We believe everyone who wants to learn should be able to speak English fluently, without fear. Lingua East delivers in-person accent modification and speech training services to individuals in and around Charlotte, NC. Our speech trainer is a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist. She is fluent in Spanish, so she understands the struggles of communicating and living in a second language, as well as the challenges of being understood by native speakers of that language. Effective communication in a second language is attainable with the right training and practice. However, it’s hard to do on your own.
At Lingua East, we are committed to providing clients with quality speech training services. Our services are designed with a focus on working on the sounds and aspects of English that you need; there is no standard approach. With one-on-one attention and personalized training plans, every client receives a practice plan individualized for their busy schedule, with the aim of maximizing benefit from every training session for improved English communication in a variety of settings and with a variety of listeners.
Speech training services are based on the Compton Pronunciation of English as a Second Language (P-ESL) program, with adjustments made to modernize the outdated material to better suit clients wanting to learn useful English for today’s world. We make use of graphic displays of the speech signal in the form of spectrogram technology so you can see your speech on a screen. Clients often find this much more helpful than simply talking about what we hear. This matters, because sometimes, speakers with different language backgrounds hear sounds differently. At Lingua East, our expert speech trainer takes an individualized approach to each and every client, selecting the methods that will increase their success in speech training.
Learning a second language, especially English, is not an easy task. It takes courage to speak up, especially in uncomfortable situations. At Lingua East, we want to guide you to confident communication in English so you can be understood in a variety of situations. Our one-on-one services are designed with the individual in mind, and maximized for client success. We believe that everyone has something worth communicating. Lose the fear of communicating with native speakers in English, and let them hear your ideas!
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A reader asked for a post of the tips from the Communicating with Teachers in English handout. So, without further ado, here it is!
For a child to get a good education, parents need to have good communication with teachers. Be a good role model for your children – talking with the teacher is the key to your child’s success.
Here are 11 tips for communicating with your child’s school:
- Communicate with your child’s teacher early in the fall, and throughout the school year. It is easy to write an email, make a phone call, or show up in person, and it will show the teacher that you care about your child’s education. Teachers like to get to know parents.
- Let the teacher know the best way to contact you. Make sure they have your phone number and know what part of the day you can take phone calls.
- Find out when parent-teacher conferences will be scheduled so can put it on your calendar well in advance.
- Arrive on time for meetings. If you are going to be late, call the school to let them know.
- If you know what you want to say, but are not sure how to say it in English, ask for an interpreter.
- Minimize noise when you talk with the teacher. It will be easiest for others to understand you in a quiet environment.
- If you don’t understand what the teacher is telling you, tell them and politely ask for clarification. “I don’t understand. Could you explain that please?”
- If the teacher does not understand you, or they don’t seem to be following what you’re saying, try to say it another way. Add information, use different words.
- Ask questions. Ask about how your child approaches tasks at school. Ask about what you can do at home to support your child’s learning. Ask any question that comes to mind. Questions can start conversations that inform teachers about how best to teach your child. When you ask questions it shows the teacher that you are interested in your child’s education.
- If your child has experienced any big events outside of school (like moving to a new home or the birth of a sibling) share that information with the teacher. Big life events can affect how kids behave at school, so providing context will help the school to teach your child.
- Volunteer to help out in the classroom for an hour or two. Volunteering is a great way to see what happens in the classroom.
When you get to know your child’s teachers, you are teaching your child about the importance of education. Feel free to share your ideas and to work with the school to make it the best education possible.
If you’re still having trouble communicating with your children’s teachers in English, let us know. We just might be able to help.