If we consider my recent blogs, I have been focusing on the different aspects of language; that is, when we look at a language and break it down into bite-size pieces to be able to deal with one aspect at a time, we look at vocabulary (lexis), pronunciation and grammar (known as the systems). All these go together and are manifested in four skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking.
In order to communicate effectively in any language all these aspects (systems and skills) need to work together and the learner needs to be proficient in each part. Once all this knowledge comes together, what we have is an intelligible discourse. The latter may manifest itself in the form of a presentation, a shopping list or a phone call. But all that we produce (through language) is discourse. And it is this which we, as trainers, break down in order to help our learners improve or practice various aspects of their discourse.
It is very interesting to see learners who say: “I need to speak”, when in fact what they really need to do is increase their vocabulary and brush up on their grammar. However, what they are showing through that statement is that the discourse they produce most is in the oral form.
Elite Learning’s philosophy is based on tailor-making sessions to fit in with both the needs, wants and lifestyle of the learner. Whatever within your discourse needs improving or that you wish to practise, get in touch and we’ll tailor-make a course to fit you and your way of living and learning.