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Practising your English Speaking Skills

Friday, 7 February 2020, 05:39 PM by GEC Academic Team

Outside the school classroom, finding opportunities to speak with others in English can seem hard. However, there are a few things that you can do from the very simple everyday exchanges to meeting up with others who you can have full conversations with. 

Taking advantage of everyday exchanges: 
● don’t use google maps to find a street in the city, ask people around for directions 
● when you can’t find something in the shop, ask the sales assistants rather than looking for it 
● get your haircut at an English speaking hairdressers, chatting with the hairdresser during your haircut is often a part of the experience 
 
Finding a language exchange group is another great way to practice, where others want to learn your language and you theirs (in this case English but if you want to practice others too, why not). In Melbourne there are a few, closest to campus is Lingos from 6-10pm every Wednesday at El Coco. In Sydney, there is LIngos at the Pyrmont Bridge Hotel on Friday nights from 6-10pm. 
 
Another way is to join an app such as Meetup, which has many different interest groups. Maybe you like playing soccer or painting outside or going to galleries or running, find a group that is in your area or easy for you to get to, see how often they meet up and join them. The people who join these groups want to meet new people and share their passions, the more you go the more comfortable you will become with using English. 
 
Like most skills, practising creates confidence and confidence makes you want to practise more. Then add interest, curiosity and fun, from wanting to speak you will be enjoying speaking and its benefits ( socialising with others and even making new friends)  

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