Words Glorious Words

Building a word bank is exciting!

When expanding our vocabulary it may be useful to think of the English language as a large shoe shop. Every word is like a pair of shoes. We must decide which ones we like and then ‘try them on’. Like new shoes, particularly women’s shoes, new words can feel uncomfortable at first. They feel wrong when we speak them, like they belong to somebody else. We need to break them in. The key is to understand their correct meaning; know the correct pronunciation; and use them often and with confidence. Before we know it we will have a repertoire of English words.

‘What does ‘repertoire‘ mean?’

Well, I’m glad you asked. It originated from France and according to the Free Dictionary, means: a collection of works. (For the phonetic spelling and to hear the word said orally: visit:http://www.thefreedictionary.com/repertoire).

See how easy it is to build a word bank. You’ve just added one new word to your vocabulary by following five easy steps:

Step 1. You read a word that looked interesting but you did’nt know its meaning  or how to pronounce it – repertoire.

Step 2. You looked up its meaning – :http://www.thefreedictionary.com/repertoire.

Step 3. You listened to the way it is properly pronounced – :http://www.thefreedictionary.com/repertoire.

Step 4. You tried it on like a pair of shoes.

Step 5. You used it over and over again until it felt comfortable and natural for you to say.

Well done!

Now, here’s a list of words to keep you going:

1. Remarkable  2. Ferocious  3. Dynamic  4. Pursue  5. Intense

6. Defensive     7. Enthusiastic  8. Source 9. Organise  10. Impose

I encourage you to follow the five steps and add these 10 words to your growing vocabulary. But don’t stop here. Keep your eyes opened for new and exciting words, and step into an expressive and extensive English language.

 

Salutations

Louise Crossley

ESL Trainer and Assessor

 

Language Expression and Creativity

Is it just me or are you also fascinated by the art of the English language?

Yes, art. Like Salvador Dali’s ‘Melting Clocks’ and Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflower’, producing good English requires expression and creativity. In order to communicate dynamically we must use our voices, words, faces and personalities together to express ourselves.

The key is to be authentic, motivated and creative with words.

Authenticity

It is important to bring ourselves into our communication. The way we are as people gives a uniqueness to the way we express ourselves which we do not want to lose. Even though good communication skills requires the obeying of certain rules (using language styles, tone, and topics appropriately depending on the situation), we can still express ourselves when we speak.  One way of doing this might be by reflecting our learning style in our communication. Visual learner might say: It looks like it is going to rain.  Aural learners might say: It sounds like it is going to rain.  Kinesthetic learners might say: It feels like it is going to rain. etc. Although each of the words noted have their own meaning, what we notice first before it rains  – the look, sound or feel – reflects our personality. Another one of the many ways we can express ourselves is through non-verbal communication – our facial expressions and body movement.

Motivation

In order to bring energy and vibrancy into our communication we must first have the motivation to make the effort. It is important to ‘be here now’ and not think of something else when communicating. It is also important to identify the importance of the communication taking place. Find value in everything you say, and in everyone you listen too which will produce a good environment for effective talk.

Creative Words

Choose your words carefully. The Oxford English Dictionary contains 171, 476 words in its current edition so you have many choices. Consider the intensity of adjectives like: ‘beautiful’, and measure them against similar words like ‘stunning’, and ‘pretty’. Just because you might find all three words together in a Thesaurus, it does not mean their power is the same – ‘stunning’ is more powerful than ‘beautiful’ which is more powerful than ‘pretty.  Use language devices like: metaphors, paradox, similes, symbolism, oxymoron, hyperbole, to make your language more interesting. Use appropriate connectors and language posts like: however, although, specifically. Most importantly, use your words with care, for as Mother Teresa said: ‘Kind words are short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless’.

This blog reflects our current unit of study (VPAU524 Participate in a range of Interactions for Further Study), which focuses on good presentation skills.  But, before you go out to buy canvas and paints, STOP! You don’t need those things to master the art of speaking well, what you do need is an investment  in: authenticity, motivation, and creative words.

 

By for now.

Louise Crossley

ESL Trainer and Assessor

 

Sites of Interest

English Daily. Language Expression: http://www.englishdaily626.com/language_expressions.php

Youtube: How to Play Expressive English TEFL/ESL card game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFtlmppYtY8

Creativity and Language: http://www.creativityandlanguages.com/

English Writing Structures

Let me tell you a story…

Once upon a time there lived a number of students who came to beautiful Australia to study English. Lucky for them, they were told about a dynamic institute full of atmosphere, vibrancy and knowledge. Naturally, they enrolled into the college and embarked on a brand new adventure. Studying English was difficult at times but they persevered and were supported by staff and their teacher. Their efforts paid off when they gained the accredited qualification: Certificate 3 in ESL (further studies). After completing the course, and with their new English language skills, the students enjoyed beautiful Australia more.

The story above is not only true – non-fiction – but is also a demonstration of the creative writing structure: ‘Hero’s Journey’ by Joseph Campbell. Here are some of the Hero’s Journey’ steps:

  • Ordinary Life
  • Call to Adventure
  • Crossing the Threshold
  • The Ordeal
  • Tests, Mentors and Helpers
  • The Reward
  • Ordinary Life/Transformation

Students who enroll in my class can expect to learn about ‘The Hero’s Journey’ and a number of other writing structures such as: essay writing; report writing; and formal letter writing. These invaluable English skills will support YOU in further studies and employment endeavors.

This is why I encourage you to join our classroom and… live happily ever after.

Louise Crossley

ESL Trainer and Assessor

Advantages of Java

Java technology is a high-level programming and a platform independent language. Java is designed to work in the distributed environment on the Internet. Java has a GUI features that provides you better “look and feel” over the C++ language, moreover it is easier to use than C++ and works on the concept of object-oriented programming model. Java enable us to play online games, video, audio, chat with people around the world, Banking Application, view 3D image and Shopping Cart. Java find its extensive use in the intranet applications and other e-business solutions that are the grassroots of corporate computing. Java , regarded as the most well described and planned language to develop an applications for the Web.

Java is a well known technology which allows you for software designed and written only once for an “virtual machine” to run on a different computers, supports various Operating System like Windows PCs, Macintoshes, and Unix computers. On the web aspect, Java is popular on web servers, used by many of the largest interactive websites. Java is used to create standalone applications which may run on a single computer or in distributed network. It is also be used to create a small application program based on applet, which is further used for Web page. Applets make easy and possible to interact with the Web page.

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IT Trainer

Formal and Informal Language

Just like fine dining where you must understand which cutlery to use and which wine glass is yours, language too has politeness rules – etiquette!

It is important to know when to use formal, academic language and when informal, colloquial language is necessary.

Firstly, you must understand the differences.

Formal language:

  • Contains academic words like ‘refrain’ instead of ‘don’t’
  • Is sometimes delivered in the passive voice
  • Does not take shortcuts
  • Has strict rules

Informal language:

  • Uses contractions like ‘isn’t’ instead of ‘is not’ or ‘hasn’t’ instead of ‘has not’
  • Uses slang words like ‘arvo’ instead of ‘afternoon’ or ‘Aussie’ instead of ‘Australian’
  • Is casual and has few rules

As you can see the two styles are very different but are both important depending on the setting. If you speak formally to your family or friends they may suspect that you have an issue with them and are communicating unaffectionately to express conflict. If you speak informally to an official or someone with authority over you they may interpret the communication as disrespectful or bold.

These are just a few of the reasons why understanding language styles, and when to use them, is important.

‘Later guys’ or ‘Kind Regards’

Louise Crossley

ESL Trainer

 

For more examples of formal and informal language, visit:

http://www.englishspark.com/en/students/453-informal-language

 

Australian History

  • Do you want to learn about Australia’s history?
  • Do you want to know about Australia’s immigration history?
  • Do you want to be aware of the impact of each wave of immigration?

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Join our Certificate II in ESL classes where students are given an opportunity to learn about Australia’s most significant historical events. Our unit “VPAM549 Australian History” provides information related to the life of Australia during those historical events and also the key events in Australia’s immigration history.

I encourage you to join our innovative Certificate II in ESL classes.

Hiba Qusay Abdul Sattar

Trainer and Assessor in ESL

Oral Language

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW THE SECRET TO SUCCESSFUL ENGLISH SPEAKING? COME CLOSER!

Oral language is more than good sentence structure. It is more than correct pronunciation. Effective English discourse consists of many things that even some native English speakers have not grasped yet.

When you understand and master: word stress; syllables; and intonation, you will have verbal tools that will get the attention of everyone you speak to. By participating in our debates, presentations and classroom discussions, you will practice these key elements that are as valuable to your communication as the words that you choose to use.

Expression is a necessary tool that captures attention. Your tone, facial expressions and hand gestures must agree with what you are saying. If you are saying you are excited, sound excited. If you are saying you are disappointed, sound disappointed. Your voice, words, face and hands are a team that work together to take what is in your heart and head and share it with other people.

Of course words are just as important. Figurative language is one way we can express ourselves creatively. The English language contains exciting devices that can paint a picture in people’s minds.

A Simile, for example, is a language device that compares something to something else. ‘You are as tall as a building.’ is a simile.

A Hyperbole, is an exaggeration, to make a bold point. ‘I’m going to kill you!’ is a hyperbole. When an English speaker is very angry at someone, they may use this term to express the level of anger they are feeling but they have no intention of actually committing murder – an exaggeration.

So there is my secret, steal it, I don’t mind. But, only if you use it to captivate your listeners with a collective English that is not only fluent but a delight to listen to.

Feel free to drop in.

Louise Crossley

ESL Trainer

 

RELEVANT SITES:

For a better idea of Figurative Language,  attempt this test:

http://www.funtrivia.com/playquiz/quiz2436841be67e8.html

 

Watch this Youtube video to understand why expression is very important. In this clip, the speaker has no expression and is therefore speaking in monotone, very boring:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLQ8kEg8vfc

 

To practice expressive speaking, gather 5 people and role-play this script: Three Billy Goats Gruff:

http://www.dragonsaretooseldom.com/script-billgaotsgruff.html

 

 


 

 

Oral Presentations

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Are you afraid of giving a speech, taking an oral exam, or making an oral presentation in front of a group of people?  Have you missed promotion opportunities at work or obtaining better academic scores due to your fear of public speaking?

Oral presentations are a common feature of ESL courses at SCEI. Our unit “Give Oral Presentations for Further Study” offers our students many strategies in developing their public speaking skills.  They learn the steps of how to prepare and give an oral presentation based on a researched topic. For example, this unit gives them the chance to give a presentation on a famous person in history that has inspired them the most based on their research.

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I teach my students the skills of giving oral presentations including how to:

  • start their presentation.
  • introduce their group presentation.
  • structure and organize their presentation.
  • engage and make a connection with the audience.
  • seek feedback from the audience on the effectiveness of their presentation.

Oral presentations make my students develop their communication skills and help them overcome the fear of public speaking.

I encourage you to join our innovative Certificate III in ESL classes.

Hiba Qusay Abdul Sattar

Trainer and Assessor in ESL

 

How to Write a CV?

Curriculum Vitae

 

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is an essential tool in the job searching process and everyone should know how to construct one. Getting your CV noticed is the first step towards a successful employment, and it may lay down the path of the rest of the recruitment stages.  But many people don’t know the difference between a good CV and a great one and this could be the deciding factor in securing an interview for a dream job. Our unit “Develop and document a learning plan and portfolio” offers our students an chance to learn how to prepare a CV including: format, what to include, style, length, etc.

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I encourage you to join our innovative Certificate III in ESL classes and learn the skills of writing your CV. Remember your CV will help introduce you to your desired job.

 

Hiba Qusay Abdul Sattar

Trainer and Assessor in ESL

Develop a Portfolio

Are you out job hunting? or maybe even haven’t gotten that far yet.

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Do you have a portfolio?

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A portfolio is a reflection of you as a professional. It is a record of your professional development and a proof of performance on the job. The process of developing a portfolio can be an important learning tool for our students to help them assess their learning and to compare it to the employer’s need for skilled, capable employees.

Our units “Develop and document a learning plan and portfolio with guidance”- Certificate II in ESL and “Plan language learning with support”-Certificate I in ESL, offer our students an opportunity to learn how to create a portfolio of their work including: how to design a portfolio and what types of evidence they should include in a portfolio.

Join our innovative ESL Certificate I and II classes.

Hiba Qusay Abdul Sattar

Trainer and Assessor in ESL