EC Malta Speaking Work Shop

Speaker’s main points by student Hitomi Kato, Japan


“It’s not what you say, but how you say it”

¨ Pronunciation, word stress, body language are very important

¨ Don’t try to sound like a native speaker – speak clearly and concisely, don’t speak quickly

¨ Avoid using slang and idioms unless you understand them totally and are able to explain them

¨ Short sentences are just as good, if not better than long explanations

¨ KISS: Keep it short and simple – Don’t complicate the language

¨ Don’t fear mistakes – they’re a good opportunity to learn

¨ Be patient and don’t get frustrated with yourself

¨ Read short stories out loud

¨ Record yourself and play it back later

¨ Use MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, Skype, Facebook Chat, etc.

¨ Go shopping in tourist areas where shop assistants speak good English

¨ Travel to English speaking countries

¨ Put your ‘English speaking hat on’ – Translation is not good

¨ Remember ‘Practice makes Perfect’