How can we speak better English?

Preparation

Think about it.

 

When you speak in your own mother tongue, you don't worry about making mistakes.  

 

If you can't think of a word, you think of another.

 

You stop speaking for a moment and then start again.

 

No one cares - least of all you!

 

So why not do the same in English?

 

The important thing is to prepare yourself.  Anticipate what's going to happen before it does.

 

Are you going to make a phonecall?  

  1. Make a list - in English - of all the words you might hear 
  2. Write down - in bullet points - everything you need to ask 
  3. Make sure you know who you're going to speak to - and their level of responsibility
  4. Find a quiet place to make your phonecall - and tell everyone: "Don't disturb!" 

Just as you would do in your own mother tongue!

Practice

You can't get away from it.

 

Practice makes perfect.

 

But we're not looking for perfection here - we're looking for communication!

 

Every week, as often as you like or as much as you can, we can video chat our way to a better spoken English.  You already know quite a bit:

  • lots of vocabulary lists
  • lots of grammar rules
  • maybe some useful phrases
  • maybe you even know how to understand when people speak to you

But what about when you need to react to what they say?

 

What about when they're standing there, waiting for you to reply?

 

What about when you're lost for words - even after two or three years of learning English?

 

Don't worry!  It's not you.  It's your preparation.

 

You simply don't have enough practice in "speaking spontaneously".  

 

But listen to this: you can practise spontaneity.  All you need is some video chat to bring your spontaneity up to the level of the rest of your knowledge.

 

You don't need more knowledge.  You need practice in skills.

Production

It's not always what you know that helps you out in languages.  Often, it's how you use it that really makes the difference.

 

Once you've prepared yourself and practised what you want to do, you'll be able to produce great English without even having to think about it!

 

An example?

  1. I remember one business class where we put three levels in one group.  It was a class where everyone wanted to know how to give presentations.  
  2. The highest level student decided to depend on his linguistic knowledge and grammar and didn't really pay attention to our skills training.
  3. The lowest level student couldn't depend on his language knowledge - couldn't depend on the what - so had to listen to what we were teaching from the point of view of skills: for him, it was the how.
  4. Who gave the best presentation in the end in real-life conditions - with conference room, audience and video camera rolling?  Even the highest level student had to recognise it was the young man with the least knowledge of English who gave the very best account of himself in real-life conditions.

That, after all, is what you've learnt to do with your own mother tongue.

 

Trust me.  It'll happen for you too.



Discover more

Do you like the sound of being able to do all the above?  Do you like the sound of better spoken English?  

 

Then discover more about how it can happen for you here!