Today’s post is a response to an email from a reader, Viettan, who is worried about their English when presenting in public. They are in charge. Agendas
First, have a meeting
agenda, which is a list of things to talk about. Try to keep to this.
Something to practice /l/ and /r/ sounds.
When you speak English, one of the things you must think about is relationships. Who are you talking to? How well do you know them? What is the situation?
It is useful, especially in business situations, to be formal. In most native-English speaking cultures, business relationships start formal then become more informal as the relationship develops.
I went to a conference about teaching English a couple of weeks ago and saw a presentation by Paul Raine, the owner of a great website
Apps4EFL.com. It’s a free website for students and teachers.
When you are giving a list of options for others to choose from or explaining options to people, try to sequence the options so you sound natural.
An example of this could be transport options.
You can get the train, the bus or walk to my house.
This is OK but you can show that while walking might not be popular it is possible.
In today’s podcast I talk about how you can highlight your speech, in much the same way as you could by making written words
bold, italicised or by highlighting text.
Also, you can stream it on Stitcher here or in the sidebar.
The other day I was teaching an upper-intermediate student who had difficulties presenting her ideas about a process. She said she finds writing much easier than speaking.
“You should start an audio diary,” I suggested.
“What do you mean?” she asked.
There are so many different standardised tests available to test your English skills: the Cambridge certificates, TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS, BULATS and, here in Japan, the Eiken/STEP test.
For a lot of people, these tests are pointless. If you need the certificate to get a job or a college place, go for it. If not, read on.
One of the first things students are taught when they are learning writing skills is not to answer questions with further questions. In conversations, however, it does happen.