The Neuro-Linguistic Programming methodology – commonly abbreviated as NLP – is based on the belief that since behavior is learned, it can be modeled and changed. Using models of how the mind works, trainers teach people how to develop greater self-confidence, aim for higher achievements or get rid of unwanted habits. From its small beginnings in the 1970s, NLP has grown to global proportions with training courses, websites and materials. Although it isn’t scientifically proven, it works for some people, and its advocates claim following their methods can lead to amazing success stories.

Step 1

Research where to find an NLP program to learn English. You can do this on the Internet or by contacting an NLP training center, such as the British Council. If you have any friends who have done NLP English courses, ask them for recommendations

Step 2

Identify your learning style: visual, auditory, kinesthetic or taste and smells. The NLP mind model recognizes that we have a preferred way to process information – for example, some “see” things better than they “hear” them – and by knowing your preferred way of processing information, you can choose the right model.

Step 3

Distract your conscious mind. When you are, for example, listening to English radio, do your exercises as well. Rather than paying direct attention, the NLP theory is that your subconscious will pick up the information without you having to work at it.

Step 4

Model the physiology of native English speakers. Imitate the way English people sit, walk, move their hands and purse their lips. As well as the words of a language, it is necessary to “think” and "act" native.

Step 5

Listen to NLP materials – available on CD or MP3 formats – while you sleep. Like not concentrating when you listen to the radio, the theory is that your subconscious mind will do the data processing for you.