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Interactive Fictional Games for English communication

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Meeting the learning of English communication  is a big job and there are many challenges involved. Interactive Fictional Games can probably be an answer to them though. Recently, I was exposed to a strange challenge, where one of my student Anil. He couldn’t cope up with the English communication at a great pace.

I quickly noticed that Anil did not have a reading habit. Even after Anil being subjected to a lot of reading sessions and recommendations of reading newspapers, he wasn’t able to acquire his proficiency to the level of interpreting. He was usually stuck at this level and was unable to move to the advanced level.In addition, I observed that there was a high degree of fossilization. Of course, with Anil being unable to move beyond his current level of grammatical competence.

Furthermore, and perhaps linked to this, what I observed through this challenge was, the engagement through reading task was limited. Also,  we are still stuck on the traditional methods of  English communication. The traditional method relies mainly on textbooks, grammatical learning and not on hands-on approach. Hence,  emphasizes on basis skills. Hence, it is imperative to put more inputs before expecting an output.

Are we expecting an output without an input?

  • An Exposure to language input is largely responsible for the development of learners. Nobody denies the essential role that input plays in English communication. The concept of learning English has moved beyond the walls of the classroom and language learning now depends on the inputs that we chip in.
  • By using the word ‘Input’, I mean, extensive exposure to comprehensible language. So,  either through reading or listening for language acquisition.
  • Before we proceed with the inputs we should put our emphasis on INPUT HYPOTHESIS.
  • A linguist Stephen Krashen originally formulated this hypothesis stating that we can emphasis on grammar, rules, doing lots of exercises, but seldom giving chances to use, conclude language or giving exposure to interaction might not work.
  • One might obtain little input information in the classroom, with limited development and improvement of their English communication.

There were a few observations that I made with the lack of input,

  • The mind generates a lot of fear and embarrassment and one might avoid communication only not to experience embarrassment and humiliation in front of people.
  • Also because, a person in not exposed to a lot words and vocabulary, his speaking will be restricted to a certain words and hence a subconscious filter will prevent him from speaking.
  • One more obstacle that manifests itself during language acquisition is the affective filter. It does not impact acquisition of language directly. According to Krashen, the affective filter can be prompted by many different variables including anxiety, self-confidence, motivation and stress and can produce a blockade to learning due to too much of push and lack of vocabulary and exposure to English communication.

One analogy I can put forward here is, I cannot make new music before being exposed to the musical learning before.

Native and non-Native speakers.

For a Native speaker, it is the childhood acquisition of the language, and hence the ability to understand and accurately produce idiomatic forms of the language. Specifically, that differs him from a non-native speaker. And hence there is a large exposure of language around him.

For a native speaker, perhaps, the exposure might just be half an hour for the whole day. Hence he is not subjected to a surrounding of too much English speaking which comes as a challenge and isn’t enriching. The only thing one needs to do or can be prominently worked upon is reading.

Challenges for Input

  • One thing we majorly forget to stress on is Classroom studying. If we look at one hour classroom scenario, the prime importance of listening in language acquisition can be worked on in the classroom but the interaction cannot be satisfied. There is a very less interaction among people in classroom and hence the exposure to words is less.
  • Reading newspaper is beneficial but reading every day without motivation and skimming through words isn’t enough . As, one might not completely get the meaning of all the words used. Hence, there can be a loss of interest and engagement in it. The absorption is very less through this medium and hence the output is negligible.

How do we resolve the challenges by Interactive Fictional Games?

A valid alternative to traditional language learning can be found in game-based language learning. It offers a means for all four language skills to be practiced in a flexible, highly empowering and engaging way.

Interactive Fictional Games is one of the oldest formats we have for English communication. In particular, it might offer language learners a potentially more engaging and interactive learning experience. It encompasses the unique learning and cognitive accordance of great exposure to language for deeper interaction. Especially with narrative text and giving more authentic and meaningful reading/writing skills practice.

For reaching to this decision, a student needs to read the story carefully and needs to maintain an interaction and connection for reaching to an end.

There is a certain gratification to go for the end and hence absorption of words is higher here than a voluntary book reading.

Our experiment with Interactive Fictional Games

I was excited to implement this English communication learning technique as one of our project. Hence we made a simple game where two men are trapped in National Park, as they miss the bus. The game is a fiction story, creating a situation where you will have to think to answer. The main aim is to let you think new words and comprehend. It will improve the vocabulary practically and not only grammar. The game will engage a learner in the activity while he will have to be quick with his answers. That’s when he will learn and think new words, idioms and learn to comprehend.

Eventually, the thinking competency will be increased as one is exposed to 500 700 words in a period of three months leading to high improvement. Further, if we have an add on of a trainer who helps us in clearing our basic doubts . And also, guides us through the journey of perceiving a high command over the language, we can certainly have no looking back!

Thus, Interactive Fictional Games will reinforce the thinking skills of English communication in which interconnections are mapped and user experiences are considered.
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English communication has helped me built my confidence

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Putting up a testimonial for Jigna who is our student from last 3 months. Jigna belongs to Bhavnagar, Gujarat. Jigna was looking out for something in English communication that helps her built her confidence. She stumbled upon TheFluentLife’s English training course and decided to try her chance at English communication. Now that she has completed her course, she is happy about her results and wishes to express her gratitude to her trainer.  Jigna is a private employee who is looking out to write an IELTS.

Ms. Jigna Vyas.

Let us look at what Jigna has to say.

‘My name is Jigna Vyass. I stay in Gujarat at bhavnagar which is a small place near the capital city of Gujarat.
 I have done  7 to 8 classes of spoken English in my city since last few years but none of them helped.
So, I joined UFABER before one month . I found this website on my own. I decided to do this as it was 1 month course for 30 minutes and I found it very interesting because it takes only 30 minute a day . So, I still had a lot of time in hand.
I did these classes with Indira Ma’am. She is a very kind and calm lady who helped me out immensely. So, even with my wrong grammar, she always allowed me to speak up first, and then correct me ahead.  She always encouraged me to speak in English as much as I can.
I got many tips for my fluency in English communication.After doing this class I can tell you that this is the class where I have learned English communication correctly without memorizing. All this was possible because of the exercise which I have practiced in my every session .
I would like to thank TheFluentLife team and ms. Indira Ma’am for helping  me to built my confidence. Of course, I have a long way ahead but these small steps are definitely leading me to the path of success.’
Her trainer mentions that Jigna has a zest to learn and can understand very easily what ever is taught.’
Thank you Jigna for sharing your experience with us! We are glad we could help you out.
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‘ Improved my English Speaking skill’

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Mohammad is a third year B tech student who needed a lot of effort in his English Speaking skill. He was enrolled with us for Speaking course. His trainer Ms. Indira told us how he had problems initially and could not cope up. But later, his efforts helped him achieve his proficiency over the language.

Mr. Mohammad Arif

Let us look at what his trainer has to say about his performances.

 

Also, we got in touch with Mohammad who told us about his experiences with working with TheFluentLife. He proudly mentioned that his  Speaking skill has been tremendously improved and he is happy about his results. So, He told us he lacked on low confidence due to his poor English Speaking skill.

It has become tremendously important in today’s generation to be well proficient with the English language. So, one should avoid low confidence in Speaking.

Here’s an audio of Mohammad on his experience with The Fluent Life.

Like Mohammad, even you can improve your  English Speaking and language command through our tips and guidance. IELTS NINJA provides free learning and guidance.
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Yograj is happy about his English communication

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Yograj is one of our student who is enrolled with us for English communication course. He is extremely benefited from The Fluent Life’s course and wishes to express his gratitude to his trainer and the training he is provided with.

Mr. Yograj Panchbhai

 

‘Yograj is a govt employee living in Maharashtra. He was poor in communication skills.He had difficulty writing official emails. Also, He is a very hardworking student, eager to learn. He is able to express better than before but still needs to work on his grammar.
I have had a good experience with  Yograj and try to help him out whenever he has a problem. I encourage him to speak in English as much as possible.‘ his trainer Ms. Mukherjee said.

 

So when we interacted with Yograj, he told us how it used to become difficult for him to speak without any hesitation. The English communication has helped him achieve his confidence. Let us look at what Yograj has to say.

‘My main purpose of joining an English communication course was to learn writing officials letters because my English is very weak. After I joined this course I feel that there is continuous improvement in my English.

The course contents and study materials provided by Ufaber are very useful for both lower level and higher level students.

Especially my faculty Mrs. Meena Mukherjee has been a very good trainer. She teaches me according to my level. She can understand my difficulties very well. I do not feel any hesitation to ask questions to her because of her friendly nature.

Overall it has been a nice experience and I’m sure my English will definitely improve.

Thanks to The Fluent Life team for the best quality of English learning.’

Thank you Yograj. We are glad we could help you out.
Like Yograj, Even you can also prepare for your English communication through TheFluentLife now.

 

 

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Lalita’s experience of English communication with TheFluentLife

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Lalita is one of our student who was enrolled with us for English communication course. Lalita is based in Varanasi and is a teacher for secondary level. She has been a part a part of TheFluentlife from two and a half months.

Ms. Lalita

So when we interacted with Lalita, she told us how it used to become difficult for her to express and communicate with her peers. She was strongly looking out for something which helps her up in her Speaking abilities. But, now she’s able to reciprocate back to the conversations without any hesitation.

Aishwarya trained Lalita at TheFluentlife and she helped her in improvising her skills. So, Lalita is majorly  thankful to her trainer for being the person she was. Also,for helping her and guiding her out thoroughly and for helping her gain a new confidence.

Henceforth, Lalita wishes to strongly recommend TheFluentLife’sEnglish communication course to everyone who needs improvisation with their skills.

We are putting up an audio in Lalita’s words on what she has to say about her English communication at TheFluentLife.

Thank you Lalita . We are glad we could help you out. Now, like Lalita, even you can also prepare for your English Learning through TheFluentLife.
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Look how Soni succeeded in overcoming her fears through TheFluentlife

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Soni has successfully managed to overcome her fears and gain a new confidence through TheFluentlife. Soni has been a part a part of TheFluentlife from last one and a half year. When we interacted with Soni, she told us how once, she used to face inferiority complex due to her low confidence in speaking English. Soni first stepped into Perfect English course where her grammar was sharpened. Later, she joined the IELTS Training. In her IELTS Training, she went through four session training of Writing , Listening, Speaking and Reading.

Soni.

Under her Perfect English Course, she went through the three levels, Basic, Elementary and Advanced. Her scores were perfect and she came out as a very confident person. Also, Her mistakes were corrected and her fluency sharpened. Her personality improvised and of course it helped  her in her academic courses too.

Soni’s trainer was Vanita at  TheFluentlife and she helped her in improvising her skills. We questioned Vanita on Soni and here’s what she said.

‘Soni was a wonderful student to teach,full of enthusiasm and zeal to learn and experiment.It was a great experience for me to to teach and guide her.She made an effort to read English books and ask me the meaning of new words and phrases that she would come across and then use them while speaking,a highly motivated student.’

Soni’s response and experience with TheFluentlife  has been recorded in the form of an audio and I am attaching it here.

Soni, We wish you good luck for your admissions and further endevours too.