Speaking English is important. It is also scary, for many people. The good news is: you can prepare for it. In two ways: your technique and your content.
The Little Oxford Dictionary tells us that technique is “a method in doing something; skill in an activity”. Many people, however, never really practise their speaking skills. They just do it. They forget PMP: Practice Makes Perfect.
In our network we have developed speaking exercises that help you improve your speaking skills step by step. You start with simple short sentences to get used to the sounds of English, later you start recording texts, reading them out loud on Skype. Step three is that you record your own messages, on Skype, so that you can focus on the language that is important for you.
Content is also an important element in speaking activities. It is a big surprise that very few people prepare for a meeting or a test. They just go there and expect the words to flow. They usually do, but the result is often quite colourless. With a lot of repetition. And a lack of structure. To make your production more interesting, make a plan. Use bullet points, write down interesting expressions that will help you to communicate more clearly. To avoid repetition, find synonyms in your dictionary or thesaurus. If you need advice or want help, you can always mail us firstname.lastname@example.org.
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