You MUST practise speaking English to improve...
Speaking is a practical skill and is probably the most important skill you should focus on when learning English. There’s no point in just learning the grammar rules and vocabulary, you need to put what you learn into practice.
It’s like riding a horse; you wouldn’t just read the theory on ‘how to ride a horse’ you would need to physically get on the horse and practice. You would start by building up your confidence, then you’d perfect your techniques and then you would focus on increasing speed and accuracy.
As you can see you need to physically practice speaking or you’re not going to improve your speaking skill.
You might be thinking "I don’t have anyone to practice with"...and of course having someone to practice with is extremely helpful.
However, don’t let that stop you, you can practice speaking English alone and I'm going to share some 4 great activities that you can do by yourself at home!
4 AMAZING ACTIVITIES FOR YOU TO PRACTICE SPEAKING...
ACTIVITY #1: Read out loud
A fantastic speaking activity you can do from the comfort of your own home ALONE is to read out loud!
Whenever, you read anything in English, read out loud; it could be a book, an article a social media post.
START RIGHT NOW: Try READING THIS BLOG out loud!
When you read out loud you’re using your mouth muscles to produce English sounds. When you speak in your own language you use different mouth muscles to when you speak in English so this is why it's important to practice.
This activity is very easy and will make a difference to your speaking!
ACTIVITY #2: Speak about what you are doing
When you are doing things around the home; cleaning, making dinner, doing the gardening etc. speak in English as you do them.
"I’m making lunch for my family", "I’m cutting the vegetables", "I’m pouring the water into the pan", "I’m putting it on the table"….by doing this you are re-using vocabulary, pronouncing words and connecting your ideas together.
ACTIVITY #3: Talk about past or future events
Another similar activity to the one above is; talk about past events or future events...
What you did at the weekend? or what you’re are going to do? This is a great way to practice using and practising different grammar structures.
ACTIVITY #4: Describe images
A great activity is to describe images. This is a superb way to start using different descriptive vocabulary.
All you need to do is; when you see an image; speak about it and describe in detail what you can see, if there are people in the picture, what are they doing? You can also speculate using modal verbs.
This activity is used in many different English examinations as it really does test your speaking skills. Try this activity with the image below...
As you can see there are ways to practice speaking English without a speaking partner. Go on, give these activities a go and take your speaking skills to the next level!
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In the comments section below, practice your English and describe the image above...
Matthew & Becky
Native British Teachers
Online English Skills
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