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History of the Callan Method

The Callan Method was created by Robin Callan who grew up in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England. In his early twenties, he went to Italy to teach English in Salerno.  Although he enjoyed teaching, Mr Callan thought that the way in which teachers were expected to teach their lessons was inefficient and boring.  He became very interested in the mechanisms of language learning and was sure that he could radically improve the way English was taught.

Mr Callan remained in Italy and started to write his own books on teaching English. He used these in his classes and, over the following 10 years, gained an immense amount of practical experience and a reputation for teaching English quickly and effectively.

When he returned to England, he opened his school in Oxford Street, London.  As the Method because more and more popular with students, the school grew and moved to larger premises.  Mr Callan continued to write his Callan Method books and today the Method is used by schools all over the world.

Mr Callan died in 2014 at the age of 81.  The school in Oxford Street has closed but the Callan Method Organisation continues to publish and develop the Callan Method books and to provide teacher training and accreditation services to language schools around the world. Many of the Callan Method Organisation staff worked with Mr Callan and we are proud to maintain the standards of the Method and to ensure that it is updated and enhanced for the 21st century. 

Callan Method courses in London