Student or Learner
How can one improve the comprehension (understanding the native speaker) and comprehensibility (making the native speaker understand you) of non native speaker.
The problem with comprehesnion originates from inability to understand the acent of native speakers and also inablility to understand the english usage (grammar, idioms, vocabulary) of native speakers.
Similarly the problem with comprehensibility (intelligibility) originates from improper pronunciation/accent and improper english usage (grammar, vocabulary).
What strategy should one adopt and which activities, sessions, games, books, material would you recommend to improve on the above mentioned short comings.
I work as a communication trainer at a BPO in India. I have been assigned the task to devise stratigies and plan sessions to improve the comprehension and comprehensibility of a group of agents who interact with americans over the phone.
These agents posses very limited english speaking abilities.
And what we are emphasising, is not on improving their overall english, however equipping them with skills of comprehension where in they can understand the speaker and their queries and then in response can make the speaker understand what they want to convey.
Thus it would be of great help, if you can of some other activities or material which might be useful in this senario.
Thanks a bundle
As odd as this may sound, you can ask your students to watch movies they are familiar with, then get them to watch it in english. The same could be said for music.
It is common for students to do the work in class, get home, finish what needs to be done then forget, or not bother doing anything more till next class.
Teachers should be encouraging students to keep learning, and practicing what they teach outside the class room. I am sure you can come up with something that will work with your students.