Talking to yourself for boosting oral fluency

G’day mate. What’s up? Today, I am going to continue to talk about things you can do to boost your oral fluency. Just studying English for getting a higher score in English exams is not effective at all. Doing this study, but at the same time, you shall discipline yourself to get a forceful English exposure every day.

First of all, you can’t actually start talking to yourself without having a proper pronunciation, basic grammar rules and vocabularies. Assuming you have already had these prerequisites, you’re gonna set up one topic and just brainstorm first. Brainstorming is an integral part of English learning. How many related vocabularies you came up with? What sort of ideas you’ve got? Brainstorming is of course not possible to be done without basic background knowledge stemming from your daily reading and listening (input learning). Otherwise, you’re fantasising or making up, which sometimes works out, but normally not really.

After you’ve got ideas and vocabularies in your head or on your notes, you shall embark on self-talk session instantaneously. Keep in mind the fact that self-talk is supposed to be done without rehearsal or well preparation, rather you speak impromptu. This sometimes needs to be carried out under time pressure. This training is gonna be evaluated by your self-appraisal. No one will do so on your behalf, so don’t worry about how you are gonna perform. But for learning purposes, what you should do is to record yourself, strictly check grammar, appropriateness of your word-choice, tone, rhythm, phrasing, pronunciation as well as speed. Take your grammar text and dictionary with you, you listen to your recorded voice to nitpick as many as you possibly can.

As long as you can read aloud a wide range of English-written articles comfortably, you will be alright when it comes to self-talk. This comfortableness encompasses a few grammar, collocation or word-choice errors, smoothness of your speech rate, decent phrasing and rhythm. If you persist mispronouncing some particular sounds, you should come back to read aloud practice to refine them, and then you do self-talk over and over and over again. It’s just a cyclical process, which only works out for you. Like a child, getting immersed him/herself in repeating and imitating his/her parents’ talk is paramount.

Thanks for reading today!

Have a great start of new week!

Published by Masato Kawaguchi

I am an English entrepreneur here in Australia. I've been teaching the PTE exam for the last 2 years or so, now mainly general English online.

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