Brainstorm is essential skill for English learners

G’day mate, how are ya? Today, I am going to talk about why brainstorm is an essential skill for English learners. When you are learning any new language, you should be doing brainstorm in some ways. Brainstorm actually makes your English learning so much easier and more effective. Let’s elaborate why.

When you are talking to yourself, you should be doing brainstorm in order to generate brilliant ideas

Idea generation can only be done by brainstorm, I reckon. You can’t steal someone’s professional idea unless you acknowledge her/him as a piece of reference. But, normally when self-talking is going on, no body tries to quote someone’s idea, instead show off your own theory and idea based on your hypotheses. To do so, you should be doing brainstorm, which allows your intuition to generate a piece of ideas. For instance, when I am improvising some talks I normally contemplate something for a few minutes, and generate some ideas or keywords, and then I start talking to myself. Of course, in order to do so effectively and smoothly, you should have a certain number of vocabularies and grammatical rules. Without brainstorming, you can’t really talk to yourself very well. It’s very simple, but not many people do so properly. Before starting talking, please just sit down, close your eyes and cogitate for a while. Don’t jump the gun!

When you are writing something in English, brainstorm helps you to come up with keywords

Brainstorm is the key to success in English writing. Writing is a kinda byproduct of speaking. So, if you can do brainstorm during speaking, it’s a piece of cake for you to brainstorm while writing. The same way should be applied. You don’t have to jot down keywords, but you just try to retain the ideas and keywords in your head, and then you spell them out! If I am required to write about my English learning history, for instance, I should relax first, and mull over what and how I’ve studied in the past like my ways of learning the English language. I can instantly come up with a couple keywords such as the Economist, TIME, read aloud, internal monologue, immersion, 19 years, three Master’s degrees, and so on and so forth. Then, I try to synthesise them and construct my key argument. Something like that. Brainstorm always helps me to solve the problem.

After reading books or academic journals, you want to review and comprehend what you’ve perused by brainstorming

The best way of reviewing and comprehending what you’ve read is to brainstorm for a couple of minutes. If you come back to the books or academic journals over and over again, then it’s going to be really time-consuming. Instead of going back to the readings repeatedly, you try to scratch your head to write down some keywords, expressions, ideas or even illustrations. Making sure that these are your vivid reminder of what you’ve read. So, you can write or speak something to do with your readings, which is undeniably an excellent output training.

For listening training, brainstorm plays a pivotal role in visualising the circumstances of the audio’s conversations on your behalf

Specifically speaking, not on your behalf, but maybe subconsciously you’re brainstorming (=visualising) while or after listening to the audio recording like podcast or radio programs. This brainstorm differs, to some extent, from what you do in speaking, writing and reading. What is it? Well, to put it simply, you do listen and brainstorm simultaneously. So, it’s a bit different type of brainstorm compared to other three skills. Not coming up with keywords, expressions or ideas, but imaging the situation as if you’re there. However, this means that you should’ve already got ideas and keywords, because if you can get the big picture of what they are talking about, then you’re already doing brainstorm in a proper fashion. But if you can’t brainstorm while listening, what you are listening is going to be gone unnoticed like a noise.

When you are giving an impromptu self-presentation, brainstorm assists you in proposing various possible situations on your behalf

What do I mean by this is this: it’s like normal self-talk. You sit down, and unwind a bit, and then set up one theme something what you want to present yourself. The process of idea generation is exactly the same as the way in which you do self-talk. The difference between self-talks and impromptu self-presens is formality, or in some cases, length. So, you need to think about various situations like a press conference, a business presen, or a seminar presen. etc. You visualise such situations for your self-presen, thereby practising more practical and professional presen skills. For instance, if I’d like to do a seminar presentation, then I visualise the situation where I am at a formal lecture auditorium or like HBS-styled seminar theatre and there are many audiences in front of me. All things are your imagination, but you will feel under pressure, which is a kinda cool practice. All in all, what you brainstorm helps you to embark upon your impromptu self-presen so much easier and smoother in a more professional way. I know it’s not real, but you can at least do more professional rehearsals to prepare for a real presentation.

That’s all for today. Thanks for reading!

Have a lovely day!

Published by Masato Kawaguchi

I am an English entrepreneur here in Australia. I've been teaching the PTE exam for the last 2 years or so, now mainly general English online.

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