On your own or with a friend
A useful technique is to
yourself speaking and then listen to it. Try not to do it from written
text. It can be quite useful just to tell a story from your childhood.
By listening to the recording you make you might be able to spot areas
where you can improve. It is even better if you can get a friend to
listen to what you say. S/he will be able to tell you if they have
problems understanding you and where you might need to improve.
This set of files is
designed to help you with giving presentations and leading seminars.
If you use this link to the BBC world service
you can go to 'Six minute English'. Here you can listen to short parts
of a radio programme and read the script at the same time. This will
help build up your fluency as well as help develop your pronunciation.
This BBC site has
some good practice of individual sounds. Please make an
appointment for GIL if you want to find out more about which sounds you
- listening to a short piece of language and then repeating it into a voice recorder.
- listen to complete sentences
and then try to repeat them at the same speed and intonation as you hear on the
programme. You can rewind and listen again if you want to.
This website can help with pronunciation too.
Practice your speaking
During the academic year you will be able to join university
clubs. This is a good opportunity to speak to others as well as to
enjoy yourself. You can find a set of links to university clubs here.
If you are an
insessional student you can join credit-rated or non
credit-rated academic speaking and listening classes.You
have to register as an insessional student in
order to do this.
last updated 09/10/15