There are students who get perturbed in college when they are asked to take a seminar, and there are candidates who fail to get college admission or get placed in a company when they face group discussion, the only reason is lack of communication skills, even though they are technically sound.I wish to deal with this subject in four different stages
1. vocabulary building
3. cultivating style
4. active listening.
There are some situations,where we search for some proper words to complete a sentence with correct grammar , or even sometimes at the initial stage some of us try to form sentences in mind in advance, before we communicate or reply to a certain question.If we practice building vocabulary ,then there will be no need to face such a situation ,we can make communicate in English easily and spontaneously as we do with our mother toungueVocabulary can be easily build by regularly reading newspapers, magazines and books. Then there are lots of informative magazines and books through which we can attain both knowledge and vocabulary .If we practice reading regularly, then we won’t search for words.
After building vocabulary we should look to improve the fluency in that language.I have found this method which I named as “inner conversation”, which will help us to perform well in group discussions, seminars and for your normal communication process. What we are required to do is, to post any topic to yourself and try build a conversation around it .This can be practiced whenever we have free time.When u start doing this u may get stuck for want of words or have some grammatical mistakes, but here, no one to comment on you.This method when practiced regularly will give you fluency in the language.
The third important thing is to implement the style in the language,for this we can make use of news channels like NDTV 24*7,Headlines today,CNN,BBC which will help you a lot to get neutral accent.
Active listening also plays an important role in communication.To improve your listening skills and to understand the proper accent u have to watch lots of English movies which are conversational based rather than much action.There are lots of classic and quality movies which are much conversational based.We can also learn style and proper accent from it.
The above techniques can be applied to any language u want to make with better communication and to get fluency.If anyone learning new languages like French,German,Japanese then try for it.
Article Edited by, R.Mugunthan