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Unformatted text preview: SKILLS WORK 2.2 —fi 5 pea ki n 9 Focus: Speaking strategies; discussion . Level: lntermediate+ I ' _. E n g E I S h "h Target audience: Upper secondary students and adult learners a p p roa Ch e s Aim: To make students aware-oi the... different ways in which they can practise their spoken English, both in their'home country and (if relevant) in Britain Time: 15—20 minutes in class Rawclon Wyatt St Clara’s, Oxford, UK It isn’t always easy to get the chance to practise your spoken English, either in your home country or in the country where you are studying the language. Work with a partner and discuss the different things you do, or could do, to practise and 1mprove. Make a note of these in the box below. Everybody has his or her favourite way of practising their spoken English. Look at these comments made by a class of students and see if any of them are similar to the notes you made above. 1 in your home country Maria l speak English with my friends and family. it’s tun, like from . . Brazil usrng a code which nobody else can understand! Mei Chuen from China There’s an English club near my office. i sometimes go there to practise my English. Connie I go to the British Council library. They’ve got a good coilection from of videos and I borrow them. i listen to the voices and try to Slngapore copy them. The advantage of a video is that you can stop, rewind and listen again. t pretend to have conversations with an imaginary English fillies friend. Sometimes i record my conversations on a cassette. rorn Swutzerland i read one part on the cassette and leave gaps. Then i play the tape back and fill in the missing parts. :imona 1 record programmes on the BBC World Service and listen rom to them. I then try to copy the voices. italy I sing along with English songs on the radio and on Stefano tapes. from italy 26 Learner Independence WorksheetsZ © IATEFL 1999 II aflfihmnflfifififlfiflfifinnnnnn K m W a a a m a a a m a 3 3 E E a 3 3 m 3 a a E SKILLS WORK 2.2 L 2 in Britain i speak English whenever I can and with anybody I can — my teacher, the students in my class, the people in the shops and my host family. Max from Germany i’m quite lucky because I’m staying in a smaEI village and everybody is very friendly, especially in the pub where peopEe talk to me because i'm a foreigner. Aleksander from Russia | go on lots of trips and talk with people on coaches and trains. Some people don’t like talking, but I have met some very friendly people. Fernando from Spain Noriko from Japan We joined a sports club and have met lots of interesting people. We play tennis and speak English, and afterwards we go out for a drink or a meal. 1 Renata from the Czech Repubfic lam doing an evening course in photography at the local community centre. It’s much easier talking to people there because we are all interested in the same thing. I’ve got a part—time evening job working in an ice—cream bar near my school. | get plenty of speaking practice and I’ve made some new friends. 1 Carla from France Now look at these sentences and put them in order according to how useful you think they are for improving your spoken English. The most useful should come first and the least useful should come last. Write in numbers from 1 to 12 in the boxes. I: Speak English as much as possible with my teachers. |:l Speak English as much as possible with students from my country. DJoin a local sports club. l:l Record myself speaking (for example, reading from a book or magazine). l:l Sing along to songs on the radio or on tapes. l:l Attend evening courses at a local school, coliege or community centre. D Speak English as much as possible with other students in my school. I] Go to the pub or disco and start conversations with British people. El Go on trips and start conversations with my fellow passengers. l:l Speak English with my host family whenever possible. l:l Find a part-time job which allows me to practise my English. l:l Watch videos/iisten to the radio or cassettes and copy the speakers' voices. Learner Independence Worksheets 2 © IATEFL 1999 27 ...
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