In the case of another one of my clients, a tiny change to his day-to-day routine created a ton of time, removed something that caused him a lot of stress and eventually got him a significant pay rise...
I can’t promise you’ll get the same dramatic result, but you CAN make the same kind of tiny change to your own routine.
And thanks for your videos on your youtube channel!
Can I Join MEFA if I do not speak English at all?
I understand a 75/80% of listening (youtube videos etc) but I have zero or 5/10% fluency.
You're exactly the kind of person the course is for, so yes.
If you can understand 80% of what I say, you’ll be fine. And by the end of the course, expect the “fluency” level to be much, much higher (and closer to your comprehension level).
It won’t be easy, but it will be enjoyable.
I can understand your videos 60%...but I have big motivation and time for hard work with your method. What do you advice to me? Enroll tomorrow or wait to understand your videos 80%?
While I do say understanding 80% of my YouTube videos is ideal, as long as you:
- Can get the main ideas...
- Are willing to work extra hard to compensensate...
... you should be fine.
When I created the main sessions (that get sent out every Monday), I used slides: so all the main points are written as well.
BUT: you just might need to give yourself more time to do the sessions and fix homework tasks if they're not right. And it's also extra important that you ask in the group if there is something you don't understand.
We'll start working on building listening skills right from Week 1, anyway, where we'll build English into your daily routine and also with an exercise designed to build listening skills. So it should get easier as we go through the course.
P.S. If you're unsure, email me: email@example.com
A quick question from Rita:
"Do I have to pay just once for the total course or for every month during the course?"
It's just once.
And because I know someone will ask, yes, you do need to complete the course in the 12 weeks. Each week you’ll have assignments to submit for feedback, and I need to be quite strict about deadlines (this is a very good thing though - how many times have you bought a course, book or some kind of product and then never used it because you thought you’d do it “later”? If you’re anything like me, loads of times…).
If you have a question of your own, let me know.
Here’s a good question about MEFA:
Will MEFA also help for improving my writing in English? Or is it better to search for a different course for that?
Depends on what you mean by "writing". What is it you need to do in English?
Blogging, better said translating my ideas in understandable and digestible English.
OK, there's a short answer and a long answer.
The short one −
The longer one −
I'm not a writing expert, and asking me about writing is like asking a cat owner for advice about looking after your dog. I won't help you with specific styles, composition or anything like that. And if you want that, don't join, because I'll just tell you I don't know. I specialise in speaking, conversation and helping people use what I call "high quality" English (i.e. English that sounds amazing and is effective for the person you're talking to based on their culture, thinking, etc.). Ultimately what you want to do is sound good in English and communicate effectively, in a way that is going to engage your audience. And in that sense writing (for a blog, or even emails, anything like that) is no different to speaking. The fundamentals of everything we do in the course are the same.
Anyway, yes, it'd be worth you joining. But no, don't join if you're not sure.
May I pay by monthly payments?
Thanks in advance.
Normally, no. It’s just too much hassle.
Got a different question? Hit me up here: firstname.lastname@example.org