Laura Haug LA Languages
TIPS FOR BETTER SPEAKING
1. Don’t’ be worried about making mistakes. Focus on accuracy for 10 mins and then
relax and concentrate on being fluent. Enjoy speaking. Relax. Speaking English
should be fun.
2. If you don’t know an exact word, don’t stop and stay silent. Get round words and
phrases that you don’t know by using words or phrases that you know. Use simpler
3. Write new words in vocabulary book with pronunciation. Use the online dictionary
www.cambridge.com to find out how to pronounce a word . Say the word and repeat it.
4. Speak as clearly and simply as possible.
5. Use phrases to introduce another point: another thing is on top of that and
6. Contrast information …. .but in fact….. ……on the other hand…..
7. Introduce new ideas: let me tell you about…. an interesting thing is …..
8. Read the transcripts of listening and look at the way the speaking is organised
9. Learn new vocabulary in groups or chunks. Increase vocabulary range by writing down
new words with other words. They are easier to remember. Speak in phrases.
10. Listen to English on the radio and TV to improve pronunciation. Listen to the spoken
English of one person that you would like to sound like. As much exposure as
possible!!! Penfriends, internet chat, films, music …
11. Use hesitation devices: mm you know, sort of err uh like. You sound more fluent
and confident, they give you time to think. if I were you I’d you, that’s a good question,
repeat the question
12. Use and practise the new words as effectively as possible think about communicating
discussion: agreeing exactly, that’s true but, well I agree up to a point and disagreeing:
I think, I feel, I believe
13. Good presentations:
- introduce topic and keywords
- speak clearly , slowly but fluently and take care of your pronounciation
- choose an interesting topic
- present a variety of pictures and a minimum of text on power point
-prepare 3 Wh-questions at the end of your presentation