PTE Speaking: How To Improve Pronunciation & Oral Fluency?

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hello friends and welcome to this online
webinar for how to improve your oral fluency and pronunciation so that you
can ace your speaking section for the PTE
test so will in today’s session what we are going to do is I would be answering
some of the questions that normally students who are appearing for PTE or
candidates who are about to appear for PTE having have these questions these
questions normally in their mind so what we are going to do is I have selected a
set of 10 questions and I would be answering those questions and after the
end of that presentation we I would be taking up question and the answers from
you so let’s begin straightaway and I just have two instructions for you
before we begin the first is that I request all of you to keep a pen and
paper handy so that you can make notes of the important things and the second
thing is that please write your questions on the notepad and please ask
those questions at the end of this this webinar so that we can maintain a smooth
flow of the entire webinar thank you so we begin the webinar now all right so we begin with the first or
the most basic question that people tend to have regarding or the oral fluency or
there is normally a certain confusion regarding what exactly oral fluency is
so when we talk into oral fluency has a lot of definitions if you go online you
would be you would find a variety of definition by various various sources
but the definition that we are looking at from the point of view of PTE is this
oral fluency just means smooth effortless and natural based delivery of
speech which means you have to speak smoothly and whenever when you speak it
should seem as if you do not you are not making any extra effort to to speak
those words and whatever you speak is in a natural base so when we say natural
pace it does not mean that you speak very fast nor very slow the pace should
be as if as of a native speaker which is natural speed of speaking the way you
speak in your native tongue the the pace that you have when you are
talking when you’re doing conversations in your native tongue that is the pace
that is expected when we say that a natural pace to delivery of speech and
this entirely can be summed up in simple can be simply summed up by saying this
that there should be no um or for our sounds when you are speaking so if you
are speaking and this normally happens when we do our day-to-day conversations
we tend to have a lot of thumbs and ears when we are speaking so we can call it
that there is a lot of coming and adding while speaking but this is what you have
to avoid you are appearing for the PTE this is
exactly what is expected when we say that what is oral fluency so when you
have been feel for all the tasks of PTE you have to maintain this that you don’t
have any coming or ring or any sounds of ah when you’re speaking all right now
what is pronunciation so from the perspective of PTE pronunciation is basically a production of Speed sounds
in a way that is easily understandable to most regular speakers of the language
which means that if you’re speaking very fast if you’re speaking in with a lot of
pace but the words that you’re speaker that you’re speaking if they are not
they are not comprehensible that means that your your pronunciation score can
go down that means that your pronunciation is not as expected so
pronunciation would necessarily mean that you are the the sound that you make
should be for each word should be easily understandable to the most regular
speakers of that language and in this case that language is English so when
you are speaking it should be easily understand understandable for the
regular English speaker now there is one question that I normally get is that do
I need to have a specific accent like a native speaker and do I need to make the
exact sounds as native speaker so let me tell you that person accepts regional or
national varieties of English pronunciation and but that is to a
degree that these pronunciations are easily understandable to most regular
speakers of the language so if you are saying a word and if that particular
word is said in a way that the other person I mean a native speaker is able
to easily understand and that that sound or that
pronunciation of that particular word would be accepted in the PTE test and
would be considered as correct so let us take an example of of the word tomato
so the the the word tomato is pronounced by people of different regions or
different nationalities in different ways you you can call it as tomato some
people call it a tomato some people call it tomato
so all these normal slight variations would be accepted but if you just say it
has Tom a to that is what is not expect accepted so this this is what actually
pronunciation is when we talk in terms of PTE
so to give you a brief idea fluency is a smooth fluency is basically the smooth
effortless and natural paste delivery of speech where you don’t have any um whole
or unnecessary ah when you are speaking which is which is no very normal when
you have normal when we have our day-to-day conversations but we have to
make sure that that doesn’t happen when you are giving the PTE test and
pronunciation can be summed up in a way if we can say that pronunciation
essentially means that you have to speak in an easily understandable way that
most of the regular speakers are able to understand so the sounds that you make
should be should be easily comprehensible and the regional and
national varieties of pronunciation are considered correct so you don’t need to
worry about certain variations however the you just need to make sure
that your variation in your pronunciation should not be to a degree
where it becomes difficult to understand or the meaning of that particular
completely changes so you need to keep that in mind when we when you’re
practicing for fluency and pronunciation now the very next question that comes in
mind is that how important is oral fluency and pronunciation for the PTE
test so let me tell you that portal fluency and pronunciation is very very
important for the speaking section of PTE and since the speaking section is
there are a lot of tasks in speaking section that are integrated to other
sections so if you have a good score or if you are performing good in the
speaking section that also affects the score of your listening and reading
section so the better you perform in speaking section the better your score
goes for the listening and the reading section as well so how important is oral
fluency and pronunciation within the speaking section how much does it
contribute so if you if you look at the screen you’ll see that the part or the
share that has been marked in blue color is the weightage of oral fluency and
pronunciation in the speaking section that means oral fluency and
pronunciation almost has a weightage of two-third because it contributes to your read
aloud it contributes to your repeat sentences it contributes to your
described image and it also contributes to your re-tell lecture and for each of
these tasks oral fluency would contribute almost two-third of the of the
entire school so if one tasks a read aloud one read aloud would have a would
would be would have 15 marks so five marks would come from content but ten
marks come from oral fluency and pronunciation so your entire score for
the speaking section the two-third of the score depends on how well you have
performed in the oral fluency and pronunciation
so this is the importance of oral fluency and pronunciation for the
speaking section and because speaking section is has tasks that are integrated
to the listening and reading section so you also need to be aware that you also
need to keep this in mind that oral fluency and pronunciation would also
affect indirectly affect your score for the listening and reading section right
so now moving to the next part that if oral fluency and pronunciation is this
important than how do I get or how do i perfect oral fluency and pronunciation
score how do I ensure that I get the perfect oral fluency and pronunciation
score and in turn how do you get the maximum score for your PTE speaking
section so to get the perfect score for overall fluency what you need is you
need to have you need to speak in a way you need to have a smooth rhythm and
phrasing you need to be smooth when you are speaking that means without any
um-huh or hour sounds between this between the between words when you are
speaking or in between these sentences and there should be no hesitations no
repetitions no false starts that means you start with a word and then you stop
and then you again start that that is not accepted and there should be no
non-native phonological simplifications that means that if there is a particular
word you should not break down that word in a way that it becomes
incomprehensible you are not able to the meaning of the word completely changes
so for example I gave you the currency I give you the example of
tomato so if the word if you break the word into to – ma – to then that becomes a
non-native phonological simplification of that particular word which which
completely can say that it completely changes the meaning of that actual word
so this is something that you have to avoid if you want to get a perfect score
for oral fluency and how then could you get a good score or a perfect score for
pronunciation so to get a perfect score of pronunciation what you need is you
need to produce the sounds of all the vowels and consonants in a way that is
easily understood by all the regular speakers of that particular language so
whenever you come across words that have vowels and consonants they should
correct stress should be placed on each word how then the second point is that
the speaker that means the person who is speaking or you should use assimilation
and dalish deletions appropriate to the continuous speech that means that when
you are speaking you should group the correct group of words you should you
should Club the words that that create a meaning in the sentence that you are
speaking and does not break the flow of that particular sentence and finally it
is very important to place correct stress or to play stress correctly on
all the words and place the stress within the sentence or for the so what
we may win by mean by this is that you the you stress on the key words at the
end of the sentence you’re when the sentence is about to end the sound
or the for your pitch it it decreases so that is what
sentence-level stress is you are stressing on the important words and
then when you’re about to end the sentence you you slightly decrease your
voice in a way that creates a proper meaning that helps the other person to
understand what you are saying so managing to speak fluently and
pronunciation is a slight slightly difficult is is a bit of challenge
without so and you need a lot of practice to overcome this challenge so
to put it very simply you can say that to maintain the fluency and
pronunciation at the same time and to ensure that you are performing well in
Both these on both these enabling skills his is like is like running the lemon
race lemon and spoon race so when you’re running the lemon and spoon race you
have to ensure that your that you maintain your speed you maintain your
flow but at the same time the lemon does not fall off from the spoon in the same
way in speaking section of PTE you need to ensure that you are maintaining the
fluency you are maintaining your pace you’re speaking smoothly without any “um”
or “ah” but at the same time you also you also are making sure that that you do
not let the lemon fall of the spoon that means you do not make any “um” any sounds
that are non-native or you do not speak pronounce the words in a manner that it
becomes difficult for the for the listener to understand or it becomes
difficult for the speaker’s of native language to understand so this is a sort
of balance that you need to maintain you need to maintain your speed or your your
your pace and at the same time you need to make
sure that you do not mispronounce any word and at the same time you also need
to make sure to get a good score in the content part you also need to make sure
that you do not add omit repeat or replace any word so it is a balance of
all the things but is it impossible no it is not impossible in fact it is very
easy provided you practice so all with all the things that that you need to
maintain a balance just as in all the things in life same here in PTE to
maintain a balance you need a certain set of discipline you need to make sure
that that you do not do not over do any of the any of the skill you don’t over
don’t focus too much on the fluency and ignore the pronunciation at the same
time you don’t focus too much on the pronunciation and ignore the fluency and
another thing is that you focus on fluency in pronunciation but if you
ignore the content part even then it becomes a bit difficult to get the
perfect score so to get the perfect score for speaking you need to it would
be you can say that it would be a combination or balance of all these
things you need to have a smooth rhythm and freezing at the same time you need
to make sure that there are no hesitations, no repetitions, no false
starts, and at the same time you also need to make sure that you speak in a
manner that is easily understood by regular speakers of that language that
is English and you have to stress all the words correctly and at the same time
you have to stress these sentences correctly so I mean you you need to make
a balance of all these things and at the same time you also need to be accurate
when you’re speaking so if you combine all these things then you’re going to
win your race you’re going to get a perfect score for speaking so this is
the this is the combination this is the combination of things that
you need to keep in mind when you’re aiming for getting a getting a perfect
score for fluency and pronunciation now comes the very natural question or the
next question that how can I improve my fluency or how can I improve my
pronunciation so many many candidates have a question that when I try to focus
on the fluency I tend to I tend to make mistakes while in the pronunciation and
if I focus too much on pronunciation then I am facing problem in the fluency
part or if you are able to manage both of them you might be facing problem in
maintaining the accuracy of the of the entire text or what you want to speak so
to maintain the accuracy to balance the fluency and pronunciation you need
practice and at the same time you need to use certain resources that will help
you to improve your fluency and pronunciation so the first or the basic
thing that you need to do to improve your fluency and pronunciation is to
regularly practice speaking and for that the most essential thing or the basic
thing that you need is that you need to find a conversation partner a person an
individual with whom you can you can have day to day you can have a
conversation on day to day basis a person or an individual with whom you
can talk on day to day basis in pieces in English language now what happens to
most of the speakers who are non-native speakers or who have English as a second
language I mean English is not their first language so just just like me so
what happens with us is that we do not get a lot of opportunities to speak in
English during during the entire during the course of entire day we do not have
the opportunity maybe we get some opportunity to speak during the book but
otherwise in most of the countries where English
not used as a first language we find it very difficult to speak English during
the course of the day so the best thing or the easiest thing to do would be to
find a conversation partner and and as we all know that it is very difficult to
find conversation partners in and around our friends or family or even if we find
them we always have a fear or we always have a doubt of people judging us people
who know us we have a certain set of insecurities when when we speak in front
of them so how do we manage or what is the solution to that so the solution to
that is to find a conversation partner and the best resource to do is to join
the PTE tutorials telegram group so we have we have a group on the messaging
app the instant messaging app telegram there is a group of PTE tutorials you can
directly go to the website of PTE tutorials and get the link of joining
that app of joining that group and from there you you there there are many
members right now we have more than 3000 members on the group so you you can find
your you can find your conversation partner on that group and you can help
each other to to regularly talk in English with each other and to regularly
practice and improve your fluency and pronunciation there are a few other
sources as well or the there are few websites available on internet that that
would help you to find out conversation partners and these are some of them you
have my language exchange you have open language exchange then there is one
conversation exchange there is a website called tandem and there is a website
called flew into so you can go to all these websites you can visit the
with this website, you can place in your requirements and find a suitable partner
for them so this is another another way of finding partners but I would still
suggest to go for PTE tutorials telegram group because
the candidates that you will find here are the conversation partners that you
would find over here would necessarily be people where he will be people just
like you aiming to get a good score in PTE so if you join that group if you find
conversation partners from that group it would be very helpful to you as well as
to the other person so at the same time 2 people are getting benefited and the
aim of both of both the people is or both the person’s is common you both are
aiming for for the score in PTE so I would suggest this is the first source
and these are the other sources you can try but still here you might find a
conversation spark conversation partners but not necessarily people who are
aiming to get a score in PTE so the first suggestion would be to go for the PTE
tutorials telegram group so this would be the basic technique that you can use
or the basic thing that you can follow to start your pronunciation and fluency
practice but then there are a lot of people who have odd working hours or who
find it difficult to find conversation partners or it becomes it becomes
difficult for them to match time with the other group members for having a
conversation so there are a few other tools or in fact there are a few other
techniques that I would share with you that that would help you to improve your
oral fluency and pronunciation so the first technique is the first and the
technique that most of my students have used I personally recommend recommend
and is one of my favorite techniques is shadowing so what do we understand or
what is the meaning of shadowing so people who do not have an idea of about
shadowing let me explain it very briefly shadowing is listening to a fluent native
listening to fluent native speakers and repeating right after them
so what you you just go to youtube open the channel
you just log in you you just open any video of TED Talks TD or you open the
video of any of the fluent native speakers like Denzel Washington or or
maybe simon Sinek or or Peter Dinklage just just open their YouTube videos
listen to what they are saying and as you listen the first sentence and you
repeat the first sentence and then he or she says the second sentence and you
listen to the second sentence and you repeat the second sentence so the
process is something like this you’re listening to a sentence and as soon as
the person finishes or completes the sentence you are repeating it then
you’re listening to the next one and then repeating it
this technique is wonderful technique to improve your fluency this technique is
wonderful technique to improve your listening skills
this technique is a wonderful technique that you can do that you necessarily you
do not need a computer or you do not need you do not need to spend separate
time doing this activity this can be done while you’re traveling this can be
done while while you are doing some day-to-day activities or doing some work
household work you you can you can do this technique you you can practice it
at that time so this does not need a special time of the day to practice you
can practice it while you are lying down in the afternoon
catching a nap you can do it any time of the day you’re jogging you are
exercising you go to the gym you can do it so this is the best part of this of
this activity now there are a few things that I need I I want to tell you
regarding this particular technique to people who are already practicing it and
people who will start practicing this the first thing is that please choose
the audios or videos that have the correct difficulty level alright so so
I’ll explain this but before that I’ll also tell you that it’s not necessary to
just go to youtube and that is the first or basic source that I
told you but I would I really prefer that you go to download some podcasts or
are you download audio recordings so instead of focusing just on video videos
I would suggest that you directly focus on audios because videos sometimes in
many when you are watching a video just by the just just in the just by looking
at the speaker just by observing his or her hand movements or body movements
your concentration also is divided to towards that but when you are just
listening to an audio your concentration is completely onwards and the way
those words are being said so the first personally I would prefer
that you you watch audios sorry you listen to audios and those audios could
be from podcasts and podcasts is an application that is available both on
iOS and Android so you can directly download a lot of podcasts there now
when you download this audios and when you’re listening to the audio there are
few things that you need to keep in mind so people who are already practicing it
or people who would start practicing it now you need to keep a few things in
mind the first is please choose the correct difficulty level of the audio so
what I mean by the correct difficulty level is that please do not choose
audios that are very simple for you to understand something that you can
understand very simply so if there is a topic that you’re very familiar about I
would suggest that please do not listen to the audios of that topic if they are
very simple for you to understand at the same time do not choose something that
is very difficult for you to understand that means you’re not able to and
neither you are able to listen to the words and understand the meaning of
words neither you’re able to understand the overall message that the speaker is
trying to give so if you listen to that kind of audios that would not also be
the correct difficulty level for you so the best difficulty level is that you
are listening to audios where you’re able to get the overall meaning you are
able to get most of the words words but you’re just
struggling to get a few words so if you if you if you start doing that kind of
audios and then slowly slowly you improve your improve the day increase the
difficulty level so that would be the best way to do this particular activity
so choose a correct difficulty level don’t choose something very simple don’t
choose something very difficult so for example if you if if you are an IT
engineer and an IT engineer and if you just start listening to things related
to networking some simple talk related to networking that your you are aware
about you have a very good idea about that would that would not have any
addition to your actual ability for PTE because in PTE you do not know what the
audio you are going to listen well what would be the content of the audio that
you are going to listen next so there will be audios in re-tell lecture there
will be sentences there would be audios and repeats and in summarize the spoken
text so you’re listening to a lot of audio so this is a practice a
simultaneous practice of listening and speaking so what I suggest is that
please choose the correct difficulty level and choose a variety of topics
choose topics that you are not familiar with okay and the second important thing
that I would like to tell you is that don’t worry if you don’t get all the
words that means do not worry if you are not able to repeat all the words
sometimes it would happen that you would be able to listen to the six or listen
to six seven or eight words that the speaker has said but you might not be
able to repeat all of them because of the speed because of because because you
don’t have enough time to repeat them so that’s okay don’t worry but keep on
doing this keep on doing this and you will see you would say miraculous
results in in just span of week or two you you’d start you would start seeing
the difference you would start observing the difference okay so make sure that
you do this and what is very important is that whenever you do the practice of
shadowing if possible try and record whatever you are whatever
you are speaking and then listen to what you are speaking and that would help you
to understand if you’re making some common type of mistakes if you are if
you are making mistakes some mistakes that you make commonly you would you
would be able to get those mistakes now there are a few other techniques as well
the the now yeah before we move to that one more thing about shadowing is that
even when whenever you’re shadowing your main focus should be to see what should
be to observe that how the speaker is speaking and not what he or she is
speaking but how he or she is speaking so your main focus your your cool focus
it would should be on how the speaker is speaking the way he or she is
pronouncing is pronouncing the words the way he or she is stressing on some words
the way he or she is maintaining the sentence level stress that means the
stress within the sentence try and focus on all these aspects just don’t focus on
listening and understanding what is being said but also focus on this these
parameters also focus on these stress also focus on sentence level stress also
focus on the pronunciation of certain words and this would definitely help you
and and try try and if possible try and imitate try and try and adapt those
stresses try and adapt those pronunciations and it would be it would
be really helpful in a short span of time you’d be able to improve your
pronunciation you’ll be able to work on your fluency and at the same time you’d
be working on your listening so this one technique would help you in many many
tasks in PTE it would help you in all the tasks related to speaking it would help
you in all the tasks related to listening so I would I would suggest
that you you at least practice this for half an hour to one hour every day okay
and from shadowing the next technique that
we have is his is very simple you don’t you you don’t need to spend a lot of
time on that technique and that technique is called this is mainly
focused on improving your fluency and it is it is focused on one more thing and I
tell you what that is so many many non-native speakers face a particular
problem did they say that I have a lot of thoughts in my mind I have a lot of
ideas in my mind but when it comes to speaking those ideas I am NOT able to
maintain the fluency I’m not able to to maintain the balance between the
thoughts and the words that means when I try to speak what I’m thinking
the words just don’t come out of the mouth they just get stuck there so what
what can be done about that so yes we have a technique for that you can
practice that technique and that will help you to to maintain balance or not
exactly a balance but to create to create a smooth flow of words to to
maintain a smooth flow of words so the idea is that you would be thinking
you’ll be able to easily speak that out as words so the technique that you can
use for that practice is one minute speaking so what is one minute speaking
it’s a very simple thing what you need to do is you can ask your friend or you
can just do it by yourself write down some simple topics the simple
topics could be like topic like a computer watch, it could be Australia,
it could be PTE, it could be speaking, it could be my city, or my town or my car it
could be any any simple topic right now 10 12 20 simple topics in small sheets
of papers and put them in your back now what you do is whenever you get time
whenever you are free whenever when you are not surrounded by anyone and you are
at ease just take out one sheet from that open the chit and see what the
topic is now there is only and I mean you open this
shit you see the topic and now you know the topic say for example your topic is
a computer and you just see that topic okay you keep the chat aside you count
three two one and you start you start speaking about the computer a computer
for one minute without thinking without giving yourself the time to think about
it as soon as you open the chit and three you see the topic and three two
one start start speaking now there is only one rule for this one minute
speaking activity and that rule is do not stop in between just keep on
speaking just keep on speaking you do not stop it could be if you could have a
you could have a topic like this and you could have a topic clock or a watch and
you could just speak about the topic and watch is a very essential essential part
of a person’s life and watch shows time and watch I can see watch in front of me
and the watches watch has hands and there is a hand for seconds and there is
a hand for hours and you just keep on speaking whatever comes to your mind you
just keep on speaking for one minute you do not stop whatever comes here speak it
out whatever comes your speak it out do not stop at the same time make sure that
you are recording yourself once the minute is over stopped and listened to
what you spoke find out how many times did you “am” how many times did you “ar”
how many times you made the sound of “a”, “aa” find that out try keep on practising and
you would improve a very simple technique nothing complicated about it
just a few sheets of papers in your bag that’s it
a timer that can be on your phone it could be separately on your watch on a
clock that’s it you don’t need anything as simple as that so practice one minute
speaking and yes you you definitely have a lot of topics for one minute speaking
that are available online you just need to go online find out topics for one
minute speak get a list of that write down make
cheats have those 20 25 30 cheats in your bag practice everyday you just need
one minute to listen and one minute I’m sorry one minute to speak and then one
minute to listen to whatever you have spoken one minute to listen to the
recording trying to identify what you are doing believe me this technique is
very helpful for non-native speakers people who do not have the opportunity
to speak speak English as a part of their day-to-day life people who find it
difficult to find conversation partners this is a very very helpful technique
for them okay now comes the very next question or a very important important
thing that you need to keep in mind whenever you are doing activities like
you you are listening to your conversation you you’re practicing with
your conversation partners or you are doing shadowing or you are doing one
minute one minute speaking or you are doing any type of
any type of activity to improve your speaking make sure that you always
record yourself okay make sure that you always record yourself and then listen
to the recording evaluate the mistakes that you’re making alright now the next
one more technique that would essentially be helpful to improve your
skill of reading and speaking so that skill is it’s just a very very simple
thing you have to do your – every day you need to read at least a thousand
words you need to read them aloud and just record what you read because in the
PTE test you have you have six to seven read aloud and the average length
or the average number of words in each read aloud is 60 so on an average any
anyways are reading around 360 words in one PTE test and you’re you have to read
that aloud so the best for practice for that is that you at
least read 1000 words aloud every day and record what you are reading try and
just just practice that because even even if you have the okay even if you
have a good at English if even if you have studied your even if you have done
schooling in in an English medium school but that that practice of read aloud is
somewhere you don’t don’t get the upper you won’t have got the opportunity of
practicing read aloud for for a long time and it becomes difficult when you
start reading aloud all of a sudden so you need you need to maintain the
balance and as we discuss you need to maintain the balance between fluency
pronunciation and content so to maintain this balance you need to practice
reading aloud and recording what you are reading recorded check it evaluate see
that how many mistakes you made from the transcript just try and figure it out
that that would help you to understand where do you stand in terms of reading
aloud now another question that I get normally is that do I need to practice
read aloud even if I am an avid reader which means even if I I just
whenever I see a book I just start reading it and that is my habit so do I
need to practice read aloud yes even avid readers need to practice read aloud
even if you have the habit of reading even if you are reading one book every
week or even even if you are reading one book every month or even if you are
reading 20-30 pages every day still you need to practice read aloud because
reading without just reading I mean we are not speaking while reading I mean
you are not reading aloud and you are when you read aloud it’s it’s a lot
different it’s a lot different the skills that you are that you are
that you are using when you’re reading aloud would be different from what you
would be doing when you’re practicing when you’re just reading so even those
readers would need to practice read aloud right now so this is this is
basically, these are the few techniques that are methods that you can
use to improve your do to the fluency and this would be helpful for both this
would be helpful for both non-native as well as native speakers because what
happens with native speakers is that you have the habit of speaking English every
day but then you it becomes difficult for native speakers in PTE they are not
able to get the score because they they might not be able to maintain the
balance between fluency pronunciation and content they might have wonderful
fluency but might have problem with pronunciation or or or they might have
wonderful fluency in pronunciation but just because of the lack of practice
theme they would start making mistakes when it comes to the content part so you
even the native and non-native speakers both have to definitely practice now so
the next question that I normally get is do I need to practice every day for
improving my oral fluency in pronunciation? yes you definitely have to
practice every single day because the the famous African proverb that you
heard little by little little becomes a lot a small change a small change in the
way you speak a small change a slight change in the pronunciation of certain
words would at the end have a big cumulative difference to your actual way
of speaking to your school and how many days do I need to practice well this
depends from individual to individual but you need to remember that when you
evaluate yourself you you you get a better view of how you were performing
in the past and how you are performing in the present so you need to understand
this that you need to practice till you are able to maintain a proper balance
between fluency pronunciation and accuracy
that means you are you are having a smooth you’re speaking smoothly without
a mentioning but at the same time you’re placing placing the correct
stress on words you’re placing the correct stress within these sentences
and you’re pronouncing the words correctly and you are not missing adding
omitting or replacing words in read aloud or are you are speaking related to
the content in describe image if still till that time you you you’re not
able to maintain this balance between the three things you need to keep on
practicing so this would this would differ from person to person
so you need to make sure that you when you when you’re when you’re practicing
you evaluate yourself, record yourself and then identify that do we need to do
more practice or or you’re good and if you have any doubts please seek
professional help send your recordings get them checked
get them verified if you’re still facing some problems we have online one-to-one
sessions for on PTE tutorials you can just attend an online session for two
hours and get a customized it’s timetable or get a customized plan of
how you should practice what is what is the what is the suitable way for you to
practice so what we have what we do is we have a conversation with you we talk
with you our tutors would have talked with you understand your strengths and
weaknesses understand that how much time you have to practice and based on that
our tutors would guide you to to guide and help you to make a timetable that
that would be that would be customized for you and it would help you to
understand that for how many days you need to practice and what is the what is
the level that you need to you need to reach
in order to get your desired score your desired score could be 90 it could be 79
it could be 65 it could be even 58 doesn’t matter you need to you you need
a certain level of balance between fluency pronunciation and accuracy and
to get that you can you can get a professional help on by attending the
online matches or are the the group coaching or are just any other
professional services and you you can download and log on to the you can
download and join the PTE tutorials telegram group where even there you can
post your questions and queries and there will be there are trainers guides
and some some very helpful members who are always ready to help you so I would
suggest that these are the sources that you can you can use or you can yeah
these are the sources for your practice alright so this was all about fluency
and pronunciation now I’m ready to take the questions so please post all your
questions in the Q&A box and I would try to answer all the questions okay so the
first question that we have here is how can we practice to slow down peace or speaking how can we practice to slow down pace or
speaking that means if you are speaking very fast and you need to okay how can
we practice this one pace of speaking well for that what you need to do is you
need to actually focus on accuracy you need to actually focus on giving the
importance to each and every word so I would suggest that shadowing would be
the best best method that you can follow okay she wear says that can you
please read out one or two sentences so that we can have a reference for fluency
okay so the same sentence that you’ve written I’ll just read it
hello sir can you please read out one or two sentences so that we can have a
reference for fluency and pronunciation okay and the next is Savan Mehta how can
we okay okay how can we improve in re-tell so you can just work on fluency
savan as we talk practice one minute speaking that would be helpful in both
re-tell and describe image for the speaking part okay do you recommend to
use speech recognition program is not detecting many of my words David asked
this question okay David we I personally recommend to use it to get an overview
of how you are performing but if it is if you are facing a problem I would
suggest that you please take a professional help and just just attend
at least one online session and get your get your recordings reviewed that would
be the best way to approach it okay a gulati’s is that is there any app to
evaluate your speaking that will be same as PTE test computer see there there is
no app that is as accurate as the PTE or or PTE has the
algorithms compared to other apps so it would be very difficult to say that any
app has the exact same evaluation techniques but yes there are a lot of
parameters on which PTE assesses the speaking and that parameters have been
meticulously noted down by our team of experts so what I would suggest is that
record whatever you have and attend online one-to-one session and get that
assessed and get inputs that where where you need to actually improve that that
would be a better way of approaching this ok Bhanu Prakash is that I heard
when you imitate the speakers you will get more marks is that true all right
Bhanu Pratap, Bhanu Prakash I’m sorry you you’re right you you when you’re
imitating see it depends on that how accurately you are you are repeating the
distress so by imitating if if you are trying to say that if you are imitating
the pronunciation but if you are not able to focus on the stress you it could
be difficult so what I’m saying is here that when you imitate in the speaker if
you’re able to balance the pronunciation fluency and the accuracy component then
yes even if you imitate it’s alright sumit sharma says original accent yep
submit to a degree that your accent original accent is okay to a degree that
it does not create confusion it does not change the meaning of what you’re saying
the Dhaval Chaudhary is asking that is a is recording will be shared later or not
I miss the first 30 minutes of the session all right Dhaval that question
will be answered by the by the IT support team I am not that good at
computers and recording and stuff so I don’t have much idea about this but yes
they respond to your question. Nonat says how do I improve the Skype image
see I’m right now we are talking about the fluency component of the speaking
tasks so when you’re talking about say describe images evaluating the image is
a different thing and speaking is a different thing but
yes in describe image how you speak is more important than what you speak so if
you focus on fluency in pronunciation yes it would definitely be helpful
Silvius is that how many mock tests should we attempt before the real exam
okay this is a very good question I would like to answer that you should in
fact what I personally suggest is that one week before your exam what you do is
at the same exact time of your exam so if you have an exam on Saturday at 3
p.m. I would suggest that at 3 p.m. every day from Monday to Friday for 6
days just sit at your home create an environment just like that you are you
just like as if it would be an example and and give you give a mock test for 6
days in consecutive 6 days just before the day of your just 6 days before the
day of your test and I would suggest do it at the same time if was him ok one
one question is that I have a stammering problem and how do i improve my fluency
in pronunciation now I would like to say that here in PTE
even if you have a stammering problem that does there’s nothing much it can be
done about it you you have to you have to seek professional help for that
ok now David says how do I know if my pace is appropriate ok so again I would
suggest David that you get it assessed once that would be the best way but yes
there is an a if you are able to finish that 60 words in read aloud in around
say 25 to 26 second then you can say that your pace is appropriate okay so Sabrita’s one good question that
if in read-aloud one difficult word comes which affects of you and see can
we skip it so Sabrita in the entire lecture I
always mentioned or I always stress that you need to maintain a balance between
fluency pronunciation and accuracy so if you skip a word that means you are you
would be losing marks in accuracy which would again impact your your overall
score for the entire important for that particular task even if you are able to
pull off the score in fluency and the way you will be able to pull off or
increase some of certains improve your score to a certain extent on the
speaking part or the fluency part but still that does not mean that you would
also have a good score in the other aspects of content and in the sim so if
you do that and say it read aloud you could always expect to get a lower
score for reading okay should we follow some template for DI and RL okay as long
as you are as long as you are making sure that you are not compromising on
the content part that means so for whatever you are speaking so if you
speak for say 30 seconds and in those 30 seconds if you if you speak the words
that you speak if maximum words or a majority of words are related to that
particular image or that particular lecture that you are talking about then
it’s okay if you follow a sort of structure not exactly a template but a
sort of structure or a way of speaking so that you are comfortable while you’re
speaking it’s alright but if you go for a template that does not have them that
is not relevant you might be able to pull off school for speaking but when
when you look at your school for listening as it I mean for the re-tell it
could have a impact on the school and yes even for describe image if your
score zero on the content to everyone I’d like to tell this that if you simply
follow a template you blindly follow a template and if you
do not talk about relevant aspects you might be able to pull off in one or two
questions but but if if you scored zero in content if if the computer scores you
zero in content for that particular question if it figure out that you have
not spoken anything relevant the entire question you will be scored zero you
will get a zero for fluency and pronunciation as well so please remember
this that yes you can make some small amendments or small you can you can
avoid a few things or you can we overlooked for certain things that
the PTE could overlook certain things but but if you just blindly follow templates
without relevant content even that could be a problem so please everything is
about maintaining a balance Nitin Chaudhary is asking that my oral score
is 60 night but I got only 19 in spelling can you suggest me how to
improve? ok Nitin the although this does not have anything to do with
fluency and pronunciation the topic that we are discussing today I will say that
in spelling please just practice practice your Spelling’s and spare some
time to check your spelling is in fact so wherever you need to use a keyboard
for example somewhere I spoken text essay or summarize written text, write from dictation, fill in the blanks listening in all these tasks make sure
that you have time to check your spellings in the end and for tasks where
you’re writing sort of passage or writing of comprehension which is around
50 – 70 words or 200 words check your Spelling’s in reverse order check from
the last word to the first word that would help you to spot mistakes more
easily compared to reading top down okay okay Sumit is asking that if fluency
effect in one question will it affect the score only for that question or the
entire section for that particular question yeah but then it would be
cumulative of all the questions and the cumulative score for the entire section
so yes it would have a small dent on the overall score as well but so
if you make if you have an issue in one question it affects one question okay someone is asking that do we need
to speak okay Parmit panchal do we need to speak fast
another question is should we speak with the same big pace across old speaking
section okay this is a relevant question so Parmit yes you need to speak fast but
fast enough that means when you are speaking fast you need to make sure that
you don’t compromise on the pronunciation and the accuracy aspects
you cannot compromise on pronunciation and accuracy and just keep on speaking
fast it could it could help you to improve your fluency and improve your
speaking school but then it would have an impact on the other other skills or
on other communicative skill scores so so make sure that that you maintain a
balance and the second question that fermitas is that should we speak with
the same pace across the whole speaking section yes it is recommended that you
maintain a certain pace for all the all the five tasks of speaking so try to
maintain and try try to make sure that there is there isn’t there is not a lot
of variation in the space in the read read aloud and then the pace that you
have in describe image and the pace that you have in re-tell make sure that there
is not a lot of variation okay try to try to maintain the pace okay Tina Rajak
asking that is there any apps to check how much we speak is caught by computer
like from speech to text will that be helpful yes you can you can use apps to
to check how much the computer is catching from what you’re speaking and
but you you you I would suggest that none of that would be as as close to
what you have in your actual PTE test actual PTE software so what I would
suggest is record yourself and listen for yourself and see how many words you
have pronouncing correctly and if required you can seek professional guidance okay Rakshit Mahera is asking could you
please share your repeat sentence strategy I know shadowing would improve
that part but still any strategy to improve that as sometimes I get nervous
in the exam that affects the memory okay Rakshit actually this is a very good
question and I would have definitely answered this one that how to improve in
repeat sentence and and what have what to do when you are nervous in the exam
and that affects your memory so Rakshit should the first and the basic thing
that you need to keep in mind is that you have 10 to 12 repeat sentences in
your test and they come back to back so you can say that in a span of around 3
to 4 minutes everything is finished it starts and it’s over you the sentence
comes you repeat it it comes you repeat it and if this thing goes on and in in a
span of 3 to 4 minutes everything is over so so it is those three to four
minutes where where everything happens so what you need to do is you need to be
mentally prepared for that and how you can be mentally prepared for that is do
at least 30 40 or 50 sentences in one single sitting when you sit for one time
to practice do 50 sentences at a time that would help you in two ways that
would train your brain to be prepared for for the for for those 10 or 12
sentences because if you are able to with stand those 50 sentences and
maintain your maintain the that same thing you can you it would be
helpful for you during the test and the second thing is that when you will be
doing the practice you will be doing such a so many sentences together
well practice you will be doing so that would again be helpful to to train your
mind in a certain way now one more thing or strategy more repeat sentences is
that all we start with the shorter sentences if you are able to if you are
not able to remember longer sentences start with smaller sentences start with
sentences normally sentences that you get in write from dictation which are
three to five seconds first try to master that try to master the sentences
that you are having in right from dictation which are three to five
seconds which are shorter ones make sure that you at least get
hundred percent is in those type of sentences and then go and go for the
longer ones first try and master the shorter ones okay Savan Mehta is asking what are the
tricks we can use in Describe Image of finish it in 40 seconds as I found it
difficult to do – less time so Savan is asking the tricks for describe image to
finish in 40 seconds because he finds the time less okay Savan you need to
understand that it is not important or not necessary to describe all the
aspects of the image you can even keep on talking about one or two things and
then finish in finish in 40 seconds or even less than that even if you finish
in 30 seconds it’s okay so what I would suggest is there are lot of describe
image questions like lot of bar graphs and line charts that are available
online select those which have a lot of information see there are two type of
bar graphs or line graphs that you will get some that would have very less
information and some that would have a lot of information so when you have very
less information you’re able to describe it very nicely but when you find a lot
of information you are confused what to speak and what not to speak so I would
suggest that practice those kind of images that have a lot of information
and try to find your way out of that what are the aspects that you would
speak and what are the aspects that you would ignore practice those kind of
questions okay Minaxi the same question
you have asked a slightly different way but the answer would be same that when
you try to speak fast and fluently your pronunciation gets impact in describe
image when you are trying to cover the whole topic so it’s it’s not necessary
to cover the whole topic you can keep on talking about one or two aspects that
you see feel important give you you have to give an brief overview it’s not
necessary to talk about each and every element that is mentioned in the extra
or the y-axis or or in the pie chart you can just speak about one or two aspects
or the general trends okay Shruti is asking does fluency get
boosted if you speak more for more words in 40 seconds exclaming expect of the
irrespective of the content see a fluency depends on words per minute so
it it essentially means that in how many seconds how many words you are speaking
and how smoothly you are speaking that that would so if you’re speaking a lot
of words but but if you are not if you’re having a lot of Armenian earning
then that that would impact your score tina is saying that i get ten and
sometimes thirty in pronunciation can you let me can you let me know why my
zero in pronunciation lacking in pronunciation okay if you’re lacking in
pronunciation I would suggest that somehow the computer might not be able
to start understand or or not be able to accept your pronunciation so for you I
have I have I have a very good resource what you can do is there is a book by
Cambridge University by the Cambridge Press the name of the book is three or
three and just write down the name of the book in the in the white board right
here alright we just typing down in the text this the text that I’m sending to
you so the name of the book is 3 or 3 this is my Cambridge it is an elementary
book and then they have there there are other versions of this which you can
which you can use it is a sort of workbook that will help you to work on
your pronunciation and fluency Rashmi, I feel that I pronounce
correctly how do I get to know how his PTE is evaluating my watch so if you
just just just get some evaluation done by evaluation done by the professionals
that means just just go to the just go to our online website and there you can
register for one-on-one coaching and get your get whatever you’re speaking you
just get it evaluated the our our trainers they would help you to identify
the areas where you’re making mistake and then you can just just work on that
and improve that and for for everyone else now that we are run out of
questions so I think this would be the end of the session but before saying you
goodbye and just share the name of the book that is an elementary book to
prepare for the pronunciation it is very basic you can you can you can get this
book and practice it is by the Cambridge University Press you can you can you can
get this book it would be really helpful for you alright guys thank you very much
for being us being here with us I’m sorry thank you very much for being here
with us and I’ll see you soon in the next webinar till then keep on
practicing follow PTE tutorials website and please give you honest reviews on
the Facebook page of PTE tutorials that would help the other candidates who are
appearing for PTE to make their decisions to make a choice so so you can help them
to take the right decision alright friends see you then good bye

4 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for your tips and trics as Pronunciation and fluency is very important for speaking section, really very helpful vedio.

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