International English or native-speaker English?
English has become an international language. However, the majority of English speakers around the world are non-native speakers. Non-native speakers tend to use International or Global English, which focuses on clear and effective communication. By contrast, native speakers speak faster and use more complex language, including idioms and colloquial expressions. At EfL, we focus on the specific language that you need for living, working or studying in Australia, making it easier for you to understand and communicate with native speakers.
What accent do you teach?
At EfL, we teach you to communicate clearly and effectively. You don’t need to sound like a native speaker, and we will not teach you any particular accent. There are hundreds of different English accents around the world. You will always have your own accent, and that is fine. At EfL, we focus only on those aspects of your speaking that we believe are getting in the way of clear and effective communication.
How can I improve my pronunciation?
As with any other skill, you need to practise pronunciation regularly. Your tutor will give you tasks to do at home, maybe in front of a mirror, maybe listening to recordings and then recording your voice. Remember when you learnt to drive? You had to practise over and over again in a quiet place until starting, stopping, changing gear and parking became automatic – then you could go out on the open road. Pronunciation is the same.