Boosting Reading and Speaking Skills

Explaining Training Method

It is important to make trainees aware of the training style you are using. Explaining it to them makes them trust you the more since it makes them aware that you know what you are doing. By understanding why a particular style of training is used and why it works and is effective trainees give it their full attention, effort and focus thus benefiting from the training the most. In addition to establishing trust in the trainer and boosting the amount of benefit trainees get from the training, understanding the training style being used makes trainees better able to practice on their own and keep improving their skills even long after the training program has ended.

Second Language Learning

When delivering training to improve the second language of trainees it is of great importance to tell them about the training style you will be using during the training. Not only will they appreciate this and perform better and follow your instructions more closely but it will help them further develop their language skills on their own.

Contrasting Learning Methods

Two of the main skills required to master a language are reading and speaking skills. The method by which the learner practices each of those two skills contrast sharply with one another.

Reading Skills

In order to improve reading skills one should practice by reading correctly and accurately. The learner should attempt to read everything without making any mistakes in reading even if this means reading at an extremely slow rate. the focus here is on correctness and not on speed. Focusing instead on speed of reading will never get the learner anywhere. Attempting to strike a balance between reading speed and correctness while practicing is also wrong and would lead to poor results on the long run. Only by focusing totally on accuracy and correctness and completely ignoring speed would a learner be able to improve his reading skills in a second (or first) language. By repeating what one is reading for so many times speed will eventually come on its own without forcing it.

Speaking Skills

As for speaking skills, the exact opposite is required to successfully practice them. A learner should focus on attempting to communicate meaning while practicing to speak using a second language. Here speed while practicing is required and even essential. If the learner slows down in an attempt to get every grammatical rule correct and search for the perfect vocabulary to use this could break the flow of communication. If he focuses just on communicating meaning, the inaccuracy in grammar and/or vocabulary will tend to vanish in the future as he keeps on practicing his speaking skills.

Conclusion

The methods for improving reading and speaking skills contrast sharply with one another. By making trainees aware of such methods they tend to trust the trainer more, follow his directions more closely and willingly during the training and be able to practice and improve their skills on their own even long after the training program is over.

What about writing and listening skills? What could be good methods for practicing any of those?

Story of my Learning Systems Analysis

Child doing Computer Programming

I started to do computer programming since the time I was a child at primary school. By the time I attended university I had been programming for years and wanted to advance to the next level. I had heard about systems analysis and reckoned that it would be the next step to take. At that time I had a totally wrong idea about what systems analysis really was. Maybe I thought it was the way by which one can know how to write complex programming code.

Systems Analysis Book

Anyway, my eagerness to learn systems analysis, despite my wrong idea about what it really was, made me buy a big fat book of around 800 pages about systems analysis. The book was titled Systems Analysis and Design. I set on a long journey of reading in that meaty book bit by bit. To my astonishment, I was introduced to a whole new world that I had earlier not known anything about. I was surprised to know that systems analysis was all about information systems and how to build them in a structured way. I enjoyed reading the book and learned a great deal from it.

Teaching Systems Analysis

Years later I was teaching Systems Analysis and Design at IBM Authorized Training Centers in Cairo yet it was object oriented analysis and design by then. Sure my earlier background with systems analysis and design helped me a lot with that.

Lessons Learnt

There are many lessons to be learnt from this story. One lesson is that one might set about going towards one direction based upon a certain perspective only to find that what he is going after is totally different from what he had thought it was yet still find it useful and interesting. New doors that the person had not been aware existed in the first place start to open up taking him to a whole new world he had known nothing about.

Another lesson is that reading and using books can be a very powerful means of learning. Still a further lesson learnt from this story is that skills you learn or knowledge you gain can turn out to be useful years later as you make use of them.

Follow your Passion

It is thus advisable to follow your passion and go to wherever it leads you for new unexpected worlds can open up for you and the skills you will gain, no matter what they are, may turn out to be handy one day.

What other lessons can you come up with from this story?

Learning by Teaching

One of the good ways to master a skill is to start teaching it to others.

One method for studying a book very well is to plan ahead before reading it to teach it after you complete reading. This will make you super attentive while reading. The process of teaching in itself will also make the knowledge you have gained from the book become strong in your mind.

Teaching is the last and final phase of learning without which the learning process is not complete. Teaching closes the loop. Therefore it is a good idea to start teaching others whatever useful skill or knowledge you have for this would boost your mastery level of such skill or knowledge.

Have you ever found yourself mastering something after you have explained it to others? What was it?