GIVING A SPEECH IN ENGLISH

Hello everyone.  I hope you are sitting comfortably and feeling relaxed.

I see that many of you have taken the opportunity to pick up a copy of my handout and to bring a notebook and pen for taking further notes.

I do not propose to talk for more than a few minutes but at the end I shall be happy to answer any questions you may have.

All right then.  I’ll get started.

My name is Bill Jones and I’ve been invited here today to give you a short speech about Giving a Speech in the English Language.

I am well aware that for nearly all of you English is not your first language and that you have a need to speak in English often for situations such as presentations or debate.

For your information, during the speech, I shall be using a few visual aids such as charts and graphs and a powerpoint presentation.

I will do my best to speak up, to speak clearly and slowly.

It is my intention to speak with good English using correct grammar and structure and very little slang.

But I will slip in a joke or two, an idiom or proverb here and there and take the trouble to deliver a purposeful message.

As you might have realized, cohesive devices, discourse markers and conjunctions all play an important role as a milestone in delivering any speech.

So, in fact, does time.

I know how long my speech should be.

I have researched the core material and written out the speech in advcance so that I know pretty much what I will say.

I have also rehearsed the speech in front of the mirror to myself to iron out any flaws and to achieve the desired perfection.

And I am careful to allow you the audience time to digest and absorb the information being given.

Not only that but I have paid attention to my own physical appearance and how you will perceive me as your guest speaker.

I have given thought to my body language as non-verbal communication in support of my speech.

I have not overlooked that that before beginning my speech, it was necessary to check the details of my speech once more as well as that the computer, project or, screen, whiteboard and easel were all functional and positioned correctly.

I draw from experience and I know what I am speaking to you about.

I am confident, assured and able to give you this short speech in a positive way.

If I dropped a clanger or if there was a slip of the tongue, I can only apologise and hope that I might be excused.

This is how a short speech should be.

Clearm, concise and to the point.

Fluent and fluid with little or no hesitation and engaging the interest of the audience,

Ready, willing and able to answer questions at the close.

On that note, I shall bring my speech about Giving a Speech in English to a close.

Thank you very much for your attention

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TALKING ABOUT HOBBIES

Good morning.  Tell me about yourself please

Well, my name is John and I am an interesting person.  I have many hobbies.

That’s great.  What do you like doing?

I’m quite a sporty person.  I like swimming, cycling and playing badminton

Do you like football?

Yes.  I like to watch football but I don’t play it.

What are your other hobbies?

I like travelling a lot, listening to music, playing computer games and eating out.

Oh really?.  What kind of food do you like to eat?

I like to eat exotic food.  Food from different countries around the world.

What would you say is your favourite?

I really like eating Mexican and Thai food.  Their food dishes are delicious.

Do you like spicy food?

Actually I don’t.  I prefer food which is sweet or sour.

By the way, are you interested in nature at all?

Oh yes I am, for sure.  I keep pets at home, I keep a dog, a bird and some tropical                     fish. I grow flowers in my garden, and I look after plants

I hear you’re a mad comic book collector.

Haha.  I’m not quite mad but I like to collect old and valuable comics, especially                      Marvel.

I see.  What about any clubs?

I am a member of my local sports club and I have also joined the English club

I think you really are a very interesting person.

Do you think so?  Thank you for saying so.

Now, let’s change the subject and talk about making an appointment to see an                        important person in a well-established company.

What a good idea!  Where shall we start?

PERKS OF THE JOB

This is an English language lesson about Perks of the Job we do.

The keywords of the lesson are highlighted in bold.

The perks of the job are seen as one of the reasons if not the main reason why a person seeks employment with a particular company.

Perks are something an employer gives an employee in addition to pay which contributes to a general feeling of happiness and confidence in the workplace.

It is not financial in nature like a bonus or a commission but a motivation-driven incentive, a privilege, a fringe benefit, a benefit in kind.

After all,  a job is not just about the money but about the people working there and about the workplace environment itself.

The basic philosophy behind offering perks is to get staff to know each other better, to provide a platform for their interaction in informal settings and thereby encourage teamwork.

Google are very much the trendsetter in this regard with massage chairs, table-tennis tables, video games, hammocks, bean bags, bicycles, scooters and couches amongst other things.

They recognize that the workplace should be a fun and friendly environment where workers can be autonymous in deciding the number of hours worked and how the job itself is actually done.

In a competitive and challenging workplace, hard work and accomplishment should always be suitably rewarded.

So what is a perk?  Well, it takes a variety of forms.

It might be free food for all staff, a generous healthcare, pension or holiday allowance or just a reserved parking space or exclusive workspace with your own office and your name on the door.

Office outings, dinners out, football matches, cinema trips, go-karting and other such activities are all on the menu too to count as attractive perks.

Perks are a way of valuing its workforce and enabling them to be productive in the right way.

To endorse flexibility of working, many companies will either subsidize or provide education for the young children of their workers either by funding an integrated school or creche facilities at the workplace.

At the end of the day,  a happy team is a productive team and that is the way it should be.

A lot of time is spent in the workplace and the employer is doing no more than recognizing the core need of health, safety and wellness for its employees.

Perks are, therefore, an essential part of every job description.