Refinement of Spoken English for Chinese Speakers.
Composition of the Group:
Native Speakers of Chinese (Mandarin)
1 Native Speaker of English (John Carpenter).
A Native Speaker of Mandarin with high-level Spoken English skill
Role Models for the Group are Broadcast speakers from CGTN/Beijing --
My approach is intense practice of pronunciation and listening to small units, i.e., individual words and short terms associated with relevant images (hopefully, this will be seen as similar to HSK, and for Chinese students as an extension of their CET-4 and CET-6 education; IELTS testing). Resource material for this practice is a 362-page modern Visual Dictionary of Chinese-English, and an English-only visual dictionary.
Back and forth drills between English speaker and Mandarin speaker, English-Mandarin; Mandarin-English at speeds sufficiently slow to allow time for body and mind to process the material. This will be alternated with short periods of discussion, hopefully regarding the practice material, but not limited to that. Sessions would be approximately 1 hour, longer or shorter by agreement between the speakers. Hopefully I can interact with each person at least twice per week (sessions will be recorded to audio), and each person can self-practice from the mp3 recordings posted in the GoogleDrive folder called TalkTalk.
John personal note:
My own Mandarin is not yet adequate to random, casual chat. I am still at the level of learning how to put sentences together, and I feel this vocabulary practice is essential to that. The material used is modern material (parts of speech-wise it can be considered nouns, adjectives and verbs), pleasing to the eye, that’s relevant to all aspects of our everyday life.
So, in the long run, Mandarin speakers will benefit from vocabulary practice with the English Speaker with his American accent, and I, the English Speaker, will benefit from interaction with Native Speakers of Mandarin, who know the real Chinese and The Chinese Way. To me, this is a win-win situation; it cannot be found in the school classroom.
Also, because the Time Zone difference won’t allow me to participate as much as I’d like to, I hope the Group members will interact with each other and help each other. The ESL folder, as you know, contains valuable audio (and video) reference material -- I’ll add to that folder when people want more added. As well, there are a couple of websites offering huge amounts of Slow Spoken idiomatic English, complete with Chinese text -- buzzword type, colloquial English that you hear in the movies and television but aren’t really sure of how/when/where to use it in your own daily life. I’ve assembled a collection from those sites and will continue to add to that. BTW -- about swear words in English? Please don’t ask for them.