Category: Teach Conversations

Seven Tips to Speak English Fluently

You may have been studying English for many years but still feel that English is stuck in your mouth and you can’t express yourself freely to people. When it comes to talk, you may realize that your English is frozen and you don’t remember any word. You may think that your English level isn’t enough to speak fluently and you need more practice to increase your level from intermediate to advanced one.

Feeling stuck is frustrating and discouraging. Sometimes, you might lose confidence and give up. The good news is you can fix this problem. Here are some tips you can use to begin to move forward and avoid feeling stuck in your English.

1. Make English a part of your everyday life:

Practice English regularly, just for 10 or 15 minutes daily. Do something in English every day. For example, listen to different English podcasts every morning, read something in English before you go to sleep, watch something in English in your free time.

2. Read out loud and record yourself talking in English:

Read aloud to practice the pronunciation. You can also record yourself talking about what you understood. Record yourself talking in English and then you can see what you need to improve if it is grammar, vocabulary or pronunciation.

3. Engage in a conversational class:

Enroll in a class of English conversations to learn how to express yourself in each real-life situation. In this course you can learn new vocabulary and grammar and how to use them in conversations. Moreover, you will practice speaking and listening.

4. Watch series or movies in English without subtitles:

That way you will sharpen your listening skills plus you will get the real language that native speakers speak. In this case, there is a great chance to remember the spoken language because of your high concentration and desire to know what they are talking about in the movie.

5. Listen to music lyrics with their scripts:

It is fun for you and you can learn new words from lyrics of songs you love. These new words you learned are used in sentences so it is easier to remember them.

6. Use what you learn the same day:

If you learn a new word, a new phrase or some grammar, you should use it the same day. For example, you can write a comment on Facebook or an email, tell your friend or relative about it.

7. Communicate with a native speaker:

The best way to develop your confidence in English is to communicate with native speakers so they can help you practice authentic English.

How to Teach a Dialogue?

dialogueThere are two stages of teaching any dialogue:

1. Presenting the dialogue:

1. Introduce the activity telling Ss that they’re going to read & listen a dialogue.

2. Present the most important or the key individual words included in the dialogue.

3. Ask Ss to look at the dialogue and the pictures to talk about the scene of it:
a. Who are the speakers?
b. Where are they?
c. What are they talking about?
d. What do you think is happening in each picture?

4. Then ask Ss to read the whole dialogue silently or listen to it extensively to answer a pre-question. The answer is the main idea of the dialogue.

5. Next, ask or put two more questions on the board and ask Ss to listen to the dialogue on the cassette ( or read by the teacher ) to answer those questions.

6. Read the dialogue aloud, this time to focus on the important phrases or expressions included in the dialogue.

2. Practicing the dialogue:

1. Invite pairs of Ss to the front of the class with their books to role play or act out the dialogue.

2. Write the dialogue on the board or distribute it printed on a paper with some missing parts. Ask Ss to work in pairs to fill in the gaps. Elicit the answers from as many pairs as possible.

3. Focusing on the important language functions included in the dialogue, divide the dialogue into mini dialogues or some situations, each one includes a prompt and its response, give each mini dialogue with a missing part & ask Ss to fill in the gaps in pairs and act out each situation.

4. Invite pairs of Ss to the front of the class without their books to role play or act out the dialogue telling them that some personal modifications should be done.

Practical steps to teach & practice a conversation

conversation

Present the conversation:

1. set the scene telling students what the conversation is about and the names of participants.

2. present the new & key vocabulary. ( words/phrases ) using effective techniques.

3. ask students to listen to the whole conversation by playing the recording or reading the whole conversation for students and check understanding by eliciting the meaning of key words/phrases.

3. model the conversation with one or two brilliant students, then model it using two brilliant students.

4. focus on language functions in the conversation dividing it into mini dialogues and writing each one on the board to refer to the function included and how to express it.

Practice the conversation:

*Listen and repeat:

play the recording, students listen, focus on correct pronunciation, repeat correctly after the recording or after You.

*Role-play the conversation:

ask students to come to the front to produce the conversation using body language, gestures, … ( dramatize it ) & it’s preferable to do so without books.

*Free production:

create situations that resemble real-life communication & encourage students to use the phrases taught in the conversation.

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