I pass all my tests but I am too shy to speak

Some students are born risk takers and don’t mind how many mistakes they make when they are speaking.

Others are very shy, and although they understand everything and get great progress test marks each week, remain silent in class.  If you are a naturally shy speaker, here is my advice for you:

  1. Trust your teacher. All our teachers are trained to give you the best advice and help you feel relaxed and motivated. This is why we do lots of small group and pair work, so that you don’t have to speak in front of a large group.
  2. Talk to your host family. Staying with an Australian family will enable you to practise in a caring and friendly environment. Write a list of questions and make sure that you ask one or two each evening when you eat together. Most Australians have a very interesting family history as the country is so young.
  3. Borrow one of our special English reading books from  the G.I.L. room and read out loud to yourself after listening to the recording of the book. This will help your accent, fluency and confidence.
  4. Start a word list and make yourself learn a minimum of five new words a day and use them in a sentence with a friend or your family.
  5. Join our Coffee, Cake and Conversation club.
  6. Have small goals. Set yourself a goal a day. For example, today I will say hello to Becky and ask her ‘how are you today’ or ‘how was your weekend”.

I am always happy when students stop me for a chat….so see you soon, Becky 🙂

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