Another one of my answers was chosen as Best Answer on Yahoo Answers- I love it when that happens! Here is the link to the question on the Answers site:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AiCvilSA_O91bQ8APhI307fsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20120606005502AAxqwGl

This is the question:

I’m a college student whose native language is not English. I have spent a lot of time in learnign English, and I found my reading and listening skills have improved a lot in the last two years. But my oral and written skills is too poor, so it is difficult for me to communicate with others in English directly. I have been learning English by myself, and my English input ability is improved a lot. Now it is still hard for me to express myself flluently in English, and it is impossible for me to have a English environment. It is hard for me to find someone to help me, all I could have to do with are books and Internet. Is it possible to greatly improve my oral and written skills without a tutor?
Could there be someone help me to correct my mistakes in this representation? I will appreciate it!

It’s really two questions, with the first part asking the question, “Is it possible to greatly improve your oral and written skills without a tutor?”

And here is my answer:

I’d say yes- you can indeed improve your speaking and writing with the right kinds of English courses and by listening and reading a lot.

After 11 years of teaching English full-time, I no longer believe that ‘practice’ is nearly as important as everyone says it is. The real key is comprehensible input: listening and reading that you can understand. Fluency in speaking and writing will come naturally and easily after a lot of comprehensible input.

And then the second part is asking for a correction of the writing. Here is how I corrected it:

I’m a college student whose native language is not English. I have spent a lot of time learning English; my reading and listening skills have improved a lot in the last two years. But my oral and written skills are still poor, so it is difficult for me to communicate with others in English. I have been learning English by myself, and my English input ability has improved a lot. But now it is still hard for me to express myself fluently in English, and it is impossible for me to… [actually I’m not sure exactly what you mean here- impossible to find and English environment? Impossible to function in an English environment?] It is hard for me to find someone to help me; all I have are books and the Internet. Is it possible to greatly improve my oral and written skills without a tutor?

That’s just the way I’d write it; other people may correct it differently and that’s okay.

And maybe I should clarify: even though it is possible to greatly improve your oral and written skills without a tutor, there are still many benefits to having a great online English teacher! A tutor can help you with pronunciation, writing, grammar, speaking and much more.

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