Why I Created Speakening.com

During my seven years of teaching English as a Second Language in a New York City public high school and The College of Staten Island, City University of New York, I researched and discovered many of the linguistic needs of the English language learners who come to live here in the United States. My experience teaching English in China has confirmed these discoveries. Many students born and raised in the United States share some of the same needs. I have had international students who outstripped their American classmates in English as well as in the other academic areas. They received some of the highest scores on the New York State Regents Exams in all areas. Yet, both these English language learners and the American-born students find it quite difficult to construct grammatically correct sentences in English.

Speakening.com is my solution to this persistent problem. Speakening.com is a website that gives English language learners the practice they need to become fluent English speakers. The main course, English for Everyone consists of 100 brief dialogues called Lessons. Students who work through these Lessons as directed by the author will acquire the foundations of English sentence structure the way the native speaker does it: through practice guided by a native speaker of Enlgish. Our parents provide this guidance when we are learning our native language. I have used this approach in my own acquisition of several languages as an adult, and the result is that I am able to write error-free translations without ever having written a single grammar exercise or taking any exams in any language.

While English for Everyone is brief, it is comprehensive in that it includes every kind of sentence structure used in the English language. Simple practice of the Lessons will provide the desired result: success. By working several times through the course, the student will attain mastery of English sentence structure more completely, quickly, and easily than ever imaginable. After two or three tours through the course, it will actually become as entertaining as visiting with old friends, the way we grow accustomed to spending an evening with our favorite television characters.

I offer this website, not only to share my experience and expertise in language learning and teaching, but also to share my joy of learning. The best way for me to share that joy is to teach what I have learned. Not only have I learned to speak several languages on a level I never thought possible when I was a child, I have had the time of my life doing so. It is my sincerest wish that, while the students who use this resource will learn to speak and write grammatically correct English, they will have fun in the process.

by John DePonte

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