I can’t remember how many times I have heard people say:
“I don’t feel confident in my English.”
“I feel nervous when I speak English.”
“I lose my confidence when I speak English.”
Confidence has very little to do with your English skills.
I’ve had many students with very poor English skills but high self-confidence who were still able to get their message across and I’ve also had students with high-intermediate English skills but low self-confidence who were struggling to share their opinion
Longman dictionary defines confidence as the belief that you have the ability to do things well -- here is your answer — become a confident speaker of English by learning to speak English well
But most importantly, you have things to say, things of value to other people. English alone won't get you far, English is an extremely important tool, but it is a just tool, you need that tool to help you display your real skills and expertise.
27/3/2019 0 Comments
Let's look at the hard cold data:
Words per minute, commonly abbreviated wpm (sometimes uppercased WPM), is a measure of words processed in a minute, often used as a measurement of the speed of typing, reading or Morse code sending and receiving.
Research done in 2012 measured the speed at which subjects read a text aloud, and found the average speed for English was 228±30 words per minute.
While proofreading materials, people are able to read English at 200 wpm.
SPEECH & LISTENING
Audiobooks are recommended to be 150–160 words per minute, which is the range that people comfortably hear and vocalize words.
Slide presentations tend to be closer to 100–125 wpm for a comfortable pace.
DON'T ask your language teacher to fix your English mistakes, your grammatical mistakes!
Never hire a language teacher with the mindset of "fix my English"
Instead, ask your language teacher to tell you
It is virtually impossible to be good at grammar, but bad at speaking!
The opposite is possible - relatively good speaking fluency, but terrible grammar. Like Borat
An argument could be made that Reading is a form of Listening because of SUBVOCALIZATION
"Subvocalization, or silent speech, is the internal speech typically made when reading; it provides the sound of the word as it is read. This is a natural process when reading, and it helps the mind to access meanings to comprehend and remember what is read, potentially reducing cognitive load. This inner speech is characterized by minuscule movements in the larynx and other muscles involved in the articulation of speech."