Communicating Effectively In English For Newcomers Network

Communicating Effectively In English For Newcomers Network

By Sue Ellson

Date: Tuesday 15th December 2015 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Organisation: Newcomers Network
Venue: Google Hangout Live Online
Sue Ellson Newcomers Network 
Guest: Sue Davis Speaking English
Topic: “Communicating Effectively in English”
PowerPoint Slides: 

Audio Recording: (26.4MB, 00:55:33)

Sue Ellson – Founder and Director of Newcomers Network
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Sue Davis – Founding Director of Australian Accent and Pronunciation
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Questions covered in this presentation

English as a First Language
Why do we find some people easier to understand than others?
What can native English speakers do to improve their pronunciation?
Is Australian English more difficult to understand than English from other countries?
What could native English speakers learn about English from non-native English speakers?
How difficult is it for English speakers to learn other languages?

English as a Second Language
Is it easier to learn English as a second language when you are younger?
What do most people find difficult about learning to speak English?
Is it easier to speak English or write English or does this vary on who is learning?
What are the most effective ways to learn to speak English?
Which techniques are the most important to practice to improve your English pronunciation?
Why do we hear different accents when the person comes from another country?

English for Communication
Why is it important to speak English well in an English speaking country?
What speech techniques can you use to be more influential?
What are the common mistakes that people make in the workplace when English is their second language?
How important is it to learn industry specific word pronunciation?
What is ‘English Language rhythm and intonation’?
How can you learn the cultural component of communicating effectively in English?

Audience Questions
Rohini asks, I have been encouraged to practice my English by speaking English at home and at work. Is it absolutely necessary to speak English at home as well as work?
Sam asks, I find it terribly rude when people who do not speak English well use their own language in front of others who only speak English. How can I politely suggest that they should be speaking in English when they are in an English speaking country?
Markus asks, do I really have to watch children’s television to improve my English?
Sophie asks, I speak French and English and I am planning to start a family. Should I only teach them English now that we are living in Australia?

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