Monday, December 30, 2013

A good teacher seems to be very tough to find....

Hi ,
Individual lessons with an experienced, language teacher like me can be a great investment. Moreover, a good teacher seems to be very tough to find. Be prepared to pay at least a few hundred dollars a month for single lessons, and don’t anticipate any guarantees.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Breaking Down Stereotypes - Volume 1

What do you say?    

Polish Christmas..

Invitation to my class on WizIQ

I am inviting you to join my online class. You would need a 'headset' to listen into and a microphone for audio interaction.

How long does it take to speak a language?

I believe that learning a foreign language is an established training. I've spent my whole life working on mastering languages.
We have to practice every day and should communicate with natives as often as possible.
If we do not have the time or a chance, we will lose our conversational skills.
They say practice makes perfect; whatever I think about this slogan, it seems to be true.
At the same time, I am aware of the fact that I will never speak like a native.
For me, the most noteworthy is communication. In my view, pronunciation is significant as long as the meaning is concerned. Nowadays we talk about “standard English” which has been used internationally.
Many people want to talk like a native. I would like to announce that accents are acceptable as long as they are understandable.
I never force learners to sound like native speakers, simply because they are not, besides I am also not a native English teacher. We must teach towards intelligibility, rather than a 'native' accent. Accent reduction in my opinion means increasing correct and easily understandable accent.
Moreover, I use a lot of songs in my teaching. Through songs, students discover the natural stretching and compacting of the stream of English speech.
Students may orally summarize the spirit or matter of a song or give oral presentations about a song or musician. Many songs tell a story, and these stories can be rewritten or retold to practice narrative or summarizing skills.
This method works for my learners exceptionally well.
Generally, I think that we learn languages to communicate, and accurate delivery is not the most valuable skill to develop.
All in all, everybody needs to improve communication skills, and it is an entire lifetime job, including native speakers.
Therefore from my point of view, the answer to the question - how long does it take to speak a language? – is….
It takes a lifetime.