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Learning English - One, Two, Three - SPEAK!

February 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 127

"Oh no! The teacher's going to ask me a question and I don't know what to say!"

Don't worry. You are not alone.

But remember, that's why you came to study learn what to say and how to say it.

You won't get very far if you don't try.

A lot of students hate answering questions in class. They feel stupid, they lack confidence and they feel embarrassed. It's not unusual to want to hide.

However, in reality, where better to make a mistake than in the classroom? It is important to make an effort to speak in a place where you will receive good instruction, error-correction and help from your classmates, who are likely to be at your level.

"But everyone else can speak better than me!"

Some people are better at reading, some at writing, some at speaking. This is the same whatever school or country you're in. On an English course in the UK you should be in a class where some of the students are the same level as you. But it is important to remember that everyone has different problems with speaking. These can include: the physical problems of making your mouth move in new ways, making new sounds, recognising the pronunciation differences between written words and spoken words, and not being able to hear whether you have got the pronunciation right or wrong. But what is wrong? Communication is the most important thing, and if people can understand you, you may not want to sound perfectly English - so what's the problem? If you think people are better than you, they may be! But you'll never get better if you don't open your mouth.

"I speak to my friends - I don't need to speak in class - it's not natural."

Unless you're in the wrong school, the things you are saying should help you in the real world. Everything you say in English is helpful for your spoken practice. Yes - telling you teacher or classmates about your hobbies or your plans for the future may seem a little strange in a classroom environment. You may have been told what to say and how to say it, and might feel like a robot. But the next time you use the language you are likely to be in the real world...and you'll be grateful you know how to make yourself understood.

"My mind just goes blank."

This is what happens when people are nervous, but practice makes perfect! Time on your course will help build your confidence, but the sooner you start, the sooner you'll improve. You are in a safe place. If people all spoke perfectly, life for teachers would be very easy. You are expected to make mistakes and learn from don't be too unhappy when they happen. If you can't think of the answer immediately, say: "I'm sorry, I don't know. Could you ask me again in a minute?" Say something...say anything...just try not to say nothing!

If you want to learn English in England Tudor Hall could be the place for you. Tudor Hall School of English is a small, professional school that specialises in just three things; exam preparation, English for the real world and summer programmes for younger students (14 - 17). Our passion is our students' success.

To find out about our courses, visit Tudor Hall

Sarah Short PRINCIPAL Tudor Hall School of English

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