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  • How can you make sure you're getting enough speaking practice outside the classroom?

  • This can be a real challenge for many English learners.

  • Let's take a look at a few ways you can start practicing your speaking.

  • [Practise for everyday situations.]

  • Building your confidence is essential to improving your speaking.

  • The easiest place to start is with everyday situations.

  • If you are visiting an English-speaking country, try following a routine like going to the same coffee shop every morning to practice there.

  • If you feel like a challenge, you could go to the tourist information center for directions or ideas on what to do.

  • At home, you could focus on a new phrase or idiom you've heard or read, and practice using it.

  • Try repeating it to yourself first.

  • I know this sounds ridiculous, but when learning a new language, we sometimes have to do extreme things to help us.

  • Once you're ready, you can have a go with your classmates or friends.

  • [Set up English speaking time with a friend.]

  • Speaking of friendsAlways remember, you're not alone!

  • Chances are there'll be others in your class who may want to practice their speaking.

  • Set up a regular time with a friend or a group of friends to talk in English.

  • If you're a keen cook, you could even host an evening where you invite a few friends to come over for dinner and talk in English.

  • Or maybe you're a keen reader.

  • Why not start a book group to discuss your favorite books in English?

  • [Check and practise pronunciation with a dictionary.]

  • Are you worried that you're not pronouncing words properly and this is keeping you from practicing your spoken English?

  • Most dictionary websites and apps will have an audio of the word so you can check the pronunciation.

  • Depending on the app or website you're using, the accent will be a little bit different.

  • If you are looking for a specific accent, make sure to include it in your search.

  • Practicing pronunciation will build your confidence, which will in turn improve your fluency.

How can you make sure you're getting enough speaking practice outside the classroom?

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