STILL ON THE SUBJECT OF SPEAKING ENGLISH

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The English language is very important and more so today than ever before.  As I said yesterday English is required for :

  1.   Education
  2. Travelling
  3. Career
  4. Hobbies e.g. watching Hollywood films.  For me, I prefer watching English films because I find sub titles very annoying as it detracts from me enjoying the film.  Also, the sub titles go so quickly that before I am half way reading them, they are gone.  That is just me.

Here is a link with questions which you can try and answer.  It is very useful for students doing ESL exams.

http://teflpedia.com/Learning_English_conversation_questions

  • What are your feelings about the English language?
  • What are your reasons for studying English?
  • Under what circumstances (if any) do you need to use English in real situations?
  • What are the major differences between English and your native language?
  • What are the similarities between English and your native language?
  • What do you think is the easiest thing about learning English?
  • What is the most difficult thing about learning English?
  • Why is it so easy for children to learn languages and so difficult for adults?
  • When did you start to learn English?
  • Do you think that it’s an advantage or a disadvantage if your teacher speaks your native language? Why?
  • What skills do you think an English teacher needs?
  • What do you think about the suggestion that all schoolchildren should learn English?
  • Which of the four language skills do you find most difficult in English: Listening, speaking, reading or writing?
  • Which of the four skills require you to produce language and which of the four skills require you to understand without producing?

Speaking

  • Some people get very embarrassed when they have to speak in a foreign language. Does this happen to you? What suggestions would you give to somebody who suffered from this problem?
  • Have you ever tried speaking English after having a couple of drinks? Was your ability to communicate better or worse?
  • What difference do you think that having an English-speaking boyfriend or girlfriend would make to learning the language?
  • Have you ever tried singing in English? Do you find it easier or harder than speaking?

Listening

  • Which of the following do you think would be the best system of practising English listening:
    • Watching a video in English without subtitles;
    • watching a video in English with English subtitles;
    • watching a video in English with subtitles in your own language;
    • watching a video in your own language with subtitles in English?
  • The BBC has a large selection of podcasts in English. Have you ever tried downloading and listening to any? What do you think of this method of practising English?
  • Which do you find it easier to understand: native English speakers or other foreigners? Why do you think this is?
  • Do you ever listen to English songs? Can you understand them? Do you think this helps with your English?

Reading

  • Do you ever have to read in English? What sort of things do you need to read?
  • Have you ever tried reading English books for pleasure? What did you read?
  • Much of the internet is in English. What English-language websites do you visit?
  • Do you read any English-language newspapers? Which ones?
  • What do you think about reading out loud in English?

Writing

  • Which do you think is most difficult: writing in English or speaking in English? Why?
  • What is your opinion of English spelling? How would you improve it?
  • What do you think is the most difficult thing about writing in English?
  • Have you ever tried having English speaking pen-pal?

Grammar

  • Do you think that English is complicated or simple? Why?
  • Which do you think is most important: thoroughly learning English grammar or trying to use the language in real situations?

See also

Here is a youtube video on Why learn English.

Here is another video.

 

Hope that was interesting and has encouraged you to learn English more fluently.  See you tomorrow.

 

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