10 Fun English Speaking Exercises For Beginners

January 4, 2018
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Learning grammar can help you pass English exams.

If you want to be truly fluent in English and become a confident speaker you need to practice speaking with Native English speakers.

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.

 

Family

 

Ask beginners to describe their family including brothers, sisters, parents, uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents and children.

 

Simon Says

 

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.

 

Pictures

 

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.

 

Numbers

 

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?

 

Favourites

 

Ask about their favourite colours, their favourite television programmes, their favourite book, their favourite friend(s), and their favourite sport(s).

 

Clothes

 

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.

 

5 senses

 

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.

 

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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.

 

Going shopping

 

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.

 

Related articles:

http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/exams/speaking-exams/typical-speaking-tasks

http://busyteacher.org/classroom_activities-speaking-worksheets/