Tips For A Successful Interaction With English Speakers

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Tips For A Successful Interaction With English Speakers

  1. 1. TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL INTERACTION WITH ENGLISH NATIVE AND NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS LEI Adrian Giron Chavez
  2. 2. THE BEST WAYS TO PRACTICE ENGLISH
  3. 3. THE BEST WAY TO PRACTICE ENGLISH
  4. 4. WHAT IS YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS SPEAKING TO ENGLISH SPEAKERS? A. I talk to them all the time. They love me!!!!!! B. I talk to them when I see them in a bar, after a couple of tequila shots.
  5. 5. WHAT IS YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS SPEAKING TO ENGLISH SPEAKERS? C. I never talk to them; they always think I’m going to assault them. D. I talk to them in Spanish. We’re in Mexico after all, aren’t we?
  6. 6. WHAT IS YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS SPEAKING TO ENGLISH SPEAKERS? E. I talk to them as long as they speak very slowly, repeat many times, and have patience with my English
  7. 7. WHAT IS YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS TALKING TO ENGLISH SPEAKERS? A. I talk to them all the time; They love me!!!! B. I try to talk to them when I see them in a bar, after a couple of tequila shots. C. I never talk to them; they always think I’m going to assault them. D. I talk to them in Spanish, We’re in Mexico after all, aren’t we? E. I talk to them as long as they talk to me slowly, repeat many times, and have patience with my English
  8. 8. THE REASONS FOR YOUR CHOICE Past Experiences Successful Embarrassing Interactions Interactions
  9. 9. TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL INTERACTIONS WITH ENGLISH SPEAKERS  Cultural tips  Myths about foreigners  What you can or can’t talk about  Body language  Turn-taking rules  Speaking tips  Accuracy or fluency?  Negotiation of meaning  Listening tips  Word by word or the main idea?  Interpret paralinguistic features  Body language Thanks
  10. 10. CULTURAL TIPS - MYTHS  Native speakers will pay attention to my mistakes and will correct me  They are in Mexico because they want to practice Spanish, not English.  They speak very fast, and they even speak faster so I don’t understand menu
  11. 11. WHAT YOU CAN AND CAN’T TALK ABOUT Small talk Taboo Religion Sports Salary Weather Politics Hobbies Sales Family Death Hometown Serious diseases Jobs menu
  12. 12. CULTURAL TIPS - BODY LANGUAGE  Smile  Nod your head  Have some eye contact  Keep your head up  Keep a good attitude  Don’t stand too close  Don’t touch  Don’t spit  Don’t stare  Don’t cross your arms menu
  13. 13. TURN-TAKING RULES  Do not interrupt  Use fillers  Ask for your turn to speak  Raise or lower your voice  Take advantage of pauses  Pay attention to the speaker’s body language menu
  14. 14. ACCURACY OR FLUENCY?  Accuracy The ability to produce language correctly (Ur, 1996)  Fluency The ability to convey the message with ease (Ur, 1996) FACT: Native speakers prefer getting a message with broken English but quickly, rather than getting the message correctly but 10 minutes later. menu
  15. 15. NEGOTIATION OF MEANING  Approximation His disease is … (grave) very serious  Word Coinage Can I get red…air balls, please? (balloon)  Circumlocation He works as a… he is responsible for the elevator (elevator operator)
  16. 16. NEGOTIATION OF MEANING  Description I saw… a big bird with a long neck and huge legs that lives in Australia (an ostrich)  Appeal for assistance How do you call this kind of tool?  Use mimic menu
  17. 17. LISTENING TIPS  Don’t try to understand every word that is said by the speaker  Just try to get the gist, that is, the main idea of the whole conversation or utterance  Pay attention to the speaker’s voice: his intonation, pitch, stress and rhythm can give a lot of clues (if he’s angry, if he’s making a question, etc.)  Study the speaker’s body language: his facial gestures and hand movements can provide relevant information menu

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