How to improve our lessoning and speaking skill?
As an ESL student i am having troubles with my speaking,I'd like to know how to improve it.Thank you all!
A trick that I share with students working on enunciation is to hold a pencil between your teeth (parallel with your mouth) and practice reading out loud. The pencil forces you to slow down and focus on the sounds you're making. It is a great exercise to increase your mouth's elasticity as everything you say must be greatly exaggerated to be understood.
Interesting trick. I must try that. I hope nobody swallows the pencil
I think that the best way to improve is to have conversations with native speakers. Do you have opportunities to do that? It is also good to listen to English TV shows, movies, websites, etc. I know that it is hard work to learn English well. But I am sure that you are doing very well.
I would also worry about swallowing the pencil. hehe!
Have a nice day,
Hi every body
I also agree with Mike,
Speaking and being with natives really help.
I'm teaching to EFL adults learners and I sometimes invite natives to take part in my class and discuss with my students.I t was so nice and Ss really liked it,and started questioning me of the different accents that those natives had.
Listening and Speaking Skill
Language is primarily speech and I also think that the best way to improve is to have conversations with native speakers or people who are really good speakers of the language. The only thing is whether we have abundant opportunities to do that. It is also fine if we can listen to English TV shows and movies.It might be difficult to learn English well for those who do not have the ability to discriminate between the contrasting units of sounds in the language. There may be a number of sounds that are not used in the mother tongue of the learner. For example, Standard English pronunciation (i.e., RP) requires two high front vowels, one long and one short (as in bead and bid), but it may so happen that the learnerâ€™s mother tongue has only one vowel in that area. Such learners will not hear the difference in these two English sounds easily. And one cannot easily produce the sounds one has not heard.
I would however be concerned about using the pencil. It might prove risky with kids.
I also often have other native speakers join our classes, even if they have no training in ESL. Accents can certainly be interesting and sometimes quite confusing. In addition, the English used in the US is quite different from that in England, India or elsewhere.
I think that English learning is not an exact science. It is as much an art as a science.
I hope that students will find joy and enthusiasm in their learning. These are keys to success.
It is nice to meet you!
Certainly the variety of vowel sounds can be quite confusing to English learners. How would we know that head would be pronounced so differently than bead? It comes only through experience and practice. And as I said above, there is no perfection in speaking English.
To me, the goal should be not to speak perfectly, but to be able to listen and speak at a level that conversation is successful. After all, that is our major goal.
Of course reading and writing are a whole different issue entirely.
Have a great day!
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