English Out There

Get online support and learning content that helps you to speak English better.

Unique English speaking course that transforms speaking skills quickly and enjoyably using specially designed social learning lesson content and enjoyable online and/or face-to-face learning conversations. English Out There (EOT) began in 2001 as a way to try and improve the way students in London were taught and learnt English. 250,000 hours of testing, teaching, writing and re-writing later EOT

Operating as usual


It really works! I've helped a number of business people overcome their fear of meetings in English. And it's quick!

Ti serve l'inglese per gli incontri di lavoro? Te la cavi con l'inglese tecnico ma la conversazione in inglese durante un pranzo informale con i clienti paradossalmente è più difficile? Questa è l'esperienza di Alberto, che con English Out There ha trovato il metodo giusto per migliorare il suo inglese velocemente. Per info - Caroline Swinton tel/whatsapp 329-6312163


Watch, listen and then apply this scientific rationale to the teaching of English and other languages in schools and colleges. Big big famous universities and publishing houses have commissioned and published research for decades which actually contradicts the methods they employ in their most profitable ELT publishing endeavours, course books.


We are doing something right...!

English Language Facilitator: il mio contributo questa settimana durante un corso interattivo, tenuto online per una società internazionale. Tutti partecipavano da paesi, compreso l'Italia, dove l'inglese è una seconda lingua. Nonostante i diversi livelli di inglese dei partecipanti, il loro contributo, per quanto riguarda l'inglese, è stato perfettamente funzionale.
Quando sai l'inglese puoi parlare con tutto il mondo, per lavoro e in vacanza. Le porte si spalancano e le possibilità si moltiplicano. Per imparare velocemente ci vuole un metodo efficace come English Out There e qualcuno, in questo caso sono io, con cui fare delle lezioni su misura e concentrarsi su quello che è importante per te.
Per info: Caroline Swinton tel/whatsapp 329-6312163


Just going through some old content in my cloud folders...this slide is in a presentation I used in 2013. Think about it...it's obvious when you look at this way. And this is why AI chatbots are storming at the moment. But the bots, like all bots, need the right prompts and although the apps now available have lots of practice conversation prompts they are light and don't go deep, unlike EOT learning content which prepares you comprehensively before you speak and gives you questions to ask that require you to use the language you have just self-studied. It's deep, it's detailed and it builds your vocab, gets you thinking in English and makes speaking practice considerably more effective :-)

Photos from University of Oxford's post 10/02/2024

Spookily similar to Swansea University, where I studied.


"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.
(Book: Maya Angelou Poems https://amzn.to/3sdava7 )


Oh yeah...

Some advice from physics laureate Frank Wilczek to kick off 2024.
Credit: Nobel Prize


This one's new to me... it's going AI crazy in language learning land. And funnily enough my idea of how to improve English language teaching in 2001 and the materials we developed during around 250,000 hours of testing and iteration with real learners on London's streets will work extremely well with all of these AI bots 😊 (prob a way better learning experience than the prompts in the apps as they will scaffold more language and go deeper).



It's really interesting witnessing the recent growing awareness of the real problem with learning to speak a second language and the now AI chatbot assisted solving of it (I haven't checked but I'm sure it is working to a degree or ten further than conventional lessons). I began doing this without AI in 2001 utilising friendly locals on the streets of London. Then online using friendly practice partners on Skype and other web telephony systems. Now our English learning materials first published in 2008 can be used with AI chatbots. It's quite strange to think about it all and all of those 22 years plugging away with English Out There whilst fending off establishment distaste, sabotage and theft. Quite a journey 🤪 If you fancy actually improving your English speaking skills super-fast you can just go to my website and download a PDF/MP3 course, pick a lesson, do the exercises and have have a great and effective learning conversation with an robot. Wicked! https://englishoutthere.com


Couldn't have written the bullets better myself in relation to EOT learning materials 🙂

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Our lesson content would work very well with this robot (and others).


I don't fully understand this and how it works but here is an automated message provided for me by Facebook 🤔:

Hi everyone! 🌟 You can support me by sending Stars – they help me earn money to keep making content that you love.

Whenever you see the Stars icon, you can send me Stars.

Why lifelong learning is the international passport to success 12/12/2023

Be honest...how many of you preach "lifelong learning" yet don't actually practice it? I've met quite a few senior leaders in educational situations of all kinds who made excuses for not keeping up with the most basic of changes.

Why lifelong learning is the international passport to success The university model needs to evolve.

Will the Swedish ‘say hi’ campaign work in London? We put it to the test 26/11/2023

A key, highly memorable and life-affirming element of face-to-face EOT is approaching and speaking with strangers to practise the language in the learning content. So, this conclusion comes as no surprise.

Will the Swedish ‘say hi’ campaign work in London? We put it to the test After Luleå in Sweden tackles loneliness by asking residents to ‘säg hej’ to strangers, we try out the theory in central London


And another! Our learning conversation materials will no doubt work with this chatbot.

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Another one....just think of our learning materials as the best AI English speaking learning prompts you could ever get your hands 😊

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Learning by doing...but to learn to speak a language you need to prepare first so you have level appropriate and new language to acquire.

Timeline photos 13/11/2023

All are English accents! I had trouble today understanding a guy with a strong Glaswegian accent 🤪https://www.facebook.com/1057127810/posts/10228069674861292/?sfnsn=scwspmo

Map of British English dialects

From the author:

"I’ve spent the last few years pooling together every study, survey, map, and database I can find, and then subjecting my image to several rounds of peer feedback. […] The end result is an image which is, to my knowledge, the most detailed map of British dialects ever made."

Author Ryan Starkey accompanies the map with a great article, where he also discusses “Why this map is wrong, and always will be”, and just how difficult it is to create a precise map of dialect regions.


Why is there so much dialect diversity in the U.K.? Because the longer a language is in a region, the more it tends to diversify. This is partly why, for example, there is a much larger variety of dialects spoken in the Eastern U.S. than the Western U.S.

Huge congratulations to Ryan Starkey for such fantastic work!

Further Reading: The stories of English (David Crystal)

This is the perfect book to read if you want to know more about the history of dialect diversity in English, because the entire focus of the book is to show that English is not just one unified language (hence the plural “stories” in the title). It’s one of my favorite popular language books.


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