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Dear Seniors and friends,
I have been asked to handle English communication session for a group of our employees. The issue is those employees have previously attended 1 or 2 trainings on this already. But, as there is not much improvement in them their manager wants them to undergo a training again.
Now, I want to give them some exercises and activities which would be interesting and not be a repetition of what they have done previously. Kindly suggest some exercises and activities that can be given to them.
Thanks with Regards
R.Kavitha

From India, Madras
Previously, we have had sessions on grammar, sentence structures and some listening comprehensions, speaking exercises....I am looking for something other than this.
From India, Madras
What can you think of as a valuable set of exercises and activities that will teach your people good English communication skills?
From India, Ghaziabad
Dear Kavitha,

you know better that its not very easy to teach or train someone in English overnight. One or two training sessions may not serve the purpose. Take it as a series of activities. A couple of things that you can do is:

1. Send weekly mailers, consisting of new terms or phrases with meanings and examples, to the group of employees. keep it very simple. Insist them on using those words, phrases etc on a day to day basis.

Eg:

`IFs AND BUTsí

Very often when we tell children to do something, their standard reply is, ďBut canít I do it later? I want to watch this match on TV!Ē ó or something like that.

They always try to put things off, and they provide all kinds of excuses as to why things should be postponed. They will keep arguing with you till they are blue in the face.

When you tell someone that you donít want any `ifs and butsí, what you mean is that you want them to stop arguing and do what they have been told to. Itís your way of telling them to get on with their job. You donít want to hear any more excuses.

Example: I donít want to hear any ifs and buts. You are not wearing all the PPEs properly.

(Take hints from Know your English column - The Hindu)

2. Have a meeting with those employees on a weekly basis for an hour. Ask them to make a presentation in front of the group on any topic of their choice in English. Do not insist on PPTs. Any topic for 5 to 10 mins. So that they will develop public speaking skills in addition to communication skills (and better fluency of english).

Please try these activities and let us think of other ideas subsequently.

From India, Tiruppur
Dear kavitha, Will u please give me your contact number . i wanna also learn from u or call me 9052275456
From India, Puttur
Dear Ms.Kavitha,
I would humbly request you to provide some more information regarding the English lang training for the employees.
1.Why do they require this training is it the managers requirement or employees requirement
2.What is ther educational background.(vernacular or english medium)
As one of my friend has pointed out improving english fluency is not a overnight job.It requires continuous intervention.
Regards
Swarnesh

From India, Madras
Dear Kavitha,
The best way to train your staff is to communicate with them. If you have someone who speaks decent english, I mean one among you who has command of English language then he/she would be perfect to train them. I suggest:
1. Daily emails to employees about "basic english grammar"
2. Interaction/communication during breaks.
3. Correct them if they are wrong is structuring their sentences or pronunciation (but politely and respectfully).
4. Writing assignments (without taking any assistance from the net)
There are many more ways. But, remember unless you involve them in communication activity they will not improve.
Regards,
AMJAD LALA

From Saudi Arabia
@ Sathyaish : Thanks!
@ Kavitha: I also suggest you to start a in-house public speaking session on any topic. Randomly select staff and ask them to address others. Very soon you will see a positive change in employees. The fear of speaking will disappear soon and they will gradually master the art of introducing themselves to others. Also, their basic grammar will improve in no time. Altogether it will be fun! Try this pls.
AMJAD LALA

From Saudi Arabia
Dear Kavitha,

As other friends, I would like to add up...

Everyday I m taking 10 minutes sessions on communication skills in English. basically I'm building up their confidence that they are good in English and no hesitation. In the short session i involve them in group activities, group games which builds their confidence and vocabulary. In the session if they make any vocabulary or grammatical mistakes, I correct them.

I started on the topics like name yourself with adjectives such as Brilliant Bama, Amazing Anitha, Kind kannan, etc and they should relate with their streght and elaborate the team, "tell about your first good impression about your next sitting collegue" and "narrate your strengths". Fantasy talk for a minute in the given topics like car, bike, back bag, etc... In between I include topics like "telephone etiqutte", Email etiqutte, etc... and role plays to keep interesting.

This will fetch lot of creativity and vocabulary building, confidence level... and conducting or doing these activities the employees feel relaxed and they learn some thing, they get to know each other in a team.. they are interested to attend these daily rejunaveting & relaxing learning sessions.

Regards

Ramkumari -9176653435

Hope this helps you!

From India, Madras
Hello,

personal interest in development and homework is very much important. Give them the assignments like writing 100 English words a day and 50 sentences using them... and importantly ask them to write down in English whatever they did on the day everything they do in a day... that help them speak in English to themselves and help to work out in the mind which gradually help them speak publicly... if they are really interested in learning they will in just few months and can be in weeks too....

Once they improve from within then what ever you train is their cup of tea to taste it and identify correctly... otherwise it is just like watching a movie of an unknown language where u remember and know everything of the movie but you do not know how you know it... and when ever u hear the story lines from the movie you could only say you might have watched it, seems to be familiar... but fail to identify it exactly..... assumption still prevails in the mind that the story you heard is similar to the movie you watched but you do not know infact it' the same.....

and ask them to subscribe for certain sites which help them learn English and also by taking the simple tests...

Easy English ~ free online English tests is one of the good and simple such sites. there plenty in number if you wish to learn....

From India, Bangalore

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