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Quick Tips to Improve your English Speaking & Writing

Stay focused!

You may have heard the old saying that “A picture is worth a thousand words”. Well, if you really want to improve your English speaking and writing here’s an opportunity for you to practice.

Start by taking a look at this picture for 2-3 seconds. Then, take up to 20 seconds to write down your ideas.

To help you write or speak for longer about the image, you may want to follow the 5W’s +S. These are:

Who – who’s in the image?

What – what’s the image show/represent?

Why – why do you think it’s important or worth writing/talking about?

Where – where do you think it could be?

When – when do you think the picture was taken?

So what..? – why should anyone else be interested in the image?

 

Now try to spend a few minutes writing a paragraph about this image. Then, read aloud what you’ve written.

Can you hear any pronunciation or grammar mistakes? Are there are words that you think you need to change?

Maybe there’s a more appropriate word or phrase you could use to make your writing more concise.

Once you’ve taken a few minutes to review your writing try to record yourself reading the paragraph.

Then, listen to the recording and think about any words where you have difficulty with your pronunciation. What can you do to improve it?

If you enjoy this activity, you could set yourself a new goal; perhaps you could find an image you like every day and then spend between 5-10 minutes either writing or speaking about it.

Have fun & feel free to share images that you think others may enjoy!

See you soon

Laura