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How to Improve Your Speaking Skills

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Many of us learn through reading, writing, and repeating popular phrases when learning a new language. When you have to speak a language, you can really tell how well you know it. When speaking a foreign language, most people are nervous because they are concerned that their grammar will be inaccurate, that they will mispronounce words, or that their vocabulary will be inadequate.

It’s natural to feel insecure when learning a new language, but you shouldn’t allow that to stop you from trying to communicate. “Practice makes perfect,” as the adage goes. The more you force yourself to speak beyond your comfort zone, the more natural the language will feel to you.

 

Definitions

The teacher will offer students a term to define in this activity. He or she will put out a few possible solutions, and the pupils must determine which one is the most grammatically accurate. In other instances, students will be asked to debate the various definitions and select the correct solutions.

 

Varying Vocabulary

It’s critical to expand your vocabulary in order to fully express yourself in your new language. You can try to express yourself and be creative with words if you have a good vocabulary library to draw from. This way, if you forget a word, you may still explain it with other terms you recall.

Teachers will encourage pupils to create a phrase using certain terms in another vocabulary activity. This promotes the use of context and proper grammar. It is critical for pupils to overcome their initial fear of speaking in a foreign language. Making mistakes is unavoidable, and it is an essential part of the learning process.

 

2 Minute Speech

  1. Begin your speech with a question to pique the audience’s curiosity. Students should present their speech and explain why it is significant in the introduction.
  2. Share anecdotes from your own life. This demonstrates to the audience that you are sincere. The important points are discussed in the body of the speech. Students are encouraged to support their speech for two reasons.
  3. Make a clear ‘call to action phrase at the end. Students should describe what their audience learned and what they should do with that knowledge in the final section of the speech.

Before the exam, students are urged to practice with their peers and have their peers grade them. This allows them to become accustomed to speaking in front of groups and gain the confidence they will need to perform in front of teachers and examiners.

 

Pair Work

Students take turns interviewing each other for 10 minutes in groups of two. They are expected to introduce themselves in the same way as the examiner would. Examiners will ask pupils questions based on pre-determined subjects. If the topic is social media, for example, the following types of questions will be asked:

 

Vocabulary Reinforcement

Students can expand their vocabulary in a variety of ways, and teachers are encouraged to come up with innovative ways to include new terms in their lessons. Unscrambling words and then searching for them in a word jumble is one practice.

 

Speak! Speak! Speak!

The easiest method to build confidence in a new language is to speak it. The more students practice, the more at ease they will be with the vocabulary and grammar. We urge our pupils to speak their new language to their friends, siblings, parents, and even themselves!

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