SEI 2017 Day 6 Update


Improving Communication
It takes a lot of courage, curiosity, time and effort to learn a language. With each new language, comes a unique set of challenges. Grammar and pronunciation are two of the most challenging aspects of the English language. English grammar is complex, making it difficult to remember, master, and use logically. Mastering English grammar is similar to learning how to drive. You can learn theories and memorize rules and regulations, but you won’t be good at it unless you practice. Additionally, knowing how to pronounce words in English can be very difficult. English speakers have been taught pronunciation from an early age, which is how they know not to pronounce the ‘k’ in the word ‘knight’, for example. Furthermore, depending on the first language of the English student, it can be difficult to pronounce certain words properly if you have never made those specific phonetic sounds before. At SEI, we take grammar and pronunciation seriously. One of our classes, specifically, focuses on communicating a good message. This includes using grammar correctly and accurately pronouncing words.
Returning SEI teacher, Ms. Sarah Flenniken, helps students improve their verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills in her communication and journalism classes. One of the ways the class is improving their written communication skills is through writing stories. This allows the students to practice their written English and reinforces English grammar. In her class, students learn about the five parts of a story and then create stories of their own. They choose characters and a setting, then develop a plot with a conflict and a resolution. In order to improve the students’ pronunciation skills, they are also required to present their story verbally in front of the class. We are looking forward to watching our students grow in their ability to communicate a message clearly and effectively.


Speaking English With Boldness

25.3% of Americans say their biggest fear is speaking in front of a crowd (Washington Post). When learning a second or third language, this fearfulness often increases. At SEI we make it a priority to train our students to speak confidently in front of an audience. Today, students in Ms. Miller’s School Prep Track class gave impromptu speeches with very little preparation time. In Ms. Katherine Flenniken’s basic English class, one student admitted to the class that she was afraid to speak in public. She then had to present her project in front of the entire class and share about her life. Her teacher noticed her voice got louder and louder throughout the speech and she grew in confidence because of the activity. Many teachers at SEI require students to read out loud in front of the class. They understand the importance of training SEI students to speak English with boldness.


Improv Club

Drama is one of the best ways to connect with others. In Mr. Cox’s improvisation comedy club, students play games that force them to think quickly, in English. This club is not only full of laughter but also practically teaches students how to speak English with confidence while making new friends along the way.


SEI Question of the Day: What is your favorite English word, and why?


SEI STAFF HIGHLIGHT: The Flenniken Sisters


Sarah, Kate, and Emily Flenniken are three sisters working at SEI! Sarah and Kate are teachers and Emily is a red team RTA. They are from Cleveland, Ohio and they have two younger brothers back at home. When they are together, they love to spend time exploring and hiking, playing volleyball, and doing puzzles. Sarah loves to cook and bake, Kate loves to learn new languages, and Emily loves to create videos. One of their favorite parts of SEI is getting to know all the amazing students. Fun Fact: Lots of people think they are triplets, but they are not!


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