As English is a living language, several skills are required to be fluent in English. Listening, speaking, reading and writing are normally mentioned in learning a language especially English which is taught as a Second Language in many countries around the world.
Learning , teaching , grammar and pronunciation should be added for the long-term learning process even if they are already part and parcel of the four skills.
Many people have difficulty when it comes to developing listening skills. This normally starts in childhood and then well continues into adulthood. Being able to understand what is being said provides you the opportunity to use that information to your benefit in all areas of your life. Attentive listening includes eye contact, posture, facial expressions, gestures, and genuine interest in what the other person is saying.
Here are some suggestions for how to improve English speaking skills.
The best way is to find an English-speaking partner; if you cannot, try to practice with music and movies. These days, teaching aids are easily available but if you are not interested and don’t use them properly and continously, you won’t get it. Remember you need to keep on learning it with great interest for a long time. Still you are unlikely to learn to speak a new language perfectly, but perfection is not your goal. Your main goal should be effective communication.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.(Oscar Wilde) When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library. (Jane Austin) Becoming a proficient reader requires mastery of several skills that need to be applied simultaneously. Obviously, this doesn’t happen overnight. To improve your reading speed, practice for about 15 to 30 minutes each day. Good readers increase their vocabulary every time they read and are able to recall these words when they see them again.
Correct grammar ,punctuation and spelling are key in written communications. The readers will form an opinion of you, the author, based on both the content and presentation and errors are likely to lead them to form a negative impression. Good writing skills allow you to communicate your message with clarity and ease to a far larger audience than through face-to-face or telephone conversations. And, of course, a well-written CV or resume with no spelling or grammatical mistakes is essential if you want a new job. Poor writing skills create poor first impressions and many readers will have an immediate negative reaction if they spot a spelling or grammatical mistake.
Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Stay positive and happy.
Success is no accident; there are no secrets to success. A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instills a love of learning. Success stems from the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty and persistence. The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.(Brian Herbert)
No one should teach who is not in love of teaching. (Margaret Sangster) Effective teachers are always on the prowl for new and exciting teaching strategies that will keep their students motivated and engaged. Whether you are a new or experienced teacher, you may feel inundated by all of the new educational buzzwords, theories and new strategies that are out there. With all of this information available, it’s hard to decide which strategies are right for your classroom.
Sometimes, the old tried-and-true ones that you have been using in your classroom just happen to work the best. Teaching strategies that are considered ‘new’ may not fit into your teaching style.
As English grammar is totally different from that of Myanmar language, sometimes, it is hard to understand the usage and structure of English. For example, the verb tense tells the reader of your sentences when the action is taking place—in the past, the present and the future. It must be consistent on the use of verb tenses. Proper grammar is also essential for understanding English as a Second Language.
There are 26 letters in the English Alphabet but there are 44 sounds in the Language. This means that the number of sounds in a word is not always the same as the number of the letters. Even if your vocabulary and grammar are perfect,. It can still be difficult for people to understand you because of your pronunciation. English vowels make it tricky to know how to say a word. The best way to learn is by listening and practicing. Even most native speakers sometimes don’t know the rules either. Now let us have a look : PREsent (n); preSENT(v); ADDress(n); addRESS (v); and look again at the word “accept’, the first letter ‘c’ is pronounced as ‘k’ and the second ‘c’ as the ‘s’ sound.
English is easy to learn but hard to master because it is a living language. Learning and mastering English is a must for future leaders to deal with their counterparts from around the world. To be fluent in English, the following tips are suggested:
1. Think in English
2. Talk to yourself
3. Use a mirror
4. Listen and repeat
5. Sing along to English songs.