Practice makes perfect. In informal discussions with my students, I have found that their languages all have some kind of idiom that expresses this idea.
Is it a great universal truth, or just blindingly obvious? The more you do something the better you get.
So what do you want to learn? Reading, writing, speaking, listening. Whatever it is this has to be a skill that you practice. However, in languages these four skills are interdependent. It is very hard to become proficient at speaking without listening to other people speak. You are unlikely to become a skilled writer if you never read.
So where does the balance lie? The successful lesson or course has to become a blend of these skills, but at the core an awareness of the student's key need has to inform the trainer, teacher, lecturer (choose your preferred title) as they guide the student towards achieving their goals.
Most of my students need to speak, to answer the telephone, to present to colleagues and customers and to report on progress, but that will not equip them to deal with answering emails or to write reports. So we have to practice writing in the context of the things that we have been discussing. This creates a double benefit as we make connections across the different regions of the brain involved in vocabulary retention, comprehension and the motor skills involved in production.
Teaching online allows us the opportunity of meeting with individuals, giving them, the chance to speak and discuss the things that matter to them. Modern collaboration tools allow the students to practice their writing skills and receive instant feedback and guidance.
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The initial target for teachers is essentially to equip students to communicate to the extent needed in their own lives. If it is accepted that our use of a second language will likely be limited by the interactions available to us, or required of us, we can see that a limiting mechanism will likely apply to most students' development.
The particle physicist will likely have a well-developed scientific vocabulary, but might struggle to name the various elements of an office filing system. A clerical worker, may well be able to work with and describe the various processes required for effective record keeping and the following up of tasks, without feeling the need to learn the vocabulary associated with golf.
So individual learners will tend to learn the language that they need and will be helped to retain that language by the regular interactions that their daily work produces.
The teacher's aim is generally to stretch the student beyond their current position and onto new linguistic ground, however that task becomes gradually more difficult if the student's day-to-day experience of using the language does not develop in a similar way.
Immersive learning experiences work well, but are difficult and expensive to sustain, so the teacher has to try to create an immersive experience in the classroom, relating the target language to as much of the student's life and experience as possible.
A challenge? Of course, but not imposible.
Warum kann ich mich nicht an englische Vokabeln erinnern?
Benutzen Sie das Vokabular oder nein?
Konnen Sie sich an die Telefonnummer erinnern? Oder benutzen Sie immer Ihr Mobiltelefon? Wenn Sie die Nummer in das Telefon eingeben, muss Ihr Gehirn die Informationen aus dem Speicher in den Finger verschieben. Wenn Sie immer ein Handy benutzen und "Home" (oder Bill oder Frank) eingeben, ist Ihr Gehirn nicht in der Lage, Finger und Speicher zu verbinden.
Also mussen Sie Ihren Vokabular verwenden, um sich zu erinnern. Übung macht den Meister
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Bitcoin futures have started being traded on the CBOE.
Why the present perfect, does it matter, can you explain it?
If you are a native speaker you probably have never thought about it, however language learners need to be able to distinguish the forms in use and thier meaning, and if possible adopt them.
If you are speaking to non-native Englishsp-eakers you may have to take special care about how you speak - we can help you with short, language-grading awareness sessions. If you are an English language learner we can help you with our online courses!
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This is the vocabulary and structures that we use to do business.
In many ways, it is the same language we would use to go on holiday, or visit our friends, but the vocabulary sets we use are significantly different.
In business we talk about accounts, cash-flow, retail, indexes (indices), invoices, statements and a multitude of other ideas.
The current front page story on Business English News deals with retail businesses and their current problems. This gives us the opportunity to speak about movements in the market, as well as numbers.
A bigger question might be, what is international business English?
Being from Edinburgh, it has long been clear to me that I have no accent. You can imagine my surprise when people comment upon it. Perhaps you feel the same way about your accent.
Does it matter?
In my case it does when I use the word ‘film’. It tends to sound like ‘fill-um’. The rolling ‘r’ of my accent also creates problems with the word ‘first’, which comes out as 'furrsst'. As a result I have to be ready to offer alternatives, if I want to be understood by non-native speakers. Of course I can also use these quirks to test the flexibility of my listeners.
If you are doing business you need to be aware of your accent. If you are doing business with non-native English speakers you will have to be doubly aware of the effect your accent has on your listener’s ability to understand you.
Have a colleague from another part of your own country listen to you. Are there particular words you pronounce differently? Could you replace these with easy to understand alternatives? Do you need to rephrase sentences to avoid certain areas? I have to do this with ‘first’, so the question, ‘What is the first thing you do when you get to the office?’ becomes, ‘What do you do after you arrive at work?’
Spending time thinking about how we communicate can give us a real business advantage when working with non-native speaking business colleagues.
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In today's post we have words like 'cyber attack', 'hacking' and 'training'. We also have 'lack'.
They are all contained in a report on cyber governance from the British government. What do you think? Are UK businesses ready? Is there anything much we can do to protect ourselves from hackers? Being alert to misspelled email addresses seems to be the key tool, but how many of us actually check these?
The lesson is aimed at developing vocabulary and giving self-learning groups the chance to practice around a theme.
You can see it now on businessenglishnews.com
We aim to report business stories of interest in the form of a lesson.
We will provide vocabulary notes and grammar notes, enabling learners at around the intermediate level to develop their English skills and to give an opportunity to practice.
As an English teacher I am very conscious of the need to practice and train your skills, part of this is having the vocabulary to say what you want and to understand the world around you. Our mission is to give you a tool to help.
Discuss the stories with your English learning colleagues and your teacher. Use opportunities to practice and develop.