English is one of the most difficult languages to learn, yet is one of the worlds most popular. With many complex sounds that are unique to our language it can be a real challenge for those learning English as a second language. Speaking English is not only about understanding the pronunciation and meaning of words, but in our everyday lives both vocal and physical expression play a huge role in communication. In the competitive world we live in, qualifications are only a part of what is considered in professional situations. Businesses are increasingly looking for good communication and people skills in their employees. We are not only expected to know our stuff, but to be able to communicate it in a clear and engaging way.
Becoming fluent in ‘Conversational English’ is of great importance in study and business, and to become a confident and approachable communicator is a huge advantage. Being misunderstood can be frustrating and disheartening. In our English as a Second Language communication skills classes we work with students to find confidence and ease in the language, in order to show your unique personality as a presenter and in day-to-day life. It is never too early or too late to start, for school students it is a great opportunity to improve your oral presentations and speeches, we also offer classes to mature students looking to improve their general communication skills in life and the workplace.
Drama provides a context for the practice of language and also engages participants on the nuances of tone and non-verbal communication. It is non- verbal communication that makes up 90% of our communication and there non-verbal elements can vary between cultures. Non-verbal communication can be difficult to convey, but through drama and experiential learning participants become familiar with the way body language and tone influence meaning and this assists them in their communication style.