Before your speaking test

Woman meditating at sunrise or sunset
Center yourself before the test.

In this lesson, we will focus on getting you mentally prepared for your test.

Introduction: 

Athletes stretch their muscles before a big game. Actors warm up their voice. Today, you will do this for your speaking test. The aim here is to get you into "English Mode" and refresh your mind and mouth in preparation for your test. 

We will also take you through some breathing exercises to make sure you are relaxed and in peak form to sit your test. The aim of this class is not to learn, but to get you comfortable using your second language and prepare you for sitting the actual test.

Warm Up: 

A. To appear more fluent and confident, it's necessary to have an even flow of oxygen to your brain. Short breaths tell your brain to panic, while long, deep breaths tell your brain to calm down. Your teacher will do a deep breathing exercise with you. 

 

B. To help you with vocal clarity, listen to your instructor say a phrase, and focus on saying it as clearly as you can, with fluency and good pronunciation. 

Language: 

It's time for some test-style questions. We are going to start with a classic:

Where is your hometown, and was it a good place to grow up?

Practice: 

Finally, decide on some specific goals you are going to focus on in this test.