On Improving One’s English
I received your letter and am happy to know that you wish to compete at the Central Civil Services. You have asked for my advice on how to develop your communicative skills in English for the interview or viva.
The first thing is to expose yourself to fine examples of spoken English as you hear it on radio and T.V. There are plenty of programmes going on in good English. The BBC has a lot of them on radio plays, games, quizzes, talks, etc. You get good English on T.V. programmes too, like ‘Focus Discussion’ of current issues by experts in the field. ‘The World this Week’ and the Doordarshan news are full of ideas expressed in the correct diction and words. In fact, you even get to know how to present information as your opinion and give an analysis of an event or issue precisely what the viva voce is all about.
Remember you may not understand all the words in the first few days. It may be because your vocabulary is not developed or that
your ear and carry on listening.
With best wishes.