Mark Williams
Mark Williams

Let's learn to speak English.

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nick Mark Williams
country South Africa
languages English


 I studied drama through the Trinity College of London for 3 years.

I have done puppetry, TV Presentations and i have been teaching online for 

+- 2 yrs. I have taught Russians, Italians, Portugese , Chinese, Koreans and Germans. Im currently working on a program to teach english to the South African Police. 

I am busy writting a book , and i love reading motivational stories.

I work through Elance a company which provides opportunites linking the outside world to the skills and sevices people need.


L ooking forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely 

Mark Williams

Experience: 2 years

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The following data is a outline of how the class will prepare you conversationally.

1 Read a short passage and discuss what your understanding is of the information you have read. 

Now the three had journeyed several days when at last they came upon the Oasis of Ziza, and Gaspar who was the wisest of them said, "We will rest our horses here this night. It will be safe." "Safe for horses and men," Melchior agreed. "But what of the gold?" "Safe for the gold also. No one knows we carry it." The sun was low in the western sky as they approached, and Gaspar held up a hand to shield his eyes. It would be night soon. A young herdsman came out to meet them and take their horses. And he said, "Welcome to the Oasis of Ziza. Have you ridden far?" "A full moon's journey," Gaspar replied, speaking in the nomadic tongue. "What is your name?" And the herdsman answered, "They call me Ramoth, sire." "Here is a gold coin for you, Ramoth. Feed and water our mounts for the journey and another will be yours on the morrow." "Which way do you travel, sire?" "Towards the west," Gaspar said, purposely vague. When the young herdsman had departed with the horses fat Balthazar said, "I am not pleased, Gaspar. You lead us, it is true, but the keeping of the gold is my responsibility. And travellers guided by the heavens would do well to journey by night." "The desert is cold by night, my friend. Let us cease this bickering and settle ourselves here till the dawn." Then Melchior and Balthazar went off to put up their tent, and Gaspar was much relieved. It had been a long journey, not yet ended, and he treasured these moments alone. Presently he set off to inspect the oasis where they would spend the night, and he came upon a stranger who wore a sword at his waist. "Greetings, traveller," the man said. "I am Nevar, of the northern tribe. Do you journey this route often?" "Not often, no. My name is Gaspar and I come with my two companions from the east." Nevar nodded, and stroked his great growth of beard. "Later, when the sun is gone, there a are games of chance--and women for those who have the gold to pay." "That does not interest me," Gaspar said. "You will find the companionship warming," Nevar said. "Come to the fire near the well. That is where we will be." Gaspar went on, pausing to look at the beads and trinkets the nomad traders offered. When he reached the well at the far end of the oasis, he saw a woman lifting a great earthen jar to her shoulder. She was little more than a child, and as he watched, the jar slipped from her grasp and shattered against the stones, splashing her with water. She burst into tears. "Come, child," Gaspar said, comforting her. "There is always another jar to be had."

Question 1 What are we reading about in this passage?

Question 2 What are the names of our travellers?

Question3 Where are they coming from and what are they carrying?

Question 4 Why are they so suspicious of the herdsman?

Question5 What is an Oasis and how important is it?

Question 6 How are they travelling?

In this passage we are introduced to travellers, and they are carrying precious wealth.

What is important to you, that you would keep , a secret?

Is it good to keep secrets?

So in a conversation, you will be using the following words. What, who , where, when why and how.

What refers to something which is happening.

In this case the what refers to the journey the travellers are taking.

What are they doing, they are travelling.

Who refers to the travellers.

Where are they travelling ,in the desert .

When during the day.

Why , BECAUSE they are looking for shelter at the Oasis.

How, they are travelling by horse.

In learning to converse we teach, the learner certain basic word uses to help  him or to identify with, how a conversation is held.

Eg What is your name? My name is Mark 

Where do you live?

I live in CapeTown South Africa.

Who is your favourite personality?

How are you feeling?

These questions are asked to get a desired response.