|▲ The Sangseung English / Director Heonjeong Shin|
[Listening and Speaking Come First]
Learning a language involves four areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Babies learn their native language by listening first and then speaking and move onto reading and writing. In other words, whether we learn our own native language or a foreign language, listening and speaking always come first. In South Korea, like many other non-English speaking countries, many students struggle with listening and speaking more than reading and writing. The accent and pronunciation are difficult to do especially as the English alphabet v, f and z are none existent in Korean.
[The Sangseung English]
A South Korean English school The Sangseung English makes its strength in listening and speaking. For this, the school runs a number of unique training methods: team grammar and patterns of sentence, tone and attitude analysis, and a speaking contest. The team grammar and patterns of sentence equips students with ability to speak without themselves knowing they are doing it by repeating sentences again and again and again. The tone and attitude analysis equips students with ability to imitate the tone and attitude when certain phrases are said. The speaking contest equips students with ability to speak in front of the audience and it is designed to improve not only the speech skills but also self-confidence. Apart from these methods, the monthly reading and essay play a role to keep the ability of reading and writing to an agreeable level.
[Speech, Speech and Speech]
Speech is the top priority when it comes to The Sangseung English methods. The whole process of training themselves to stand on the podium in front of the audience itself is a process of improving their speech competency and inner confidence. Students can naturally know how far they have progressed and what needs to be improved. And this involves the tone of the voice, body language and attitude of speech, and engagement with the audience. “The more engaged the better results. I can see a big difference in skills and confidence between the more engaged and the less engaged. Not only the teachers who feel this but students as well. The whole process of giving a speech on the podium is like a package like a sculptor carves and chips in order to make a beautiful statue. It takes time and effort as much as patience but the fruits are sweeter” points out Heonjeong Shin, Director of The Sangseung English.
[What It Takes To Be A Good Speaker]
The Sangseung English recently opened a branch in New Buldang-dong, Cheonan-Asan. New Buldang-dong is widely recognized as the educational mecca in the region. As it is the first branch, Shin and his team are determined to make the most of their knowledge and experience in the field to make the branch as the best speaking school in the region. Down to earth accent and pronunciation programs alongside coaching on pose and attitude will be thoroughly demonstrated and made to be their own.
“The Sangseung English’s programs and teaching methods are so thorough that my son has made a wow progress not only in speaking but in overall competency in listening, reading and writing. I’m willing to send my son again and again to the speaking contest” says a mom of a student.
“It is regretful that sports and cultural events take place often backed up by the government support but English education is rather depending on private institutes. English undoubtedly is the global business language and competency in English can create a lot of benefits personally and nationally. So, I think the government needs to bring up more legal basis of teaching English systematically especially the speaking part” emphasizes Shin. <PowerKorea>
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