How To Get Conversation Ready With Fluency MC
I had the pleasure in this interview to be joined by Jason R. Levine a.k.a (also known as) Fluency MC (an MC, by the way, is, in the words of Urban Dictionary “Short for master of ceremonies or mic controller. Essentially a word for a rapper but the term is not limited to hip hop”. He’s originally from the USA, but now lives in France like me (although I’m not American and I don’t live in Paris!).
Jason is an English teacher, trainer and knowledge entertainer, using the three Rs (Relax, Repeat, Remember) to help students learn English.
You might have seen his most famous video, Stick, Stuck, Stuck on the Internet. It’s been viewed millions of times!
In this interview, Jason shares his tips to #getconversationready.
We discuss why learners struggle to understand conversational English and Jason gives his best tips for improving your listening skills.
- that connected speech isn’t a question of formality or informality but of rhythm and rhyme, rhyme and rhythm
- the role of intonation in spoken English
- the connection between pronunciation and listening
- plus the 3 ways to improve your listening skills through relaxation and repetition
Don’t miss me doing my best ram (that’s a male sheep) impression – check out the video to find out why!
More About Jason
Jason R Levine (Fluency MC) has over twenty years of experience as an English teacher, teacher trainer, and materials writer. He has led student workshops and teacher training programs in sixteen countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East.
After earning a master’s in TESOL from Hunter College in 1999, Jason taught at several schools before becoming the director of curriculum development at Embassy English. In 2002, he co-founded a business English and test preparation school in New York City.
Jason is currently based in Paris, France. He conducts workshops for English students and teachers worldwide through Oremis Plaisir d’apprendre, Gallery Languages, and the U.S. Department of State. He is the creator of the English Workout Method, an approach to English language learning based on the songs he writes and performs as Fluency MC.
He also writes for Oxford University Press and works as a trainer and consultant at Linguaid. In 2013, he created and launched ELT Techniques, the first live MOOC for English language teachers. Jason maintains the Fluency MC YouTube channel, Facebook page, and Twitter and Instagram accounts.
He is an active administrator of many Facebook groups for English language teachers and learners, including Innovative Teachers of English, Teachers Teaching Online, Fluency MC Workshops in France and Belgium, and Gallery Languages Rhyme On Time Workshops. If you’re a teacher or school administrator based in France and you’d like Jason to give a workshop, you can find out more here: http://fluencymc.com/jasons-shows/ You can contact Jason directly through his website or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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