Tips for improve speaking from ETS

This is just a copy of Improve Your Skills from ETS. I believe this is very important to know. You can also get Tips for other parts there. Please remember when trying any of the tips below, make sure you are practicing American English, but not English from another country🙂

Advice for Speaking
Skill: Speaking about Familiar Topics
Performance Level: Good
Score Range: 26–30

  1. Look for opportunities to speak to native speakers of English. Interaction with others will improve your speaking ability.
    • Ask a native speaker to provide feedback on your pronunciation problems (if any).
    • Join an Internet voice chat.
  2. Listen to the radio, and watch TV and movies. Pay attention to idiomatic usage of the language and different accents or speech patterns that are used.
    • Write down new expressions you hear. Use the expressions in your everyday English conversations.
    • Choose a character from a film or TV show. Repeat the character’s words, following the intonation patterns, as he or she speaks. Include the gestures or other body language of the character you are imitating.
  3. Practice speaking for a limited time on different topics without a lot of preparation. Time your responses to questions.
    • Make a list of questions on topics that interest you (for example, hypothetical situations or academic topics). Answer each of the questions aloud. Try to speak for at least one minute.
  4. Use books that come with audio recordings to study pronunciation, stress, and intonation in English.

Advice for Speaking
Skill: Speaking about Campus Situations
Performance Level: Good
Score Range: 26–30

  1. Look for opportunities to build your fluency in English.
    • Take risks and engage others in conversation in English whenever possible.
    • Join an Internet chat room.
  2. Listen to the radio, and watch TV and movies. Pay attention to idiomatic usage of the language and different accents or speech patterns that are used.
    • Write down new expressions you hear. Try to use the expressions in your everyday English conversations.
    • Choose a character from a film or TV show. Repeat the character’s words, following the intonation patterns, as he or she speaks. Include the gestures or other body language of the character you are imitating.
  3. Practice speaking for a limited time on different topics without a lot of preparation. Time your responses to questions.
    • Make a list of questions on topics that interest you (for example, hypothetical situations or academic topics). Answer each of the questions aloud. Try to speak for at least one minute.
  4. Use books that come with audio recordings to study pronunciation, stress, and intonation in English.

Advice for Speaking
Skill: Speaking about Academic Course Content
Performance Level: Good
Score Range: 26–30

  1. Record yourself and then listen and transcribe what you said.
    • Read a short article from a newspaper or textbook. Record yourself summarizing the article.
    • Transcribe the recording and review the transcription. Think about other ways to say the same thing.
    • Ask a teacher or English-speaking friend to review the transcription and mark any errors.
    • Pay attention to your vocabulary and grammar mistakes.
    • Correct the errors and check your pronunciation.
    • Write down any changes to vocabulary and grammar you think will improve the recording.

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