It cannot be stressed enough just how important communication skills are. They sit at the core of our relationships and create harmony when used effectively. Neglecting or ignoring them only harms others and us in turn. For this reason, practice and cultivation are essential. Below are just a couple of quotes on the subject.
Paul J. Meyer
With that said, we can now turn to practicing communication skills. Two means have proven to be effective tools throughout the centuries in communication: reading and writing. They are indispensible not only to students but rather to every group of people. The Greeks and Romans understood the necessity of these, and they practiced them in the forms of rhetoric and grammar among the 7 liberal arts. Today, it is almost unimaginable to dedicate an entire class to grammar or to rhetoric, whose closest equivalent would be speech class. Perhaps, we ought to reinstate grammar and rhetoric in our modern educational system, but seeing how this is not likely, we can focus on the present system’s equivalents.
Reading and writing go hand in hand and supplement each other, and through studying one of the two, students quickly realize their need for the other. Thus, a concurrent practice of both is necessary. If your child is struggling with these crucial areas of education, please allow our tutors to get them excited about reading and writing. We can equip your student with the power to wield the written word, so that he or she can use it to his or her benefit and no longer feel intimidated by reading or writing.
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It is the 21st century, and commerce, trade, diplomacy, and entertainment are largely conducted in English, the present lingua franca. Unfortunately, many native English speakers believe themselves exempt from learning a foreign language, which they justify on the grounds that they don’t need to. What most native English speakers simply don’t know is the benefits of speaking multiple languages afford a person. It is not a necessity, but it an upper hand in a professional market that is saturated with bachelor and master degree holders. How will you stand out from the myriad applicants for a job?
Businesses and firms understand the indispensible benefits they collect from multi-lingual employees, which is why they take such interest in bilingual and polyglot applicants. In an international negotiation or transaction, the simple knowledge of the language that the foreign party speaks could mean the difference between success and collapse because it means more than the simple exchange of information among companies. It is a unique compliment because the undertaking of a foreign language indicates an understanding of the culture and people from which the language comes. In this sense, the native and the foreign language learner find common ground on which they can identify with each other. This creates a comfortable atmosphere that makes the foreign party much more amenable to compromise and mutual agreement. As English speakers, we often expect non-native English speakers to interact with us in our language, and so we usually don’t understand this compliment. Just because we don’t understand it, does not mean that it cannot help you or your student in their careers.
There are personal benefits to learning another language as well, and these are perhaps more obvious than the business ones. To start, undertaking a foreign language and achieving a versatile degree of fluency usually requires time abroad in the respective language’s country. This is a priceless opportunity that many people will not get to experience, especially an extended stay, whose purpose is expressly to engage and interact with the culture and its people through their language. Many people travel for vacations, but most do not intentionally adopt another worldview while they vacation.
Through fluency in a foreign language, you are instantly connected to an entire other population of people, the way they think, and the way they view the world, and to possess multiple worldviews is to possess a diversified critical thinking skill set that gives one an edge in life and in ones career.