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English Language Improvement Workshop

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Transcript of English Language Improvement Workshop

YES '13 English Language Improvement Workshop
Why Is English Important?
Learning about American Culture
Teaching about Pakistani Culture
Amalgamating into host community
Presenting ideas fluently and coherently
Getting good grades!
Impressing your peers
Making friends
Components
Reading
Speaking
Writing
Pronunciation
Vocabulary/Grammar
Listening

Are you better at one than the other?
Reading
Why you need it:
Academics
Recreation
Travel
???
Listening
"God has given you two ears and one tongue so use them accordingly".
Speaking
"What Are You Trynna Say?"
"Reading is to the mind as exercise is to the body".
ACTIVITY!
"The Unicorn in The Garden"
Types of Reading:
ICEBREAKER!!!
Speed-Talking
Skimming
Scanning
Jigsaw
Intensive reading
Extensive reading

Skimming:
Quick Reading
Headings and subheadings and the first lines of each section or paragraph
Key words
Understand the gist – the general idea of the text.
Scanning:
looking for a specific piece of information or specific words
ignore irrelevant information
Answering specific questions

Jigsaw or reading for detail:
Read every word in a text and think carefully about the meaning of every sentence
Skim or Scan first and then Jigsaw

Intensive reading:
Concerned about details; trying to understand every word
Make use of the dictionary

Extensive reading:
Extensively and fluently to get the gist of a text

Why you need it?

Basic communication
To follow Instructions
???
Activity!
Jumping Words!
How To Improve Your Reading:

Read, Read, READ
Variety of genera/topics
Look Up Words!
Be consistent!
Discuss what you read
Practice different techniques
The Story of Accents:
Does accent mean fluency?
How to learn an accent?
Listen to your surroundings
Pay particular attention to detail
Ask for help!
DO NOT BE OFFENDED EASILY!
The W's and V's Problem
ENUNCIATION IS IMPORTANT!
How To Improve Your Listening/Listen actively?

1. Pay Attention
2. Show That You're Listening
3. Provide Feedback
4. Defer Judgment
5. Respond Appropriately

Resources:
Audiobooks
Songs and Music - Lyric Videos
Radio Shows
Activity!
Fill in the blanks!
Why you need it?
Articulating ideas fluently
Improving social presence
???
More tips on Speaking:

Make an "English" Buddy
THINK in English
Record your own voice and listen to it
Speak slowly and confidently
The "Didn't Knew" problem

"Rome was not built in a day and neither will your speaking ability"

The Mirror Effect
English movies with subtitles
ACTIVITY!
Proverb Charades
1. "The pen is mightier than the sword."
2. "Birds of a feather flock together."
3. "A picture is worth a thousand words."
4. "You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs."
5. "Actions speak louder than words."
6. "Barking dogs seldom bite."
7. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
8. "If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself."
9. "Good things come in small packages."
10. "All's fair in love and war."

Writing
"The one who writes never dies."
Why you need it?
Document your exchange year
Success in Academics
Positive impression
???
Writing and Electronic Media Presence:
Facebook/Twitter etc.:
Use better English (full words - no abbreviations)
aVoiD tRyInG tO bE K3WL!
Share positive things
Emails:
Start using email as a means of communication
Homework in America
Contact with placement organizations
Use proper format of writing emails
Blogs:
Excellent way of improving English
Document your experience and learning
Your exchange year will get 'immortalized'
ACTIVITY!
Ultimate Picture Description
ACTIVITY!
60 Second Speech!
How To Improve Your Writing?

Acquire a wide vocabulary through reading and listening
Pay attention to spelling
A little punctuation goes a long way!
Choose topics to write close to you
Write frequently
Ask for critique on your writing from peers
Keep a journal, diary, blog
Break the rules - Take risks
Stores ideas instantly

ACTIVITY!
Written Pandemonium!
Miscellaneous Tips
Use internet resources extensively!
Enjoy learning the language!
American Slang: RED FLAG
Avoid 'pollution'
The 'Like' Problem
Don't try too hard to fit in
Be proud of yourself!
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