Do you sometimes feel like you cannot find the correct word in meetings?

Do you have a good vocabulary, but only use easy words and simple sentences in speaking?

Do you feel embarrassed when you pause in conversations? 

 

Welcome to Advanced Fluency in Business Communication

Most of you will have had English lessons before, either at college or through language schools.

I used to teach in a language school myself, but after a while I began to notice that a lot of the students always came to me with the same problems with fluency.  

Here are the come of the questions my students always asked, and how the Advanced Fluency in Business Communication Course can help..

Why can I only use easy words in speaking when I know so much professional vocabulary?

In pressure situations, it can be very difficult to use difficult words, it is much easier to find an easy word.  

Most courses and language schools teach professional vocabulary in the following stages:

- make sentences with the word

- try an exercise with the word, or even a controlled role play

This is a great way to learn and use new vocabulary, but it completely misses these final stages to really get it into your spontaneous speaking:  

- Exercise to use the word in an uncontrolled discussion (not a role-play)

- Monitoring spontaneous use of the word

In the advanced Fluency in Business Communication course, these final stages are 100% of the focus, read on to find out how I go through these final stages.

Why do I keep making the same grammar mistakes in my speaking?

Using correct grammar like correct prepositions and -ed forms can be very difficult in spontaneous English, because there is no time to think about grammar when you are speaking fast!

However, there is a way to train this, and language schools normally don't use this method.  Language schools usually follow this process when a student makes a mistake:

- Correcting the error

- giving the student a textbook exercise 

Unfortunately, this doesn't really help too much with parts of grammar such as prepositions or past tenses. Often students know the grammar very well, but they just cannot use it in spontaneous speaking. 

Getting these errors out of your spontaneous English is a whole separate stage in the language learning process, and one which is not possible to correct through group lessons or textbook learning. This is exactly where the Advanced Fluency for Business Communication course comes in! The course uses special techniques to help the student to get these errors out of their spontaneous English, and below you will find out all about how they work.

I know HOW to use difficult grammar, but I always use easy sentences in speaking

Many students I speak to know how to use complex sentences, conditional sentences and complex verb tenses, but they say that they never use them in speaking. 

The problem here is that textbook learning is not enough to help you use this grammar in speaking.

I use a technique specifically aimed to get complex grammar into spontaneous speaking, not just controlled role-plays:

Each grammar point not only has a set of rules, but it should also have a personalised set of cues for when you can use this in spontaneous conversation.  These cues are what the Advanced Fluency in Business Communication course is all about. The skills you need to get more complex grammar into your active vocabulary.

I still don't feel confident speaking English with native speakers

Many students come to me with problems in their confidence when speakiing with native speakers.  Unfortunately this can have a negative effect on students' English level.

Simply correcting mistakes doesn't always help students. In the Advanced Fluency in Business Communication Course, I use a system of correcting which not only shows students what they are doing wrong, but just as importantly, it also shows students exactly what they are doing right! 

I use a specific 'tick system' to build students confidence and to help them try and improve their level each lesson.  I will explain this further below.

Techniques to take your Fluency to the Next Level

  • Finding words which you know but can't use spontaneously, and getting them into your spontaneous English
  • Finding the grammar errors you always make, and finally getting rid of those in your spontaneous English
  • Techniques to get more sophisticated grammar such as conditional sentences into your spontaneous speech
  • Training to cut out pauses in spontaneous speech
  • 3 golden structures to get you out of any difficult situation in spontaneous English
  • Phrases you can use to delay giving answers 
  • Gamified learning with different fluency challenges under time constraints
  • Rapid topic switching to prepare a student to think quickly and answer immediately in a pressure situation
  • Introducing the 'Grammar Carousel': Switching grammar topics very quickly to review previous errors
  • Boosting confidence through monitoring progress and letting you know exactly what you are doing right!
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    Finding the words you know but can't use spontaneously, and getting them into your spontaneous English

Advanced Fluency in Business Communication lessons are 80% discussion based.  During a deep discussion, we will find areas where you have to pause because you cannot think of a word, or areas where you use a simple word, when there is a much more sophisticated or appropriate alternative.  This vocabulary which you cannot remember in active speaking, or which you can only remember after a long pause, is known as your passive vocabulary.  This is the area that the course focuses on, and I specialise in getting this into your active vocabulary so that you can sound professional and sophisticated without pauses and without thinking about it!

So how do I do this?  The first stages are to treat this vocabulary the same as any other vocabulary:

- Record all your passive vocabulary in a Google Doc

- Review random vocabulary at the beginning of each lesson - 5 minutes of making sentences

This quickly reviews how to use these words

Now, here is the special part of the Advanced Fluency in Business Communication course:

- I make a list of 5 or 6 words from your passive vocabulary on my whiteboard.

- We discuss a topic, and I move the conversation without you knowing towards using one of these words

- When you use a word on the board, I tick off the word, and we try and use all the words on the board

- Eventually, you will start to use these words automatically even if they are not on the board

- Each lesson, we try to beat the score from the last lesson of the number of passive vocabulary words used

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    Finding the mini grammar mistakes you make every time, and finally getting rid of those, not by making sentences but in your spontaneous English

Do you have small grammar mistakes that you seem to make every time?  Do you know the rules extremely well, but you keep getting them wrong in normal speaking?  Well, you will be pleased to know that you are not alone, but how can we finally solve it?  

Unfortunately, most teachers will give you an exercise on the grammar point that you are getting wrong, and then consider the issue solved when you get the exercise correct. 

Through my use of a white board and various teaching tools, I have a list of about 5 or six mini mistakes within view of the student at all times.  This helps to focus your attention to these mistakes, whilst still speaking spontaneously.  Each time the student uses a phrase, we record whether they get the phrase right, and we aim to improve on the number of mistakes we make each lesson.

The most common mini-grammar mistakes include prepositions, and small words such as 'he', 'which', 'the'. These mistakes nearly always come from your native language.  If you are a Spanish, French, Russian, Portuguese or Chinese native speaker, I will be able to recognise these immediately!

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    Techniques to get more sophisticated grammar such as conditional sentences into your spontaneous speech

One of the main issues that students come to me with is that they know difficult grammar structures, such as conditional sentences or the present perfect continuous tense, but they never use them in normal speaking.

With the advanced Fluency in Business Communication course, I give students advanced and detailed training on the scenarios and the clues they can find in normal speaking so that they can use difficult structures automatically.  For this I use the following process:

1. Training on different cues for using complex grammar based on the types of discussions you have 

2. Controlled use of complex grammar with verbal exercises making sentences based on the cues on the board

3. I make a list of 3 or 4 cues on the board

4. In general discussion, I move the conversation without the student knowing  towards one of these cues, and I see if the student is able to use the grammar structure spontaneously.

5. Everytime the student recognises a cue and uses a complex grammar point spontaneously, they receive a point

6. We try and beat the number of points each time, with double points for cues that are not on the board in that particular lesson

I agree that this sounds very complicated.  If you would like a personal demonstration of how this works, feel free to book a $2 demo lesson!

 

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    Training to cut out pauses in spontaneous speech

Ok, so this isn't a super special technique here, but one of the most important elements to fluency is to train the brain to think quickly when you cannot think of the word you need.  This is so common among English learners, and often happens to native speakers as well!  If a student cannot think of a word that they need, there are 2 ways which I reduce pauses in your speaking:

1. Training in spontaneous synonym finding

I train them to think of a more simple word as quickly as possible to keep the discussion flowing. This involves quick exercises and games I give a certain complex word, and you have to find as many synonyms that you can think of for that word within 30 seconds.  This improves general agility and quick-thinking in spontaneous English.

2. Moving words from passive vocabulary into active vocabulary

- (see section 1 above for this process, or why not try a $2 demo lesson!)

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    3 golden structures to get you out of any difficult situation in spontaneous English

Through my many years of experience as a teacher, I have found that intermediate-advanced students always stop in nearly exactly the same position in a sentence!  Structuring a sentence is one of the biggest barriers that English learners have for their fluency, and I have 3 simple and easy to remember constructions which can get your sentence moving again! 

For some reason I never see these constructions in textbooks, and it is a mystery why they don't get more attention, but The Advanced Fluency in Business Communication course will train you in what these 2 constructions are, and how you can implement them in your spontaneous English!

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    Phrases you can use to delay giving answers

If someone asks you a question you do not expect, there are so many phrases that you can use, not only to delay giving your answer, but also to sound professional while you are doing it!  As an example, I love the phrase: 'as far as I am concerned', which simply means the same as 'I think'.  The difference is that you can use it at the beginning of an answer to any question; it sounds very sophisticated, and it is so long that it gives you time to think of what to say in your answer without losing your fluency!  In the Advanced Fluency in Business Communication course, I give my favourite and most useful long spohisticated phrases so you never have to worry about an unexpected question again!

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    Gamified learning with different fluency challenges under time constraints

In the Advanced Fluency for Business Communication course, I believe that fluency games with students is an excellent way to build motivation, and to make lessons fun!  Playing various fluency games and setting fluency challenges is also a great way for me to measure your progress.  Here are some examples of gamified learning:

- Pause reduction game 

Everytime you pause when you are looking for a word you lose a point, everytime you immediately find a simpler word you gain a point. 

This game encourages students to find the reflex in their brain which immediately looks for a simpler word when they are struggling with vocabulary.

- Topic switching game

How agile is your brain in English? Can you immediately switch from speaking about the global financial markets to golf? Then to English literature?  How long can you speak about a topic you know nothing about? This trains your brain to become more agile in English and to implement methods to deal with the unexpected!

-  Spontaneous vocabulary game

From previous lessons, you may have found that there are some words you know but cannot use well spontaneously.  In the next lesson, how many of those words can you get into your spontaneous English?  How many new words can you use?  

 

  • 8

    Rapid topic switching to prepare a student to think quickly and answer immediately in a pressure situation

How confident are you in your ability to speak about any topic for one minute in English?  What can you tell me about the history of Europe? How about digital marketing? What do you know about Argentina? Tennis?

The point of this is not to improve your vocabulary about tennis, but to train your brain to think quickly and to improvise in English. Being able to think quickly to say something about a topic you do not know much about directly trains you for situations when you are struggling with fluency in your normal conversation.  If you cannot think of what to say about a certain topic, then you have to think of something very quickly to fill the minute with speaking.  It also allows you to feel comfortable with being uncomfortable in spontaneous English.  

With such a simple exercise, it is amazing to watch your confidence improve, and to see how this makes you so much more fluent when discussing topics you know a lot about.

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    Introducing the 'Grammar Carousel': Switching grammar topics very quickly to do mini reviews on previous errors

As an intermediate-advanced learner of English, you have probably learnt the present perfect hundreds of times, but you probably still get it wrong in normal speaking. 

If this is you, don't worry, it is not your fault!  The problem often lies in the way that traditional courses teach grammar.

In traditional English lessons, when a student makes a grammar mistake, a teacher will base the whole of the next lesson on that specific grammar point, because they think you do not know it.  Then the grammar point will often be forgotten until about 6 months later, when there is another full lesson based on the grammar.

Of course, the problem is that you already know how and when to use it, but you just cannot use it correctly in spontaneous speaking.

So how do we make sure that you get grammar points that you know into your spontaneous speaking, and how do we make sure that the grammar point stays in your spontaneous speaking and that you don't forget it?

Welcome to the grammar carousel! With grammar issues that you already know, here is my method compared to language-school teaching methods: 

 

Classic Lessons:  

- Correct the grammar mistake

- Go through the rules for the grammar point in the next lesson to show you how to use it.

- Give the student a gap-fill exercise to show you when to use it (this is only effective for writing)

- Practice the grammar point with sentences

- Revise the grammar point again 6-months later

 

My Advanced Fluency Course:

- Correct the grammar mistake

- Train students on specific cues that students can recognise immediately when they need to use a certain grammar point in spontaneous speech

- Build up a list of other similar grammar points that the student knows but gets wrong spontaneously

- Practice the grammar point with 1 or 2 spoken sentences, then immediately train a separate grammar point with 1 or 2 sentences, and then immediately train another seperate grammar point with 1 or 2 sentences. This 5-minute spoken exercise is known as 'the grammar carousel' and it improves your ability to use correct grammar without thinking about it. 

(In a standard grammar textbook exercise, the exercise will only focus on one grammar point.  Unfortunately, in a normal spoken sentence, there may be several grammar points that you need to think about at one time, and this is where the quick-fire 'grammar carousel' can help you with spontaneous speech)

- Repeat this with 5 or 6 grammar points at the beginning of every lesson. This ensures that the student doesn't forget important grammar.

- Note down 3 or 4 grammar points on the board, and move conversation in a discussion towards using one of these grammar points without the student knowing

- See if the student uses the grammar point in the discussion without help from me

- Attempt to tick off all the grammar points on the board, proving that the student can use them spontaneously in normal conversation

If you would like to see this technique in action, I can certainly demonstrate it for you in a demo lesson for only $2!

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    Confidence boosting through monitoring progress and letting you know exactly what you are doing right!

One of the most common fluency issues that students have is that they feel they do not have the confidence to speak with native speakers.  

Confidence is so important in fluency, and as a teacher it is one of my most important roles to explain to students exactly what they are doing right as well as what they are doing wrong.  I make an extra effort to explain to students when they are speaking in exactly the same way as a native speaker would speak. 

I also make an effort to demonstrate to you that your fluency is progressing.  In order to make this fun and clearer for a student to see their progress, every time you use a certain grammar point correctly which you were not using correctly before, I give 1 point on my whiteboard. Everytime a student uses a word spontaneously which was previously only in your passive vocabulary, I give 1 point on my whiteboard.  At the end of each lesson, we add up all the points to measure progress.  I find this works so well with students, and hopefully one day it can also make you feel so much more confident in your next meeting!

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Here is a guide to how I implement techniques and the materials I use

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    Review of old vocabulary and 'the grammar carousel'

    Conditionals a really important grammar topic, and they are also the topic which is hardest to get right. With the premium course you will learn my special method for remembering the forms of conditionals, and you will never forget them with my 2-minute conditionals drills EVERY LESSON!

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    Fluency for specific business situations

    Of course the most important aspect of fluency training is speaking itself, and this is where the real speaking begins! If students have specific problems with fluency in situations such as meetings, conference calls, presentations, small talk, I can provide specific training in these areas. From my wide range of resources, I help students to use certain fixed phrases in these situations to sound not only fluent but also professional, and we implement all of the techniques above in role-play situations from my extensive bank of business role-plays!

  • 2

    Fluency for general business communication

    Of course the most important aspect of fluency training is speaking itself, and this is where the real speaking begins! As a basis for conversation, I provide a selection of articles for you to choose from, all based on your specific interests or the topics you need to discuss regularly in English. From my wide selection of online resources and news sites, I provide industry specific articles for students, ranging from anything such as data analysis, digital marketing, HR management or just general business. We proceed to discuss the article , and during the discussion I implement all of the techniques described above!

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    Rapid topic switching

    This is the most challenging part of the lesson, and it is designed to push you to your fluency limits! We play various fluency games at the end of the lesson to get your brain working. You have 1 minute to tell me everything you know about a specific topic, and then I switch to a completely unrelated topic and you have one minute again. If you don't know a lot about a particular topic, you have to improvise your fluency skills and think of something to say immediately with no pauses allowed! We play games about explaining the positives and negatives of different situations under a time limit to really get your brain working. The aim here is purely to help your brain to become more familiar with unexpected questions and situations in English, and to be more agile in the language under pressure! This is a huge skill, and it is what fluency is all about.

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