The best way to improve your speaking skills is by lots of listening! That’s how we learned our mother tongues as babies – by lots and lots of listening. Because of this, many teachers believe you should listen much more than you speak – just like babies.
It is important to listen to something that you can understand easily. In fact, the easier the better. Slowly, you can start listening to more difficult material. If you start with something too difficult it will have no value to you. You should be able to understand at least 70%.
After you have listened to each story many times, and fully understand the words and meaning, you can start to shadow. This means to talk and copy words and sentences in the story as you hear to them. By doing this, you can copy the native speaker’s rhythm and pronunciation, and make your speaking sound much more natural.
What’s in this course?
In this course you will meet John and Jill (second lesson) and you will listen to stories about what happens to them in their everyday lives. The stories are spoken using everday English. In each lesson you will be able to watch a short video with narration, and/or just listen to the audio version of the story.
The stories will gradually get more and more difficult, and use more complex grammar. There will be no real focus on grammar, but you will learn it the way a child does, through repeated listening and examples.
You will be able to download each audio version so that you can listen to each story as many times as you want or need. The more you listen to each story, the better your listening and speaking will become.
This course will grow over time: I will try to make one or two lessons for this course each week.