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How to be a better speaker

What speakers do

In some ways speaking is the most difficult language skill. Every time you speak you have to do many different things but you have very little time to do them. Imagine, for example, that the teacher has asked you a question in class. Here is a list of the things you have to do when giving an answer.

You have to:

To make things more difficult, you have to do all this with everyone else in the class looking at you and listening to you! Itís no surprise that some ESL students donít talk at all for a while when they first come to school.

Practising speaking

Speaking is a skill like learning to swim. The more you practise, the better you will become, until finally you can do it without needing to think much about it. Here are some ways that you can get as much speaking practice as possible:

Practising pronunciation and intonation

If you have problems with your English pronunciation or intonation, you could practise these too. For example, you could listen to stories or watch videos with people talking to each other, and try to repeat the phrases and sentences they say.

You could try out these pronunciation practice sites.

More information to help you become a better speaker

Here is a list of more things to think about or strategies to try in order to improve your speaking skills:


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