Authentic American Conversation
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The Challenges of Learning Conversational English

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Written Language Bias in Linguistics

  • Our conception of language is deeply influenced by a long tradition of analyzing only written language.

  • Most people regard spoken vernaculars as inferior. What is characteristic of spoken language is often regarded as deviations from "proper language".

  • The linguistic analysis of conversation is relatively limited.

  • There is no consensus on how to teach conversational grammar in ESL/EFL classrooms.


Transactional Discourse Preference

  • Transactional Discourse is language that serves primarily in the expression of content.

  • Interactional Discourse is language involved in expressing social relations and personal attitudes.

  • Since most college and university ESL classes train their student population for further mainstream coursework and professional training, the language of particular focus is academic English with heavy emphasis on content.

  • Patterns and norms of Interactional Discourse are largely left up to the students to discover on their own.


Authenticity of Instructional Materials

  • Most ESL/EFL textbooks and materials are written by professional writers/teachers with heavy focus on standard English.

  • Instructional videos are scripted and staged and do not represent the variety of speech patterns used in authentic communication.


Limited Classroom Exposure

  • Even an excellent classroom teacher is JUST ONE native speaker. Conversational competency requires practice with multiple speakers of different ages and backgrounds.

  • Movies, TV, radio, and the Internet are excellent resources, but they do NOT provide feedback on comprehension.


The US Conversation Solution

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Let’s Get Real

  • The idea is rather simple: if we want our learners to succeed in real life conversations, we need to expose them to - and provide plenty of practice in - identifying and interpreting patterns of casual authentic conversation.

  • All of our videos are of real, unscripted conversations with native speakers of American English.

  • Guided Comprehension: Even though authentic conversations can be difficult for students, learners in our program are given immediate feedback and are supported every step of the way.


Let’s Go Deep

  • We focus on both the “surface” and “deep” levels of meaning.

  • The surface level is what is usually taught in ESL/EFL classrooms. It addresses general questions like Who? What? Where?

  • The deep level is more complex. It involves feelings and attitudes we learn by being members of a cultural group. This level is OUR focus.


Let’s Work Smart

  • We explicitly teach learners to identify and interpret correctly the multiple features of spontaneous speech.

  • When they KNOW these features, they can focus on the MEANING of the utterances rather than the unfamiliar "delivery mechanisms" (the patterns of spontaneous speech).

Standard and academic English is YOUR priority;
Spontaneous conversational English is OURS.
Let’s work together!


US Conversation is:

  • A comprehensive online program based on
    authentic, high-interest video conversations

  • Equipped with its own Learning Management System

Program Components:

  • Guided Listening Comprehension

  • Features of Spontaneous Speech

  • Speaking (with hybrid pack)

  • Vocabulary

  • Grammar

  • Culture

  • Spelling

  • Reading

  • Writing

We DO mean authentic.
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US Conversation is appropriate for:

  • Adult Intermediate - Advanced ESL/EFL Courses
    -- Anywhere in the World

  • Distance Learning

  • Hybrid/Blended Environment
    -- Additional materials available

  • Cultural Studies

  • Individual Study


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