Native proficiency takes a logical approach to language learning – in this case English. On the one hand we take the unlimited options of language and on the other what you can achieve by using that language. But how do we go from A to B?
The Nativeproficiency approach looks at three connected layers. The first one is your language skills. Ask yourself:
Are you in control of the building blocks of the language?
Are you aware of what is possible and what is not?
Are you aware that English has different ways of saying things from your own language? Are you comfortable with it?
Do you know the rules and how to follow them?
If your answer to these questions is yes, then you can go to the next level: communicative skills. These are again generic skills, in the sense that they can be applied to many different situations and environments. For example asking for permission is not necessarily a business skill. You can use it in a great variety of circumstances. So are things such as discussing possibility, comparing two options, or defending something you have proposed.
Let me use the image above to clarify: do you see that excavator? Excavating is like a communicative skill: it can be done in many situations and with many different goals. It is a versatile skill that you can apply to many unrelated situations.
So when these communicative skills are applied to business, they provide you with professional skills. So defending your point of view is a communicative skills, persuading your suppliers to give you a discount is a business skill. And persuading your daughter to eat her greens is a life skill!
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