FLUENCY SCHOOL — IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU?
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Get answers to questions about cost, payment options, what level you need, our risk-free guarantee, and more.
When is the next Fluency School course?
Fluency School is offered 2 times per year.
Our next course will be available in Autumn 2021. Course dates will be announced in August.
IMPORTANT: Limited spots are available and our course typically sells out in just a few hours. Joining our waitlist will keep you up-to-date and you’ll be the first to know when registration is open.
Will this program really help me become more fluent? I’ve tried other classes before. How is Fluency School different?
“I feel that it is specialized for shy people, or maybe people that feel they are stuck. Anne Marie has the tools to improve it. She has something different from other courses. I have had many courses on my life, I got certificates, I did Rosetta Stone, I got a personal professor, but she has something that helps you achieve to be unstuck. Something to give you a new opportunity to believe that you are able to speak in English. She knows exactly the common mistakes that the people make on English, and she knows how to improve it. For a professional environment or daily life this course in my opinion is the best!”
~ Monica, from Colombia and living in Florida
Here are several reasons Fluency School is different and why it works:
1. Speaking Practice + Lifelong Strategies
Fluency School combines speaking practice with feedback plus lifelong strategies you can use to self-evaluate, correct, and improve your speaking.
Most English online courses only provide videos and worksheets, but you don’t get to speak.
In Fluency School you’ll join Annemarie for group coaching workshops with the opportunity to practice plus 10 speaking challenges.
Our goal is to help you master skills to improve and be confident in your English, even after Fluency School, empowering you will strategies you can use independently.
With each speaking challenge, you’ll receive feedback and suggestions for improvement from the Fluency School Team in our online community.
3. Expert English Trainer
There are thousands and thousands of English teachers all over the world. And many of them are good. However, not all of them are. Some are inexperienced. Others have very little training.
However, with Fluency School you’ll work with a teacher who has a masters degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Others Languages) and more than 20 years of experience working with hundreds of adults all over the world.
4. International Classroom
In the small group discussions, you’ll have the opportunity to communicate with your teacher and other professionals from all over the world. You’ll boost your listening skills and your ability to understand different accents.
5. Permanent Support Community
Even after Fluency School, you’ll continue to be a part of my permanent private community to get ongoing support, encouragement, and motivation.
As the founder of Fluency School, I care about your success. Fluency does take work and this course was designed with great attention, energy, and results-oriented tasks. I want you to succeed. That does mean you’ll have to be committed, do the work, and stay focused.
But I will be there with you every step of the way.
You can also find out what previous Fluency School students have to say about their experience.
There are so many online English classes. How do I know this one will work for me?
I believe you need to be 100% certain about your decision to join Fluency School.
When you’re choosing a course, I cannot tell you which program is right for you, but I can help you make a good decision.
There are many programs that use the words ‘fluency’ and ‘confidence’ so it can be difficult to know who to trust. The best way to make the right decision for you is to find proof that the program works.
Look for reviews or testimonials that show how the course delivers what it promises.
What makes Fluency School unique is:
1. Our success stories. Our students LOVE to share their experience with Fluency School and many of them do it in an interview with me. You can read and listen to their stories here.
2. We’re 100% focused on fluency and confidence-building strategies with speaking practice, feedback, and support in a safe, friendly community. This combination is essential for success.
3. Our students learn to think more easily in English, organize their ideas and find the words they want to use, express what the want, and speak without fear of mistakes or judgment. This is the core focus of Fluency School. Through feedback, you get support for accurate grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation, but our curriculum is based on your speaking skills so you can communicate with ease.
What do I really get with the Fluency School program? What will I learn?
Fluency School was designed to give you exactly what you need: practice and support so you can feel natural when you speak English. You’ll also become a part of an international community that supports and motivates each other.
With Fluency School you’ll learn to:
- Give your opinion
- Make daily conversation
- Tell stories
- Share ideas and suggestions
- Participate in discussions
- Clarify meaning
- Ask & answer questions
- Start conversations
- Use modern vocabulary
- Communicate clearly
- Hear & correct your own mistakes
And much more. You can get the full course plan on the Fluency School Course Details page.
You’ll develop your confidence and fluency in English through:
12 Group Coaching Workshops:
Two days per week you’ll have the opportunity to join Annemarie for group coaching on Zoom. Every workshop will focus on the module topic of the week and offer opportunities to practice plus time to answer your top questions.
Speaking Practice with Feedback:
Throughout Fluency School, you’ll have 10 speaking challenges. For each speaking challenges, you’ll get feedback from the Fluency School Team, including corrections and advice for improvement.
Training Videos and Worksheets:
Every week you’ll watch training videos that will give you the information you need to prepare for your speaking tasks. You’ll learn advanced grammar and vocabulary plus tips to help you use them when you speak. You can watch these videos online in the course or you can download them to watch from your laptop, tablet, or smart phone.
Fluency School was designed to give you exactly what you need: practice and support so you can feel natural when you speak English. You’ll also become a part of an international community that supports and motivates each other.
What do I need to join Fluency School?
You need just 3 simple things to join Fluency School.
First, you need to register for the course. Be sure to join the Fluency School Waiting List so you’ll be the first to know when registration opens.
Second, you need Internet access. You can use a computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone, but you’ll need access to the Internet.
And finally, you need a microphone to join the group coaching workshops. If you’d like to participate with video, then you’ll need a camera on your computer, tablet, or phone.
It is recommended that you are on Facebook to get the most benefit from the course, but it is not necessary.
How will I access all these materials and group coaching?
Everything is designed to be simple, clear, and effective. I want you to learn how you learn best.
We use a software called Zoom, which is absolutely FREE for you to use. Zoom is similar to Skype so we can communicate with audio and video, but it has many more features and it has a much stronger connection than Skype, which is perfect for an international community.
You will have a link to my online classroom. When you’re ready to join coaching workshop, you can click the link and immediately join.
Training Videos & Worksheets
In the online course, you have the option to:
1. Watch videos and do worksheets online
2. Download the videos and worksheets
This means you can do what works best for you in your situation. Some people love to do everything on their computer or smart phone. Others prefer to print the materials and download the videos to keep them.
Your speaking tasks will be completed on your own time. You’ll complete your speaking tasks by audio or video and share them in our online community for evaluation and feedback.
Who is Fluency School for?
If you want to learn how to use smart, effective strategies to increase your English fluency, continue your progress even after Fluency School, and use English for your success, Fluency School is for you.
Fluency School is ideal for:*
Shy, Introverted Speakers
Whether you feel shy only in English or if you’re naturally introverted and prefer to think before you speak even in your native language, Fluency School was created with strategies specifically with you in mind. Annemarie and her entire Fluency School Team are naturally shy and introverted. Their goal is to create a classroom and friendly environment that supports your learning style. You’ll discover how being introverted can actually help you be an excellent communicator, even in English.
Whether you use English in your career now or you’re waiting for your dream job, if your future success requires English then Fluency School will help you develop the skills you need to communicate naturally and effectively in English.
Life in an English-Speaking Country
If you’ve recently moved to an English-speaking country, but you’re struggling to find your place… it’s difficult to make friends, feel comfortable in the community, speak with your children’s teachers, find a job, and to understand native speakers, Fluency School will help you feel more at ease in speaking English and participating in conversations with native speakers.
English Language Teachers
If you’re an English language teacher in your community and you’d like to have more career or teaching opportunities, to deepen your knowledge and skills for your students, or accelerate your own speaking abilities in English, Fluency School is a perfect fit.
Curious what others say about Fluency School? Get honest reviews & listen to interviews about the course.
*IMPORTANT: Fluency School is designed for adults and professionals. This is not a course for teenagers. We will not accept any students under the age of 20.
Do I have the right level for Fluency School?
Good news! If you are reading these questions and answers – and you understand them – then Fluency School is just right for you.
Fluency School was specifically designed for international English language users with an intermediate level of English or above. At this level, you already have a strong foundation in English grammar and vocabulary, but what you need is to learn to speak English naturally and fluently.
I know you’ve been learning English for years. And you feel stuck. Getting unstuck is exactly what Fluency School will help you do.
Fluency School is the only online fluency course that includes speaking tasks with feedback from a native English trainer, small group discussions, video training, and personalized training exercises.
There are two ways you can be sure that you have the right level for Fluency School:
- Do I have the Right Level for Fluency School? Self-Assessment. I created this self-assessment so you can quickly identify if you have the right level. Simple click on the document and complete the assessment. It will take 5 minutes.
- If you’ve taken online level placements, the TOEFL or IETLS, then these levels would be perfect for participating in Fluency School:
- Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
- B1+ to C1
- TOEFL Score: 60 and above
- IELTS Score: 5 and above
According to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), this means you should be able to do the following when you speak English:
Can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Can enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events).
Can connect phrases in a simple way in order to describe experiences and events, my dreams, hopes, and ambitions. Can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. Can narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe my reactions.
If that description is correct for you, then Fluency School is a perfect fit. You can read a complete description of a B1 level here.
NOTE: If you are beginner English speaker or at a level lower than intermediate, Fluency School is not the right fit for you.
What if my English level is higher than an intermediate level?
Do you still feel too shy, too nervous, or too afraid to speak in English? If you answered yes, then Fluency School will help you overcome those feelings and is perfect for your level.
This is the perfect opportunity for you to get the practice you really need. You’ll be with other motivated professionals from around the world who want to accomplish the same goal and you’ll have support from Annemarie and the Fluency School Team.
Fluency School is designed to help you exactly where you’re at in the language so you can improve, feel natural, and be confident when you speak.
How long will I have access to the course website and materials?
With your unique username and password, you can use the Fluency School course any time you want and get access to new materials we add from year to year.
As long as we offer Fluency School, you will have access to all our Fluency School content.
Will I work with others in the class or only with my English teacher?
Fluency School is a group learning experience.
After more than 20 years of experience, we are firm believers in the African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
In the live group coaching workshops and in the course, you have the benefit of speaking with other students, teachers, mentors, and Annemarie.
Again, the goal is for you to learn as you learn best. With the Fluency School Team, you have the great benefit of working with native English teachers and an international community.
In Fluency School, you will meet others from all over the world. This means you’ll get to know other professionals, learn about new cultures, and develop your listening skills to understand different accents and ways of speaking.
If you are looking for 1:1 coaching, Fluency School is not the right program for you.
Will I learn from Annemarie?
Yes, Annemarie leads Fluency School. She presents all the training videos and you’ll be able to join her for live group coaching workshops 2 days per week.
VIP students will also join Annemarie for 12 small group classes limited to 4 students for maximized speaking opportunities and immediate, personal feedback from Annemarie in the classroom.
What does it mean to be a VIP student?
VIP students can join Annemarie for 2 small group classes per week and each class is limited to 4 students.
This is an intimate, personalized experience for maximized speaking practice and the opportunity for immediate feedback from Annemarie in the classroom.
There are a total of 12 small group classes in Fluency School.
Plus, VIP students get in-depth, private feedback from Annemarie every Friday via video. In these videos, Annemarie will highlight areas of strength and opportunities for improvement based on observations in the VIP small groups. This feedback is provided via video and will be sent to you by email.
Finally, get a one-time 30-minute 1:1 session with Annemarie during Fluency School to practice a specific skill of your choice and get immediate, personal feedback.
Does Fluency School work for everyone?
First, Fluency School is not for a beginner or low-intermediate student. If a student’s level is too low for the course, the student will be asked to join the course at a later date.
Secondly, Fluency School and fluency, in general, is hard work. It takes time and commitment from each student.
For the students who do the work, who commit time, who follow the process, and who participate in the coaching workshops, Fluency School works 100% of the time. I see it in every class.
But for students who don’t want to commit, who don’t do the tasks, who are not open to learning with others, who don’t take time, they make less progress.
I’m very honest about this in the course.
I tell each student I and the whole Fluency School Team are 100% committed to their success. We are there every step of the way. But each student must also be committed. They must be willing to accept challenges and do the work.
The good news is, Fluency School is also fun. We spend a lot of time laughing and every group becomes very close. It is hard work but it’s also fun work.
If you’re ready for a class and a teacher who are committed to you AND you’re ready to give your time and energy, then Fluency School will work for you.
If I travel, can I stop the course and start again later?
With lifetime access, you can start, pause, and continue learning from the course content at your own pace.
Our group coaching, feedback on speaking challenges, and private online community support are only available for the 6 weeks of the course, but you can watch the videos, do the worksheets, and complete the course on your own time.
Do you only work with women? Can only women join Fluency School?
At Speak Confident English, we love to help women succeed.
Our mission is to inspire, educate, and coach international women on how to build the courage and confidence they need to be successful in English— for work and daily life.
In our courses, we have male and female students but 90% of our clients are women.
Group Coaching Workshops
When are coaching workshops? Is there a time that will work for me in my time zone?
In Fluency School, we have students join us from all over the world and from every time zone.
We work to accommodate as many students as possible. We do that by offering the coaching workshops 2 days a week at different times throughout the day. You can select the dates and times that work best for you with our online scheduling application (available inside the Fluency School course).
When registration opens, we always provide a calendar with the group coaching times on the course registration page.
Before you join Fluency School, it’s important to review the Group Coaching Calendar with the times offered to confirm there is a time that works for you. These live coaching class times will not change once the course begins.
What happens if I can't attend?
We record all of our coaching workshops, so if you miss one because of travel, work, feeling ill or any other reason, you can always watch it later.
How long are the live coaching workshops?
Typically, the group coaching sessions are 60 minutes.
However, some may be longer in order to give students the opportunity to practice and if there are a large number of questions to answer.
How much does Fluency School cost?
Your investment for Fluency School is $797* USD when you make one full payment.
With Fluency School, you get:
- 12 live group coaching workshops
- 10 personal speaking challenges with feedback
- 6 core learning modules
- 6 Friday Fluency Conversation Practice Groups — hosted on Zoom
- 26 video lessons and worksheets for advanced fluency training
- Formula for Success in Fluency School.
- Private Resource Library.
- Bonus advanced training and masterclasses
- A private, online community for support
The total value of Fluency School is $2180. All of this is included in your payment of $797.
*This investment price is subject to change and is not guaranteed for future courses.
Is there another payment option?
Payment for Fluency School is flexible so you can do what is best for you.
There are two payment options for Fluency School.
1. You can make one full payment of $797 USD (and save $153).
2. You can make 5 monthly payments of $190 USD (for a total payment of $950 USD). You will make the first payment when you register for the course. The additional payments will automatically be made every 30 days. If the automatic payment fails, you’ll lose access to the Fluency School course.
What happens if I miss a monthly payment?
If you join Fluency School using the 5-month payment plan, you’ll automatically be charged every month until all 5 payments are complete.
For example, if you join Fluency School on April 1, you’ll make your first payment immediately.
Then you will automatically be charged on May 1, June 1, July 1 and so on.
If you miss a monthly payment, you will immediately lose access to the Fluency School course including all materials and the ability to join live coaching sessions.
Why is the VIP option more expensive?
The VIP program* offers a more personalized, in-depth experience including 12 hours of classroom time in a small group with Annemarie.
Annemarie no longer offers 1:1 coaching. Fluency School is the only program where you can learn with her in the classroom.
VIP classes are limited to only 4 students in a class. This means maximized speaking practice with Annemarie and immediate, personalized feedback.
Plus, VIP students get extensive, personal feedback by video every Friday from Annemarie. This video feedback is sent by email and highlights areas of strength and opportunities for improvement based on observations in the small group VIP classes.
Also, VIP students can schedule a one-time 30-minute 1:1 session with Annemarie during Fluency School to practice a specific skill, ask questions, and get immediate, personalized feedback.
The investment for the VIP program starts at $1397.
We have 2 payment options:
1. One full payment of $1397 (and save $178).
2. Five monthly payments of $315 for a total of $1575.
* The VIP program is only available for 12 students.
How can I make a payment?
Speak Confident English does not accept checks or wire transfers.
What if I’m not happy with the program? Do you offer a guarantee?
Absolutely! You can even try the first week 100% risk-free.
I’m fully committed to helping you speak English proficiently and with confidence. And I want you to be absolutely satisfied.
You can try the course for 1 week with the opportunity to get a full refund. If you do the work and feel that the course is not for you, you will receive a 100% refund.
In order to get a refund, you must do all the work and tasks in Week 1. There is a firm deadline for refund requests with no exceptions.
This means you really need to commit to Fluency School for the first week. I know if you do the work and participate in the course, you will get the results you need. However, if you do the work and do not find value, you can simply send me all the work you’ve completed throughout Week 1 with your request and I will provide you the full 100% refund.
I do this because I seek serious, committed students who are ready to do the work. I take the course seriously and have a very high standard of commitment, support, engagement, and results-oriented learning.
When you register for Fluency School, you agree to this refund policy.
How long does Fluency School take? I'm not sure I have enough time.
You’re busy. And that’s okay.
The short answer is, we recommend 5-6 hours per week to make the most progress.
The long answer…
The good news is Fluency School can fit into any schedule. The online course is flexible, which means you can do as much as you want each week. Even if you’re planning a vacation or balancing work and family life, Fluency School can work for you.
Most students who join Fluency School have a full-time job and a family to care for. But they can complete the course successfully.
With easy to follow videos, step-by-step worksheets, and flexible group coaching opportunities, you can fit Fluency School into the schedule that works for you.
This course is 100% online. I've never taken an online course. I’m not sure I’m comfortable with it.
You’re not alone. Most Fluency School students have never taken an online course before. And the good news is, I’m here to make sure you understand every step and how the online course works.
I understand it can feel scary to do everything online but the good news is, the course is created in a very simple, easy-to-use way.
After you purchase Fluency School, our Fluency School Team is happy to work with you to make sure you know exactly how to use the course.
What if I don’t feel ready? Can I take Fluency School another time?
If you’d like to join Fluency School, then your time is now! Life will always be busy. Maybe you are waiting until you can speak English perfectly or until you’re ready. You might always feel doubtful.
But if you really don’t feel ready, then Fluency School is offered 2 times per year. However, registration may be limited. Additionally, the registration cost for Fluency School is subject to change.
If possible, I encourage you not to wait.
Fluency School was created by Annemarie, the founder of Speak Confident English, to help international women develop confidence and fluency in English. The course includes unique strategies specifically designed for shy, introverted students.
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