One piece of good news is that many things are defined by what they aren't. I suppose the most important number in mathematics is zero. Thank you ancient
Mesopotamia. When we write, the spaces between words are very important. This is evidenced by the space bar being the biggest key on a computer keyboard.
When we speak, where is our zero? Where is our space bar? Hello darkness, my old friend…... The Sound of Silence. The sound of silence is a
major sound in effective speaking. The structure of English lends itself wonderfully to little bursts of syllable runs punctuated by silences or small
When we analyze spoken English, the general pattern seems to be runs of one to six syllables and then a pause. This is great news for anyone on a learning path in this language. A lot of pressure can be eliminated simply by thinking of speaking as giving our audience, however big or small, little piece after little piece of logical sound with pauses and silences between them. The information and the message we want to give people are promoted and our speaking becomes more effective.
Hello darkness, my old friend.
From Ray Flack, Tutor at OISE London
Ray has been teaching for 33 years and has been at OISE London for 12 years. His particular strengths lie in teaching grammar and pronunciation, as well as exam preparation for IELTS and the Cambridge suite exams.