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- Improving your pronunciation
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In my years of teaching English, I see the same language issue over and over again - students successfully moving to higher level classes, yet their pronunciation has seen very little or nonexistent improvement.
Why is that?
I would say that there is nothing sadder than seeing a student in a high-level class with a very poor pronunciation, unable to convey his message in a clear way, forcing the listener to make extra efforts in his attempt to understand what that student wishes to say.
There are a few factors that should be considered here:
I believe a good teacher must also focus on pronunciation and give personalised feedback and tips on how to improve your pronunciation, yet not all the teachers do, unfortunately, or the student does not take the time to practise and implement the personalised corrections given by the teacher.
The student's listening skills are very weak, hence his speaking cannot excel, therefore I recommend improving your listening skills as it will help create a language awareness and ultimately make you sound a lot better.
As a foreign student in London trying to learn English, avoid sharing a house and hanging out most times with speakers of the same nationality as you, as this will not speed up your process of learning but rather slow it down. Because of this, the student is afraid to speak, and when he does, he lacks confidence and has a rather weak delivery with a difficult to understand pronunciation, therefore I would recommend to venture out and take any opportunity to practise the language you are trying to perfect. The more you practise the better and more confident you become. Make sure though that the people you practise your English with, speak it very well if they are not native speakers.
I could go on, yet ultimately, if you want quick results with your pronunciation, I would suggest booking only a couple of lessons with a good teacher in a one to one setting, where you can have the teacher's full attention and your own pronunciation problems dealt with.
I hope this helped you and wish you all the best in your process of learning English.