We are all afraid when we start to speak English or another language. However, in the same way as a child when he starts walking, we must not be afraid and throw ourselves into it. Sure we may fall and fail several times, but instead of seeing this as a disaster or failure, we must consider this as an exercise of courage, practice, and adventure. We must practice, there is no question. Here, you have some tips by the English Connection.
By Ángel Chamizo and Elena Colado
1.-Practice speaking in a loud voice, listen to yourself because when you are speaking you are imitating somebody talking. To compare both voices by your mind, this must be done in a loud voice.
2.-Try to select some new vocabulary that you want to use as well as connectors, adjectives, phrasal verbs, idioms etc.
3.-.-Before you start practicing be sure of the pronunciation of every word you’re going to use, it’s useful to use an online dictionary to listen to the pronunciation of the word.
4.-After taking into account the first 3 points, you should pay attention to your fluency. Every sentence must be said in a natural way, to do that maybe you need to repeat a sentence sometimes till you can say it perfectly.
5.-Every time you speak you must express your feelings (happiness, surprise, anger, sadness…) through your intonation. It also communicates and makes your speech more natutal.
6.-.-Try to act when practicing a speaking. Use gestures, move your hands and change the expression of your face, change the pith of your voice. At first you may feel ridiculous but it will help you a lot.
7.- Once you have followed all the steps, record your speaking and you will realize that your speaking is better than you thought.
Exercises to improve the speaking
- In order to improve your intonation and pronunciation try to imitate a native speaking on a recording, listen to him and try to record yourself imitating that speaker, this will help you to improve little by little.
- Pair work inside and outside the class. Practising in pairs helps you a lot because it’s easier and funnier and it also encourages you to continue speaking in English about other topics.