Who Says U Cant Speak English

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Who Says U Cant Speak English

  1. 1. WHO SAYS U CAN’T SPEAK ENGLISH? By Jalini Alias
  2. 2. ASSUMPTION Malaysian graduates don't know English
  3. 3. ASSUMPTION Malaysian graduates cannot speak English
  4. 4. Food for thought PRIMARY SCHOOL 6 YEARS SECONDARY SCHOOL 5 YEARS 11 YEARS
  5. 5. Food for thought GRADUATES 5 YEARS 16 YEARS
  6. 6. Question… WHY???
  7. 7. Could it be… Malaysian graduates are not used to speaking English
  8. 8. Could it be… We lack confidence in speaking English
  9. 9. What is the solution? <ul><li>Listen </li></ul><ul><li>Speak </li></ul><ul><li>Read </li></ul><ul><li>Write </li></ul>create the ENVIRONMENT ENGLISH
  10. 10. Creating an Environment HOW???
  11. 11. Creating an Environment IS A MATTER OF CONSCIOUS CHOICE
  12. 12. Listening <ul><li>Television </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WATCH English-speaking programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DON’T read the subtitle </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Radio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LISTEN to English-speaking programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CHOOSE native-speaking channels where possible </li></ul></ul><ul><li>People </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Native speakers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People with good English </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Why listen? <ul><li>Vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Pronunciation </li></ul><ul><li>Context </li></ul>
  14. 14. Speaking <ul><li>Speak to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends – informal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Colleagues – formal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tape recorder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yourself (or the mirror) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Speak in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Formal business settings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Informal surroundings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Controlled practice environments </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Why speak? <ul><li>Pronunciation </li></ul><ul><li>New words / phrases </li></ul><ul><li>Expressions / environment </li></ul><ul><li>Fluency </li></ul>FOR PRACTICE
  16. 16. Reading <ul><li>What to read? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Magazines / Journals / Newspapers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet / Online materials </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vocabulary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Correct grammar / expressions </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Success Criteria Listen Speak Read Practice Perseverance Thank You!

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