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Bruce Balmer

Bruce speaks 6 languages and has been a headmaster, private tutor, provided SEN and CPD training, lectured to over 350 private schools in the UK, France & Canada including Benenden, Roedean, Gordonstoun, Cheltenham Ladies College, CharterHourse, Moreton Hall etc. and lectured to 65,000+ students world-wide. He has taught accelerated language learning in adult education where his average feedback per lesson was 9.2 / 10.  

Bruce helps  people feel the same excitement about learning a language that they felt when they started.

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150 hours to learn a language from zero to B1

Our current progress in accelerating language learning stands at this. In our lates group of reddit DuoLingo users, which we asked to try our system and compare it to their experience of DL - none of those people will take longer than 75 hours to get from zero to B1 based on their current rate of progress (they are presently about one third of the way through the course, course duration is predictable at this point). Our claim to them was that we could get them from zero to B1 in 150 hours (or...

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The GCSE curriculum (A2) is based on a theoretical vocabulary of 2,000 words. I know a young man who just received a distinction in this speaking exam while only knowing 831 of those 2,000 words. So now completing 40% of a curriculum gets you a distinction. Nice standards! Either the GCSE examining boards are totally lying about what is required, presumably in order to look credible, the examiner on the day has either lost their mind or the examining standards have become so low that that -...

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Are you being efficient and effective?

It's easy to know if you are being efficient. Zero to B1 requires not more than 3,000 fluency units (words, conjugations, grammatical constructions). We know that a reasonable expectation and the basis for many language programmes is 900 hours. So that is 3 learned, retained and useable per hour. If you are progressing at less than 3 per hour NET then you are being relatively inefficient. If you are progressing at a greater rate then you are being relatively efficient. Simple. How do you know...

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Saving time improving listening

Lots of people are quite good with a language but still struggle to listen well. The last time I saw this an A* language pupil came out of the listening part of her GCSE and said "I didn't understand a word of it". No doubt an exaggeration, but not the comment of someone who found it easy and relaxing and came out sure they had performed well. Of course, it is true that any normal human exposed to ENOUGH listening is eventually going to master listening and finding the language almost as easy...

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New Focus Coming

We'd like to congratulate one of our students, Freja, for her stellar performance recently. Having finished our A1 curriculum in less than 25 hours, she took a test administered by U.S. Universities to determine the language level of students studying foreign languages, so they may be placed on the right course. She had as little French as you can have when starting the course (we all know a couple of words due to movies and other exposure). Her reading was evaluated at B1 and her reading at...

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