Who is English Language Services NZ really for?
Many people think this site is only for the exam ESL student. Not really. I want to help anyone who is a visitor or newcomer to New Zealand to achieve better English and use it successfully and confidently for whatever they need in New Zealand and in their own country.
My clients often tell me they don’t believe that they have ‘mastered’ English. They are sure they don’t use English as well as a native speaker. I don’t think this is important! Many native speakers do not speak perfect English! What I do think is important is your confidence in everyday situations.
I have received many requests for help with everyday English.
For example …
A New Zealander, a native English speaker, worked all day in the tourist industry. When she saw my brochure …
‘Maybe you can help me’. I was surprised. I thought she was a confident speaker.
‘No,’ she answered. ‘I play safe, very safe. I only use vocabulary that I can pronounce and know the meaning of. In fact, I am nervous with new people and not sure how to answer their questions. I run out of words.’
An international Spanish banker who I taught three times a week.
One lesson which was not face-to-face. Every Friday he rang me at my home. He wanted to practise his listening skills, pronunciation and conversation. We only talked about the ordinary, everyday things in our lives … the weather, food, family, holidays and our views about culture and the world news. I kept a record of his errors and we discussed these in our next face-to-face lesson.
His conversation and understanding of my colloquial expressions and wacky English humour increased. He felt more relaxed and confident of his own everyday English.
Would this work for you? Yes, absolutely.
Regardless of your culture, language or occupation, I want to help you to enjoy English and communicate more effectively.
It is really rewarding for me too!
Come and develop your conversation skills with me at English Language Services NZ.