Hello and thank you for visiting the Intrepid English website. If you have been an Intrepid English Learner for a while, you will have noticed some changes to the website. In this blog post, I’ll answer some of the questions you have asked and explain some of the fantastic new features that we’ve added to help and encourage you to progress faster in English.
Q: How can the new website help me learn English faster?
A: The new monthly or yearly memberships encourage students to create a regular practice so that you don’t have to rely on willpower or motivation to create a habit. Your membership renews each month (or year), so if you have fallen behind with your studies, each new month is a fresh opportunity to get back on track. We also have a lot of fun and interesting features, like flashcards for vocabulary practice and achievement badges for motivation. And the secret weapon? A Community of fellow English learners to practise English with and who will hold you accountable so that you reach your goals faster.
Q: Why has the website changed?
A: You might remember that we changed the website a little bit this time last year. We added the Intrepid English Academy containing lots of interesting self-study courses. This latest change is the second phase of the upgrade. We wanted to give you some time to try out the Academy and we’ve received lots of lovely feedback from our Intrepid English Learners, like this one from @richard…
Q: Does the new-look website have any new features?
A: We love to receive feedback from our students! One particular comment we received from our students was that it was too complicated to buy and book their English lessons. In addition, many of you wanted to have access to the Intrepid English Academy without the additional monthly fee.
You asked – we answered! Now you don’t have to worry about entering your credit card details each time you want to buy a single lesson or a lesson bundle. Simply choose the Membership level that suits you, and we will set up a monthly or yearly subscription for you. Depending on the Membership level you choose, you can access General English, Grammar, Exam Preparation and Business English courses in our Academy. It’s all included in that monthly membership fee.
Not only does it save you time and help you to predict your monthly costs, this system also encourages you to form a regular study habit, which means you’ll achieve your English goals faster. You can cancel, upgrade or downgrade your membership any time, so you’re always in control.
Q: What are ‘Memberships’ and which one should I choose?
The Intrepid English Teachers and I noticed that our English students tend to fit into one of the following four categories:
Laid-back Learners are students who like to study by themselves but meet a teacher once or twice a month. These students are either very motivated to learn and prefer to do this without the help of a teacher (through watching movies or reading books). Alternatively, Laid-back Learners can’t afford to spend much time or money studying English but they realise that lessons with a native English teacher are important and want to have the opportunity to book a lesson once or twice per month.
This is the most common type of English student. These are the regular learners who have progressed steadily due to their weekly habit of one or two English lessons per week. Many of these students are interested in one-to-one lessons with their teacher but also enjoy group classes from time to time. Fluency Finder students who combine one-to-one lessons, group classes and self-study courses will achieve their target level quickly.
We have a growing number of Super Students at Intrepid English. Some of them are preparing to take an English proficiency exam, such as the IELTS or TOEIC exams. Others need to boost their English skills to succeed in their chosen career. A couple of them (you know who you are) just love learning English and thoroughly enjoy discussing British culture, pronunciation and a whole range of other topics in English.
Super Students usually take two lessons per week and study the self-study courses in the Intrepid English Academy too. Because they genuinely enjoy learning English, they want to be able to access all of our highly-rated resources at any time and be able to ask their English teachers questions without having to wait until their next lesson. Due to the frequency of their lessons, these students make great progress and really have fun in the process.
From time to time, students require VIP treatment. Maybe they need to prepare for a big business trip or presentation. Perhaps they have a short timeframe to prepare for an exam or job interview. It’s possible that they have a goal to go from beginner to fluent in a year. Or, maybe their intensive English course in an English speaking country was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whatever their reason, the Intensive Improver Membership is for them.
Daily 30-minute lessons with our experienced English teachers, business English webinars and group classes, access to all the courses in the Intrepid English Academy, personalised career coaching and proofreading services as well as flashcards and achievement badges. Whether it’s just for a month or for a whole year, this level gives you unlimited access to all of our resources.
Q: Can I have a combination of 30-minute lessons and 60-minute lessons?
Yes! You can use your monthly minutes any way you like.
For example, Laid-back Learners have 60 minutes of one-to-one lessons per month. You might choose to have two 30-minute classes this month but decide to take one 60-minute class next month. If you feel like you need more lessons, you can upgrade to the next level at any time. No problem!
Q: What happens if my plans change?
A: At Intrepid English, we understand that things change. Flexibility has always been one of our main values and our students know that we will always do our best to adapt to their changing needs. That’s why we have designed our Memberships so that students can upgrade or downgrade at any time. If you need to take some time off your English studies, you can cancel your subscription at any time. When you’re ready to start again, you can just sign up on our Memberships page. There’s no joining fee and it’s really easy, and you know we’ll be glad to have you back.
Q: How can I contact you if I have a question?
You may have noticed the little button in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. This is our helpful Chat Box. If you have any questions about the website, booking your lessons, joining Group Classes, using the flashcards or studying the courses in the Intrepid English Academy, you can just open the Chat Box and type in your question.
Do you want to hear something cool? You can ask the Chat Box questions about grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, pronunciation and many more topics to find resources on the Intrepid English website that will answer your question. If the Chat Box can’t find the answer to your question, one of the Intrepid English Teachers will get back to you with an answer as soon as they can. One of our Super Students, @Momo, calls this feature ‘Emergency English’. We like it a lot!
Q: Am I able to purchase lessons without signing up for the Membership?
A: From 1st October, if you would like to buy an individual English lesson, you can sign up for the Laid-back Learner Membership, and choose between one 60-minute lesson or two 30-minute lessons that month. At no extra cost, you can enjoy all of the resources on offer in the Intrepid English website, including the Intrepid English Community, competitions, challenges, self-study courses, free downloads, flashcards, and much more. We are confident that you will love being an Intrepid English Learner! But if you don’t, you can cancel your membership at any time.
Still confused about which membership is right for you?
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If you are still wondering which Membership is right for you, why not try out our fun online quiz, What type of English learner are you? to find out! Alternatively, book a free trial lesson to discuss your English goals with an experienced and friendly Intrepid English Teacher who will help you to plan a learning strategy that’s right for you.
This blog was written by Intrepid English Teacher and Founder, Lorraine.
Find out more about Lorraine on her Intrepid English Teacher profile page.