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Monday, May 16, 2005

T.I.P.S – To Improve, Practice Skills

Tired of studying English through basic grammar practice? There are many other creative ways to practice and improve your language skills than just by using a textbook.

Being able to communicate through conversation is equally as important as having good grammar skills. There are two main skills to focus on when speaking English – Fluency and Accuracy. Fluency means that you are able to communicate at a normal speed, without a lot of hesitation in your speaking. Accuracy means to say things correctly, using the right grammar structure. Both of these are equally important when you are communicating, but are difficult to practice at the same time.

Therefore, next time you are having a conversation, trying focusing only on one skill – for example Fluency. Speak quickly and try to get your message across without worrying too much about your grammar. The following conversation you can focus on your Accuracy. Slow down, pay attention to your grammar structure and be sure to correct yourself when you have made a mistake. By alternating your focus on these two parts of communication, you will be able to improve your overall speaking skills.

If you would like more information on T.I.P.S for English, please email Doctor English with your questions at drenglish@vec.ca.

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