It can be very daunting to start learning a new language. Beginners need to build their confidence as soon as possible when they begin to learn to speak English. This is where various English speaking exercises become useful. If beginners are interested in the topics being discussed they will happier to be involved in the lessons and start talking. Once beginners start joining in these conversations they will start relaxing and want to have fun discussing subjects or topics that they know well. Here are my 10 fun English speaking exercises for beginners:
Introduction to break the ice
In a group of total beginners they can introduce themselves starting with the words ‘I am”:
I am (number) years of age.
I am living in London.
I am French/Spanish or Portuguese.
I am going on holiday (next week).
I am going to (school) tomorrow.
Ask beginners to describe their family including brothers, sisters, parents, uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents and children.
This game is excellent for younger learners. This game helps improve their listening skills together with teaching them new vocabulary.
Teacher says, for example, touch your head, he/she touches his/her head and then the students do the same action and repeat the same words. Other examples could be to touch one’s head, touch one’s feet, clap one’s hands and jump up and down.
Show pictures, for example of a house, animals, weather, sports, and asking the beginners to describe each picture. By producing some different words for each picture the beginners can learn the new vocabulary and then put the correct word with the correct picture.
Asking questions about numbers and counting is a fun way to teach beginners their numbers and how to count. For example, ask how many fingers and toes we have, how many eyes and ears we have, how many days of the week, how many months in each year, what pets do you have together with how many and how many brothers and sisters do you have?
Ask about their favourite colours, their favourite television programmes, their favourite book, their favourite friend(s), and their favourite sport(s).
Ask the beginner to describe what he or she is wearing together with the colour. The teacher can then ask what clothes we wear when the weather is hot, when it is raining and when it is cold.
Ask the student to name ears, eyes, nose, mouth and fingers and then ask what each of these do – hear, see, smell, taste and touch. Then the students can name their favourite sound, sight, smell, taste and touch.
Teaching telling the time in English
Produce some pictures of clocks with each clock having a different time on the clock face and ask the students to tell the time.
Ask the students about what they like to buy when they go shopping. What are their favourite shops? Where do they go to buy shoes, sports equipment, food, clothes and electronic goods? For children, are they given pocket money or an allowance from their parents?
Whatever our nationalities and whatever language we speak, we all enjoy talking about topics that we know well and which form a major part of our daily lives. These English speaking exercises help to boast our vocabulary and give us confidence. This in turn gives encouragement to learners of English as a second language to carry on improving and learning. These English speaking exercises are a great place to start and encourage learners to keep on learning English.