SPOKEN ENGLISH TRAINING
BELA International is one among the premier Spoken English provider in Chennai. BELA's world class faculty and ace communication experts help you to improve English in versatile mode. BELA Spoken English modules and Assignments are well-researched content developed by experts. It will fetch the most desired results for improving spoken English skills. . For further information on Spoken English course or to experience the wonders of virtual classroom fix a demonstration session with our tutor.
Are you afraid of speaking English in public?
Did you miss the MNC opportunity because you could not speak in English with the Interviewer?
Do you hesitate to order a coffee in the coffee shop?
Are you not able to converse with seniors due to lack of English knowledge?
Do you feel embarrassed going out to regular English school?
Do you think of visiting/working abroad but not able to speak English holding you back?
If the answer to one or all of the questions is yes!
Join BELA International Spoken English program!!
BELA International provides learning driven well rounded Spoken English courses to ensure that all students are able to see remarkable improvement by end of the English Course. The English courses begin with BELA International Spoken English placement Test. Based on the results of the placement test, the student is placed in appropriate level by an Academic Counsellor. Then, the student and tutor simply meet in a classroom to accelerate learning and ensure student is able to speak well! During the Spoken English session BELA uses variety of tools and practice exercises with International Tutors to ensure the best outcome. In fact, all students completing a full BELA International Spoken English Course have demonstrated tremendous improvement by end of the program.
BELA believe in overall development of students. Hence, these courses are aimed at improving all the skills that are needed for the holistic development of any student.
The various courses are:
BELA English for Survival Program
This program is aimed at providing rapid improvement in students who lack even the basic knowledge of English. It includes various exercises to make students learn how to introduce themselves in different situations, how to fill various forms, how to form sentences, basic grammar and vocabulary.
BELA Spoken English Program
This program provides the best environment to help students aiming at improving their fluency, pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. This also includes Reading Skills, Writing Skills, and Communication Skills. It brings guaranteed improvement in student's life.
BELA Communication Program
This is one of the most well-liked course where students get chance to speak every day. It includes Group discussions on various topics led by experienced and trained BELA Tutors. The role plays based on different situations make this program even more interesting and exciting.
BELA Business English Program
This program aims at improving soft skills of students with the help of different structured modules- Team Building, Interpersonal Skills, Presentation Skills, Body Language, Resume and Cover Letter Writing and much more. This is one of the best programs to appear appropriate in the corporate world. It makes one comfortable and helps in reaching success and promotion.
There are various courses suit’s everyone. If you are a beginner, you can start at the lower level along with learners whose standard of English matches yours. BELA INTERNATIONAL classrooms are comfortable and each class has a maximum of 12 students. At BELA, the major emphasis is on improving your spoken English. Instructors do not give you lectures; rather, they encourage you to learn English by speaking. Classes are fun because you get to learn in a group with techniques such as role play, weaves, pair work, group work and chaining. You are provided student material for reading, writing and activities. This helps you to review and refresh your classroom learning. The courses are designed to encourage you to make your own sentences and correct you with care. You will learn and practice structure, vocabulary and Expressions for use in everyday life.
A good command over English is essential for working professionals to get ahead in their careers. At BELA, we understand that each person has a unique learning requirement. If your standard of English is good, you need not learn the basics but focus only on Business English. If you want to improve your Basic English as well, we will help you select the right course to match your level of English. Once you have achieved a desired standard, you can move to the Business Skills program. Some working professionals who come to us like to pursue both the English course as well as the Business English course of their choice. The Business Skills programs are designed to help you make effective presentations, telephone calls, negotiations and correspondence. Along with our Business Skills students’ material, classroom activities include skills oriented interaction which reflects the modern world of business.
The Business English courses on offer are:
- Business writing
- Interview skills
- Negotiation skills
- Presentation skills
- Telephonic skills
- Socializing across cultures
We understand that working professionals are always short of time. You have the option of choosing from weekend courses, private one-to-one learning and small group coaching
Learn English and open yourself to opportunities
English is the most commonly spoken language around the world and is required for communicating in various professional fields including: business, information technology, science, medicine, aviation, entertainment & media. One sixth of the worlds’ population speaks English. It is one of the official languages of the United Nations along with Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish. Writing and speaking English fluently can open a world of opportunities to a person. Won’t it be fun to write letters and talk to interesting people; to write blogs on areas of your interest and let other people know you better, so as to influence and impress them; Won’t it be fun to make an impression on girls with your improved spoken English skills?
Following are the benefits of learning spoken & written English:
Open doors to knowledge: Today’s media — such as the Internet, television, and the press — gives you almost unlimited access to knowledge. The bulk of this information is in English. With good English language skills it would become easy for you to access this knowledge. Communicate with people: The world calls English “the language of communication”. English has become the preferred language of almost all international conferences and forums. Prestigious event like the Olympics and international pageants such as the Miss World and Miss Universe Contests are conducted in English. Talk to people from all over the world: Impress girls with your English conversation. Comment on social sites fluently by learning Written English.
When people see your written English, they judge you. If your written English is good, you come across as an informed and knowledgeable person. Travel with ease: Talk to people easily in foreign countries by learning and speaking English fluently. You will be understood better if you speak English fluently. The benefits are many; you make friends easily and also get to conduct business comfortably. Push your career forward: If you improve your communication skills in English language it makes easier to get a job and to excel in that job. Knowing English will let you: Put “excellent knowledge of English” on your CV: Employers prefer people who are good at both written and spoken English as official Business Communication happens in English. The chances of getting a promotion and a better salary improve if you are able to improve spoken English and English conversation. Gain technical knowledge to learn Job skills: Almost all knowledge required to learn a skill is available in English language. Hence learning written English will help you to read and grasp that knowledge which will help in learning that skill. Use your computer more effectively: As it requires knowledge of written English so that one can read commands and English instructions.
Be a world-class businessman (or – woman): International business community overcomes language barriers by communicating in English. Hence knowledge of written and spoken English helps you to have business conversation with people from almost all over the world. Improve spoken English and take your business international.
English conversations can help you make a big leap in your personality & career and stay ahead of your competitors by opening many opportunities. So what are you waiting for…..? Get started now!!!
Right method to speak English fluently – BELA INTERNATIONAL method
To speak English fluently, one needs to practice speaking. This is easier said than done, as it is generally very difficult to find the right environment to do so. The place needs to be safe, where one can learn things, however basic, in an interesting, dignified way.
One also needs people to speak English with the people we are most comfortable with are the ones who are like us in terms of their ability to speak English fluently. In the context of learning, it means that they are at the same ‘spoken English level’ as us.
We, at BELA, have refined this process to an art form. There are ten finely tuned levels, based on various aspects of English language like a person’s understanding and usage of grammar, vocabulary, listening, and speaking skills. So, when a person is placed at a particular level he is with people who show similar language skills. BELA system creates an environment in which it becomes very easy to open up, speak English fluently without the fear of ridicule, make mistakes, and learn from them.
What does the instructor do? She teaches a new concept, each of which is scientifically sequenced, makes sure each student understands it and tries it out in the correct way. She then steps back and allows the class to practice and experiment with the new language learnt, all the while keeping her ear glued to what is being said. The class then discusses and analyses its own performance, based on well-defined parameters. This is followed by feedback from the instructor. Then another fresh concept is introduced and the cycle goes on. Skills in each hour get more evolved than in the previous one.
Learning can also be a process of unlearning old faulty patterns. These are identified and gently corrected, until the student gets rid of them.
Such individual attention and precise monitoring is possible because of our small class size. There are enough people to interact with and not enough to get lost in. Students in most batches become good friends who speaking English to each other outside class too and continue to nurture each other’s communication skills long after their courses are over at the centre. They often come back, meet and continue learning, months or even years later. The professional planes may change in the outside world, but in the class it is an old friend’s meet.
This, however, does not mean fun and frolic in the conventional sense. The classes run on a tight schedule. Not a minute is wasted. It is the learning process that is made enjoyable. Debates, quizzes, and discussions on topics from the esoteric to the mundane, role plays… each class is different, with never a dull moment! Come, learn English, be challenged, and fly higher!
Top reasons for professionals to improve English communication skills
Let’s face it; English communication is the most common activity at the work place. Good communication skills are a must these days as professionals have to deal with either their customers or their co-workers. The quality of these dealings are enhanced or diminished by the professional’s ability to communicate effectively. In would not be an exaggeration to say that good communication skills are at the heart of every good workplace.
Studies have shown that communication is the most common activity of management. Managers typically spend 60-80% of their time in operational communication. In large part is communication is their work – mainly face-to-face in meetings, or by telephone or email.
English is the language of business in India. Speaking English fluently is an important skill for doing well at the workplace.
Unfortunately, most managers are poor communicators. In a 2002 survey of 1,104 employees in organizations around the United States, 86% said their bosses thought they were good communicators, but only 17% said their bosses actually communicated effectively. If you have managed people, you will realize that it does not take a survey to tell us that a lot of our co-workers are not good communicators. Employees constantly talk about bosses not giving unclear or contradictory instructions and guidelines about work.
In India the problem gets aggravated because most employees have learnt English rather late in life. Not many of us have studied in ‘English medium’ schools.
Contrary to popular understanding it is possible to learn to communicate well in English at any stage of one’s life.
The benefits are many:
Customers understand you better. Good communication skills particularly in English will impress customers and pave the way to gaining their business. To speak English fluently is considered a necessity for moving up in the organization. You get considered for more responsible roles. More responsibility means dealing with more important customers and a larger number of co-workers. Seniors always consider employees with good communication skills, particularly ones who are fluent in English language for promotions.
If you write and speak English fluently you gain the confidence to put across your point of view well. Look at any strong leader & you will find a person with strong communication skills. In business this means good English language skills.
Good English Language skills enhance your social network. Be it work–related or personal, good communicators have larger number of friends and work contacts. English is the most used language in social networks. Be it twitter or Face book you will find that people who write English well tend to get more popular.
Fortunately you can improve your communication skills just like any other skills. It is important to choose a good English Language school that does not believe in the traditional ‘instruction’ style of teaching. BELA INTERNATIONAL spoken English Coaching/Training Chennai is one such option. Here you learn as you speak in the company of like-minded learners in a friendly & comfortable environment.
Good English speaking skills earns more.
The truth about speaking in English
“It may seem a bit unfair but it’s the truth – it has been proven that people who can talk well in English have a chance of earning 34% more than people with average communication skills who earn up to 13% higher than those who don’t speak in English at all. Why so? One may argue – the answer is simple – Speaking in English is not a luxury these days but has become a necessity and is perhaps, a skill that is more important than any other. In an increasingly competitive environment, the most common challenge people face is the inability to speak in English fluently either in a discussion or an interview. The same people may be filled with better ideas and attitude if not less than any other person who can speak fluently in English. Quite often we find ourselves being more deserving and worthy of a certain opportunity but don’t have the proper English speaking skills to express ourselves.
Speaking in English – the need of the hour
It is known that English is the language of all businesses, government and education. The entire university education in India is in English. English language skills are a must to get an entry into corporate India.
Most of the job postings these days specify the need for excellent English speaking and writing skills as an important requirement. It is also a known fact that the number of people available to fill a position is far greater than the opportunity itself. Even if a job needs a person to be technically skilled in the beginning, rising up the ladder, leading a team, communicating clearly with senior management and important clients is not going to come easy without English communication skills. In such situation, hiring managers are faced with the dilemma of who eventually to select. Needless to say, the choice is easy, even at the point of ignoring a few other requirements; the people who are able to make a positive impression are those with good English speaking skills.
Getting an English speaking environment
The entire service industry which includes BPOs, hotels, restaurants, retail requires good English speaking skills. Interaction in all these places happens with real people so hesitation to speak in English happens mostly in situations where one hasn’t been provided with an environment to do any English conversation. If you’ve not had an English speaking environment, chances that you will get one are very rare unless you make an effort to practice English in an environment where learning is fast and fun. The highly interactive class environment and the activities encourage the students to use the newly learned language with accuracy and confidence. As the language taught is functional every day at the class is a day of new learning and more practice. The inputs given by the instructors will not only improve your English speaking skills but will go a long way in developing other aspects of speaking the language.”
Delay in promotion due to poor English speaking skills?
Top reason for delay in promotion – Poor English speaking skills
How often do we feel low because our chance of getting that much needed promotion is simply rejected because of poor English speaking skills? The boss shows us a ray of hope and says,
“Do something about your communication skills”. We again sit wondering for a long time till we can clearly point out the failure to poor English speaking skills. One of the essential qualities of a leader is to be able to communicate effectively with people – management, colleagues and sub-ordinates and that’s a quality hiring managers are actively looking for while hiring or promoting as a lot of established companies have the training budgets in place for imparting technical skills but none for English communication skills.
As English is the most commonly used language in offices these days, being able to talk in English fluently has become increasingly important.
Can we do anything to improve our English speaking skills?
“Many people would advise us to read newspapers, watch English films, buy English grammar books and we listen to this and try to follow all these methods in order to improve our English speaking skills. We make a schedule, make firm resolutions but nothing seems to really help. We try hard, very hard; we struggle with words, try it for a day or two and then again back to square one. But then do we really need to give up hope? Deep inside we know, we have all the perfect abilities, all the ideas and skills to do a job exceptionally well, so why should speaking in English be the only obstacle.
BELA ‘s Spoken English Training / coaching methodology
Finding a mentor at the work place can open a lot of doors for you. A mentor will groom you to succeed by giving you various relevant situation handling tips. Similarly, we need somebody to identify our strengths and help improve on the imperfections while speaking in English. And honestly, it’s not possible to do that on our own. Colleagues and friends can help a bit, but the presence of a trained instructor whose ears are tuned in to precisely what we say can work wonders in improving our English communication skills.
We also need to practice with a group of people at the same level as ours so that we develop the confidence to face the real world situations on our own. All must have heard a common saying – “Practice makes a man perfect” we’d prefer to say practice in an extremely stimulating environment with an expert leads to real, visible results. The expert will equip you with universally acceptable, versatile language, vocabulary and polish your existing language skills to help you to face the world. The friends you make will have similar fears and needs and therefore, will be a part in your journey of speaking fluently in English. Slowly, as you make it a habit to speak in English as a part of your daily routine by means of interactive classes you will see your fears gradually disappear and your real self – the one that was hiding, “develop and progress”. It won’t be too long, just a matter of a few weeks, before you could put your under-confidence and hesitation behind and go and grab that promotion!”
5 things I learned about improving English speaking skills at BELA INTERNATIONAL
1. Use English in your daily life as much as possible.
Few people realize that speaking in English is not based on hours and hours of study but on frequent usage. Take for example, the case of doing well in exams. What’s better a regular hour of study everyday or learning up everything just before the exam? Similarly, speaking in English for a few minutes every day is better to improve English speaking skills than studying for an hour only once a week. At BELA students are encouraged only to speak in English in the premise. The students can participate in group activities and get an opportunity to speak in English with students at different levels. As a result, the more you practice, the faster you improve your English speaking skills. Speaking in English for an hour every day enables people to practice with the language and improve English speaking conversation.
Here are a few suggestions for making English part of your daily life:
- Listen to English especially about topics you enjoy as you drive to work or while travelling on the bus or metro. When you hear a person speak in English, you are able to grasp common patterns in sentence formation and listen to how words, expression, exclamations are all used. You are also able to listen to the pace and use intonation to stress on important words.
- Practice thinking in English while you are doing housework or exercise.
2. Don’t think too much about grammar and don’t worry about mistakes.
Many people feel that knowing grammar means fluency in English speaking. If that was the case, wouldn’t we have learnt speaking English fluently in our schools? One of the biggest “mental blocks” for English learners is being nervous or afraid to make mistakes – or embarrassed if they don’t speak in English perfectly. But isn’t communication much more important than perfection?
Here’s an example:
- Imagine someone says, “Yesterday in office I eat apple.”
- This sentence is incorrect; it should be:
“Yesterday I ate an apple in the office.”
However, even with the errors, it still communicates the message successfully! Communicating is the key to improving English speaking skills.
At BELA spoken English Training/ class the main aim of the instructors is to get the students talk in English in a friendly, informal environment, the rest is taken care of by the methodology which gradually takes care of accuracy, thereby improving spoken English. Grammar is not important, speaking in English is!
3. Learn to think in English
This is one of the biggest keys to English fluency – but how can you learn it?
There’s a step-by-step process you can follow:
- First, beginning to think with individual English words
- Then progressing to thinking in English sentences
- Finally imagining entire conversations and stories in your head in English
You can practice thinking in English anytime, anywhere. No need for a textbook or classroom. The earlier you begin the habit of thinking in English, the easier it will be to speak fast. You will be amazed to see how at different levels of BELA words become sentences, and sentences become paragraphs.
4. Get a regular speaking partner
I have many times heard people say – We have taken several language courses but none have helped. Will BELA be any good? We sometimes feel that doing a course, for that matter any course is the definite way of speaking fluently in English. But honestly, just studying a language and being present in the class is not the way to improve spoken English, the important thing is to use the language which is done at BELA through a series of interactive, communicative English speaking activities. You can make friends at BELA to speak in English as often as possible.
5. Understand that there is no “magic bullet.”
There is no secret and super-effective way to guarantee speaking English fluently very fast.
Yes, there are different methods, and some are more effective than others. Some students can pick up English easily from informal conversations; other students prefer a more organized and structured method. What hasn’t been perfected through years of learning may take some time, but speaking fluently in English is a long term process and needs patience, practice and real time feedback – all three of which are available in abundance at BELA.
How to speak English fluently
As the use of English grows day by day in the workplace and in social circles, a very common concern for many young people today is their inability to speak English fluently. They try many things to improve their spoken English – reading English newspapers and books, watching English films, practicing alone in front of a mirror – but nothing seems to really help. Many give up hope. They believe that the fault somehow lies with them and that they will never be able to speak English fluently.
Yet, the answer to the question of how to speak English fluently is very simple. Speaking in English is a skill, just like many other skills, such as playing cricket, driving a car, singing, dancing or cooking, and it can be learnt just as easily.
Let’s ask ourselves how we learn any other skill, say, driving a car? Is it enough to read a manual or book of instructions? Of course, not! Is it even enough to watch a video on how to drive? No, definitely not. And, can you just get behind the steering wheel of the car on your own and start driving? Probably a bad idea! So, what exactly do you do to learn how to drive a car? You take driving lessons where you practice driving a car alongside an experienced instructor for a few weeks. Normally, that is enough to learn well enough to get a license and start driving. Of course, the more you practice, the better you get. Pretty much the same logic applies to all the other skills.
Now, let us see if you can apply this logic to the process of learning to speak English fluently. Reading books or watching films do not give you any practice of speaking the language; no wonder they do not work, even if you try them for months and years! Practicing alone is also no good, because you won’t know where you are making mistakes and how you should correct yourself.
However, practicing your English under the guidance of a trained instructor can work magic in just a few weeks. A trained instructor will listen to your mistakes, help you identify them and give you the opportunity to correct them yourself.
You can even learn in groups, provided all the students are at the same level of skill in English. A trained instructor will use many activities, such as role plays, weaves, pair-work and games, to make you speak in English all the time. Remember, the more you speak, the more you will learn. Before you know it, you will start speaking fluently, as you won’t make mistakes or hesitate anymore.
Once you have learnt how to speak English fluently, you must keep up the practice of speaking in English by trying to chat with friends and family in English as much as possible. You can always come back to your institute to meet with others in your group and to do activities and participate in games that give even more practice.
What is personality?
You are a special person.
We are all special. We are all different. When we meet new people, we learn new things; about their life, their family. What they like and what they don’t. About the problems they have. We all have problems, right? If we were all the same, maybe we would not need this word – personality.
How do we learn about other people? How do we find out they are different from us?
First by seeing them: Some people are tall, some are short, some are fat, some have big muscles, and some are very thin. Some people wear glasses. But these things don’t make you special. Having long hair is not special. Buying expensive shoes is not special. Your personality is special. So how do people find out how special are you? By talking to you, by understanding your life; that means you have to tell them. You have to find the right words to tell them and for that you would need to improve your communication skills and you would need to speak English fluently. Just think about those people on television who are so smart. How do you know they are smart? Because you hear them speak. And if they speak well, you know what they mean. You come to know their true personality. If you can communicate effectively and find the right words to say, people will learn about your true personality.
You need to find the right words when you are looking for a job. You need to find the right words when you want to make friends. If you can say what you really want to say, people will understand your personality. This is why it is so important to be able to speak clearly, and use the right words for what you want to say. You have to work and practice if you want to improve your communication skills and speak fluently and clearly. In school, we do not get the chance to speak openly. We are only supposed to say what is written in our books, or what our teacher tells us. This does not give us practice to say what is in our heart. This needs a different kind of teaching. We need to speak and learn in a place where we feel free, and can say what we really want. This will help us in life. This will help the world learn about our personality.
How to learn new words quickly?
It is fun to learn new words, but oh so hard to remember them! Even worse, the right ones never seem to come out when they should. And., adding insult to injury, the person I am talking to, uses my idea and the blessed word. Oops… How miserable can life get? To speak English fluently you need to be armed with the right words. This is easier said than done! How often have you resolved to learn TEN new words a day; struggled against forgetting them, writing, making lists, conjuring up crazy formulae for memorizing the bombastic beasts, and then, sadly using in sentences far from impressive? One of the reasons why this occurs is that you are probably trying to memorize words out of context. This is just rote learning and the content is hard to recall at the right moment, because, in your mind there is no connection between the word and its usage. Words are, in a way like us, social beings. They like to hang out with friends in particular places. Put them randomly and they look and sound miserable.
So, for smooth, natural sounding language, one first needs to select the right kind of words to learn. (No one needs all of them, and trying to cram ten per day is simply too much). One way to do this is to listen to yourself as you speak. Are there some words that you repeat very often? Try to identify these words, sorry, expressions and look for synonyms. There are several excellent sites online. A quick look at the lists will show you numerous options. Choose one or two appropriate ones and substitute.
“It is fun to learn new words phrases but oh so hard to remember them! Even worse, they never come out when they should. Also, adding insult to injury- the person you are talking to uses your idea and the blessed word lexeme. “
‘Lexeme’, sounds weird! Chuck it. Stick to word or expression or phrase.
Happily, now you have three very usable words options. These are not monumental changes; but I am sure you agree, that they make the whole passage less repetitive and thereby more interesting. Now you might say, writing is no big deal, speaking is the problem. Well, record your voice, listen to yourself, think of substitutes and then as step two, Google synonyms, sorry alternatives. Use the right word in the context and soon you will be speaking English fluently.
Record! Such a drag! I am no sound engineer!
Relax, you don’t need to be. Thanks to technology, recording is no big deal. Just whip out your cell-phone and get going! Moreover no one need know you are practicing English speaking. On the road, in the metro or park, while waiting for friends to turn up, each useless, boring minute can be made productive. Instead of just twiddling your thumbs, you will actively be in the process of enhancing your communication skills while people think you are merely chatting on the phone.
Speak better English right now!
Step 1 to speak English fluently – take an ‘assessment test’
Know where you stand in English speaking fluency
When it comes to speaking English or any language, it is only an expert who can help us with the areas of improvement while speaking in English. Our friends and family members may speak in English to us but may not know how to equip and train us with concepts in English speaking skills that we can use on our own in all real life situations to speak English fluently. At BELA, we are aware that every individual’s need to speak fluently in English is specific. An assessment helps us to identify this specific need. Just like when we are sick, we visit the doctor to give us the medicine for the illness that has been diagnosed, similarly our range of products are designed beautifully to give solutions in improving English speaking
skills for a specific need. The assessment helps us to identify for your benefit where you stand or in other words, where you are in English speaking skills and how our expertise in improving English speaking skills can get you where you would like to be.
Select the course that improves your English speaking the best
In today’s fast paced world we usually are all short of valuable resources – time and money, being the most important. Needless to say, many students come to BELA with big expectations – seeking worth for the time and money spent. One’s justification for spending substantial bits of both would be ability to speak English fluently. The problems in how to talk in English are many – some confidence related, some work related, some for personal goals, and some just for the thrill of speaking English as if it’s in fashion. Whatever your problem, BELA INTERNATIONAL has the solution for it. For example, if you are in the middle or top management and have to talk in English and make presentations frequently and have found yourself short of words while addressing an audience, the BELA instructors and other available resources will enable you to get confident in English speaking conversation and develop your presentation skills by providing you with the much needed boost in widely used spoken English phrases and vocabulary.
Get the ‘BELA feel’ – understand the in BELA methodology of speaking in English
The assessment enables students to get a sneak peek into what BELA classroom is like. The assessment is the beginning of leaving all fears behind in speaking English and in developing a more confident person who can speak fluently in English. It is highly interactive, friendly and encouraging. Since it is a one on one interaction, it enables people to express their real skill in English speaking conversation. Through a series of questions and answers the individuals can be assessed on English speaking fluency, usage of the language, vocabulary, pronunciation and listening skills. More often than not, we only need to understand where our problems in speaking in English are, a stronger realization of the same can happen successfully with the assessment.
Value for money
Unlike other courses which last for months, BELA INTERNATIONAL method of improving spoken English is a capsule course concentrating on only the most relevant and critical needs in developing English speaking conversation. The assessment gives a fair idea of already existing knowledge in English speaking on various parameters. Why would you spend your time on learning something that you already know? It is only wise to start from the level that improvement is needed from, so that you can experience the real difference in speaking English fluently.
What is it like being a student at BELA INTERNATIONAL?
Talking English at BELA is fun
Remember the times when you didn’t want to go to school or college just because you knew how boring the class would get. Do we feel the same way when we have to go for a field trip or create a model or do an experiment? Have you ever realized why the latter activities are more exciting than a boring classroom lecture? Not a tough guess……it is because these activities involve individuals. When individuals are involved, the brain is actively involved, and that’s the time we learn and contribute the most. So who said speaking fluently in English means only a set of language rules and that’s the only way to talk in English? Those who said ‘Yes’ are sadly wrong – try to think of the way we learnt to speak our first language – did we really know all the rules? ‘No’ – we just learnt it by sounds – we just knew what sounded right or wrong. Similarly, English speaking at BELA is about listening to sounds and patterns and participating in a lot of fun activities to practice these sounds and patterns to speak English fluently. The repetitive spoken English patterns practiced in the class also train individuals to identify their mistakes preparing them to speak English fluently in the outside world.
English conversation at BELA is functional Usage
What good is it to learn all the rules and don’t know how to use them? Take for example, a fun activity as swimming, the coach can perhaps teach you how best to move your hands and legs, but all who know swimming will agree that all rules are forgotten in the water when you take the first plunge? Similarly, the ability to speak fluently in English is possible by being aware of how to apply what is being taught in a real life context. English speaking conversation is developed by the specific activities executed by the well trained instructors targeting on the usage. These real life activities help students to improve spoken English in situations as simple as conversation with friends and colleagues to more challenging situations as facing an interview or making presentations. Learning to use the language helps you to speak English fluently at all times.
English speaking at BELA INTERNATIONAL is ‘expression without fear’
Many times we don’t speak in English because of our own self created fear. What will the instructor say? My class mates will laugh at my mistakes, my words will be wrong etc. BELA INTERNATIONAL method is such that you are free to express and talk in English as freely as possible. You are able to get the instructor’s undivided attention as you talk in English and get real-time feedback. You improve spoken English because the instructor provides immediate feedback which again involves the student. When students experience that they are able to speak fluently in English without any fear or hesitation, they feel a deep sense of achievement and success. Speaking English fluently becomes motivating as it is the biggest reward of learning at BELA. The instructors encourage students to only talk in English which is also essential to create the right kind of learning environment and the confidence.
Improve spoken English with friends for a life time
At BELA INTERNATIONAL many people come as strangers and become friends with everlasting bonds. BELA has a mix of students and it may sound surprising but its true – Exposure to a lot of people gives you a much better sense of how the sound of a word is supposed to be. BELA is a great place for students and ex-students to debate and talk in English.
Written English skills – no issues, but English speaking skills – not a chance!
The traditional way of learning English
“Many people know how to read English words but few know how to read English, understand spoken English as well as form their own sentences to converse in English. From a very young age, the focus of children and their parents is on scoring marks in written exams. As a result, children manage to do extremely well in exams but when it comes to speaking they are unable to put a simple sentence together. By learning English the traditional way you can become very good at writing but you still won’t be able to speak English fluently, because the traditional way focuses on reading and writing skills. Also, as education progresses further, students keep focusing on acquiring higher qualifications but still find it extremely difficult to be able to speak in English. Needless to say, one must be able to balance one’s knowledge and expertise with the confidence to communicate the same as otherwise, a lot of acquired knowledge would remain unused.
Writing in English Vs Speaking in English
When we learn our own (native) language, speaking skills comes before written skills. In fact, we learn to speak almost automatically. It is natural. We usually write with correct grammar and in a structured way. We organize what we write into sentences and paragraphs. We usually speak in a much less formal, less structured way. We usually speak in a spontaneous way, without preparation, so we have to make up what we say as we go. This means that we often repeat ourselves or go off the subject. However, when we speak, other aspects are present that are not present in writing, such as facial expression or tone of voice. This means that we can communicate at several levels, not only with words. The cold reality is that unless someone points it out to that person, the likelihood is that he/she will carry on without being consciously aware of the real situation!
Focusing on the real need – Speaking fluently in English
Speaking is the most common way of communicating. The choice of words and the way things are said in speech are known to have an impact on people. There is no way to improve English speaking skills than by speaking itself. The friendly atmosphere at BELA INTERNATIONAL enables students to leave their fears behind to speak with confidence. The students are discouraged from writing in the class so that the entire concentration is on developing listening and speaking skills. Careful listening is also an extraordinary skill which when developed helps people to be able to respond appropriately.
Speaking in English is NOT about grammar alone!!!
English speaking skills are also improved by not learning grammar as a book of rules and regulations but in understanding the concept which helps people to use the language as life situations occur. This method enables students to remember things for a longer period of time as unlike school, There is no rote learning but empowered learning which is purely application based and extremely relevant. The activities selected carefully by the instructors help students to practice and speak as much as they can. Eventually a student progress from making single and simple sentences to sustaining a conversation for a longer period. They begin to put newly learnt language with language already learned and use their own creativity to experiment with the language, therefore making their learning fruitful and truly worthy of all the time and effort.”
English speaking skills is a measure of intelligence these days – believe it or not!
Are you popular because you can speak fluently in English?
“Imagine this – a group of people at a party or in the college canteen or during a break at a water cooler – who would you agree draws the maximum attention – not the one who is quiet and just going with the crowd but the one who is able to speak fluently in English with confidence. We may or may not quite agree with what one has said – maybe, in our minds we are thinking that what’s being said is even senseless but the one who has spoken more has definitely got more ears to hear.
Common problems while speaking in English
It is a common observation that when one person starts speaking in English, others who don’t have the necessary material to speak in English tend to be quiet as if their mind has just become blank. Words don’t come in our mouth, we are unsure what order of words to use. We hesitate to speak because we constantly fear that what we say maybe wrong. We feel the lack of confidence, we shy away as if just hoping that the moment passes. Apart from this, we spend a lot of time trying to translate everything from Tamil to English in our mind.
Speaking fluently in English
So how does one start to speak English fluently? To begin with, English may not be a measure of intelligence but it surely is of confidence. English speaking skill is just like any other skill needs to be learnt from an experienced person who has thorough knowledge on the subject and of course, has the ability to transfer this knowledge in a fun and unique way to the student. The role plays and various student activities encourage students to speak in various contexts. The careful attention and constant feedback given by the instructor helps the student to work on the mistakes and over a period gain the necessary confidence to speak in English. As one continues to practice the ability to speak at length improves and response time to questions reduces, making the student fluent in the language.”