ESLAN's BBR method: Block, Build, Rewire
Block old speaking habits
The biggest problem for English learners is their native language. Old speaking habits interfere and disrupt learning new ones. ESLAN blocks the old speaking habits of the students through intensive error correction. Error correction involves 3 steps:
- Raising awareness of the mistake
- Explaining why it is happening, and
- Instructing in the solution
Build new muscle memory
Immediately after instructing in the solution, ESLAN asks the student to repeat the words or sounds patterns while keeping the block from Step 1. The more successful the student is blocking the old speaking habits during repetition, the quicker he or she builds the new muscle memory. Building a new muscle memory means remembering a number of muscle movements and sound patterns.
Rewire the brain for the English language
Rewiring the brain in general happens when it uses new neural networks in response to sensory stimulation. For ESLAN, rewiring the brain for language learning is the result of the first 2 steps; block and build. Blocking old speaking habits and creating new ones is a complex and intense physical and mental activity. This physical and mental activity triggers the brain to use new neural networks allowing the learners to better grasp the sound-meaning relationship and acquire the structure of the language.
Hear it from ESLAN’s students
With ESLAN you can expect real change. You will sound and feel different. Your mouth, jaw, lips and tongue will move differently. Your brain will start to process the language differently. Words will come to you without much effort. Sounds will flow out like water. No more mental freezes. Even when you're in a noisy place or crowded space; you will still understand what people are talking about. You will love the language. Your attitude towards the language will change. It will become part of you; not a foreign language that makes you feel uncomfortable when you speak it. You will breathe it. You will enjoy it and love it. Speaking English will be a source of pleasure not of stress and worry.
So fast ESLAN is. It is fast because it is physical, practical not theoretical. It's based on using the language, not learning ABOUT it. You will understand and use the rules not just understand, memorize them and then forget them. You willl getting corrected intensively, over and over again. You will get feedback every time you make a mistake; every time you get corrected. You will keep repeating until you stop making the mistake or at least understand why you're making it and how to fix it. People will see the difference in your English right away. They'll notice you sound clearer, smoother and more natural.
ESLAN will give you so much power and confidence. Never again will you worry what people are going to think of you when you speak. You will feel much more powerful expressing your opinions, ideas and messages. You will be proud of how you sound; not embarrassed. You will feel you belong to the English speaking community you live in. You will also belong to a global community where people can't even tell what part of the globe you come from. You will sound international. With an international accent, you sound more neutral; more objective, hence believable, credible and persuasive. You will make a positive impression on those you meet.
Because the ESLAN method is based on practice not theory, just like sports, it requires physical training. ESLAN trainer uses the same techniques as a sports trainer, performance coach or a motivational speaker. When you try hard, he (or she) gives you a good pat on the back, when you get lazy, he pushes you harder until your energy is back up. One of the greatest languages of language learning is motivation and drive. The start is always great, but soon after that, most students seem to lose that drive and unfortunately give up. With ESLAN, your energy and motivation will only go up because improvements are real and the results are relatively quick to see.
Patrick Hayeck was born in Lebanon and has had no formal English language training. At the age of 21 Patrick decided he wanted to study in Australia, so he started to prepare for the TOEFL test. He bought one novel and read it from front to back six times. Once he had the plot and storyline understood, he noticed and studied the grammatical construction patterns that emerged through repetition until he felt he could understand the principles of English. In only six months of this intensive self-training, Patrick passed the TOEFL test with an overall band score of over 530, and was accepted to study a Masters in Communication and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Sydney with 6 weeks English language training. After only two weeks of language training he was told he was proficient enough to commence his course.
On arriving to Australia he went camping one weekend with some Australian alumni and realized his speaking was difficult for them to understand, plus he was having difficulty understanding the Australians. That night in the tent he vowed to teach himself to speak like a native speaker. He started with one Eminem song where he listened, analyzed and repeated it over and over until he had built new muscle memories in his body and brain to produce the English music and sounds. He was constantly watching native speakers and copying how they would make sounds when they communicated; how they used their body, how they used their breath. He focused on speaking English with a broad American accent, and within a year was being mistaken for a native speaker.
Patrick finished his course and worked as a manager in a Telecommunication company for 5 years, yet his experience of learning English and what he learned through trial and error felt like something he could share with others. He then spent one year getting a Masters in TESOL at the University of Western Sydney and the following four years working in a private English college developing his unique approach to teaching English through focused pronunciation and fluency training.
In 2008, he created the first pronunciation and fluency course at Lloyds International College. The course was a huge success becoming the first choice for educational agents in Sydney. In 2010, Patrick joined the Ability Education team to design a 20 hour per week curriculum in pronunciation and fluency to respond to a growing concern within the college that traditional TESOL training methods were not equipping the teachers with enough skills to really help all students improve their pronunciation to high level. This course was approved by NEAS and ASQA and has been taught at Ability English for 7 years with astounding results in the student’s production, listening and self-belief.
Patrick has been a pronunciation guru for the last 9 years and his work in the field is applauded by all his peers. He was invited to speak about his teaching method at the 2001 ACPET conference in Brisbane and later nominated for the John Gallagher Memorial Professional Bursary that same year.
His biggest reward remains the great feedback he continues to receive from his students.