Let's TalkCONVERSATION PRACTICE IS ONE OF MY MOST POPULAR COURSES ON iTALKI. Many students book single lessons, while others book packages. In your lessons 80% of your time should be you, the student, carefully forming sentences with the teacher listening and talking less than 20% of the time. This will empower you and make you progress very quickly in your speaking skills.
Conversation is defined as a social exchange including at least two people communicating their thoughts and ideas. Almost every conversation includes five distinct stages: an opening, feedforward, main business, feedback, and closing. Openings are greetings which often combine verbal and non-verbal modes of communication. According to Functional Grammar, there are three levels to every utterance: the representational level, the presentational level, and the interactional level. The representational level is the literal content of your speech (for example, "It is cold today.") The presentational level pertains to what the discussion is about (in this case, Climate Change.) The interactional level, meanwhile, captures how you feel about this statement (you don't believe in Climate Change.) Every speaker in a conversation, therefore, takes part in a dance. To be an effective communicator, you must only talk, but also listen and react intelligently. It goes without saying that you also need to possess a certain amount of self-awareness.
Lesson StreamsI AM OFTEN asked if I can provide students a prepared lesson plan for them, but this is difficult for me in a number of ways. To begin with, every student is different, and they all have unique needs. Some of my students sometimes take long pauses when speaking and, in this case, it is necessary for me to wait for them to continue speaking, rather than just fill in the silence. Others are quite talkative but can make a lot of grammatical mistakes. I consider this type of speaker, who often live in an English speaking country, to be a "false fluent". They don't need encouragement for more talking, free conversation style. Instead, they need to notice the mistakes that they make. Lesson plans create the impression that structured classes are the best way to learn a language, and that is not the case for many people. Children learn languages organically, by imitating the speech of those around them. Furthermore, there are said to be 7 types of intelligence, and some of them are not suited to academic study. Your personality determines your communication style. Determining your own communication style will help you to... Instead of plans, I have streams. Whereas plans are rigid, streams are flexible, and adapt over time. For example, on first teaching a student, I might overestimate their English ability, and use material from the Advanced Conversation stream. Halfway through the lesson, I might notice that the student is not responsive or unwilling or unable to engage in the given topic. It might be that the material is too difficult for them, in which case I could switch to the Beginner Conversation stream. The following components are my most popular:
Advanced ConversationSTUDY PLAN:
1. About Town.
2. Follow Up (Echo) Questions.
3. Art Therapy
4. Describe an Artwork
5. Reported Speech.
6. Logical Fallacies.
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Australian EnglishI have many students who either live in Australia, or are interested in moving here. Australian English is a unique dialect of English with its own vocabulary and idioms.
1. Introduction to Australian English.
2. The Australian Personality.
3. Plants and Animals, Place Names.
3. Christmas in Australia. (To book a lesson with me, click here!)
Beginner ConversationThis is a good option for students who don't feel confident about speaking, and also have trouble listening. The curriculum can also be used for children who speak quite well for their age.
1. Basic Introductions.
2. Starting a Conversation: including Conversation Prompts.
3. Tag Questions.
4. Talking About Food.
5. Can I Help You (Shopping).
6. James Bond Conditional.
7. Giving Directions.
8. Role Play and Discussion.
9. Dining Out. (To book a lesson with me, click here!)
Business ConversationFor students who would need to use English in a professional setting.
1. What is your communication style?
2. Guerilla Job Hunting (To book a lesson with me, click here!)
False FluentsEspecially for people who live in an English-speaking country like India, who might sound reasonably fluent, but nonetheless use many errors (grammatical, and with pronunciation)..
1. Before the lesson, write down the answers to these questions: About Town.
2. Irregular verbs. (To book a lesson with me, click here!)
Listening & PronunciationTo be a better speaker, you first need to be a good listener. Listening is an art which can be mastered. In order to be a good listener, you need to slow down, and concentrate.
Be ready to listen. Be an attentive listener. Hear the whole message; and Apply the Best Listening Skills.
1. Dull & Boring.
2. The 48 Sounds of English.
2. Stress and Articulation.
3. Stress Within a Sentence (Natural Speech). 4. Connected Speech. (To book a lesson with me, click here!)
Pathway to Fluency
Do you feel frustrated by your inability to sound like a native speaker?
Oh really? .......... (Interjection) Is that so?
Sounds interesting .......... What you said was interesting.
By the way, now can we talk about... .......... Topic change cue
Excuse me, may I have a word? .......... Making an interruption
I think that... .......... This is my opinion (Hedging)...
It was nice chatting with you .......... Cue to say goodbye.
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