Hi there, welcome to Speak Banana, a Canadian Registered Charity, which specializes in advancing language education by operating an online language practising platform for the general public, new Canadians, and youth who want to improve their English or French communication skills to support their livelihood and to gain employment. Speak Banana relies on the generosity of its donors, as well as volunteer instructors, to maintain its operations.
Speak Banana is an online platform where clients can upload their voice recordings and instructors can review and provide advice for improvement. Learning outcomes emphasize on proper pronunciation, usage of vocabulary and communication style. Being an online channel, Speak Banana can offer its services to all clients across Canada, and being convenient for both students and educators as they can use the services anytime and anywhere. Students’ reviews are provided at no-cost. Should students decide to proceed with advanced training, a fee negotiated between the student and the educator will be arranged on the Speak Banana platform.
Having experienced learning English as a second language, I have faced the challenges of learning English from self study, literacy programs, and as well as from watching movies, and from reading. These mechanisms lacked the coaching, and feedback on usage of words, style and pronunciation which Speak Banana can provide.
Also being a stay at home parent for several years, I’ve experienced the impact of being detached from the workforce mentally and professionally. Speak Banana can recruit volunteers from this and similar segments to provide a sense of community, the feeling of being able to contribute to society, as well as caring for their families and children. By doing so, it can provide more confidence to its volunteers when they (re)enter the workplace.
Hence, I recognized the need to have a strong command of the English and French languages for successful integration with the Canadian culture. Moreover, the communication style, tone and pronunciation is paramount for the successful interaction with Canadians and the working culture. These reasons were the main motiviation for creating Speak Banana. I hope that you find Speak Banana useful in your life journey whether it’s a being a student or an educator for our cause.
Please feel free to leave me a message on the site, or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Li, MA
Speak Banana Founder