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Interruptions | A meeting skills activity

Interruptions … it’s something most my learners struggle with and it’s a skill they require daily because no one in a corporate setting can escape attending at least one meeting a day, if not more. 641 more words

Answer-Paper-Grammar : Improve quickly

The children who use English as ESL (English Second Language) are observed making lot of grammatical mistakes while writing answer-pepers at the Board or University Exam. 38 more words

Command English

10 Interactive storytelling activities

I recently watched a webinar over at the Training Magazine Network by the celebrated learning game guru, Thiagi and his associate Tracy Tagliati on interactive storytelling in which they offered techniques for transforming the conventional approach of the facilitator narrating a story and participants listening passively to one where the facilitator sets up activities within which Ss “actively create, share, analyse, debrief, modify and roleplay stories.   1,157 more words

Muscular Language | A gender-discourse activity

I’ve observed that in meetings and other forums, female managers all too frequently offer their perspectives couched in tentative language or hedge their opinions when they ought to be asserting their views more compellingly.   1,108 more words

Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen

Julian Treasure , a sound expert, demonstrates some useful vocal exercises and shares tips on how to speak with empathy. He passionately tells us how we can make ours a sonorous world of listening and understanding.

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Giongo (擬音語), Giseigo (擬声語), and Gitaigo (擬態語): Japanese Onomatopoeia

You don’t have to be in Japan long to start to hear them.  Those funny sounding, repeating words that sound both funny and foreign to the uninitiated.   223 more words

Listening Skills

Normalising normal life in EFL materials

When I was writing my Speaking Skills book, I had the standard list of things not to include. No opposite sex co-habiting, no shopping for shorts or miniskirts, avoid dogs. 568 more words