New to English Teacher Online this week, we look at the English in 30 Minutes program to check out their free lessons and rate how they could help students learn English in 30 minutes a day. You can get a free trial very easily by signing up with a valid email account. The course was created by Adrian several years ago to change the way we study English. He says that his ten to thirty minute lessons are the optimal study length for most learners. There is a mature nature to some of the content so I would recommend this course to older students. There are lessons for learners of all levels, although the free lesson I reviewed is appropriate for pre-intermediate students and above to become fluent in English.
There are twenty-five units in the course and each has a theme of study ranging from Daily Life to Science and Technology. Each focus on different grammar topics such as Future Perfect Simple so you can easily choose to practice the areas that are of interest to you. Within each topic, there are thirteen lessons that are broken down into short ten to thirty minute lessons. These lessons focus on verbs, adjectives, antonyms (opposites), phrasal verbs, adding prepositions, idioms, listening, reading and much more. Each course has a handy interactive check box that helps you keep track of your progress.
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I sign up for my free trial and go to Unit 5, Relationships. I am advised that the grammar focus is Present Perfect Simple and that I am going to learn a large range of words/phrases about love and relationships. The unit is separated into the thirteen lessons as described above. I can see the objectives of the unit which explain that I will be provided with practical examples and exercises to reinforce my learning.
Now I am inside the first lesson and I can clearly see that there are sub lessons which include at least nine videos, some flash card lessons and a review. The second lesson has at least five flashcard sections, two match up lessons and two videos. A variety of learning techniques are used and the lessons are short and sweet. I really like the way Adrian uses himself in the videos to thoroughly teach the Present Perfect Simple Tense.
Towards the end of the unit I am given a listening test. I listen to a four minute reading by Adrian from a classic novel. He has a nice reading voice which makes me want to listen to the extract. I notice that the text is available for me to read while listening so I can see that Adrian has really made a great effort to accommodate students of various levels.
After Adrian has finished reading to me, I press the next button and am directed to another page to take part in a multiple choice quiz. I can see all of the questions and am allowed to listen to the story clip again. I can pause, go back or forward and listen to the clip as many times as I wish. On this page, I am given ten questions and asked to choose from three multiple choice answers for each. I can check and change my answers while still in the test and I can see a submit answers button at the bottom of the page. Once I am happy with my answers, I press the submit button to get my score. I make some deliberate mistakes and score 7/10 so the test gives me a chance to go back and retake the test. I am also given an option to see the questions with the correct answers, very handy for people who keep giving the wrong answers! I take the test again and get 10/10. The test took just under thirty minutes and I am getting a real sense that this program could be a great tool for students to learn English in 30 minutes a day.
There is so much more in this free lesson and I have just reviewed a small part of it. What I really like is the opportunity Adrian gives students to listen to a native English voice, replay it and imitate it, all while studying a specific grammar point.
I gave Adrian a big 9/10 and highly recommend this site to all my older students. I think it’s a great plan to learn English in 30 minutes a day. Please visit English in 30 Minutes to get your free trial on love and relationships in the present perfect simple tense by clicking here.