Tutor profile: Roxanne R.
Subject: English as a Second Language
How can I improve my English?
There are many ways to improve your English whether it be in class or outside of the classroom. Take what you have learnt in class and put it into practice as often as you can. Never be scared to make mistakes! If you know you have made a mistake, ask for help from your tutor or do some research on it. Try and surround yourself in English. For example, put yourself in an English speaking environment. This helps you learn passively and also works hand in hand with listening skills. Paying close attention to how words are pronounce and the fluency of the language while speaking. Keep working on the four core skills: Reading, listening, speaking, writing. By working on these skills you will be able to quickly grasp the details of English. Set yourself goals and work towards achieving them. Start small, for example, what is an adjective? Set your goal to say in two weeks I want to know, understand and be able to practice what adjectives are.
Why studying English is so important?
English is the second most common language in the world. By studying English it will enable you to communication easily with people from all walks of life from around the world. Think about this, English increases your chances of getting a job in a multinational company. It is also the language of international communication like the internet and media. English is also the desired language for business communication. Almost all cross border communication for business is communicated in English. By studying English you will have access to a great wealth of knowledge and entertainment. Many top films, music and books are published in English which will not only provide you with more information but will assist you in having a more diverse cultural understanding.
There are three types of communication skills. What are they?
Verbal Communication: This is the most obvious form of communication. This includes verbally spoken words, either in a face to face setting or on the phone or even through platforms like Skype. This type of communication is vital for most interactions. Nonverbal Communication: This type of communication is more subtle and yet speaks volumes about the speaker. This includes body language. Facial expressions, gestures or even appearances can tell one a lot about the speaker. Nuances like sarcasm and deception also occur with this type of communication. To demonstrate; imagine you are in a lecture hall and the lecturer walks in wearing a black suit, white shirt and shiny shoes. What are your first thoughts or impressions? That perhaps this person is educated, smart, full of confidence or perhaps this person may in fact be shy and nervous. Body language portrays a lot about a person. One just has to be aware of these gestures. Visual: This type of communication more often that not ties in with verbal communication but also reinforces verbal communication. This includes colour, signs, pictures etc. This usually helps the speaker remember certain topics, but also helps the audience to have to something to look at and reinforce the speakers point being made.