Are you interested in improving one specific aspect of your speaking?
This is a useful game to play in an English classroom. but the great thing about it is that you don't have to play it in class. You can play it with your friends anywhere you want - at home, on the bus or subway, at the beach or at the park. All you need is a series of topics and the instructions on how to pay the game.
Watch and listen to the instructions:
Focus on specific problems:
Focus on improving on specific areas you have problems with in grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, fluency. For example, if you have trouble consistently using the past tense(s) when you speak, choose topics that force you to use the past tense. Here are a few to get you started: your first day in school, first time away from home. first kiss, first date, first cigarette, first punishment, first teacher.
Practice New Vocabulary
If you are trying to practice using new vocabulary, make it a rule that specific words MUST be built into your one minute speech. Even if you speak perfectly for one minute, you lose a point if you don't use ALL of the words. These could be any kind of words: words about the environment, parenting, psychology, crime, descriptive adjectives, power verbs , etc.
Don't Get too Anxious
Choose Appropriate topics
Choose topics are small and narrow enough for you to be able to come up with something without having to think too hard. For example, the topics of sausages, bottled water, showers, shoes, lip piercing are all topics that you can probably start talking about immediately. Controversial topics such as capital punishment and euthanasia, however, are better topics for prepared speeches in which you can do some research.
Develop Some Strategies
There are a number of strategies you can use to help yourself improve speaking about anything spontaneously. One of them, is to keep up with things that are going on around you - not just news, but interesting developments in the areas of psychology, science, technology, child care ..... The more you know, the more you can say.
I will discuss other strategies you can use in another post, but in the meantime, go to the SPEAKING PAGE for more information on preparing for important advanced level speaking tests, making presentations or simply holding a conversation.
One Minute topics
I have several lists of potential ONE MINUTE TOPICS topics that I am currently revising. I will post them within the next day or two.