Welcome to TLC
Navigates the difficult path between written and spoken English clearly and concisely
taking english learning outside of the classroom
Thompson Language Center is a globally acclaimed English instruction organization which offers a boutique of services including one-on-one coaching; ESL instructor training; keynote speaking and a broad range of publications and resources for guiding both instructors and learners of English.
The organization continues to grow and adapt to the changing world, with practical, fun and engaging methods to help individuals communicate seamlessly in global conversations.
Shining a light on the contribution of culture, conventions and non-verbal cues as aspects of fluency
LISTENING SPEAKING KEY CONCEPTS
Thompson Language Center Original Copyright Materials
CONTEXT FOR SPEAKING VS. WRITING
FOCUS SOLELY ON READING & WRITING SKILLS
BRIDGE SOUNDS WITH CONCRETE IMAGES
ELEGANTLY BRIDGE PRONUNCIATION AND SPELLING
RANK KEY ELEMENTS
CONTEXT, STRESS AND GESTURES CARRY THE DAY
REAL RULES DO NOT HAVE EXCEPTIONS
SEPARATE ACCENT AND INTELLIGIBILITY
ACCENTS ARE CHARMING, INTELLIGIBILITY IS SOMETHING ELSE
USE FIRST LANGUAGE
LANGUAGES ARE MORE THE SAME THAN DIFFERENT
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FLAGSHIP OF THE TLC SPEAKING METHOD
English conversation is governed by six simple patterns showcased in the book. The book is currently part of the English education curricula in more than 60 countries.
English is Stupid, Students are Not is a must for every teacher who needs to help students speak English confidently. Recommended for all Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Levels.Julia Chemali, TCDSB, Toronto, Canada
COMPANION TO CHAPTER ONE OF EiS
Hundreds of classroom exercises and activities that feature individual sounds, holding sounds as the building blocks of language.
I love English is Stupid and the EPA Workbook. In a very short time I see a big difference in my students’ speaking and listening. It is so encouraging to see breakthroughs in confidence and ability so quickly.Gisele Freire, Brazil
AN INSTITUTIONAL PRODUCT
Teaching speaking to learners of every level from any language background; A 370-page, 42-hour course curriculum.
After a one-hour interview with two recruiters, I got the job. I can say all this happened because of you! Thank you for your Speaking Made Simple course.Barinder Singh Grewal, India
EASY ACCESS TO ENGLISH FLUENCY
English is non-phonetic, spelling does not make sense. Learners access expressions and fluency through sound association not spelling.
I am a non-native ESL teacher. I set up an English Training Center here in my country. For us, How Do You Say? is the cream of the crop. We are very grateful to you. Thank you.Abdullah Koufa, Guinea, West Africa
Jargon-free, the booklets are an easy read. Charts and diagrams in the Backpacker’s Guide to Teaching English help you stick-handle your way through razor-sharp assessment, using first language, the value of context and word stress, culture, body language and everything else you didn’t know about how English works.
Just wanted to say what an absolutely brilliant idea, to connect the sounds of English with colors! I am an International student in South Korea. I speak English, so my new Korean friends asked me to teach them. Sure I said, but how? The Backpacker’s Guide to Teaching English PDFs arrived in my Inbox and we were good to go. Thanks to your wonderful booklets it was easy to help them learn and practice. Travelers need these books desperately! Many thanks & keep up the good work!Tanya Cooper, Washington USA
THE BACKPACKERS GUIDE TO TEACHING ENGLISH
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Book 1 – Pronunciation
Pronouncing English confidently is fun and easy with the Thompson Vowel Chart color connection found in Book 1 on Pronunciation.
Book 2 – Conversation
The Three Rules that accelerate speaking English effectively outside the classroom are featured in Book 2 on Conversation.
Book 3 – Fluency
The secrets to the intellectual leap required to converse at the highest levels of English proficiency are in Book 3 on Fluency.
Books 1, 2 & 3
Myriad charts and diagrams help with razor-sharp assessment, using first language, the value of context and word stress, culture, body language and other goodies you didn’t know about how English works.
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TLC PRODUCTS ARE EMBRACED GLOBALLY
Brilliant. The most inspiring presenter I’ve ever heard at a TESL conference!TESL Ontario
On behalf of the entire TEDx Oakville volunteer team, thank you for making the first ever TEDx Oakville the fantastic success that it was!Sonny Jelinek, Oakville
Judy’s course gave me the confidence to speak on CBC radio. I don’t worry so much about grammar or my accent. –Yuriy Mityuryayev, Engineer/Program Manager
There is a lot of English training center here, but they always talking about grammar- not like you. I have watched your video on YouTube. I follow the secret, English is a stress-base language. The result is awesome! I can speak to google translator and it can recognize what I say! I can correct what I have done wrong for years.Huỳnh Văn Hiếu, VietNam
Many thanks… great books!!! I love the clarity of your ideas. I am a curriculum developer for National Defense working on a language program for international officers from over 28 different countries.Mary Lou
I would absolutely recommend English is Stupid, Students are Not to others. There currently is little room in curriculum for pronunciation and few good resources available. Absolutely for all levels. It works. I teach at a Canadian institution. EiS, is a ‘treasure’ I bought when in Toronto.Fozia Jamal, Qatar
Effective Communication is the ability to write and speak the language with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate smoothly and effectively in most formal and informal interactions on practical, social, and professional topics.
Judy Thompson, Founder
MEET OUR FOUNDER
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Judy Thompson is a Language Coach, Subject Matter Expert, Author, Innovator and a fearless influencer in English Language education
Dissatisfied with contemporary methods of teaching ESL which often left learners without the speaking skills and confidence they needed to succeed, Judy Thompson pioneered and innovated her own ESL instruction. Her method, renowned for its radical approach to teaching based on unique insights about how students learn, has been instrumental in assisting millions world-wide with more effective ways of acquiring English proficiency.
A student of French, German and Korean and graduate from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Teacher of English as a Second Language (TESL) certification from Humber College. Acquired Canadian Language Benchmark Assessor accreditation.
Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Literacy was her first Adult ESL teaching job before teaching all levels and all skills (LSRW) for the Peel Board of Education. Judy was chosen to participate in a joint education venture between Canada and South Korea. For Sheridan College, Judy created Speaking Canadian English for foreign-trained professionals. By incorporating coaching aspects of assessment, customization, accountability and autonomy, her students’ real-world ability transformed dramatically. Oxford University Press NYC hired Judy to write the Pronunciation component of Speak Now Book 4. Trend Business School in Sao Paulo contracted her as a Language Coach to train teachers, and banking and mining executives throughout Brazil. A corporate coaching career flourished through partnerships with Human Resources.
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