Practice speaking in English with these helpful ideas.
One of the most common questions language students ask, especially as they progress through Intermediate B1 level, is how to practice speaking in English. Here, our Director of Studies, Joe offers some tips and activities to improve your speaking skills.
Speaking is a skill and needs to be practised. You cannot learn how to ride a bicycle from the pages of a book or website, you have to get on a bicycle (even if it’s scary at first). Speaking will only improve when you practice speaking as much as possible as often as you can.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Your teacher will help you recognise how to improve but you can also ask a nice friend or colleague to tell you when you are making a mistake.
Listen to yourself speaking-you can do this by recording yourself on your phone. It’s OK-nobody likes the sound of their own voice but if you listen back to yourself you have the chance to recognise the errors you are making and can start to improve.
Learn and sing songs in English-this is fun but it also helps with pronunciation, fluency and listening skills.
Imitate a someone’s speech-choose a YouTube video or podcast. Repeat sentences from the recording until you can remember them. You can record yourself to see how well you are doing.
And above all, be kind to yourself-speaking well takes time and practice. When you practice for short periods every day, you will become more and more confident.
Our expert teachers can help you develop all of your language skills. Check out our courses page here https://welc.ie/onlinecourses/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Happy speaking practice.