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Approaches to process writing ~ British Council and BBC

Approaches to process writing ~ British Council and BBC | language skills | Scoop.it

"It is a myth that all it takes to write is to sit down in front of a blank page, to begin at the beginning and write through to the end, with no planning, break, editing, or changes in between. And yet, this is sometimes what we ask our students to do. Good writers plan and revise, rearrange and delete text, re-reading and producing multiple drafts before they produce their finished document. This is what a process writing approach is about."


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 18, 2013 1:35 PM

Good overview and refresher.

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Improve your English through film clips

Improve your English through film clips | language skills | Scoop.it

When learning English it's important that you hear as many different accents and types of voices from different ages of speaker so that you are able to understand English wherever you go. This activity gives you lots of opportunity to practice your listening skills and broaden your understanding of English speakers.


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How to Speak English Well ... It's *NOT* what you think =)

Speak English well. So many people seem to have trouble speaking English, don't they? This lesson will make it easier. FULL POST: http://www.doingenglish.com...
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3 Ways Listening Can Make You a Better Leader

3 Ways Listening Can Make You a Better Leader | language skills | Scoop.it

About 25 percent of corporate leaders aren't making the most of their listening abilities, and according to author and business advisor Ram Charan, this lack of listening could be crashing careers, ruining relationships and derailing companies.

 

We all know communication is key to building relationships, solving problems, reducing conflict and, basically, interacting well with others.

 

With smartphones, tablets and 24/7 access to information, it is harder than ever to pay attention to something without a screen, let alone be an effective listener. But while everyone may be glued to their device of choice, listening is even more crucial to effective communication, and real knowledge. Learning not only happens by reading, researching or through today's favorite shiny object -- Big Data.

 

True learning comes from sharing ideas through conversation, which involves being fully engaged in listening, in business and in life. Only then, can ideas evolve, leaders lead and teams flourish.


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21 Ways to Win at Public Speaking - Forbes

21 Ways to Win at Public Speaking - Forbes | language skills | Scoop.it
Whether you are asked to make a toast at a wedding, say a few words at a birthday dinner, nail a sales presentation, or speak to the student body, might as well shoot for the stars. Here are the ways to public speaking mastery.

Public speaking is an essential skill — not just for CEOs and Oscar winners — but for each and every one of us. Whether you are asked to give a toast at a wedding, say a few words at a birthday dinner, nail a sales presentation, or speak to the student body, might as well shoot for the stars.

Here are 21 steps to mastery:

1. Dress to Stand Out
When spotted in the crowd, don’t blend in. Be a touch dressier than the audience and wear a bright color or at least a bold accessory.

2. Be Aware of Your Body
Stand tall with your shoulders back, unclench your fists and take a deep breath. Great posture exudes confidence.

3. Limit the Thank-Yous
Only those being thanked tend to listen so if you begin with the thank-yous, you risk losing your audience before you capture them.

4. Write It Down
Spend time writing and editing your speech, and have it completed at least a few days in advance.

5. Rehearse and Repeat
Even if you use notes, repeat your speech so many times that they become a safety rather than a necessity.

6. Tell a Story
Look at the Presidential candidates. They are most engaging when they incorporate anecdotes about themselves or others. Do the same.

7. Make It Personal
To connect with your audience, throw a splash of yourself in there – if it’s relatable, it’s right.


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Learn English With Songs - Someone Like You, by Adele

Listening Quizzes For Learning English - A gap listening fill quiz for English language students, on the song Someone Like You, by the award winning British singer Adele, to learn and practise using simple, high frequency English words.

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Something that speaks to students... and motivate them while learning!

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5 Public Speaking Tips That'll Prepare You for Any Interview

5 Public Speaking Tips That'll Prepare You for Any Interview | language skills | Scoop.it
Here are five interview tips from the world of public speaking that’ll help you look just as awesome in person as you do on paper.

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