Adept English is a small group of people who have teamed up to bring you a better way of learning English language.
I’m a UK native speaker, with a slight accent from the North West of England, where I grew up. I was lucky enough to go to a grammar school, so I received a good school education. (I talk about my language learning experience at school in ‘The Seven Rules of Adept English’).
I left my home town of Bolton when I was 18 and went initially to Nottingham University where I did a BA Honours degree in Latin. This enables me to be fairly comfortable with grammar lessons – though I admit, I had never really had to think about English grammar before Adept English! Testament, I guess, to the concept we promote on the courses – that grammar can be learned automatically, rather than laboriously through learning conjugations and other grammatical forms.
Once I had my Latin degree, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. After some months as a retail management trainee in a garden centre (I love gardening still, but garden centre retail management was not for me!), I joined British Steel and trained to be a computer programmer – on the basis that Latin and computer programmes were similar. There were indeed similarities and I stayed working in IT (Information Technology) for many years and for different employers, including the Swiss company, Zurich Insurance and the software house CSC. I also took out four years from this career to be a college lecturer in Information Technology, teaching 16+ students and adults about computer systems analysis. This experience also helped me to gain a qualification in teaching.
At the same time, I knew that I wanted to do something different (not programming or IT systems analysis any longer!) and wanted to train to be a psychotherapist. Over five years, I took a Masters Degree, as my professional qualification and have been working as a psychotherapist part-time since 2000 when I qualified and full-time since 2006. I enjoy this work immensely as I like understanding how the human mind works and helping people with anxiety and depression and lots of other kinds of problems. I also work a lot with people whose first language is not English – which can be quite difficult as some of the things which we are talking about in psychotherapy are quite hard to find words for – even in your own language.
I am also a language learner – and have experienced how easy it is to get stuck learning a language, especially with traditional methods. You know lots of words, but it’s difficult to have a proper conversation with someone. So I am currently working on improving my French, using this ‘natural method’, so I am learning, just like you! I am motivated because part of my family live in France (and some family members are French!). I intend also to start working again on my German. I would like, when time permits, to learn another language, though I haven’t yet decided which one!
So I have lots of useful experience, I hope, to bring to our project, Adept English. I am also a great enthusiast for British culture and way of life, the English language and love using the internet to both learn and disseminate fascinating information.