The Philippines’ aim is to be globally competitive to improve its economic standing. One of the skills most important to employers is their prospective employees’ English speaking skills. Here are some tips to improve your spoken English.
There is no better way to check your diction and pronunciation than speaking and recording yourself. In that way, you can make a list of the things that you wish to improve. You can also ask an expert or a friend to listen to your recording and give you their comments.
You can also try reading a book aloud and make a list of words that you find challenging. Make sure that you speak the language whenever you can. See to it that you practice speaking in English even at home, to make your learning holistic.
If you’re still shy about speaking in English, a useful trick is to start by thinking in English. You can practice in your mind until you get accustomed to speaking the language.
2. Increase reading and writing opportunities
Grab anything that is written in English. As the saying goes, each book has a story. You can always learn something new from printed materials whether it is a pamphlet, a magazine, or a book. Enhancing your vocabulary is easy as the breeze in this manner. Experts suggest that reading books with lots of dialogue helps you get to grips with real and simpler conversation.
On the other hand, you can also immerse yourself into writing to hone your ability to express your thoughts effectively and accurately. You can keep a journal and, in detail, write your daily experiences in it. You can also start your own blog if you want other people to read and comment on your works. Keep in mind that you have a diverse audience who is reading your articles so you may practice a different writing strategy for a specific set of the audience from time to time.
3. Watch and mimic
Whenever your time permits you, see to it that you watch English television shows, series, movies, and even music videos. In this manner, you can see the way the native English speakers pronounce the words that you often use. For practice, you can mimic their lip movements and intonation.
Alternatively, you can also listen to your favorite English songs. Musicians have poetic license to use language in an incorrect way so watch out for grammar lapses because these will confuse you. Always remember that you have to stick to the rules of grammar.
4. Be patient
Learning a new language happens over time. Same applies to improving something that you already know. It is normal to get frustrated at times, and whenever you are in this state just keep in mind that even native English speakers commit mistakes. Be kind to yourself and set your goals for continuous improvement. You can do it!
Beatrice Mari is the Administrative Officer of the Student Affairs Office and the Head of the Academic Review and Publications Unit of the Research Development and Management Office of Lyceum-Northwestern University. She also taught Mass Communication and English Subjects in the same institution. She graduated from the University of the Philippines Baguio with a degree in Communication. She is a musician by heart; she plays the bass guitar and writes songs. She has a small crafts business that she intends to grow, like her cacti and succulent collection.
Lyle Edryl is a product of the public school system. She earned her BA Communication degree from the University of the Philippines Baguio. Presently, she is a college instructor at Lyceum-Northwestern University. She still spends her Saturdays in school, in the University of Pangasinan, pursuing her Master’s Degree. During her spare time she likes to watch the television series Grey’s Anatomy.