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Friday, May 27, 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.

One of the most common complaints that students have is regarding the difficulty of communicating by telephone. Understandably, telephone communication is much more challenging than regular conversation, because you are missing the face-to-face element. Therefore, many people feel nervous when using the telephone in English and this makes it even more difficult.

The best way to improve your confidence and your overall telephoning skills is simple – you must use the phone as often as possible. It is only by practicing that you will gain confidence and feel better about your telephone communication skills. Try to set a goal for yourself that you will make or receive at least one phone call in English per day. If you can do more, that is even better! The more you practice, the sooner you will feel your communication by telephone improve.

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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