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September 2017

Why is English speaking not the only thing you require for command over English?

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English speaking plays an important role in our everyday life. There is a great utility of English in the modern world. So, the use of English should be continued along with other regional languages.

The importance of English in education and student’s life cannot be denied. English remains a major medium of instruction in schools. There are a large number of books that are written in the English language. If English is abolished today, it will affect the education system in India. So, unless and until we translate these books into various regional languages, it will affect education. But this work is very hard and time-consuming indeed.

Only speaking in English will not be enough to be comfortable with the English Language. When you read a book, you use your brain very actively because reading is a very active process. Similarly, when a writer does a lot of work, even the reader also works hard. When you read something from an English book, you either imagine a scene in your head or understand clearly what the writer is trying to say and choose to agree or disagree with the writer. Reading is relaxing as it takes your mind off the present work pressure. Reading allows you to increase your intelligence, become more creative, access inexpensive entertainment, and find a way to reduce stress.

Thinking in English is vital in order to develop a natural English fluency. Reading English books might just restrict your thinking in native language and facilitate thinking in English. When you develop an ability to read in English quite fast, your mind simply doesn’t have time for the translation process.

When you become a fluent reader, your eyes scan the text allowing you to think in English. It’s quite impossible for your brain to manage two processes at the same time, i.e., reading in English and thinking in your native language.

A person who wants to learn English can listen to news programs that are broadcasted on television and develop his/her listening skills. Listening to newscasts on the radio can also help a person improve his/her listening skills and learn the language. A person can also learn English by joining the spoken English classes.  They are conducted by accomplished, experienced and efficient spoken English tutors who can help people improve their pronunciation, diction, and fluency.

The spoken English teachers will help you improve your listening skills through different kinds of activities. Along with listening skill, your fluency will also improve. Another good habit is watching English movies. Watching English movies help you develop your listening skills. Good listening skills can help you improve your fluency in the long run

Modern India has many large States. People of each State converse in their own language and often cannot speak or understand the regional language of other people. In such cases, English becomes the link between these people. So, here too we cannot deny the importance of English in modern India.

There are some absolute advantages of regional languages over English no doubt, but in spite of that, there is the need and importance of English language in our life.

Edited and compiled by Mohana Bhavani

Why has English speaking become the key to live in today’s world?

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Mother tongue is a language that is most close to anyone’s heart since it gives an ease to our expression. In the world outside, where it is necessary to survive in unison with people who don’t share the same mother tongue with us, it is necessary to use a common language. The most commonly spoken language in the World, in general, is English.

Moreover, English is an official language in many native and non-native English speaking countries.

This has made English speaking mandatory to be well-informed and to be successful in life.

Usage of English

English speaking & learning has become a part of our daily lives. Its application in our routine life includes:

  • Digital world: Today’s world is one governed by Digital world (Computers, World Wide Web & Apps). English is predominantly used in the information systems, compared to other languages.
  • Computers: Use of computers has become very inevitable, be it in schools, homes, offices, public & private work places (from Corporates to small shops to traffic signals). Also, most importantly at hospitals (for diagnosis and report generation).

Also, learning systems adopt at tutoring through information systems like Computers and Web.

At all work places, it has become important that continuous improvement is shown by staffs at all level in terms of reducing cost and time involved. Especially, in the business by doing regular automation. Computers are required in work places to ensure work is done in a smooth manner.

    • Web: World Wide Web is an ocean of information. It is accessed to search for a wide range of information, on any subject. It is easy to locate a place or learn/research on a topic using the Web.
    • Applications: Apps are used for multiple purposes and for diverse reasons including communication/chatting (WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, Skype etc.,). Also, travel (Ola, Uber, etc.), home services and for many business reasons.

Though job recession related to Information Technology raises apprehension, it cannot be denied that gadgets and the web rule the roost. This is basically due to the ease and speed of executing tasks that have made life much simpler.

  • Social/Business interactions: So, in terms of sociocultural diversity, India lives by the principle of Unity in Diversity. This has extended as a worldly principle since most of the jobs are getting inclusive in nature. This inclusion is about having staff from various societies, cultures, and backgrounds. English is the language that connects people from diverse environments.

The Act of conveying

So, it is important that one is able to express oneself better to grow in the social and business ladder. Hence, with the social, business and the computing world are all pointing the direction towards English learning and English speaking as the basic necessity. Hence, it is very vital for everyone to do so.

More so, it is not just for proving oneself or for monetary reasons that English learning and English speaking are required. More importantly, it provides someone with confidence and satisfaction. Especially, when they do not have to rely on others for doing something as basic as conveying a simple thought.

You may also want to know about how changing the environment for a better scope of improvement in English speaking.

Written and compiled by Vidya Sudharshan

eLearning – The easiest and fastest approach for English Communication

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Learning Method for English Communication

The Indian learning system had always been under the scanner for being typecast. Coaching in an Indian school/college/business center is considered superficial. Especially, with more importance being given for covering syllabus/subject from the tutor’s end and parroting kind of learning from the learner’s end for scoring marks.

This is a big cause of concern especially since India is an ancient country. It has a history of many sages and saints propagating wisdom through their teachings and silence.

The issues in learning are multifold with English Communication since many students fear to even raise doubts during English classes. This is because they do not want to be put down in the eyes of their co-students.

It is difficult for many students to even clear in English Papers that they contented if they score the least mark that would get them clear the paper. Such students believe that English Communication is an impossible task which is not destined for them.

An aide in the form of E-Learning

E-learning is at the convenience of learning at home.It assists to study through the web or virtual classroom or through applications. And, has brought about a big revolution in the Indian learning practices.

The e-learning process, unlike the conventional learning method, has the below benefits:

  • Time: Helps to learn at any convenient time and also with intermissions, when learned through web or application.
  • Place: Learning at leisure facilitated due to non-environmental restrictions.
  • Active participation: Since the learner learns at his/her own will, the participation is never passive.
  • Memory retention through visuals: It is proven scientifically that learning through visuals helps retain the information better than methods that are not visually aided.
  • Better focus: E-learning grasps attention and hence minimalizes the diversions from the environment.
  • Repeated learning: A web or application session could be run again and the content would not vary. Pages could be flipped multiple times to register information at the desired pace. People who are slow at learning English do not have to fear about clearing their doubts.
  • Spot results: The test conducted at the end of the e-learning session helps understand accurately as to where the learner stands in terms of learning.
  • The better reach of access: People from rural India, who find it difficult to travel to far off distance to reach a school premise, again when e-learning is provided through aided education.
  • Empowers women from the rural area: Aided e-learning education empowers women so that they are prepared to work and be independent.

eLearning to equip oneself

The businesses are getting more and more inclusive in terms of staff. So, it has become important for organizations to look at methods that can make it easy for them to train staff in terms of operations and soft-skills (including English Communication). E-learning tool helps the businesses achieve these metrics without concern regarding distance. Also, availability of trainers and about time/cost associated with manual training.

e-learning has made learning more dynamic for school and college students. Hence,  good at quenching the thirst for knowledge that the younger generation possesses in abundance.

Written and compiled by Vidya Sudharshan
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How to change the environment for better English speaking

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We often come across advertisement boards about “Learning to speak English” in our neighborhood. In India, the motivation to learn speaking English is among all age groups. Hence, a country with Hindi as its national language is struggling hard to create a better environment for speaking English. India now claims to be the world’s second largest English speaking country. But only close to 10% of our population is English speaking and there is a huge scope of progression in the same.

Create an atmosphere in which you want to learn, not because you have to. You’ll learn more when you’re learning because you want to.

The list below mentions a few ways to change the environment for better English speaking.

  • Start from your own Home: Dedicate fixed hours, when all the family members communicate with each other only in English. This will help the elders to improve and younger members to practice speaking English away from schools/colleges.
  • Read, Read and Read: “Reading is to mind what exercise is to the body,” said Joseph Addison. Start your day with an English Newspaper at least twice a week. Reading English novels or books will also help you in getting familiar with grammar and learning new words. It also further adds to the way we have conversations. Instead of listening to music or playing games, you can listen to audiobooks in English or listen to some English skills podcasts. You can now find most books in an audio format. If you don’t like books, you probably do read daily news or articles. What’s really good is that you can look at the text while you listen to the audio.

 

  • Internet: The easiest way to have a better environment for speaking English is through the Internet. Participate in conversations through online forums related to your interests. There are various websites with tutorials, reading the material and interactive sessions to improve in your speaking English. Start practicing today!

 

  • You probably use the computer on a daily basis. Switch everything to English. Choose English as your default language for the operating system, office programs, all applications you use etc. Do the same with your mobile phone and any other device. It’s not a revolutionary idea, but it will help you be in daily touch with English speaking. And you will be forced to improve your knowledge when you won’t understand something or will search for some function you know your computer has but you can’t find.

 

  • Subscribe to at least one English newspaper or magazine or news site about one topic of your interest. Don’t just scan it, really read it. Slowly. If you don’t understand something, look it up in the dictionary or google it. As a matter of fact, you should google everything in English. Thus you will slowly start using English more and more.Equip yourself with all the modern gadgets, especially a good smartphone. Subscribe to blogs, newsletters, buy books only in the English language.

 

  • Movies and Music: This comes with a bonus of entertainment. Take a break from Bollywood and watch an English movie this week. Watching English movies, series, a documentary or listening to English music, enhances your pronunciation. It will also ease the mother tongue influence on the language.Subtitles will help you understand everything, especially in TV shows where they use more complex language or speak more quietly. When you master that, start watching everything in English without subtitles. You can do the same when listening to music. Don’t just listen to the melody, try to understand the lyrics.

 

  • At Workplace: Many workplaces have eLearning programs or sessions on the importance of business communications these days. It should become mandatory for colleagues and superiors to communicate only in English. Engage with a colleague or a group willing to improve speaking English and help each other.

 

  • You can take speaking practice even a step further. What you can do is to make an agreement with some of your best friends to speak and only in English, although you could communicate in your native language much more easily. It may be weird at the beginning, but who likes normal and easy anyway.

Also, Online courses for English speaking are really helpful.They’re a very good and effective way to learn, but only under one condition. If you’re really disciplined. It works only if you’re able to schedule a few hours a couple of times per week just for English speaking and forget everything else.

With the expansion of massive online courses, you have a lot of options to learn English speaking or any other skill online, but only if you take things seriously.

Compiled and Written by Aditi Sharma.

How is debating important for fluent English Speaking?

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Let us know more about how Debating has taken over the world and how it is important for Fluent English Speaking.

Why debate?

The phrase “The world is a global village” is quite true because of the vast improvement in the communication network and the geographical borders having thinned down with businesses going global. Hence, this has made English Speaking one of the important aspects that are required to be competitive.

So, if someone wants to improve their English Speaking skills, along with the add-on benefit of gaining knowledge by learning various dimensions on a subject, debating is the right tool to embrace.

debate

Debate = De + Bate

It would be creative to think that the word Debate could have come from two words “De” and “Bate” – Bate means angry in mood and De means negating – Debate should be something that negates an angry mood.

Also, one might wonder how a discussion that has the possibility of triggering anger could actually bring it down.

Hence, To answer that plain, debating is not about being argumentative as it is deemed to be understood. But a forum to discuss in a formal manner what one’s view is, on a subject. And, this free expression of views limiting to a laid set of rules is an enjoyable activity even if it involves engaging in a verbal challenge. So, thereby negating any emotions.

Benefits of debating

The expression that practice makes a person perfect is absolutely true when it comes to developing any art.

The art of practicing and communicating with someone in a debate and implementing changes through observation helps improve English Speaking fluency:

  • Components of speech improved through practice of debating:
      • Vocabulary: Debates help learn more on a subject, improves listening skills and communication skills. Listening and communication skills, in turn, develop the vocabulary.
      • Framing – Usage of words and structuring of statements (articulacy) wins over any audience you encounter.
      • Intonation/rhythm of speech – This improves with the observation of self and the person who competes.
      • Accent – One has to make constant efforts to work on developing an accent which is neutral so that he/she is well understood.
  • Extempore & Presentation

The current competitive lifestyle has become such that irrespective of age, we are under the pressure of making an extemporaneous speech in English. See (Ex., Group discussion in an interview, presentation to an onshore visitor or investor at the workplace, etc.).

In addition, it is to be noted that the fear associated with English Speaking in public could be well taken care of. Especially,  once a person participates in a debate with an open mind.

Debate – Then & Now

From our very own sage, Adisankara making refinements to the religious structure by conducting debates to convince people who were adamant about changes, to the current popular TV shows that debate on up-to-date happenings with the audience as speakers. So,  it is not just the content and the style that matters but the linguistic skills that play an important role in making our point clear. So, let alone winning a situation.

Don’t debate over debate!!

So, Debating is such a simple tool that to experience it you just have to start it at home. Exactly,  like how charity begins!! Don’t debate over debate being the best and inexpensive tool for English Speaking.Just adopt and see the benefits for yourself. It could be the most empowering thing that someone could ask for.

Article Written and compiled by- Ms. Vidya Sudharshan. 
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Here are the most effective ways to practice English speaking

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Speaking in English is a skill that develops only with a fair amount of practice. You cannot learn a language in one day. It needs practice but if you are a novice in English. We would like to suggest you these basics, yet the most effective ways to practice English speaking.

Here are four most effective ways to practice English speaking.

a) Reading:

Reading is one way that will improve your English speaking as well as vocabulary. It is all in one package, while you read it is important to pay attention to everything. Say it, the vocabulary used or the punctuations, the right grammar, sentence structure you can learn all by reading good books. Pick up good books to read. Try reading it aloud it will improve your English speaking. It is important that you listen to what you speak i.e. when you develop the skills.

reading books

b) Roleplays:

Roleplays is simply having a conversation with someone, whether scripted or non-scripted. You can have a roleplay with your personal mentor who will correct you best if you speak inappropriate English. English speaking could be practiced with anyone maybe a friend, companion, relative or any colleague. Do some role plays which are relatable to you or your profile so you can speak the English language fluently. It is advisable to do a roleplay with a qualified partner rather than a friend.

roleplay

c) Listen to Radio/Podcast:

Listening to English radio or watching Podcast videos will help you improve English speaking vocabulary it also improves your grammar. The use of fundamental Grammar concepts should be right, is what you learn. Listening to English speaking audios will help you understand the British accent, it makes you familiar with the accent. Listening will increase the quality of your English speaking. While audios are more advisable to learn effective English speaking skills then videos, the visuals are disturbing.

listen to English radio

d) Debate:

The debate is where you need to think what you have to speak next. Debates are prominent it won’t give you time to think and then speak i.e. why you need fluency in English speaking when you debate. You can have a debate on any topic with your friend, partner, colleague anybody around. There are also debates conducted in groups on some social topic where your English speaking is tested. It is important to be spontaneous with your ideas, think spontaneously and speak. The more you debate, higher the chances of your vocabulary being active.

debate

It is important that you know how to speak the English language. But what is more important is that how fluently you speak it. These ways will surely help you in improving your English speaking.