Hello teachers!
I wrote a script for my presentation.
There must be grammar errors as well as better expressions than I wrote.
Please give me some advice!
Thanks in advance!



Good morning everyone!

Today here I am to give you some useful advice concerning studying abroad. As we all know, we are all from the college of foreign language which means most of us are keen on how to be fluent in language what we're studying. The most popular way of it is studying abroad where the language is spoken. I want to ask you how many of you've been abroad to study language? Raise your hand, please. Then was it effective to improve your language skill? Or what extend did you satisfy? As for me, I was really sorry that I needed to come back to Korea since my English has become a lot better while I was in NZ. However, I've seen many of Korean students not merely wasting their money and time but also not developing their English skills. Then, which factors should be prepared for a successful overseas study? Here's two tips you can do before you go abroad.

First of all, I highly recommend you to study any grammar book carefully before you go abroad. Some say that you can speak language without knowing its grammar. In this case, people recommend you to memorize full sentences which is quite useful. Other say that by learning how to speak, you can acquire its grammar naturally. I have a different opinion, though. These methods might be effective for young children but not for us at all. We don't have much time to be exposed to the English speaking environment which is essential to learn language. Also this is one of the major reasons why people go abroad. Therefore, you need to know the basic grammar of the language which will makes you more easier to understand.

Second, practice your listening more than reading, writing and speaking. I strongly believe that listening is the most important matter than others in language. There were lots of students who even couldn't understand what their teacher's saying. They were just sitting their classroom and following what their classmates were doing. They would learn the culture and got some words from the class but it's not effective somehow. I'll tell you my story. Once I was really proud of myself when I totally understood what my English teacher said. Then on the weekend I met him on the street. He was with his friends and I wanted to cut their conversation. However, I wasn't able to since I couldn't pick up even a word from their conversation. I was shocked. It was such a disaster. Next Monday, I asked him how this happen to me and his answer was this. Most of the teachers who is working at institutes needed to speak clearly to understood their students. That's why I couldn't understand their conversation which was normal speed for them.

From now, I'll give you two tips which you can follow when you are abroad.

First of all, set a specific goal to achieve. I was wondered how can I know that my English skill's getting better. For that reason, I chose to take exams which can show how I've improved. I took IELTS and TOEIC even though they were a bit expensive compared to Korea. However it worth spending because they were a great criteria to estimate my improvements. There must be lots of exams for Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Spanish and so forth. As you see your score is getting higher, you will obtain more confidence in language.

Second and my last advice is 'be active'. When your foreign friend invites you to a party or just a dinner, be there! You might think you are not close to the friend, or your language skill is not good enough to communicate with them. Don't think too much. They just want to be your friend. Even though you are studying at a language school, there's a time limit you can speak the language. In other words, you need more time to practice the language. Then you can practice it with your friends, who have different mother tongue with yours. I've tried not to speak Korean with my korean friends, but the attempt failed before long. Why? It's obvious. If we couldn't think of proper words, then we talked in Korean. Also, I picked up some useful words from my friends not from the class. Make lots of friends as you can and get along with them.

To put it in a nutshell, study a grammar book carefully and improve you language skills before you go abroad. Then set a specific goal and be active as you can be while you are studying in abroad. Thank you for listening.

Ellisa
Good morning everyone!

Today here I am here to give you some useful advice concerning studying abroad. As we all know, we are all from the college of foreign languages which means most of us are keen on how to be fluent in the language that what we're studying. The most popular way to fluency of it is studying abroad in a place where the language is spoken. I want to ask you how many of you've been abroad to study a language? Raise your hand, please. Then Was it effective to improve your language skills? Or To what extentd did you achieve your goalssatisfy? As for me, I was really sorry that I needed to come back to Korea since my English hads become a lot better while I was in NZ. However, I've seen many of Korean students not only merely wasting their money and time but also not developing their English skills. Then,So which factors should you be consider in preparing for prepared for a successful overseas study? Here's are two things tips you can do before you go abroad.

First of all, I highly recommend that you to study any grammar book carefully before you go abroad. Some say that you can speak a language without knowing its grammar. In this case, people recommend that you to memorize full sentences which is quite useful. (There are 2 different points 1) they recommend memorizing useful sentences or 2) the case of not studying grammar is quite useful. I can't tell which one you mean here) Others say that by learning how to speak, you can acquire its grammar naturally. I have a different opinion, though. These methods might be effective for young children but not for us at all. We don't have much time to be exposed to an the English-speaking environment which is essential to learning the language. Also this is one of the major reasons why people go abroad. Therefore, you need to know the basic grammar of the language which will makes you more easier to understand.

Second, practice your listening more than reading, writing and speaking. I strongly believe that listening is the most important skill of these three.matter than others in language. There were lots of students who even couldn't understand what their teacher was saying. They were just sitting their classroom and following what their classmates were doing. They would learn the culture and got get some words from the class but it was not effective in becoming fluent. somehow. I'll tell you my story. Once I was really proud of myself when I totally understood what my English teacher said. Then on the weekend I met him on the street. He was with his friends and I wanted to join in cut their conversation. However, I wasn't able to since I couldn't pick up even a word from their conversation. I was shocked. It was such a disaster. Next Monday, I asked him how this could happen to me and his answer was this. Most of the teachers who are is working at institutes needed to speak clearly to be understood by their students. That's why I couldn't understand their conversation; they were speaking at a speed which was normal speed for them.

From now, I'll give you two tips which you can follow when you are abroad.

First of all, set a specific goal to achieve. I was wonderinged how could can I know that my English skills's were getting better. For that reason, I chose to take exams which could can show how I've much I had improved. I took IELTS and TOEIC tests there even though it was they were a bit expensive compared to taking them in Korea. However it worth spending the money because they were a great criteria for to estimating my improvements. There must be lots of exams for Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Spanish and so forth. As you see your score is getting higher, you will obtain more confidence in your abilities in the language.

My second and my last advice is 'be active'. When your foreign friend invites you to a party or just a dinner, be there! You might think you are not close to the friend, or your language skills are not good enough to communicate with them. Don't think about this too much. They just want to be your friend. Even though you are studying at a language school, there's a time limit on class time when you can speak the language. In other words, you need more time to practice the language. Then you can practice it with your friends, who have different mother tongue than with yours. I've tried not to speak Korean with my Korean friends, but the attempt failed before long. Why? It's obvious. If we couldn't think of proper words, then we talked in Korean. Also, I picked up some useful words from my friends outside not from the class. Make as many lots of friends as you can and get along with them.

To put it in a nutshell, study a grammar book carefully and improve you language skills before you go abroad. Then set a specific goal and be as active as you can be while you are studying in abroad. Thank you for listening.

Hello Ellisa,

My name is Javier Araya, from Chile. I've just read your presentation and felt urged to post and I'll tell you why...

It's funny how someone from "the other side of the world", from so different a culture (well, you could say the same of me!!) could say things so close to what I myself have been thinking for so much time. In fact, I decided to join this forum just to have an opportunity to practice my English because I am not using it everyday.

I'm not sure if this forum can be used to "email" each other, but I guess it can't. Or at least, it is not its main purpose.

If you agree, we could get acquainted through e-mail. My main interest is learning languages (whichever language dares to come into my way....even Korean).

You can find me here:

1. < --- > is my e-mail at the company where I work.
2. < --- > is my e-mail address in hotmail server.

Hope you write to me.

Bye

Javier Araya
Chile

<Welcome to the forums, Javier. Email addresses & other contact info are not allowed in the public forums, but you can add them in your profile page -- mod.>