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The Accelerator Model Part 5 – When do you know you’ve reached the level of Mastery?

September 16, 2020 , by Dr Julian Northbrook

In the last few parts of the Accelerator Model, you’ve seen that mastery comes from:

  • Fluency
  • Naturalness
  • Confidence

Without fluency, your English will be slow and awkward. You’ll translate in your head and overthink everything. Without naturalness, your English will be messy, chaotic and disorganised with is hard for the listener. And without confidence, you’ll constantly doubt yourself.

Over the next 9 videos, I’m going to discuss the 9 Accelerators: the steps my clients take to develop fluency, naturalness and confidence.

But what does it mean to be a master of English?

That’s what this part is all about:

Mastering English doesn’t mean being perfect.

And it doesn’t mean knowing everything there is in English. That’s impossible. There will always be more to learn.

Native speakers aren’t perfect.

They make mistakes, pronounce things wrong and fail to explain things well.

Native speakers don’t know everything, either. Indeed, on average they only know around 2.5% of the words in English.

I define English mastery, or indeed mastery in any language, as speaking so well that you forget that English isn’t your first language. It’s when you are able to focus fully on the task at hand, and just do it without thinking about your English. And it’s when you’re able to speak without hesitation and communicate your ideas clearly so that the person you’re talking to doesn’t think about your English either.

In a nutshell, it’s when your English stops being a barrier to the things you want to do.

If you want my help transforming your English, add yourself to the MEFA waiting list – I open to a new group of 15 students on the 24th of every month.

Julian Northbrook

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