The British English Programme
Enhance your English skills and develop a prestigious RP accent through comprehensive online lessons, enabling sophisticated and fluent communication.
Downloads & Homework
Get downloadable files for each lesson, filled with essential exercises to complete before your next class. They are instrumental for your learning journey.
Practice on WhatsApp
Get feedback, counseling, and voice messaging conversations on WhatsApp for comprehensive support. Ask me any question anytime during your learning journey.
Arrange your lessons at your convenience. Every Sunday, you will be contacted to provide your timetable suggestions for the following week.
Experience the remarkable transformation of your skills after each lesson, ensuring substantial and guaranteed improvements at every step of your educational journey.
Hello, I'm Abraham Elenin.
As a devoted British English teacher and voice and accent coach, I find myself privileged to share my expertise with both native and non-native English speakers. Boasting over a decade's worth of experience in teaching speech and an extensive background as a meticulously trained phonetician, I remain steadfast in my commitment to humbly offer exceptional guidance in mastering Standard Received Pronunciation.
My unique approach amalgamates online lessons, recorded materials, voice messaging, and personalised communication, providing a comprehensive roadmap for achieving your goals of acquiring impeccable English with a refined RP British accent. There's truly nothing superior to witnessing the satisfaction and elation in the voices of my students upon successfully accomplishing their objectives.
Within this course, you will embark on a comprehensive journey, equipping you with every essential aspect required to attain your RP British English pronunciation aspirations. The curriculum strategically emphasises the sounds that wield the greatest impact on your accent. You will achieve mastery over short vowels, long vowels, diphthongs, consonants, consonant clusters, intonation, word stress, sentence stress, and vital connected speech techniques like assimilation, catenation, elision, and intrusion. This all-encompassing approach is supplemented by my personalised guidance on WhatsApp, ensuring your progress is guided every step of the way.
Within this course, our emphasis will be on refining a spectrum of language skills. These encompass listening, fluency development, oral clarity, reading comprehension, grammar mastery, writing finesse, and vocabulary enrichment. As your speaking and listening proficiencies flourish, you will adeptly achieve a level of communication that is both impactful and productive.
This intensive course is meticulously crafted for individuals preparing for C2 Proficiency, IELTS, Cambridge, and similar exams. It rigorously hones all essential skills, encompassing vocabulary enrichment, essay composition, critical reading, interactive discussions, as well as proficiency in the listening, speaking, and reading sections.
In this course, you will receive language instruction and training in various business communication skills. These skills encompass business correspondence, negotiations, formal presentations, informal networking, business vocabulary, report and proposal writing, as well as reading for professional purposes. Additionally, the course will address a spectrum of skills applicable to everyday work scenarios, enabling you to effectively convey messages and achieve agreements.
This course is addressed to those who are of a younger age. The course focuses on simple English, including:
Turning lessons into songs
Illustrating new vocabulary using creative visual diagrams
Encouraging mnemonic devices to memorise grammar rules
Weaving in spontaneous or consistent dialogues throughout the lesson
Breaking up solitary study sessions with games and dancing exercises
English For Adults
This course caters to adults seeking English proficiency for personal goals, regardless of their level. It embraces:
Bypassing complex grammar rules, acknowledging the overwhelming nature of English grammar.
Incorporating easily memorable, simple vocabulary.
Prioritising extensive speaking practice.
Tailoring lessons to students' age relevance.
Adapting flexible learning approaches based on age, proficiency, and objectives.
Do you only teach one-to-one lessons?
No, I teach one-to-one lessons as well as groups.
Do you only teach online lessons?
No, I teach both online and offline lessons. For more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are online lessons convenient?
Absolutely! Based on both my personal experience and the feedback I've received, I can confidently say that online lessons are incredibly convenient and efficient. With just a reliable Internet connection, you have everything you need to get started and make the most out of your learning experience.
How does feedback work?
Lessons are conducted on platforms like Zoom, Skype, VooV, or similar platforms. Following each lesson, you will receive homework assignments that are required to be completed prior to your next lesson. Additionally, for pronunciation practice, you have the opportunity to send voice messages via WhatsApp, with each message limited to a duration of up to 7 minutes, and receive valuable feedback free of charge.
How often can I practise on WhatsApp?
You are welcome to contact me at any time, excluding weekends and official public holidays in Britain. Please note that feedback may take up to 48 hours to be provided, ensuring you receive thorough and thoughtful responses.
What is the history of English pronunciation?
You may notice that the English pronunciation of certain words, especially place names, is not the same as the spelling of the words. Why is this?
Many English words are imported from foreign languages, often when speakers of the language immigrated to or conquered part of England. Germanic peoples, Vikings, and of course the French, who conquered all of England, Wales, and Scotland after invading in 1066, are the best-known examples.
When native English people adopted the words, they anglicised them. For many centuries, the people speaking the newly adopted words were illiterate. They never saw, and wouldn't have recognised, the spelling of the words they were saying. So the pronunciation evolved, for hundreds and hundreds of years, completely unconstrained by the way the word was actually spelled.
This is why, just for one example, Worcester is usually pronounced "Wooster" and Leicester is pronounced "Lester". In general, it's often very difficult for a foreign-born person who has seen a place name in print to recognise the same place name when a native English speaker pronounces it.
In the last couple of centuries, as literacy became the norm, some pronunciations have drifted back towards the way a word is spelled. Contact with foreigners causes some English people to try to say words the way they're pronounced in the original language, even though this can sound pretentious. Place names are deeply embedded in the speech of the indigenous population. So it's unlikely we'll hear English people saying "Warsester" any time soon.
Americans, from a much younger country, were never as illiterate as the medieval English and were never conquered. So Americans tend to pronounce words in a way that is much closer to their spelling. But in the UK, American pronunciations, word choices, and spellings are somewhat looked down on, and foreign-born speakers who accidentally pick them up often try to get rid of "Americanisms" and return to the original English phrasing, spelling, and pronunciation.
Why do I have an accent?
Everyone in the world has an accent when they speak. One accent is no better than any other. However, people who speak English as a second language regularly ask me for help with English pronunciation in order to stop people misunderstanding the things that they say. It's frustrating to be asked to repeat yourself, or to feel that people are listening to how you are speaking, rather than what you are saying. My courses will help you to understand how small changes to your pronunciation can make a big difference to how well you are understood.
Why soften my accent?
There are a number of reasons why you may want to soften your accent. They may not all apply to you
and you may have reasons of your own, but these are some of the most common:
People make judgements about us when we speak, both professional and personal judgements. We may not like it, but they do.
A strong accent may often be perceived as a low language level, which is frustrating for the speaker and can lead to missed opportunities in work and everyday life.
A strong accent, even with perfect grammar and vocabulary, can prevent understanding and make you feel less confident about communicating.
In reality, pronunciation is a separate skill and not a reflection of how fluent you are. However, the way that we speak also affects the way that we hear, so not understanding the rules of pronunciation can mean that some information is processed incorrectly, and can lead to misunderstandings and more missed opportunities.
Is it important to have good pronunciation?
Just consider the following points:
May be confusing and hard to understand for those who listen to you
Gives the impression that you are uneducated
Doesn't allow you to become a good public speaker.
Good pronunciation and a neutral accent:
Allows you to become a pleasant communicator
Is a good basis for public speaking
Will enable you to enjoy speaking more
Gives you confidence, and your confidence in turn opens up for you all sorts of opportunities.
What accent will I learn?
The British English accent you will be learning in any of my courses is called Received Pronunciation, or RP for short. Geographically, RP is most commonly associated with the south of England and is one of the main accents spoken in and around London, although certainly not the only one. Queen Elizabeth II spoke a very traditional form of RP, while many British TV and radio presenters speak one that is more typical of modern-day users.
Why Received Pronunciation?
Why not learn to speak with a Scottish or London Cockney accent? Why make an effort to reduce a strong Russian or Spanish accent? The reason is very simple: to help you make your English clear and easy to understand for the majority of English-speaking people. This course teaches you how to develop Received Pronunciation (RP). RP is simply a neutral pronunciation of educated Southern English. It's sometimes called Standard English.
What is the history of RP?
Beginning over a century ago, RP spread rapidly throughout the Civil Service of the British Empire and became the voice of authority and power in a substantial part of the world. Because it was a regionally 'neutral' accent and was thought to be more widely understood than any regional accent, it also came to be adopted by the BBC when radio broadcasting began in the 1920s.
The first Director General of the BBC, Lord Reith, when asked why he had chosen RP for the BBC, replied: "I tried to get a style or quality of English that would not be laughed at in any part of the country.
To date, RP retains its considerable status. It is still the standard accent of Parliament, the Church of England, the High Courts, and other British national institutions. It has long been the chief accent taught to foreigners who wish to learn a British model. RP is also taught in acting schools in the UK, as actors from different cultural and social backgrounds are required to have the ability to speak using RP when it's necessary for their performances.
It should be noted that RP is not static. Modern RP has been simplified compared to, say, what it was over 50 years ago and now sounds more neutral and democratic. However, it will most certainly remain the accent of educated people.
How will it feel?
Working on your accent will feel very different from working on your grammar or vocabulary. When you change how you speak, you change a part of your identity. Our voices and accents are highly personal reflections of who we are. When we speak, we instantly share information with the world about where we have come from and how we feel about ourselves. People respond to that information and make judgments, even if they don't realize they are doing so. When you change the way you speak, people will respond to you differently, and you will also feel different about yourself. People sometimes say they feel fake when they first start learning a new accent. This is unavoidable, so I recommend treating it as part of the fun! Give yourself permission to feel different at first, like putting on a disguise. You will gradually get more and more used to talking in this way.
Where can I listen to examples of this English accent?
Search for these speakers on YouTube to hear the accents:
How long will it take to change my level?
It normally takes 6–9 months; however, it also depends on other factors, including:
your current level of English,
the level of English you need (hint: for most people, upper intermediate is enough),
which languages you already speak,
if you’re living in an English-speaking country,
how hard you study,
how much you practise,
how good you are at learning languages.
Do you receive payments from Russia and China?
Yes! Payments from both Russia and China are accepted without any issues or restrictions.