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The Callan Method is a fast and effective system for studying English. It consists of 12 levels (or “stages”), and caters for all learners, from total beginner to advanced. The specific structure and content of the Method means students can learn English very quickly, and, thanks to its long record of achievement, it is securely established and internationally respected. Language schools using the Callan Method can be found everywhere from Asia to Latin America.

How the Method works

The Callan Method ensures that students are listening to English all the time and speaking as much as possible. The teacher asks carefully structured questions, each one practising target language while at the same time revising material students have met earlier. Students then practise all this language themselves when they give their answers, which take the form of full sentences.

Callan Method lessons are fast, with the teacher delivering questions at slightly above natural conversational speed. This means that Callan Method students quickly learn to understand English without translating first. The Method helps them, right from the start, to think in English.

Students are constantly involved in Callan Method lessons. They never know exactly when the teacher will deliver a question to them, so they are keenly focused – always listening, and speaking often.

Syllabus and content

The carefully designed lexical/grammatical syllabus of the Method ensures that beginners and elementary-level students build their vocabulary and grammatical ability step by step. They are never distracted by rare or complicated vocabulary, and so can concentrate on picking up the basics of the language.

As they progress, the Callan Method continues to expand the learner’s abilities, and content has been decided on with the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) and popular international English language exams firmly in mind.

By Stages 11 and 12 (the highest levels), the vast bulk of language being practised is appropriate for learners at level C1 of the CEFR.

Why the Method is attractive for learners

Effective: The majority of people learning English are doing so to acquire a practical skill. They want to learn English for business or professional purposes, and they need to acquire a good working knowledge of the language as quickly as possible. They like the Callan Method’s clear focus on efficiency, the practical syllabus, and the fact that they can make very rapid progress. The pace and energy of classes immerse students in the language, whilst the systematic revision engages the memory and encourages accuracy. The Callan Method’s calculated and systematic approach to teaching language and its determination to maximize student involvement are key factors behind its success.

Fun: Students want to enjoy themselves at school – not sit quietly doing exercises in a book. They want to be active and involved. They want to speak and communicate. With Callan, they know this will happen. Callan students are listening and speaking all the time – a stark contrast with what they have experienced with other teaching methods.

Feedback: When a learner speaks in a language classroom, they want constructive personal feedback from their teacher. Such feedback is difficult to provide in most classroom situations, as it often interrupts the flow of the lesson, and can make students feel self-conscious. However, the Callan Method correction techniques ensure that teachers can correct any error simply, quickly and without causing any embarrassment at all. In fact, many learners, on first starting lessons with the Callan Method, say how happy they now are because previous teachers never used to correct them enough.

Why the Method is attractive for schools and teachers

Popular: The Callan Method is known by students around the world for its fun and effective lessons, and schools using the Method can benefit in terms of student numbers by being affiliated with the Callan brand.

Low set-up and running costs: The Callan Method requires the use of no equipment apart from the Teacher’s Book and the Student’s Book (and a simple demonstration chart for lower-level courses). If you have the books, and a room, you can use the Method to full effect.

Simple administration: Callan Method courses are simple to organize and manage, and record-keeping is straightforward. The progress of any class can be determined from a glance at the class record sheet, and adjustments to progress can be easily implemented.

Negligible lesson planning: The Callan Method books are designed so that all new language is systematically revised in later lessons. This means almost no lesson planning is required, which saves time for teachers and, in many cases, money for schools.

Fun and effective: The Callan Method offers a lively and fun classroom environment, minimal concerns over planning, and the knowledge that one is using a tried and tested method that delivers fast and effective learning.

Easy quality control: A common issue for anyone running an English language school is that of not knowing what is going on in lessons and whether teachers are performing adequately.

Schools that adopt the Callan Method report that this aspect of management suddenly becomes straightforward. The carefully written Teacher’s Books mean that school managers know precisely what teachers are doing, and the unique way in which the lessons are delivered means that there really is a ‘right way’ and a ‘wrong way’ to do it. So, it is easy to spot when an inexperienced teacher needs a little further training or help.

Quick and easy training: Initial training in how to use the Callan Method only takes one week, as opposed to the usual 4 weeks for many ELT courses/qualifications. To arrange a training course, contact

In addition, the Callan Method Teacher’s Guide is available from our online shop. This book should be a constant companion for any Callan Method teacher, and covers all aspects of teaching and running courses with the Method.

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