a 10-week language course for Advanced English learners
Become a more confident, articulate, and informed English speaker by engaging in the complex topics you are interested in but too scared to talk about!
This 10-week discussion-based program is for you if you are an advanced learner who feels that your progress has hit a wall and that - despite working on your language for years and years and years - you are still not comfortable expressing yourself fully in English when the conversation gets complicated.
This program will take you from feeling stressed, humiliated and saddened by how slow your English progress feels to confident and comfortable speaking about all manner of topics, no matter how complicated they are!
Joining this course has levelled up my confidence in speaking and also given me more awareness of some mistakes to work on. Learning with Rhiannon is both fun and useful and I would totally recommend joining her courses!
Does any of this sound familiar?
Your progress is slow - even glacial. You made a huge effort to reach an advanced level, but now you're here, you feel stuck.
On paper, you should feel confident with your language - you passed that exam, you got that job, you finished that English degree - but all that just makes you feel even worse about still not feeling good enough.
Day-to-day English isn't difficult for you, but that's just the problem. You never seem to have the opportunity to use anything but the most basic English, and you're worried you're forgetting all the Advanced language you've spent so long learning.
You've considered going back to traditional language classes - maybe even tried it once or twice - but the prospect of sitting through yet another lesson on the third conditional makes you want to stick pins in your eyes!
You want to feel confident and comfortable - even when the conversation goes in an unexpected direction or the topic is difficult.
You want a space where you can finally use all that Advanced language you definitely know but can never seem to be able to remember when you need it!
You want to simply use English, not constantly feel like a learner.
You're not looking for perfection, but you want to feel better about making the occasional mistake and not always worry it makes people think you're stupid.
"I'd like to thank you again for everything, Rhiannon.
Deep Talk has been one of the best things I have ever decided to do. The choice of topic was always interesting, it always taught me something new and gave me something to think about.
I can confidently say that this program has exceeded all my expectations. As a teacher, I think you were amazing. Always there to help us when the conversation stopped, explained everything we wanted and the best thing for me was the personalised feedback which really proves your commitment to this course because it's not easy keeping track of all of us at the same time :)
I'd also like to point out your Instagram posts, they helped me accept my English and be comfortable with it. The fact that I can speak to my host-family without any worries and concerns seemed impossible 4 months ago but the new worry is that I sometimes speak too much!"
" The fact I can speak to my host family without any worries or concerns seemed impossible four months ago, but the new worry is that I sometimes speak too much! "
So how does it work? Let me explain.
Deep Talk is a ten-week-long program, with each week dedicated to a different fascinating, juicy topic.
You'll be given different materials each week - one reading and one listening, plus a whole of load of extra materials so you can learn more about the topics. You don't need to be an expert to talk intelligently about something, but knowledge is your friend and these materials will have you feeling equipped to speak articulately and confidently on the week's topic.
I'll give you some questions to get you thinking and also encourage you to frame your own questions. You'll share your responses in the Coffeehouse (a private forum for Deep Talk members) and be able to start developing your ideas and practising using some of the vocabulary you're learning.
Once a week (or twice, if you choose the Elite option), you'll join the other members for a discussion. We'll meet using Google Meet and use breakout rooms so that you have plenty of chances to speak and can share your thoughts with a variety of folks.
After the session, I'll share with you my notes on the language used - drawing your attention to useful vocabulary and structures as well as pointing out repeated errors you might want to work on.
Read what some previous members have said:
I decided to join the course because I wanted to go beyond everyday language and clash with more complex vocabulary and topics. I had worked with Rhiannon before so I trusted the course would be good - and I was right! I can feel my English improving and my speaking - a nightmare for me! - is more fluent and articulate.
Before joining, I was worried I wouldn't have enough time to prepare for the classes but, while this was sometimes true, I have still noticed that my confidence in myself has improved and I feel more relaxed when talking in English. The most useful bit for me was the personalised feedback where Rhiannon made us think about how to correct our mistakes.
After a tiring day at work talking about technical subjects, I really enjoyed discussing more "human" related subjects. In our classes I completely forgot about my work or personal issues. I had fun and enjoyed chatting with other colleagues and time went so fast in my opinion.
I don’t know where I’m going to have these conversations any more! I’ve really enjoyed taking the time to research these topics and talk about them. I don’t get to do this in my everyday life.
Who runs Deep Talk?
My name’s Rhiannon. How rude of me not to have introduced myself before now!
I specialise in helping Advanced learners like you step deeper into their language and start really feeling like English is home for them.
You see, I speak to tons of learners who, on the surface, seem to have a great level of English. But when I talk to them, they feel anything but great. Maybe you can relate to that?
They tell me that they struggle speaking up in work or social situations.
They tell me that, despite having passed a language exam or completed a language course, they feel like they have so much further still to go.
That’s why I put together Deep Talk. To throw you in at the deep end and prove to you that you CAN do it. Despite what the doubt in your head keeps telling you!
I’d been practising with Rhiannon for a while before this course because I needed an English certificate. Her help was absolutely key.
When I finished the exam, I wanted to try her group courses because I thought it would be a good way to develop other skills in English, and that proved to be the correct decision. I enjoyed every single week with strong people who had amazing thoughts and ideas!
What's included in the course?
So let’s get into the details. Firstly, there are two ways you can join the ten-week Deep Talk course:
The standard program will get you the following:
Access to the online portal with all the materials you’ll need, including weekly videos introducing the topic so you know exactly what we’re talking about that week.
A community of fellow Advanced learners to chat to and share your thoughts and ideas with.
Access to the Deep Talk Coffeehouse where you can start sharing your thoughts and playing with the new vocabulary with the other members.
A weekly group meeting (Wednesdays 6:30-8pm UK time) where you can discuss the topic in more depth with your colleagues.
Feedback on the language that came up in the session to draw your attention to useful vocabulary as well as some repeated errors to be aware of.
If you're looking to go even deeper, the elite program will get you this:
EVERYTHING included in the standard program.
PLUS weekly 1-hour meetings in a small group of 3 (the same members every week), allowing you to build stronger relationships and explore the materials in more depth.
PLUS recordings of the small group meetings so that you can listen back, assess your language, and make focussed improvement.
PLUS personalised feedback on the language you produced during these sessions to help you increase your awareness of your strengths and weaknesses.
PLUS TWO 30-minute 1-1 goal setting sessions with me, Rhiannon, to help you establish your priorities for the course and assess your progress at the end.
Watch this video to hear more about what both options include:
If you are ready to move forward with your English after too long stuck still, join Deep Talk today!
I needed to speak in English after a year of isolation due to the pandemic.
I loved Rhiannon’s course. It was a really interesting experience with a continuous cultural exchange on subjects of general and current interest. A concern of mine before starting was being able to manage a conversation and quickly create connections on topics that you are not always prepared for. The course taught me to make connections, give examples, and express personal opinions. I am very satisfied!
What level do I need in order to join?
While you don’t need to have any official C1 certification to join, you should be about this level or above. The reason for this is that the materials are going to be “real-life” and you need to have sufficient language to deal with this both in how much you’re able to understand AND how easily you can discuss it.
Can I join even if I can’t make the weekly meetings?
With the standard membership, yes. You’ll still be able to participate in the forum discussions, explore the week's topic with your classmates and you’ll have access to the different weekly materials. If that’s good enough for you, it’s good enough for me!
With the elite membership, this isn’t possible, though. You’ll be working in a really small, intimate group and it would affect the others if you weren’t able to join the meetings.
I’m preparing for an exam. Will the course work on that?
We won’t do any direct exam preparation. This simply isn’t that kind of course. So, if you have an exam coming up very soon, I’d say this isn’t the course for you.
That said, you will be developing skills that could help you in a future exam. You’ll be exposed to a wide variety of complex texts and be expected to respond to them, you’ll be developing and clarifying your opinions as your speak, you’ll be negotiating your responses and views with your classmates. And much else besides. All of that will stand you in very good stead for a future exam.
I’d like to try a week - is that possible?
Unfortunately it isn’t. Places are limited so it wouldn’t be fair to give you a place only for it to end up not being filled. If you want to chat more about the course, though, I’d be happy to have a video call with you. Simply send me an email or a DM on Instagram and we’ll find a time which works for both of us!