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English Conversation Explanations Definitions Examples

We know that English Language Conversation Skills consists of language abilities, conversation skills, social skills, culture knowledge and non-verbal communication skills.

English Conversation Lessons can be on one or more of the language skills or fully integrated practice sessions.

English conversation lesson examples include consonant and vowel pronunciation,
syllable stress patterns in words, intonation and timing for phrases and expressions, polite words, formal vocabulary, slang and jargon use, correct greetings, use of active sentence constructions, listening carefully, answering directly, using correct gestures to reinforce or further explain spoken words.

English Conversation Classes tend to be fully integrated practice sessions. The conversation partner can be fellow language students or native speakers or ESL teachers.

The English Conversation Classes can be free-flowing with no corrections or be interrupted for corrections or interrupted for corrections and specific lesson review and then continued.

Some English Conversation Class ESL teachers require their students to write new vocabulary words and some will record the entire conversation class so that the students can play back the entire class to repeat and review all the words and pronunciation.

English Conversation Classes can be practice sessions for casual, informal, gossip, face-to-face and everyday conversations.

English Conversation Classes can be practice sessions for conferences, formal, polite, interview, two-way, presentations, consultation, or business small talk.

English Conversation Classes can be practice sessions for chitchat, Q and A, heart-to-heart talk, confab, powwow, bull sessions, talkfest, gabfest, pillow talk and rap sessions.

English Conversation Classes can be fully integrated practice sessions for academic subjects, leisure topics, politics, religion, sports, hobbies, activities, and interests.

English Conversation Classes can be fully integrated practice sessions for sports. The class can be structured to talk about amateur sports, Olympic sports or professional sports and maybe a specific sport like hockey or football. The sports conversation classes can cover sub-topics like leagues, past winners, current standings, coaches, owners, star players, salaries, statistics, dream teams, and future predictions.

English Conversation Classes can be fully integrated practice sessions for business conversations. How to introduce yourself your company and your products for sale. How to present to one person and small groups and larger groups. How to ask questions and how to answer questions. How to compare and contrast products and services. How to negotiate prices.

English Conversation Classes can be fully integrated practice sessions for music or
movies. Some of the classes can be academic and discuss genre or style or methods. Some of the classes can be gossip such as “Brad and Angelina did this …” or “Britney Spears was seen doing …”

As a summary English Conversation Classes can be designed for the number, age, level and interests of the students. English Conversation Classes can be designed for the type of conversation, subjects of the conversation, topics and sub-topics of the conversation.

ESL in Canada Classes

ESL in Canada as education consultants recommends several independent ESL English classes for example: the FREE Toronto ESL Cafe English conversation classes, the free LINC classes for new Canadians, the free English classes at many libraries, the free classes at accredited TESL Teaching schools, some excellent Board of Education continuing education classes that cost 2 or 3 dollars per instructional hour and a few English classes at excellent independent ESL schools with their teachers and their programs.

For the best ESL classes in Toronto – ESL in Canada offers ESL English classes in three formats:

1. Private one-to-one or mini-group classes with ESL in Canada.

2. Online Business English and ESL English Classes with ESL in Canada.

3. Classes at a partner ESL English school or company training offices.

If you are looking at attending ESL English classes in Canada we suggest hiring ESL in Canada as your education consultant.

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How to Write English Sentences – Introduction

 

How to Write English Sentences – Introduction

Before you write an English sentence you have to get organized. The first stage of organization is choosing the single or complete thought that you are stating, describing, explaining or asking. The thought should include 1. a subject, and 2. an action or state of being.

Link to How to Write English Sentences – Introduction

How to Write English Sentences – “start simple”

The following are examples of starting with a basic thought and experimenting by adding the different English parts of speech, phrases and clauses.

Link to How to Write English Sentences – “start simple”

How to use six basic sentence constructions formats

Now we have to decide which of six basic English sentence construction formats best suits your sentence.

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How to Write the Four Types of English Sentences

What type of sentence best matches your thought: declarative, imperative, interrogative or exclamatory.

Link to How to Write the Four Types of English Sentences

How to Write English Sentences using Verb Tenses

To describe any actions or states of being the writer must use a verb or verbs to show who or what initiated, experienced or received the action or state of being.

Link to How to Write English Sentences using Verb Tenses

How to Write Active and Passive English Sentences

The first style decision is writing with a voice. Writers have to choose to write an active or passive English Sentence.

Link to How to Write Active and Passive English Sentences

How to Write English Sentences using Nouns

Nouns may act as any of the following: subjects of the verb, direct or indirect objects of the verb.

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How to Write English Sentences using Noun Phrases

For most writing purposes noun phrases can be treated as single grammatical units performing the work of a noun in the sentence.

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ESL English Classes in Canada

ESL in Canada offers ESL English classes in four formats:

1. Private classes with ESL in Canada teacher and curriculum.

2. English Classes with ESL in Canada program at a partner school.

3. English Classes at an independant school with their teachers and their programs.

4. Online Business English and ESL English Classes

ESL English classes can be generalized into specific types usually by language skills such as: reading, listening, pronunciation, conversation, grammar and writing or be a combination of English language skills.  English classes can be generalized by purpose such as test preparation or English for work.  English classes can be generalized by content such as general or industry specific vocabulary.

English Language Pronunciation Class

English language pronunciation includes all the mechanical functions and skills of language sound production and the specific word pronunciation patterns of the English language in context.
Use this link for additional information about English language pronunciation classes.

Use this link to register for English language pronunciation classes.

English Language Conversation Lessons and Classes

We know that English Language Conversation Skills consists of language abilities, conversation skills, social skills, culture knowledge and non-verbal communication skills.
Use this link for additional information about English language conversation classes.

Use this link to register for English language conversation classes.

English Language Grammar Class

English language grammar includes all the technical functions, definitions, explanations and word placement rules, practices and procedures of written language production using English language vocabulary.
Use this link for additional information about English language grammar classes.

Register for English Language Grammar Classes with this ESL
registration link.

English Language Writing Class

English Language writing is defined as: the activity of putting something in written form; the act of creating written works;  letters or symbols written or imprinted on a surface to represent the ideas, sounds or words of a language; the work of a writer; anything expressed using the letters of the alphabet in words.
Use this link for additional information about English language writing classes.
Register for English Language Writing Classes with this ESL registration link.

English Language Vocabulary Class

Vocabulary is the content of English. Vocabulary class helps you understand the meaning of the words.
Use this link for additional information about English language vocabulary classes.

Register for English Language Vocabulary Classes with this ESL registration link.

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Criteria for Language Exchange Partnership Success

Criteria for Language Exchange Partnership Success

Language exchanges are a great way to develop your target language fluency, learn new vocabulary, learn about the culture associated with the language, build your confidence and even save money.

Like all partnerships – you have to work well with your language exchange partner.

There are a few basic criteria which can determine whether the language exchange partnership will give both partners an equal opportunity to learn and advance your language skills and abilities.

The first criteria is giving equal time to each of the two languages.

The second criteria is what type of language use is your goal. If you are both in business and want to use the other language for business – wonderful you can really help each other.

Are you both structured, organized and prepared or just free talking? – both you and your partner have to be able to operate at the same work level. A partnership where one is always well prepared and the other just shows up is doomed to fail.

Are you both able to remain positive and supportive through a difficult and complicated process. Remember that beginners start speaking with 100% mistakes. It takes a lot of explanation, demonstration and practice to be able to speak the target language with fewer and fewer mistakes.

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Write English Better

Blueprint for English Grammar Summary

Blueprint to English is a 96-page cheat sheet with English grammar rules, practices, procedures and examples.The practice word cards will provide you with enough variety to practice writing millions of English sentences.

Writing is now more important than ever before. The Internet has enabled millions of people to communicate in writing via text messaging, social media and user forums.

Having the ability to communicate correctly and efficiently is now more important than ever. The old formula of 90% oral and 10% writing has morphed to about 60% oral and 40% writing for most professions. To succeed in the professional digital age correct writing in English is mandatory.

The Blueprint to English will help you see, understand and learn the English language grammar procedures and the practice words cards will help you perfect your writing skills.

Link to the Blueprint to English download

You can practice writing English sentences, phrases and clauses with your friends and classmates. You can challenge yourself with beginner, intermediate or advanced level construction types. You can even design your own sentence-writing games with your buddies.

To see examples of the one-word-card writing exercises go to the Sentence Master website and complete the free writing exercises. You can also do two, three and four-word card exercises and the six, seven and eight-word card challenges.

You can have fun and learn and challenge yourself to higher English language skill levels.

Grammar Summary eBook Contents

 Chapter 1: Introduction to the Eight Parts of Speech
Chapter 2: Introduction to Sentence Structure
Chapter 3: Introduction to Punctuation
Chapter 4: Intermediate Nouns and Pronouns
Chapter 5: Intermediate Verbs and Verb forms
Chapter 6: Intermediate Adjectives
Chapter 7: Intermediate Adverbs
Chapter 8: Intermediate Prepositions
Chapter 9: Intermediate Conjunctions
Chapter 10: Intermediate Articles, Determiners, and Quantifiers
Chapter 11: Intermediate Future Verb Tenses
Chapter 12: Intermediate Sentence Structure
Chapter 13: Intermediate Present Tenses
Chapter 14: Intermediate Past Verb Tenses
Chapter 15: Intermediate Future Verb Tenses
Chapter 16: How to play Sentencemaster Games using the practice word cards
Chapter 17: Why study grammar? How to remember English
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NEW Free English Grammar Writing Exercises

Sentencemaster has some NEW easy and free English writing exercises for you to learn and practice your English Vocabulary and English language commmunication skills.

Start with the One Word Card Writing Exercises. Simply select the correct word to fill in the blank and complete the English sentence. You can practice how to use English articles, prepositions, conjunctions, verbs, adverbs, adjectives nouns and pronouns in English sentences.

Continue with the Two Word Card Writing Exercises. You can practice with the adjective and noun combinations along with the adverb and verb combinations.

Once you have finished the two card exercises you can continue with the Three Word Card Writing Exercises. You can practice with the adjective and noun combinations along with the verb combinations.

Once you have finished the three card exercises you can continue with the Four Word Card Writing Exercises. You can practice with the adjective and noun combinations along with the adverb and verb combinations.

When you have completed the four word card writing exercises – then you can continue on with the six word card challenges. Once you have mastered the six word card challenges then try the eight word card challenges, then the ten word card challenges and then the advanced 13 word card challenges.

You can even buy your own practice word card sets and practice making millions of English sentences.

Link to SentenceMaster Home Page

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Preparing to Teach ESP in the Real World

Presenter

Charles Hall, Ph.D., Dr.h.c., is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Memphis. He has led training workshops sponsored by various organizations, such as the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations, in almost 30 countries, recently including Iraq, Sudan, and Timor Leste. His major areas of interest are teaching methodology, ESP for law, and online curriculum development. Hall has held two Senior Fulbright academic year awards.

Thursday, June 3, 2010 – 10:00 am –11:30 am Eastern Daylight Time in the United States

Playback version
(2:00 pm–3:30 pm, June 3, 2010 GMT)

English language teachers are often asked to teach English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses in call centers and in multilingual workplaces, such as resorts or factories run by international corporations. Because few teachers have had specific coursework or training in workplace ESP, this seminar will focus on the needs of both in-service and future ESP trainers.

Using short case studies, participants will learn how they can prepare themselves to deliver appropriate courses that reflect the needs of all stakeholders.

This method will let us spend much of the seminar focusing on finding and using learning and training resources for ESP trainers. We will also carefully explore how ESP trainers can determine what they need to do, find or design appropriate materials, and assess the effectiveness of their work.

To conclude, we will discuss not only the linguistic issues of workplace ESP but also the cultural and psychological challenges both trainers and trainees can face.

Learning Outcomes

Increase your familiarity with best practices in ESP
Know your limits and build your abilities
Learn to find resources to make you a more effective ESP trainer
Conduct a simple needs analysis
Assess the effectiveness of your work
Deal with cross-cultural issues in training
Tackle the issue of which English or Englishes
See your role as an expert user of English rather than as a nonnative teacher

Target Audience

Traditional English language teachers who wish to become ESP workplace trainers

Teachers who are already doing workplace training but are interested in increasing their knowledge of the field

Teacher trainers who wish to include workplace teaching in their classes or curriculum

Owners of language schools who wish to expand into the ESP market

If you have any questions, please contact edprograms@tesol.org

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