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English conversation lessons in London as 1-1 lessons

English conversation lessons in London as 1-1 lessons

Learning English can take many forms. By taking English conversation lessons in London with PS English, we try to tailor the lessons to match the uses of English that students actually want.

What makes a good conversation lesson?

1. Maximise speaking time

You need to speak as much as possible during the lesson. But that doesn’t mean simply having a conversation! The aim of a conversation lesson is to improve your confidence and enjoyment in speaking English and to enable you to speak English more naturally and fluently. Based on what works for you, we try to provide a balance of correcting your mistakes while teaching new and alternative vocabulary and natural phrases.

2. Focus in on the particular context that you consider important

Whatever your situation we try to focus the lesson on your specific needs

For business, the ultimate aim will be for you to feel on top of your area of business and to have the ability to discuss your field with native speakers. It is also crucial to feel comfortable in specific business situations such as conversations involving negotiations and social networking. But equally important are the small almost trivial conversations by the coffee machine and down at the pub.  The ability to discuss the latest news or the latest big football result can be just as important as the ability to speak English in the meeting room, and we can help you with this social side of business as well.

For all students, we can help you feel comfortable having conversations for everyday life situations. Some students want to focus on communicating with teachers and other parents at their children’s school. Others prefer to practise daily conversations at the shops/in restaurants/on holiday etc. Wherever possible, we try to make these practice conversations as realistic as possible and relevant to the circumstances in which you regularly find yourself struggling to communicate.

Finally, a number of students just want to have conversations as a vehicle for learning about various aspects of English life, including culture, history, economics and politics. An understanding of British traditions and history as well as more modern aspects of British life are just as important as learning English when trying to adapt to life in London.  These types of deeper conversations can be very stimulating and enrich your experience of living overseas.

3. Just dive in and don’t be afraid

With the types of conversation that you want to practise established, it’s time to just go for it! Our teachers can guide you to find the balance that works for you; a balance between speaking for fluency versus speaking for accuracy. Sometimes, you will want to test new phrases and ideas and focus more on exchanging ideas in a coherent way. Other times, you will want to have more control by saying less but with more accuracy. Both approaches will enhance your overall conversational skills in the long term

4. Practice practice practice!

Once you’ve tested the water in the relative safety of your classroom environment, it’s time to put into practice all the skills and new vocab that you have learnt. Our teachers will be there to guide and support you all the way to your goal of having authentic meaningful conversations in the real world.

So why wait any longer? Make that first step to becoming a better speaker of English by considering 1-1 lessons with PS English.

29th March 2018