Common Mistakes; Suggestions for Improvement:
1. Talking without pausing - Suggestions:
- Don't talk too quickly.
- Stop and breathe at the end of sentences.
- The best speakers in the world are not the fastest.
2. No intonation - Suggestions:
- Don't talk with a monotone voice. You will not sound interested in the film.
- People usually stop listening when speakers have little intonation.
- Stress important words by speaking louder, higher, lower or slower.
3.Too much intonation - Suggestions: Too much intonation is not natural. Other students may laugh at you! Practice stressing important words by presenting to your classmates.
4. Reading notes - Suggestions:
5. Mispronunciation of character names - Suggestions:
- Talk to people, not note cards, in presentations.
- Students who write too many notes usually look less confident.
- Looking down stops you speaking clearly and confidently.
- Learn how to pronounce character names correctly.
- Ask your friends or teachers if you don't know how to say a word.
- Say other words if you still don't know. e.g. the woman, her boyfriend, the hero, the bad guy.
- When giving a presentation, DO NOT copy a film review from the Internet.
- Film reviews often have words that you do not know so you won't sound natural.
- Your teachers are clever. They will know when you copy!
- Think about the topic you are given.
- Your talk should be related to the topic.
- Talk about the characters. Don't become Spiderman, a princess or Seabiscuit!
- An interaction means that you listen to other students.
- You respond to what you say.
- Don't make a speech or ignore what the last speaker said.
- You don't need to take turns one after the other in interactions.
- Natural discussions are less planned. Speak when you have something to say.
- Give reasons for your opinions.
- Everyone is nervous before an oral exam.
- Try to use English before your presentation or interaction. Listen to songs and talk to your friends or family.
- If you talk English to your classmates beforehand, you will understand them more during the interaction.
11. Not interrupting - Suggestions:
- Some students could speak all day! You must interrupt them to have a chance to speak.
- Wait until they finish a sentence then speak.
- Be brave! Say, 'Excuse me...' or 'Sorry to interrupt you...' then begin.
12. Not serious enough - Suggestions:
- When nervous, some students giggle and can be silly!
- You can laugh and have fun during an interaction.
- However, teachers do not like silly comments like 'You're stupid!'