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How to Improve your English Speaking and Listening Skills

  1. Go to the unit that you want to practice with and choose a video or text.
  2. Read the first segment of the transcript.
  3. Watch, Read and Listen to the video. (Be sure to choose the English option in the upper right hand corner)
  4. Write down at least two or three sentences from the segment.
  5. Repeat the video and listen to these sentences in particular.
  6. Record them into your smartphone.
  7. Listen to your recording and find your difficulties.

If you find that pronunciation is difficult or inaccurate, then go back to the video or text and listen to it again.

  • Repeat your pronunciation, if necessary.
  • Use the new words, sentences, idiomatic expressions, and phrases learned in your daily tasks.


Instructions for using text to speech functionality for research databases