Course & Certification.

Course Syllabus

The Callan Method is a direct method of teaching English that reduces study time to a quarter of the normal time taken by students to reach the level of the Cambridge First Certificate in English.


The programme of the method included 6 books; each book is composed of two stages. Here is the content of the first 4 books containing about 2000 words, idioms, expressions and grammar.

Book 1 (Stage 1 & 2)

First 500 words of the English language, introduction of contractions and plural forms. Some irregular nouns and verbs. Alphabet, counting, there is and there are structures. Ordinal and cardinal numbers. Interrogative, negative and positive sentences. Present progressive and present simple tenses. Telling the time. Possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns, introduction of the infinitive, introduction to simple future and simple past tenses, comparatives and superlatives.


At the end of stage 1 regular readings and dictations and introduced and from now on are regularly given throughout the method.


Book 2 (Stage 3 & 4)

Further vocabulary of 500 words is given, building up the confidence of students, differences between certain words are explained so the students are becoming more proficient e.g. look at and watch, beside and besides, much and many etc. Explanation of the past tense, explanation of parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, adverbs. Building up the base of irregular verbs. Explanation of the future tense and future contractions. Three forms of the verb have to and must, forming nouns from verbs. Introduction of the Present Perfect and the difference between The Present Perfect and the Past Simple. Introduction of the Past Participle and of paradigms. Three uses of the Present perfect and the concept of the indefinite with never and ever. Introduction of the Future Intention. If and whether and their usage. The final part of the book focuses on conditional, open conditional, subjunctive and supposition.


By the end of book 2 a student should know 1000 most widely used words in English and know all the most essential tenses.


Book 3, (stage 5 & 6)
This book builds up the grammar and gives additional 500 words of vocabulary. Usage of still and yet, subjunctive of the verb “to be”. Contractions of the conditional, “for” and “since”. Past Progressive and the three uses of the Past Progressive. Active and passive voice, seven uses of the future, reflexive pronouns. Past perfect, forming nouns from adjectives, future progressive, “may” and “can” for permissions, composite words. Present subjunctive conditional, past subjunctive conditional, adverbs formed from adjectives, possessive case of plural nouns ending in “s”.


Preposition + gerund structure, emphatic “do”. Future perfect, short answers with auxiliary verbs. Direct and indirect speech. Tail questions, change of spelling with comparison of adjectives. It may sound like a lot of grammar, but in reality after each peace of grammar we have practical exercise that make it very easy to understand and also new words are taught all along the way. This is not an easy book, but if you have completed all the three books till now you can say that you know already a lot about the language, and there are still a lot of good things to come.


Book 4, (Stage 7 & 8)

This book gives a student additional vocabulary of about 900 words and first 26 idioms. There is less grammar than in book 3. The grammar taught in this book helps to increase the understanding of the language. Special verbs are discussed, relative pronouns, principal and subordinate clauses. Structure “subject + verb + object + adjective”. Use of the “to” infinite, use of contractions, use of the past simple in place of the present perfect. Further analysis of direct and indirect speech, commands, requests, suggestions, emphasizing pronouns. Defining and non-defining clauses. Plural of nouns and the third person singular of verbs, relative pronouns, transitive and intransitive verbs, gender of nouns. The indefinite article, the definite article, I used to, I am used to, no two futures together etc. Again it may sound as much, but in the context of the new words and practical exercises where all the students are involved and can practice what they learn it is very interesting.


Book 5 (Stages 9 & 10)

This book contains a further 1,000 new words and has a lot less grammar points than books 3 and 4. This enables the student to build up his vocabulary and knowledge of the language.


As the grammar in this book becomes less and less, students begin to study more interesting topics, such as English meals, how to compose personal and business letters and the English Monetary system.


There are a further 18 idioms to help students understand popular English expressions. This book, along with Callan Books 6 & 7, also prepares students for their Cambridge First Certificate in English examination.


Book 6 (Stage 11)

This book differs from previous books in the Method because there are fewer questions, no grammar and the book is just one stage, not two.


Stage 11 gives the student a further 1,326 words, plus 294 phrasal verbs and 64 prepositional phrases, enabling students to build further their vocabulary and general use of English.


The main difference with this book is that students do not have to answer in a set pattern, unlike all previous books in the Method. This enables students to express their own opinions, but delivered in the same quick unhesitant manner.


There are several “Vocabulary For Translation” sections in this book which during revisions, the students will be asked to give meanings for these words.


Book 7 (Stage 12)

This seventh and final book of the Method is the most diverse of all Callan Method books. There are several Composition Passages in this book, which students must read at home as part of their homework. They will then be asked questions about the extracts they have read during the next day’s lessons.


The compositions are Past Examination Papers from the Cambridge First Certificate. However, in order to do well in the Cambridge First Certificate students need to know the meaning of the Phrasal Verbs in this book. They are not, however, required to be able to use them in their conversation or writing.


Again, this book contains no grammar and a lot more vocabulary. So this is the final stepping-stone towards the Cambridge First Certificate examination.

Managing Director, Academic Director,

Sunny Love, M.A. (English), D.B.A., TESOL, PELT, TEFL | Tel : +66 (0) 87 039 9110

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