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Volunteer Social. Contents  How can I help my one-on-one conversation partners with their English?  How can I have a great conversation in English?

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1 Volunteer Social

2 Contents  How can I help my one-on-one conversation partners with their English?  How can I have a great conversation in English?  How can I improve my English?  What online resources can help me with my English?

3 Tips for Conversation Leaders  Get to know your conversation partner’s interests  Identify the level of readiness and build on with new things step by step  Know your partner’s learning strengths and preferences  Incorporate all the language aspects into your lesson  Make it challenging, but not too challenging  Create friendly, encouraging and curiosity- stimulating learning environment

4 Resources        on-plans on-plans  printables-worksheets.html printables-worksheets.html

5 How to improve my conversation skills?  Don’t be shy and self-conscious!  Communication errors can be solved.  A conversation is an interactive activity involving listening and speaking from both parties.  It’s all about listening and asking questions.  Do some research!  Lulls are normal.  If a conversation is going wrong, it may not be your fault.

6 How to introduce myself?  Greet with smile  Maintain eye contact  Give a firm handshake  Tell your name  Ask for the other person’s name  Repeat the other person’s name  Never draw a negative picture of yourself

7 How to have a great conversation?  Relax and forget about yourself  Listen  Ask questions  Use a friendly tone  Choose your words and questions carefully  Avoid controversial and intimate topics as well as arguments  Neither interrupt a person in the middle of his thought, nor speak on top of it  Compliment the other person  Thank for a great conversation

8 How to handle a difficult question?  Personal, intimate question I’m sorry, but I’d prefer not to answer this question.  Question you don’t know the answer I have no idea.  Question you didn’t catch Can you repeat the question?  Question you don’t understand because of unfamiliar words or question structure I’m sorry, but I don’t understand your question. Would you mind telling it in different words?/What do you mean by…?/What does…mean?

9 How to avoid awkward lulls?  Move on to another topic  Ask questions for clarity  Find common interests  Compliment the other person  Observe any visual clues to draw a topic out  If an awkward lull happens, correct it by saying the following: I am thinking of what we have just talked about. And paraphrase what you have been talking about.

10 How can I improve my English?  Be active and set goals for improving your English!  A language is not only speaking, but a combination of speaking, listening, reading and writing, including grammar.  Use different learning styles such as visual, auditory and kinesthetic to achieve your objectives.

11 Resources  Learn English Free Online:  Learn American English Online:  Learn Languages for Free Online:  English Club:

12 How to improve speaking?  Listening and reading aloud  Writing  Networking and making friends  Greeting people on the street  Having small talks in public  Watching foreign movies with English subtitles  Joining one-on-one conversations, conversation and common interest groups

13 Resources  Daily Conversations: english-conversations  EBooks:  Phrases and Expressions for Speaking: html

14 How to improve listening?  Speaking to English speakers  Watching TV and movies  Listening to radio  Reading audio books  Singing English songs  Practicing pronunciation  Joining conversation groups/one-on-one conversations

15 Resources  Listening Lab:  Listening Activities:  Audio Books:

16 How to improve comprehension?  Reading picture books or comics  Reading newspapers and magazines  Asking questions during conversations  Watching TV and movies  Browsing English websites  Consulting dictionaries  Constantly learning new words  Clarifying meaning of slang and idioms  Knowing grammar

17 Resources  Idioms:  Slang Words:  Reading Comprehension Exercises: ing.html  Listening Comprehension Exercises:  Vocabulary Games:

18 How to improve pronunciation?  Listening to native English and imitating  Reading along with audio books  Speaking, being corrected or asking for correct pronunciation and repeating after  Paying attention to letter combination sounds, stressed syllables, word linkage and intonation  Training speech organs position, shape and movement of English sounds

19 Resources  Accent School:  Some Pronunciation Rules:  Pronunciation Exercises:  Dictionaries with Pronunciation:

20 How to improve grammar?  Reading, listening, writing and speaking  Using subject-verb structure  Differentiating questions from statements  Understanding parts of speech  Practicing verb tenses  Knowing words beyond their meaning  Learning phrasal verbs  Doing grammar exercises  Quizzing yourself

21 Resources  English Grammar Exercises and Tests:  English Grammar:  English Grammar Quizzes:  English Study Zone:  English Grammar Rules and Exercises:  Phrasal Verbs:

22 How to improve reading?  Reading audio books  Watching movies with subtitles  Listening to songs and following their lyrics  Learning letter/letter combination sounds  Stressing words correctly  Paying attention to punctuation signs  Slowing down and pronouncing every single word as well as word endings

23 Resources  Listen and Read Along:  Phonics Games: mes.html  Songs and Lyrics: m

24 How to improve writing?  Reading, listening and speaking  Learning English grammar and vocabulary  Understanding the basic subject-verb sentence structure  Using correct spelling  Analyzing frequently misspelled words  Making use of grammar and spell check  Punctuating correctly  Blogging, text messaging or having pen friends

25 Resources  Blogging Sites:  ESL Blogging:  Spelling Games:  Punctuation Rules: nctrules.htm

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