About Vocab Vig
I was standing at the front of the classroom.
Behind me was a white board full of confusing grammar rules.
The student who just spoke was a successful lawyer.
But he still didn’t understand the third conditional.
I looked at the faces of the other students.
I saw confusion…
What was I doing wrong?
I was a certified teacher.
I was teaching exactly how they told me to teach.
But my students still had problems.
Problems speaking quickly…
Problems remembering new words…
Problems not being afraid…
I used to love teaching.
But now I was thinking of quitting…
That's me way back in 2004! It was my first month as a teacher and
I was having fun with a practice lesson.
How a Lucky Meeting Opened My Eyes
In four days it would be my birthday, so I decided I needed to go someplace by myself and think.
I bought a ticket to Istanbul, Turkey.
While I was there I did something else unusual — I contact several English teachers I found online.
Most were busy, but one met me for dinner.
His name was Ian. And he was an American, like me.
My life-changing trip to Istanbul
But unlike me, he said his students were getting great results.
In fact, he was charging over $2,000 for a six week program!
At first, I didn’t believe him.
But when I got back to Prague I started to study someone named Stephen Krashen.
I couldn’t believe it — a university professor was saying you didn’t need a teacher or a classroom to master English — and he had the proof!
Here was someone who had a Ph.D in grammar saying you shouldn’t study
In fact, some research shows that schools and rules actually make your English WORSE!
Well, when I told the other teachers at the school about what I had discovered, they weren’t interested.
I was shocked, but I guess I shouldn’t have been.
Honestly, most people are afraid of change and afraid of new ideas.
But not me — I was excited!
I immediately quit teaching for the language schools.
I quit teaching the old methods.
I learned all I could about the modern methods.
I focused on vocabulary.
I developed my own unique system.
I made it practical busy adults.
I taught it to my private students in Prague.
And now all this is available online, right here.
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