The Best Way to Learn to Speak English
I have learned several foreign languages. What has helped me the most has always been working on oral exercises and thus doing "mental gymnastics". The idea is to assimilate "language patterns" and then practice them orally until you are capable of using them in real-time.
A Complement to Other Methods
I do not say my exercises are any better than those produced by other educators. I only know from what users have told me that these podcasts are very effective and an excellent "complement" to other methods learners may be using.
Using our podcasts to improve speaking skills
Our podcasts, "QualityTime-ESL Podcasts", "Your English" and "5 Minute TOPs" can be worked on either during one’s spare time or during ESL classes with or without the scripts and worksheets. Learners can work on the oral exercises in a lab, in a computer room, in the classroom or on their own with an MP3 player (iPod). Students can listen to the recordings and formulate the correct sentences by speaking into a microphone or by speaking on their own. They can also test each other on the different grammar points in class by working in two’s using the scripts in intensive pair work.
These podcasts are not easy. The first ones deal of course with very elementary points: the verb "to be" and the verb "to have". Very few students can quickly use without any hesitation all the tenses of these two basic verbs. So these first podcasts are a good review for students of all levels. Very quickly the episodes become challenging even for higher intermediate and advanced speakers. These are oral exercises, and although reading the scripts may be simple, actually doing the oral exercises in real-time without the aid of a script is far more difficult.
I promise that anyone who has done even just half of all the more than 120 podcasts now available will improve his/her scores dramatically on international exams like the TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, BULETS, Cambridge (all examens from FCE, CAE to the Proficiency level).
These oral exercises are perhaps not "all fun and games". But they are challenging and very effective. So download the "QualityTime-ESL Podcasts", "Your English" and "5 Minute TOPs" from iTunes or from this web site and purchase the scripts and worksheets in packs. Then get to work! You will not regret the efforts you have made!
International exams on www.examenglish.com
IELTS, International English Language Testing System,
TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language,
TOEIC, Test of English for International Communication,
Cambridge ESOL exams such as:
CPE, Certificate of Proficiency in English (C2),
CAE, Certificate of Advanced English (C1),
FCE First Certificate in English (B2),
PET, Preliminary English Test (B1),
KET, Key English Test (A2),
ECCE, Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (B2),
ECPE, Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (C2),
London Tests of English,
LTE level 5 (C2),
LTE level 3 (B2).