“How can I improve my English speaking?” In this episode of the high-energy ESL podcast, Arsenio and I discuss my Top 10 Ways to Improve Speaking a Foreign Language. We are both international English teachers, providing free resources for English Language Learners and teachers of ELL, ESOL, ESL, EFL, and communication.  #esl #english #englishlessons #speakingstrategies #communication 10 Ways to Improve Speaking a Foreign Language 

On a daily basis, both Arsenio and I receive questions from English Language Learners who want to know, “How can I improve my English speaking?” So, in this episode, Arsenio and I discuss my Top 10 Ways to Improve Speaking a Foreign Language.

I’m grateful I get to be a regular guest on The Arsenio Buck Show, a high-energy ESL Podcast!  Arsenio interviews English teachers and English language learners from all over the world, giving practical English language learning tips through entertaining discussions and cultural stories.  In previous podcast episodes we have discussed everything from How Mindfulness Benefits Both Teachers and Students to the Balance of all 4 Domains of English Language Learning: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. Speaking Strategies are sprinkled throughout all of our podcast episodes.  However, due to the high demand, we made one concise discussion with our favorite foreign language speaking strategies.

You can listen to the podcast for our explanations and examples. Here are the bullet points of my Top 10 Ways to Improve Speaking a Foreign Language:

1) Speak in Daily Interactions

Put yourself out there in natural speaking settings.

2) Conversation Partner

You can find a conversation partner in person OR online. 

3) Integrate all 4 Domains of Language Learning: Reading, Writing, Speaking, & Listening

 Above all, language lessons are most effective when there is a balance between all four domains of language learning: reading, writing, speaking, and listening!  For example, watch TV and videos WITH SUBTITLES in the target language to hear how native speakers speak.

4) Sing Karaoke


It’s amazing how many of the Multiple Intelligences are incorporated into singing a song through karaoke! 

5) Listen to a variety of different accents of the target language

For example, listening to Arsenio’s podcast, in which he interviews English speakers all over the world, is an exceptional way to hear English speakers of MANY accents– WHILE sharing language learning experiences and strategies! 

6) Reflect after Conversations 

Make note of what went well and what was difficult.  Then look up the unknown words or phrases from the conversation that you could prepare to make a similar conversations easier next time.

7) Collect useful phrases on notecards or your phone

Essentially, these are cheat sheets of phrases you’ll want to use in a specific context (at the grocery store, post office, bank, etc.) 

8) Record Yourself Speaking

This is a valuable way to notice your speaking habits, including pace, pausing, accenting syllables, and pronunciation strengths and weaknesses.

9) Make Phone Calls

Also, leaving voice messages has a similar benefit.  So take a risk– put yourself out there!

10) Ask native speakers to critique your speech

Most importantly, native speakers can point out pronunciation strengths and weaknesses that language learners may never notice on their own.

Please share!

In conclusion, these are 10 Ways to Improve Speaking a Foreign Language–out of so many other strategies!  So, do you have favorite speaking strategies? Please share! 


Katarina Gleisberg

At ELLTeacherShare.com you can find a balance of all four Language Learning domains–Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening—while honoring the Multiple Intelligences. With ten years of experience English teaching and training English teachers in three countries; for public schools, private schools, and teaching adult refugees in the non-profit setting, ELLTeacherShare.com is my ever-growing collection of teaching resources! My lessons focus on individuals, the expression of themselves, and their cultures. I know that students learn best once their emotional needs have been met. Check out my Guided Mindful Meditation techniques that benefit both students AND teachers.

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