Speech serves as a foundation for learning any language. Notice how a child learns a language. He picks up, absorbs, and internalizes the language that is spoken around him. We never teach a child language through the rules of grammar and pronunciation. Yet by the time a child is two years old, he is able to convey meaning through words and simple sentences. Therefore the best way to learn a language is to surround oneself with it.
In case of a foreign/second language (in our case English),sometimes a little bit of training is helpful as the habits acquired in connection with our first language stand in the way – this is called mother-tongue interference. Initially, it requires a conscious effort on the part of the learner to resist the pull of the mother-tongue and reorganize speech habits.
The need to learn spoken English has, increased tremendously all over the world. With the growth of international travel, tourism, trade, work opportunities and education, the demand for learning spoken English has gone up manifold. There is a strong desire and motivation for learning spoken English in people of all ages and walks of life – students for higher education, job aspirants for attractive careers or advancement in their chosen professions, others for business or travelling.
Communicating clearly, confidently and effectively, socially and at the work place is everyman’s desire. And as English is an international language – used and understood in most parts of the world – learning to speak English well, can take you, a step ahead of others in realizing your dreams.
If you speak English fluently, you can:
- Get the job of your dreams.
- Can face an interview board confidently.
- Can manoeuvre conversation to your benefit at business and social meetings.
What do spoken English courses offer?
- Spoken English courses focus both ‘what to say’ and ‘how to say’ i.e. the content and structure and the manner of speech. They aim at training students to express themselves in a wide range of situations, such as asking questions, making requests, expressing greetings, thanks, apologies, regrets, farewells, buying groceries, flying in an airplane, making a sales call, borrowing books from a library, making a phone call, applying for a job, facing an interview etc. They create and provide situations for people to interact in English.
- Aim at training people in speaking English with a reasonable degree of fluency, intelligibility and social acceptability.
- Aim at developing the skill to understand English spoken by native speakers.
- Aim at promoting the ability to produce English approximating to the sound system of the native speakers for international intelligibility. English has acquired a number of accents as it is spoken by large sections of people separated from each other geographically, educationally and socially. But people seeking social and career advancement need to make a conscious effort to learn acceptable English. It is here that spoken English courses and training programmers come to aid.
- They train people in the production of English speech sounds (vowels and consonants), word stress, rhythm and intonation.
God helps those who help themselves
There is no shortcut to success.
Your future depends on your efforts.
If you keep yourself updated and speak well, you will soon accomplish your desires.
Proficiency in spoken English empowers you to face social and professional challenges.