SELF-STUDY TIPS FOR PRACTISING SPEAKING
I know…you may ask me now how it is possible to practise speaking on your own.
I agree that it would be ideal to have someone to talk to, preferably a native speaker, a private tutor or maybe another person preparing for the exam. Well, life isn’t always a bed of roses. And sometimes you have to practise speaking on your own.
And although an obvious solution might seem to be to talk to yourself in the mirror…it won’t be of much help in this case.
Unless you want to practise charming the examiners and work on your charisma 😉
Why won’t it help? Because it won’t allow you to correct your own mistakes and improve your performance, and it won’t motivate you to complete the task, as you will not be able to evaluate it in anyway.
The solution I want to offer you is recording yourself with the use of a smartphone, dictaphone or a computer, or any recording device for that matter.
The procedure will be differnt depending on the task you are preparing for.
If you want to practise briefing, I recommend the following procedure:
1. Record your briefing.
2. Listen to your recording.
3. Check the timing.
4. Make notes while listening and write down the questions you could ask.
5. Answer the questions and record your answers.
6. Listen to your recording and note down any mistakes you notice: grammatical, vocabulary, structure, content, delivery, etc.
7. Record the same briefing trying to avoid making the same mistakes.
8. You may keep recording the same briefing until you find it perfect or acceptable.