Seven Ways to Boost your
Confidence
Spain
April 2016
Frances Eales
1Seven Ways to Boost your Confidence
Confidence is directly affected by the way we hold
our body. If we look confident, we will feel more
confident.
CONFIDENCE...
Speaking
 “Of all the four skills speaking seems intuitively the
most important.” Penny Ur (1996)
 “It’s a lot more impo...
Speaking is a performance art. It can be scary!
Some learners choose to stay silent; they have a low
willingness to commun...
If students lack confidence, they will not take part in
activities which will help to develop their competence.
Seven Ways to Boost Confidence with
Speaking
Add another element to the task, so we are
distracted and stop worrying about our ability, or lack
of it.
Add a time elem...
Use passion, authenticity, personalisation to get
students really talking and not worrying about
mistakes.
e.g.talk about ...
a) Scaffold a speaking task: instead of focussing on
mistakes, focus on how to support students to be
successful, e.g. giv...
b) Shadow a proficient speaker
 read and listen to a short text
 say it aloud with the speaker
 repeat several times
Go...
In a town where nothing ever happens
the arrival of a mysterious stranger is a big event.
In a town /
where nothing ever h...
c) Listen attentively and respond to the meaning and
message, not the mistakes. Learners’ confidence will
bloom.
3. Set th...
Conversation is different from written language – we
need to give learner tools and strategies for effective
communication...
Conversation 1
A: So then I was trapped!
B: What did you do?
A: I jumped out the window.
B: You’re kidding!
Conversation 2...
to take the focus off you, and help listeners to
engage:
 use a timeline, graphic, diagram, draw a map, pie
chart etc.
 ...
Goals should be SMART:
 Specific
 Measurable
 Attainable
 Relevant
 Time-bound
Ideally they should be recordable to s...
Examples of
SPEAKING GOALS
 Answer with two pieces of information.
 Ask follow-up questions.
 Practise shadowing every ...
e.g. discussion forums, Facebook groups, Skype
chats, meetup groups, etc.
Some sites:
www.myenglishclub.com
www.polyglotcl...
Standing at the
edge of a cliff…
"I think the best teachers remember how
frightening it is to learn something new. So I
le...
frances.eales@gmail.com
Thank you!
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  1. 1. Seven Ways to Boost your Confidence Spain April 2016 Frances Eales 1Seven Ways to Boost your Confidence
  2. 2. Confidence is directly affected by the way we hold our body. If we look confident, we will feel more confident. CONFIDENCE and POSTURE…
  3. 3. Speaking  “Of all the four skills speaking seems intuitively the most important.” Penny Ur (1996)  “It’s a lot more important for teachers now [that students] do a lot of talking and listening … rather than focusing on grammar and vocabulary.” Penny Ur (2015)  The goal of modern language teaching and learning is to encourage learners to use language for meaningful and effective communication, not just inside, but also outside the classroom. 3Seven Ways to Boost your Confidence
  4. 4. Speaking is a performance art. It can be scary! Some learners choose to stay silent; they have a low willingness to communicate (Low WTC) REASONS for RETICENCE  fear of public failure  fear of making mistakes  personality – lack of self-confidence  perceived or actual linguistic ability  lack of knowledge about or interest in the topic  task types which don’t encourage speaking  lack of preparation before or in class Dwyer and Heller-Murphy (1996) Flowerdew and Millar (2000) Li and Liu (2011) Riasati (2012)
  5. 5. If students lack confidence, they will not take part in activities which will help to develop their competence.
  6. 6. Seven Ways to Boost Confidence with Speaking
  7. 7. Add another element to the task, so we are distracted and stop worrying about our ability, or lack of it. Add a time element Add movement or mime Add drawing Add music Remove prompts Speak at same time 1. Add a TWIST…
  8. 8. Use passion, authenticity, personalisation to get students really talking and not worrying about mistakes. e.g.talk about one of your passions - draw it 2. Ignite their PASSION…
  9. 9. a) Scaffold a speaking task: instead of focussing on mistakes, focus on how to support students to be successful, e.g. give:  a model  key phrases  rehearsal time  repetition 3. Set them up for SUCCESS…
  10. 10. b) Shadow a proficient speaker  read and listen to a short text  say it aloud with the speaker  repeat several times Good for noticing and building confidence in pronunciation, e.g copying stress and rhythm; chunking into phrases; linking between words; specific sounds. Use: readers; authentic film e.g. DVDs with sub-titles in English; course materials, e.g. Speakout BBC interviews with scripts. 3. Set them up for SUCCESS…
  11. 11. In a town where nothing ever happens the arrival of a mysterious stranger is a big event. In a town / where nothing ever happens / the arrival of a mysterious stranger / is a big event. St A: In a world where dreams come true Rachel Rose has a dream so big it’ll blow your mind. St B: He was in the wrong place at the wrong time now there’s only one way out but can he find it? From Speakout Advnced Pronunciation Extra
  12. 12. c) Listen attentively and respond to the meaning and message, not the mistakes. Learners’ confidence will bloom. 3. Set them up for SUCCESS…
  13. 13. Conversation is different from written language – we need to give learner tools and strategies for effective communication. Teach them language for:  starting a conversation  repairing communication breakdowns  active listening etc. 3. Give them the right TOOLS
  14. 14. Conversation 1 A: So then I was trapped! B: What did you do? A: I jumped out the window. B: You’re kidding! Conversation 2 A: So then he fell over! B: Oh no! A: And his trousers fell down! B: How embarrassing! From Speakout Pronunciation Extra
  15. 15. to take the focus off you, and help listeners to engage:  use a timeline, graphic, diagram, draw a map, pie chart etc.  show a photo on your mobile phone etc.  bring in an object (show and tell), a conversation cup etc. 5. Use a PROP…
  16. 16. Goals should be SMART:  Specific  Measurable  Attainable  Relevant  Time-bound Ideally they should be recordable to show progress. Feedback should specifically relate to the goals and indicate the next step forwards 6. Set clear GOALS… and give FEEDBACK on these
  17. 17. Examples of SPEAKING GOALS  Answer with two pieces of information.  Ask follow-up questions.  Practise shadowing every day, eg a line from the news, a video, a reader.  Write then use 10 adjectives for ‘nice/good’  Ask for clarification when you don’t understand.  Record your speaking at set times during the course to measure progress  And… 17
  18. 18. e.g. discussion forums, Facebook groups, Skype chats, meetup groups, etc. Some sites: www.myenglishclub.com www.polyglotclub.com www.meetup.com 7. Get them SPEAKING ENGLISH OUTSIDE THE CLASS…
  19. 19. Standing at the edge of a cliff… "I think the best teachers remember how frightening it is to learn something new. So I learned something new, every year, for several years. It didn’t matter what it was. It had to be outside my area of comfort. The problem with teaching every year is that we get acclimatised, and we forget that our new students aren’t. Learning a new thing is very scary; new students walk up to the edge of the cliff and look down. If we’re good teachers, we hold their hands, guide them through the hardest, earliest part, and make it enjoyable.” Steve Elsworth
  20. 20. frances.eales@gmail.com Thank you!

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