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“I really appreciate the instant feedback I get from the instructor.”
Daisy, Marketing Manager
“I appreciate that when I make a grammar mistake, a professional will correct me.”
“This creates a great opportunity to learn new words, phrases, and their proper pronunciations.”
“People who live in non-English speaking countries can benefit the most.”
Eduardo, Software Engineer
“The best part is the online classes because I can improve my listening and speaking concurrently.”
Amirhossein, Electrical Engineer
“A safe environment where I feel comfortable making mistakes.”
“The practice session is the best thing I’ve found… They designed the prompts so well.”
“People who would benefit most are people who don’t have a chance to speak English daily.”
Sandra, French Teacher
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“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
That’s our goal in every session we have with you – to involve you in live conversations.
We do that better than anyone else.
Anita Collins, Lead Instructor
I have taught students from all over the world for over 18 years. They now serve important roles in many different places: from Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Cisco and HP to Becton Dickinson and IMF.
Sam Ju, Founder
Growing up in China, I spent years learning English and still couldn’t speak naturally.
Luckily, I had breakthrough when I stumbled upon a chatroom. Within 6 months, I was thinking in English. We buy so many books and apps hoping for a miracle, when all we needed is to practice English speaking, a lot.
Fast forward 15 years, I took everything I liked about that dysfunctional chatroom and built a product far more effective: I call it SpeakUp, and I can’t wait to hear your voice.
You tried improving your English speaking skills before. You’ve posted online seeking a language partner, you’ve shadowed your favorite movie and Ted talk, and you’ve even talked to yourself in the mirror.
However, time and time again, you fall off. Something comes up. What starts off exciting becomes too difficult.
Because there was no accountability, you were doomed from the beginning.
SpeakUp solves that problem. You join a community of dedicated English learners and talented native speakers. You prepare for every live session to the conversation, you get a progress evaluation every quarter, and you level up every 6 months. You This creates accountability and motivation unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.
How many live sessions can I attend per week?
We recommend 2 live sessions per week, although we typically offer far more sessions every week. Please sign up for sessions that suit your level, as assessed in our intro assessment.
Do you offer sessions for my time zone?
Yes! You’ll notice that our schedule is a bit different each day, so login and take a look at the times that are offered throughout the week. Choose topics and times that work for you at your level. Email us if you don’t see availability that suits your needs.
How big are the live group sessions?
We keep our class sizes small to maximize each student’s speaking time. You’ll typically see 3-10 students per session – students from all over the world!
Who are the tutors moderating the live sessions?
Your tutor is an experienced English teacher who has gone through a rigorous selection process including at least 20 hours of trial period with us before they lead a live session for you. They typically charge $50 USD per hour for private clients. Our tutors’ expertise spans across business English, public speaking, academic English, standardized tests, English culture, accent training, and more. Together, we’ve created comprehensive curriculums for intermediate, advanced, and professional learners.
What will I do in the live session?
Your teacher is present in each session to guide the discussion and encourage everyone to speak (for 70% of the class in most cases!). You will typically get a good idea of the topical focus from the study materials we prepare for each class. During the live session, all you need to do is answer questions to your best ability and support other students as they speak.
Will I get enough opportunities to speak English?
Yes, that’s the whole point of SpeakUp. You will feel encouraged and supported to voice your opinion. If we have more than 4 participants in a group, we arrange breakout room speaking activities to maximize your speaking time, and the teacher visits these rooms to provide more personalized feedback.
What if I’m not good?
Live sessions are divided into different levels. Your level should be similar to your peers. If that’s not the case somehow, we’ll move you to a different session. Please know that no one is perfect, and everyone has unique strengths and weaknesses. You may feel others are better equipped than you, but that may not be true!
We provide feedback in a way that’s not embarrassing to you, a quality that we rigorously evaluate in all our teaching candidates before they are hired. You learn the best from your mistakes and others’.
What if I’m ahead of the class?
We make sure that your peers are similarly proficient by regulating the level of each class. To progress at the advanced level, you have to be able to handle a wide range of topics including uncommon subject matters and express your thoughts with accuracy and nuances. Please pick live sessions with challenging topics and engage in prompts in classes with nuanced responses.
What happens if I am the only one in class?
We are still happy to talk with you, but we’ll reduce the session to 30 mins.
What happens when I make a mistake?
We treat mistakes in 3 ways.
How long will it take to improve my level of English speaking?
We guarantee that you will improve by 1 level every 6 months in the CEFR scale if you take at least 50 lessons within that period. Please know that leveling up requires you to prepare for each live session adequately: be sure to take advantage of the video lessons, video practice sessions and pdfs before each class.
What are my credits for?
They are for feedback on your speaking practice recordings. You’ll notice that many video lessons are accompanied by a speaking exercise where you can record your responses and submit these for feedback. If you would like to get personalized feedback on your responses, you can use one credit per submission. You will receive feedback by the end of the following business day.
I see a lesson library and a calendar of live lessons. Are these the same lessons? Do I need to prepare for the live sessions?
Same lessons, different focus. Our program centers around live sessions that allow you to practice speaking, but each of these live sessions is based on one of the lessons in our library. When you sign up for a live session, you’ll see a “Prepare” button that will allow you to access study materials for this session. Depending on the lesson, the study materials include some or all of the following: a pdf file, a video tutorial, and a speaking exercise.
And yes, we require that students prepare for the lesson by reviewing these materials to All materials and speaking sessions are designed to get you prepared for real-life situations.
* What are the requirements for your level-up guarantee?
We guarantee that you will improve by 1 level every 6 months in the CEFR scale or get a full refund of your last 6 months’ payment.
CEFR level B1 and above in our initial assessment. (This needs to be done in the first week of the program.)
At least 45 hours of live group sessions completed.
Offer limited to your English speaking skills only.
A premium subscriber for at least 6 consecutive months.
We conduct internal evaluations but accept 3 major proficiency tests – Cambridge Assessment, IELTS, TOEFL – according to the following conversion chart for the speaking scores:
B1 = TOEFL 16 = IELTS 4.5
B2 = TOEFL 20 = IELTS 6
C1 = TOEFL 25 = IELTS 7.5
C2 = TOEFL 28 = IELTS 8