Category Archives: ESL

This is the category for English as a Second Language (ESL). This category is suitable for articles that are addressed to both teachers of ESL and to students of ESL. Related articles can be found in English, English Dialects and Slang, Speech Styles and World Languages.

How to Speak Articulately With Non Native English Speakers

Speaking appropriately and clearly – at a speed that is suitable for the non-native English speaker – is the key to comprehensible expression.

  • Move your mouth and avoid eating your words. Remember those old Kung-Fu movies on American TV? Move your mouth as the people in them did. It is important to breathe and relax your facial muscles and chest. Preferably, in private, I like to pinch my cheeks with my fingers and move them in, out, and around. This exercise creates an “elastic” effect. In fact, it relaxes your facial muscles!

  • Do not say “Tuh” instead of “To” in between words. For example, I need “tuh” talk “tuh” the manager.
  • Do not run your words together. “Whadyado?”, “Gonna”, “Gimme”, “Lemme”, and “Wanna” are words that are run together. Visualize your words as a punching ball. Imagine each individual word passing in your mind’s eye as they do in subtitles in a movie. Articulate each word and “punch” it. You punch, recover, and punch again.
  • Avoid using contractions or short forms. Use long forms. “Can’t” is one word you must use the long form with. It is difficult for a non-native speaker to understand the difference between “can” and “can’t” in a sentence. For example, “I can’t take you on Friday” and “I can take you on Friday”. Use the long form, “cannot”. “I cannot take you on Friday”.
  • Decrease the use of words that fill your sentences. The idea is to remove the “noise” from your speech. Imagine trying to listen to the radio with two young children in the same room. They are playing and screaming. What is the result? “Family of…car…on vacation…in Arizona.” If your oral communication is filled with “um”, “like”, “you know”, or other fillers, comprehension is more difficult. “Right” is a word that commonly fills conversations. I prefer to use “Yes, that is correct”. A non-native speaker may not understand “right” and confuse it with its opposite, “left”.
  • Be explicit: Say “Yes” or “No”. Do not say: “Uh-huh” or “Uh-uh”. Those words are not in grammar books!

TIPS

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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How to Speak English

With practice, you can learn to speak the English language very well.

  • Get a good dictionary. If you need to, a dictionary to translate between your first language and English is best.
  • Practice everyday by checking your pronunciation, and learning a few new words.

  • Listen to people who speak English. If they talk too fast, kindly ask them to speak slower.
  • Learn the grammar with careful study. A teacher may be best for this.
  • Talk in English with other speakers, especially those who speak it as a first language.
  • Think in English when you have learned it well. Translation in your brain can become confusing after certain points.
  • Read Simple English in your spare time, such resources can be found at the Simple English Wikipedia and books written for young children.
Tips

  • Read aloud, so you are aware of how you speak.
  • If you have English classes in school, listen and study as much as possible. The hard work will reward you with a master of the language.
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How to Study English in China

English is not the native language in China. Although many Chinese want to improve their English level to the amount needed in daily work, it’s very hard when only a few people speak English around them. What can you do to study more English? Here are some ideas. Join a school with native teachdddders to guide you. There are so many all over China.


Join a school with native teachers to guide you. There are so many all over China.

Read English daily. This means using websites that are permitted in China, accessing English texts, newspapers and books.

Learn to write. You have an easier task to learn the English alphabet than Chinese characters. There are only 26 letters in the alphabet and they are fairly easy to learn. The hardest thing to learn are the differently pronounced sounds for some spellings in English.

Find some English speakers. Spend time with them and share conversation. A good place include places where bored English-speaking students hang out!

Memorize vocabulary. Write new words in a notebook every week, with English definitions and a sample sentence, not a Chinese translation.

Rent English movies, cover up the Chinese writing, and just listen. Stop the movie and write down things you don’t understand if you can. Don’t worry about spelling.

Find someone to write emails in English to. There are many ways to find people on the internet.

Tips

  • Read some kind of article everyday.
  • Write in English everyday.
  • Speak with friends in English everyday.
  • Repeat the vocabulary everyday.
  • Look for a foreign friend to lead you.


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How to Study the English Language

Study effectively for your English Language? Score well in you English Language? Want all the tips and tricks related to the English Language ? It’s all here!


Revise your revisions or worksheets regularly. This will help to keep the knowledge fresh in your mind.

Read widely – newspapers, story books, etc.

Take down notes during lessons and check the dictionary for unfamiliar words.

Play word games like Boggle or Scrabble. Hang around with English speaking people.

Speak a lot of English whenever you can. Take note of your mistakes when doing your work and make sure you don’t repeat them.

Standard line: Speak correct English! You can learn correct English with Espoir Smart English It tells us the right way to use English in & out of the classroom. You should learn to speak formal 7 informal English to sound smart.

Watch English channels. Focus on listening than watching the movie. Please try not to read the sub-titles.

Tips

  • Study with a friend who is good in the English language.
  • Talk with your friends in English.


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How to Teach English As a Foreign Language and Travel the World

After some planning, you can teach English as a foreigner in a distant and exciting country.

  • Decide where you want to live and what your goals are. Different rates and costs of living are different in each country.
  • Do your homework and decide if the country is right for you. What degrees do you need, if any, Certifications, immunizations, etc.
  • Search the web for job listings and openings. But keep in mind that many listings are still located in English newspapers within each country. You may also find the best jobs are not well advertised but posted at Foreign Language schools, but do not rely exclusively on the possibility of a “walk in” job — line something up before you leave home.

  • Speak to as many people as you can who have had experience teaching abroad. If you don’t know anyone, find forums online and join in the discussions.
  • it’s possible to be a private tutor of english. You will need to comply with local self-employment laws. you can advertise your services on a website, in free internet classifieds, local newspapers, and social networking sites. be sure to have your advertising professionally translated into the local language if you aren’t confident of your own second language skills.
  • If you become a private tutor you should have a ready supply of teaching materials. At the very least, have an English Only dictionary, a picture dictionary, an MP3 recorder, and a quality grammar book. Having internet access, a lap top, and access to free media helps even more.

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