The Callan Method
The Callan Method is loved by students and language teachers all over the world.
- It’s fast and effective
- It’s lively and enjoyable
- There is constant listening and speaking practice
The Callan Method is used successfully in more than 40 countries and helps many thousands of people every day to learn English and Spanish quickly and efficiently.
The Method that works!
The Callan Method provides carefully programmed language practice. During every lesson, you learn new grammar and vocabulary. You immediately practise using it, and everything is revised in a systematic way so that you remember what you’ve learned.
If you’re aiming to take language exams at level B1, B2 or C1 (for example, English exams such as Cambridge, TOEIC, IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity), the Callan Method is the fastest way to acquire the language skills you need to succeed, and you’ll be able to speak fluently and with confidence.
Always look for a Callan Method Accredited School.
Why the Callan Method works
The fast and efficient way to learn a language
A Callan Method lesson is probably very different from other language lessons you have experienced before. You do not sit in silence, doing a reading comprehension test or a grammar exercise from a book. You do not have ‘free conversation’ where you only use words and structures you already feel comfortable with. Of course, activities like this can help you but you can do them at home or in a cafe.
In a Callan Method lesson, you are busy with important activities that you cannot do outside the classroom. You are listening all the time. You are speaking a lot, and all your mistakes are corrected. You learn quickly because you are always surrounded by the target language. There is no silence and no time to get bored or lose your concentration. And it is also fun!
Repeat, repeat, repeat!
When you are learning a foreign language you need to hear, see and use words and grammatical structures many times before you really know them properly and can use them confidently and naturally.
The Callan Method is based on a carefully constructed system of revision. New words and grammar are taught using language you have already learned. You immediately practise the new material, listening to questions, saying the answers and getting immediate correction for any mistakes.
Vocabulary and grammar are then systematically revised, reappearing in different contexts as you progress through different stages of your course. Because there is a lot of revision, it is not important for you to understand everything perfectly the first time; it gets easier and easier until you are naturally using the language.
Callan Method teachers speak quickly. You will practise listening to quick, natural speech and you will soon be able to understand without first translating into your own language. This idea of not translating is at the centre of the Callan Method; it helps you to start thinking in the target language.
With the Callan Method, the teacher helps you when you’re speaking, and corrects all your mistakes the moment you make them. The teacher corrects you by imitating (copying) your mistake and then saying the correct pronunciation/form of the word. For example, if you say “He come from Spain”, the teacher quickly says “not come – comes”. This correction by imitation helps you to hear the difference between your mistake and the proper form. You should immediately repeat the correct word and continue with your sentence. You learn a lot from this correction of your mistakes, and constant correction results in fast progress.
Useful speaking practice - not just chatting
Although the Callan Method involves a lot of speaking practice, this does not mean chatting (free conversation). When people chat, they only use the words and grammar that they already know, so they do not learn much. In a Callan Method lesson, you are constantly using new words and structures when you speak, so you benefit more. No time is wasted.
Online Student Practice Area and Callan Method App
When you study at a Callan Accredited School, you have access to the interactive Callan Student Practice Area (the CSPA) – perfect for practising between lessons.
The CSPA lets you:
- listen to questions and then answer them, recording your voice and comparing your answer to a recording of a native speaker – a great way to improve your pronunciation
- write dictations while watching videos of native speakers – any mistakes you make are automatically highlighted on the screen so you can try to correct them
- do lots of Extra Practice exercises to revise the vocabulary and grammar that you’re learning in your lessons
You can use the CSPA through our website on your PC, tablet or mobile, or you can download the free Callan Method App. You can also access your Callan Method eBooks and audiobooks in the app, so you’re always ready to learn wherever you are and whenever you want.
Teaching quality guaranteed
The Callan Method is carefully structured and is very well designed and written. However, it is very important that the teacher knows how to deliver the Method. For this reason, we only supply our books to Callan Method Accredited or Accredited for Online Schools, and Registered Teachers. The teachers at these establishments have been trained to deliver the Method properly and we also carry out annual reviews to help them keep improving.
This is why the Callan Method is the best system in the world for learning languages – fantastic materials delivered by high quality, well trained teachers.
History of the Callan Method
The Callan Method was created by Robin Callan who grew up in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England. In his early twenties, he went to Italy to teach English in Salerno. Although he enjoyed teaching, Mr Callan thought that the way in which teachers were expected to teach their lessons was inefficient and boring. He became very interested in the mechanisms of language learning and was sure that he could radically improve the way English was taught.
Mr Callan remained in Italy and started to write his own books on teaching English. He used these in his classes and, over the following 10 years, gained an immense amount of practical experience and a reputation for teaching English quickly and effectively.
When he returned to England, he opened his school in Oxford Street, London. As the Method became more and more popular with students, the school grew and moved to larger premises. Mr Callan continued to write his Callan Method books and today the Method is used by schools all over the world.
Mr Callan died in 2014 at the age of 81. The school in Oxford Street has since closed but the Callan Method Organisation continues to grow, publishing the Callan Method books, developing new products, and providing teacher training and accreditation services to language schools around the world.
Students' reactions to the Callan Method
“The teacher speaks quickly”
I like that the teacher speaks quickly and corrects pronunciation mistakes.
Agostin Castro, Student
“A great method”
Volis Academy, Bratislava - Slovakia
A great method, an excellent teacher who listens carefully and corrects all our mistakes, even the little ones, and gives short explanations where needed. I’m very satisfied.
Student, Volis Academy
“It has improved my English speaking and listening very quickly”
I like Callan Method because it has improved my English speaking and listening very quickly by repeating sentences and expressions that are commonly used in daily conversations.
Stephanie Rolando Bodar, Student
“I did not actually think it would work out.”
Smile School, Kiev - Ukraine
I did not actually think it would work out. However, to my surprise, I saw the results just in a couple of weeks! I still cannot believe that but it is a fact. I highly recommend that you also try it out and you will not regret!
Alena Postova, Student
“Like a chipmunk on speed”
Volis Academy, Bratislava - Slovakia
Like a chipmunk on speed riding a bike running on liquid helium.
Student, Volis Academy
(From the school: “This really is one of our students rating his lesson!”)
“I have moved from theory to practice”
Callan Szkoła Języków Obcych, Krakow - Poland
First of all, I found out that I can speak in this language and I have gained confidence in speaking English. I have moved from theory to practice in communicating with various people at work and with tourists who visit Krakow.
Krzysztof Legutko, Student
“It seems so easy”
Smile School, Kiev - Ukraine
I love studying at Smile School with the wonderful Callan Method, owing to which you begin speaking English automatically. You learn a lot of new things every lesson but it seems so easy because of constant revision.
Nadia Skoryk, Student
“A fast and fun way of learning English”
The Callan Method is a fast and fun way of learning English. This method allows me to improve my pronunciation and speaking.
Chloe Gaucher-Lambert, Student
“It helped me achieve my professional goals”
British Centre, Tbilisi - Georgia
The Callan Method is extremely effective. Studying 8 stages not only enabled me to communicate with foreigners, but also helped me achieve my professional goals. This is why I intend to carry on with my studies and complete all 12 stages.
Tsitsino Gakhokidze, Professor at Georgian Aviation University (Student at the British Centre)
“I have no time to think in Japanese in my head”
Native Camp - Japan
I have no time to think in Japanese in my head because I have to answer the question immediately. This trains me to understand English without Japanese and respond quickly.
Native Camp Online Student
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The only way to be certain that your teacher is using the Callan Method correctly in your lessons is to study at a Callan Accredited School or with a Callan Registered Teacher. The Callan Method is much more than a book, and it’s essential that your teachers are properly trained to use the Method so that they always deliver a fast, fun and effective lesson.Find a School