Why the Callan Method

The Callan Method practises Spanish in a carefully programmed way. During every lesson, you learn new grammar and vocabulary. You immediately practise using it and everything is revised in a systematic way so that you remember what you’ve learned.

The fast and efficient way to learn a language

A Callan Method lesson is probably very different from other Spanish lessons you have experienced before. You do not sit in silence, doing a reading comprehension test or a grammar exercise from a book. You do not have ‘free conversation’ where you only use the Spanish you already feel comfortable with. Of course, activities like this can help you but you can do them at home or in a cafe.

In a Callan Method lesson, you are busy with important activities that you cannot do outside the classroom. You are listening to Spanish all the time. You are speaking Spanish a lot, and all your mistakes are corrected. You learn quickly because you are always surrounded by Spanish. There is no silence and no time to get bored or lose your concentration. And it is also fun!

Repeat, repeat, repeat!

  • When you are learning a foreign language you need to hear, see and use words and grammatical structures many times before you really know them properly and can use them confidently and naturally.
  • The Callan Method is based on a carefully constructed system of revision. New words and grammar are taught using language you have already learned. You immediately practise the new material, listening to questions, saying the answers and getting immediate correction for any mistakes.
  • Vocabulary and grammar are then systematically revised, reappearing in different contexts as you progress through the stages of the Method. Because there is a lot of revision, it is not important for you to understand everything the first time; it gets easier and easier until you are naturally using the language.

Natural speed

Callan Method teachers speak quickly. You will practise listening to quick, natural speech and become able to understand Spanish without first translating into your language. This idea of not translating is at the centre of the Callan Method; it helps you to start thinking in Spanish.

Constant correction

With the Callan Method, the teacher helps you when you’re speaking, and corrects all your mistakes the moment you make them. The teacher corrects you by imitating (copying) your mistake and then saying the correct pronunciation/form of the word.   This correction by imitation helps you to hear the difference between your mistake and the proper Spanish form. You should immediately repeat the correct word and continue with your sentence. You learn a lot from this correction of your mistakes, and constant correction results in fast progress.

Callan Español - revision demonstration


Useful speaking practice - not just chatting

Although the Callan Method involves a lot of speaking practice, this does not mean chatting (free conversation). When people chat, they only use the words and grammar that they already know, so they do not learn much.  In a Callan Method lesson, you are constantly using new words and structures when you speak, so you benefit more.  No time is wasted.