Towards Speaking Fluency

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  • Towards Speaking Fluency

    1. 1. CELE Guided Independent Learning
    2. 2. Make a list of the areas where you need to havespeaking fluency.Possible answers:a) Your degree subject. Do you need to be fluent in the theories and concepts that are important in your subject area?b) Clubs or societies. Are you responsible for addressing other students in English?What other answers do you have? CELE Guided Independent Learning
    3. 3. Now make a list of situations where you need toshow fluency in your degree and what you needto be fluent in.Possible answers:a) Formal class presentations (Are you assessed on fluency?)b) Group discussions: If you are fluent in the subject area being discussed, you are a useful resource to your group. CELE Guided Independent Learning
    4. 4. Are there any other reasons why you would liketo be fluent in English? CELE Guided Independent Learning
    5. 5.  There is a difference between when you speak and when you practise speaking. Speaking • This is much more self reflective and you evaluate your language – you pay more attention to how you say things rather than your message. Speaking Practice • The important thing is how effectively the other person understands you – your message is important. CELE Guided Independent Learning
    6. 6.  Speaking practice occurs when you actively focus on the quality of your speaking. Remember:You can only work on one element at a time. Making mistakes is an important part of learning. Be as aware of what you do well as what you have problems with. It takes time to improve. Be patient. CELE Guided Independent Learning
    7. 7. Speak to Form a speaking Record yourself Have an ‘English international group with some talking and listenHour’ in your dorm students when the friends to yourself opportunity arisesTake every chance Read a transcript Try to avoid you can to speak out loud and Accept feedback translation asEnglish e.g. before compare it to the from your peers much as possible class original Watch a scene from a film and Talk with the SAC Discuss something Think in Englishdiscuss it in the AV tutors in the news Suite Remember, most of the time you will not have a teacher with you when you talk. CELE Guided Independent Learning
    8. 8.  There are a lot of resources in the SAC to help with pronunciation. CELE Guided Independent Learning
    9. 9.  There are a lot of resources in the SAC to help with pronunciation. However, whatever resources you use, the principle remains the same.Listen to Identify Listen to Listen to Adapt toyourself problem good yourself the model sounds models CELE Guided Independent Learning
    10. 10.  Look at the following dialogue. Who is talking? Father andA: Where were you last night? teenageB: Out. daughterA: Where did you go? ClassmatesB: To the cinema.A: Who with? Boss and employee Husband and wifeB: A friend.Practice the dialogue as the different people.How does it change how you say it? CELE Guided Independent Learning
    11. 11.  There are three steps to improving your vocabulary. F Find it L Learn it U it Use Read & listen Learn aspects of the Use the vocabulary word e.g. collocation whenever you can and formDiscover vocabulary in context Put vocabulary in your Don’t just rely on your Make note of useful own contexts core vocabulary vocabulary CELE Guided Independent Learning
    12. 12. Remember, having a good vocabularydoes not mean using complexvocabulary, but using the vocabulary youhave appropriately. CELE Guided Independent Learning
    13. 13.  Think about how you interact in your own language. Do you interact in the same way in English? How do you do these things in English? Interrupt Clarify what someone you mean Ask for Emphasise clarification your point CELE Guided Independent Learning
    14. 14.  The purpose of speaking is to communicate with other people. For part of your speaking practice, you could forget self correction and concentrate on getting your message across. The following activities are adapted from Klippel, F. Keep Talking CELE Guided Independent Learning
    15. 15.  Priorities: Why do people go to University? Rank the reasons from 1 (most important) to 8 (least important). To acquire To prepare for To meet other To train their knowledge a job young people memoryTo test their To make their To become To have aintelligence parents happy independent good time CELE Guided Independent Learning
    16. 16.  What would you rather be, and why? Soft Glass Man Hammer Chicken Hard Wood Egg Woman Nail CELE Guided Independent Learning
    17. 17.  What would you rather be, and why? Glass Man Hammer Chicken Wood Egg Woman Nail CELE Guided Independent Learning
    18. 18.  What would you rather be, and why? Glass Man Chicken Wood Egg Woman CELE Guided Independent Learning
    19. 19.  What would you rather be, and why? Man Chicken Egg Woman CELE Guided Independent Learning
    20. 20.  What would you rather be, and why? Man Woman CELE Guided Independent Learning
    21. 21. CELE Guided Independent Learning
    22. 22. CELE Guided Independent Learning
    23. 23.  Level - Elementary to Intermediate  A teachers book but contains photocopiable pages for students  Fun games and activitiesCELE Guided Independent Learning
    24. 24.  Level: Advanced  Practical self-help course  Helps advanced students to speak confidentlyCELE Guided Independent Learning
    25. 25.  Features:  Section on effective use of eye contact, posture, g estures, and voice  Various types of presentation -- from impromptu to persuasive  Pronunciation and listening tipsCELE Guided Independent Learning
    26. 26.  Chapters on how to access and use different media, including the Internet for research and PowerPoint for visual aids  New interactive, communicative activities and exercisesCELE Guided Independent Learning
    27. 27.  Level: Advanced  Contains 23 units  For pairs or groups  One example question from the book is; “If you had a million dollars what would you do?”CELE Guided Independent Learning
    28. 28.  Level: Advanced  The CD provides a wide range of native speaker accents  Encourages lively, discussion among advanced level students  Consists of 26 topic- based units on common themesCELE Guided Independent Learning
    29. 29.  Level: Elementary to Upper Intermediate  Contains 18 familiar topics but presented in a refreshing way!  Includes negotiating, persua ding, expressing opinion and requesting informationCELE Guided Independent Learning
    30. 30.  Level: Elementary to Advanced  Contains drama activities to build confidence and fluency  Pick the activity you like and practiceCELE Guided Independent Learning
    31. 31. 1) Use the resources and advice you can get in the SAC and from the Academic Support Clinic in SSB 118.2) You should first be clear about what area you want to be fluent in so you can focus on that area.3) There are a number of different strategies to help you achieve fluency. Choose the ones that suit you best. CELE Guided Independent Learning
    32. 32. Thank you.Any questions or comments?CELE Guided Independent Learning

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