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Using Spoken English in Conversation

Slide#1: Intro slide to Using Spoken English in Conversation

Slide#2: Titled as ‘Presenter.’ There is a picture of Barret Whitener, and in this slide Mr. Whitener discusses his background and qualifications.  

Slide#3: Titled ‘Communication’.  Discusses the two components necessary for communication flow- clarity and understanding. 

Slide#4: Titled ‘Olny srmat poelpe can.”  Title is intentionally misspelled to point out that that spelling in less important in understanding so long as the first and last letter of each word are where they need to be.  This is  a rule for written English as well as for spoken English. 

Slide#5: Titled ‘Accents’.  Accents are described as permanent, but mentions they are an advantage for a speaker. Mentions that accents create opportunity for a speaker because an accent draws attention to the speaker.

Slide#6: Titled ‘The Clarity Cup’ mentions each speaker is responsible for filling the cup with communication. The cup represents the clarity component of the communication. On one side of the cup is the “long-time” or fluent English speaker. (The other side of the cup is the ESL speaker).  Mentions that English speakers will make allowances for things like accents, grammar, verbs, vowels and pauses.  Mentions that the other party in the communication is basically expected to use nouns.  Mentions how English is a very noun based language. Mentions that when nouns are clear, understanding is clear.