How can you socialise more easily and effectively in English?!
by Claire Jaynes, DoS at Trebinshun House
At Trebinshun House, we often work with students who want to develop their social English. Do you ever attend networking events, have business dinners with visiting colleagues, or even just work with a multinational team and have everyday conversations about the weekend, family news etc. How can you socialise more easily and effectively in English?
Understand the level of formality
Social situations generally tend to be less formal so you need to look at and listen to informal language. In English, this often involves more use of phrasal verbs and using more contractions e.g we’ve not we have. It’s helpful if we understand your industry and your own personal style of communication so that we can match that in English. This starts from the very first evening on Sunday when you sit down to our welcome dinner and continues in class where we look at some other features of informal English.
Develop your ability to ask questions
Very commonly in language learning contexts, teachers lead the class by asking the questions. The student’s role is to answer the questions. We remember to change this dynamic at Trebinshun House and focus on you getting the questions right! We begin by understanding your context and where you will be socialising and then work together to formulate useful questions for immediate use. We then use these in a role play in a group class or help you gain more confidence in a one-to-one setting. As you’re always working in a small group or 1-1, your teachers can really listen to your language and give you feedback on where you can improve.
Increase your vocabulary range in familiar topics
When we meet people in a more social setting, naturally we begin by talking about so-called safe topics such as the weather, the weekend, how we travel to work, holidays etc. More involved subjects quickly come up such as our family unit, our likes, dislikes and passions and our feelings and opinions about world events. We help you to develop these topics and increase your vocabulary. This is guided and practised both inside and outside the classroom, over lunch, dinner and on our own social programme.
These are some of the ways in which our Intensive programmes can help develop your Social English. Why not find out more by getting in touch with the team at Trebinshun House?