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English Speaking/Speech Enhancement Tutorial

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eurekacentre.comEnglish speakingProficient and skilled use of the English language can enhance career prospects which allow people to achieve success in different fields and can open up many opportunities. Through the study of English, a range of advantages are available. Quality courses offer candidates the opportunity to improve job prospects, the capacity to communicate with others, and access to information right across the world.

            

Arguably the greatest advantage of studying English is the vast increase in employment opportunities and career prospects. People who can speak English fluently (possibly together with the first language) are highly sought after by companies of many types, including international companies. With the world becoming so much closer and more connected, opportunities to travel and explore different parts of the world are more available, and being knowledgeable of the English language enables a traveller to communicate better. In so many parts of the world, English is the common language. When you have a command of the English language, travelling and interacting with people of different nationalities can become easier and more enjoyable.

            In a recent study entitled “The Contribution of Multilingualism to Creativity”, it is proven that learning an additional language elicits a lot of benefits for the brain. English as a Second Language (ESL) students, as well as anyone engaging in obtaining multilingual abilities, were found to have obtained mental benefits characterized as the following:

            1. The ability to communicate in a new language

                It is proven that people who are committed to and engaged in learning new languages gain the confidence of creating connections with a wider range of the world’s                         population.

            2. The brain undergoes a change in electrical activity

 Before the study, it was believed that this change in brain functioning only occurred when the students had obtained a high level of language ability in the new language,  but the study revealed this change  may occur at the earliest stages of language learning.

            3. Superior memory function

                Language learning showed an increase in memory capacities. This ability is especially strong in short-term memory. It is considered as a huge benefit for it allows the                     braintostore information for longer durations while thinking processes are activated.

            4. Increased mental flexibility

                It allows a person to use the different avenues for thought for it keeps the mental pathways opened up. Constant exercising of the brain keeps it flexible and agile.

            5. Increased problem-solving abilities

                A person also benefits from language learning by gaining increased problem-solving abilities in all of the following areas: abstract thinking skills, concept information,                       creative hypothesis formulation, strengthened capacity to identify, understand and solve problems; the ability to focus on a task by filtering out distractions and                                 extraneous information and an increase in multi-tasking ability.

            6. Greater comprehension for how language works and is used

                The acquisition of knowledge posts benefits by creating a greater comprehension for how language works and is used. The study found individuals with multilingual                         communication were able to better read and interpret social situations which improved their performance in social settings.

            7. Prevents the deterioration of brain functioning over time

 It was reported and proven in different studies that those individuals who were multilingual (those who are proficient in at least two languages) had the lesser possibility  of developing age-related cognitive problems such as dementia.

            8. Increased ability in digital literacy

 All these benefits are culminated by the increased ability of individuals in digital literacy. Because of these mental abilities, individuals which are multilingual have a  noticeable ability to stay up to date with modern technologies. Our intelligence tends to produce technological and social change at a rate faster than our institutions and  emotions can cope with. We therefore find ourselves continually trying to accommodate new realities within inappropriate existing institutions, and trying to think about  those new realities in traditional, but sometimes dangerously irrelevant terms.                       

            For years, the popular methodology for learning a second language was to focus on grammar and sentences first and then on vocabulary. Recently, however, there has been a shift toward recognition that learning vocabulary first leads to more success. Having a base of vocabulary to draw from makes learning grammar and sentence structure easier.The program that Eureka employs is based on the concept of building a solid vocabulary foundation before tackling other aspects of the language. With the aim of making the students more engaged and involved in the process, the tutors present new words that are frequently and repeatedly in input. The more frequently the language learners are exposed to vocabulary, the more they are able to have retention of the words.

            For the vocabulary program to be effective, it should avoid other kinds of elaboration that might produce negative effects on the learning of new words. Some learners may find it distracting or confusing if they are asked to perform other tasks at the same time that they are trying to commit new words to memory. Studies have shown, for example, that learners who were asked to either list their emotional associations for foreign language terms or count the letters in each foreign term they were learning actually had poorer recall for those vocabulary words than learners who concentrated just on the words themselves.

            After broadening the word bank, the students are then exposed to the application of the words that they learned by reinforcing other skills in English such as speaking, listening, reading and writing. This allows the students to be exposed on the holistic application of the English language.

            Eureka is aware that learning the language is just a half way to fluency. For people who speak English as a second language, several pitfalls may stand in the way of communicating fluently with native speakers. Even with a firm grasp of English grammar and a full arsenal of vocabulary, correct native-level pronunciation remains an obstacle for many language learners. That is why an accent reduction program (simply known as “accent training”) is also included in the Speech Enhancement program.

            Accent reduction is the process of modifying a non-native speaker’s pronunciation to render a language more easily and effectively understood by native speakers. Offered in group classes and private tutoring sessions by trained and experienced instructors, accent reduction courses are intended to aid non-native speakers achieve fluency in American English pronunciation.

         

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