The Callan Method
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"The key to success in learning a language is to repeat and repeat again, and speaking without taking the time to think." - Robin Callan
ELIMINATE ANY PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS
The main problem with new inventions, apart from the usual discredit, is that they are misunderstood. People are always trying to make connections and comparisons with their past experiences. Although practiced in 30 countries for 50 years and introduced by Creative Language Center (CLC) in Switzerland in 2000, this method has proven itself. It appears to be a new way of learning a language, different from your past experiences. Its fast pace prevents you from translating before speaking. You have to put aside any preconceived ideas in order to fully benefit from the effectiveness of this method.
IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO UNDERSTAND THE METHOD TO BENEFIT FROM IT
Just accept it passively and do exactly what the teacher asks you to do without questioning.
The Method is designed according to different principles than traditional language learning methods. We therefore ask you not to worry if you do not understand how it works. Otherwise, you may draw the wrong conclusions. There is a whole book to explain how the Method works. We suggest that you simply sit back, relax and let the Method lead you to the results you want. The "Explanations" section that follows will give you some basic principles, but don't worry if you don't understand the whole method. Unlike most other disciplines, what matters in language learning is the result, even if the way to get it may seem disorienting at first.
Learning a language, like typing or playing the piano, is all about developing your reflexes as spontaneously and quickly as possible.
DON'T OVERTHINK IT.
A language reflex comes verbally, not directly from your brain. You will learn to speak and understand without thinking. A pianist doesn't have time to think about where he puts his fingers!
A fast reflex is developed through mechanical exercises and repetition.
SPEED IS ESSENTIAL.
Normally, we speak a language at a speed of about 180 words per minute. Callan teachers speak to students at a rate of about 240 words per minute; this is to facilitate the student's better understanding of English outside of lessons, on the radio, TV, etc.
THE FIRST 1′000 WORDS ARE THE MOST COMMON.
The first four books of this Method contain the 1′000 most commonly used words in English, words such as "go, black, white, fast, slow", words that are usually used several times a day.
90% OF ANY PAGE.
If you open any book in English to any page, you will find that 90% of the words on that page are among these 1′000 words.
THESE WORDS MUST BE ABLE TO BE USED QUICKLY.
You will be able to use these 1′000 words quickly, without having to think. They form the basis of communication in English.
THE REST IS SIMPLE.
Once you have reviewed books 1, 2, 3, and 4 and integrated the response reflexes at maximum speed, the following lessons will be much easier to remember.
THE MORE YOU REPEAT, THE FASTER YOU WILL FINISH.
After memorizing the basics, you will finish your studies much faster.
THE SUBCONSCIOUS CONDITIONING PROCESS.
The Callan Method is based largely on a subconscious conditioning process driven by questions and answers. For example, with a simple question like "What do we generally write with?" the student barely realizes that he is learning to use the "do" to formulate a question in the present tense. Similarly, he learns that you put an adverb of time like "generally" between the subject and the verb, and that the preposition "with" is put at the end of the sentence, not the beginning. In addition to all this, the student learns the correct pronunciation, syntax and gets used to speaking and understanding without difficulty.
IT IS NOT ESSENTIAL TO UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING IMMEDIATELY.
It is not necessary that you always understand the questions the first time or even what you answer. Everything is repeated many, many times until you are able to understand without difficulty.
DON'T WORRY IF YOU DON'T MASTER THE GRAMMAR.
Most languages have very complex grammar. English grammar is not very elaborate. Therefore, it is not important that you master it perfectly from the beginning. You can still learn the language without knowing the grammar rules. After all, isn't that how you learned your native language?
EVERYONE CAN DO IT!
Learning a language at a beginner's level, just like learning to type or play the piano, is not a very intellectual activity. However, don't worry if you find it hard to learn at first: it doesn't mean you're not smart enough or too old. We have had students from 10 to over 80 years old! You just have to keep on and if it is difficult add in MORE REVISION.
EARS / MOUTH / EYES / HANDS.
With this method, the student learns English the same way he learned his native language as a child. First he listens to a word, then pronounces it as well as possible and repeats it: later he reads it and finally he learns to write it.
You can do it too. Don't worry about it.
Impatience is one of the great enemies of learning. If you remain patient, you will surely succeed.