1. Education
Send to a Friend via Email

Speaking Skills for Beginning Level English Learners

ESL EFL English Beginner level pronunciation help designed to help improve your Beginner level English pronunciation including an introduction to the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet).

Going to Bed / Getting Up
Use these phrases when you get up in the morning or go to bed at night. 

Getting People's Attention
If you need to ask a question, you'll need to get someone's attention. Learn how to request information once you get someone's attention.

Expressing Sympathy
Sometimes bad things happen. It's important to say something appropriate when you express sympathy. Use these phrases to express your concern for others in hard times.

Asking People to Repeat
Sometimes you may not understand something. In that case, you'll need to ask the person to repeat. Learn how to ask politely so you can make sure you understand the conversation.

Apologizing in English
If you do something wrong, or if something bad happens, you'll need to apologize. Use these phrases to say you are sorry.

Starting a Conversation - Top Ten Questions
Here are ten questions that will help you start a conversation. Each question is followed by a number of questions to continue the conversation.

ABCs pronunciation guide
A guide to the alphabet or the ABCs with listening examples for correct pronunciation practice to make sure you spell things correctly in English.

How Speak English?
The phrase "how speak English" is incorrect, but is often used. Learn how to ask to learn English correctly with these phrases.

Number Pronunciation
Learn how to correctly pronounce numbers in English, as well as spell the numbers.

Speaking Practice Online for English Learners
Short listening exercises for beginning and intermediate level ESL learners to help them practice speaking.

Telling the Time
Practice reading and speaking with this short dialogue about time. You'll also learn important expressions used when telling the time.

In a Shop
This dialogue will help you learn how to go shopping. Practice with a partner and then make up your own dialogues. Soon you'll be shopping at all the best stores!

At a Restaurant
We all need to eat and so we go to a restaurant. There are many common phrases used in the restaurant that you can practice with this dialogue about ordering food in a restaurant.

Giving and Requesting Personal Information
When meeting new people or when filling out a form it's important to give information about yourself. Learn the most important phrases and questions and practice with this personal information dialogue.

Introducing Yourself
You need to make a good impression when you meet someone for the first time. Practice introducing yourself with this dialogue and meet some new friends!

In a Motel / Hotel
Every time you check in at a motel or hotel you'll need to answer some questions. Practice traveling vocabulary in this dialogue about motels and hotels.

Asking for Directions
If you are in a new city you might need to ask for directions. If someone asks you for directions you'll need to tell them how to get to their destination. Practice asking and giving directions with this dialogue.

At the Airport
Traveling around the world means you fly a lot. This dialogue focuses on common phrases and conversations you will have when going to the airport.

What's in your office?
Learn how to speak about your office and the objects such as desks and computers that are in most offices. This reading focuses on the use have got, office vocabulary, the use of there is and there are.

Interview with a Famous Actor
Dialogue for roleplay with follow up multiple choice quiz. This reading focuses on speaking about daily routines with the simple present

Dialogue: The City and The Country
Dialogue for roleplay with follow up multiple choice quiz. This reading focuses on the use of the comparative form.

Pronunciation - Silent Letters
A guide to when not to pronounce silent letters in English for English language students and ESL EFL classes.

Word Stress Patterns in English
This page introduces the eight most common word stress patterns in English with listening examples.

Travel Greetings - Social Language
How to wish someone well before they leave to travel or return from travel in English for ESL learners.

Speaking to Strangers - Social Language
How to make special greetings in English on holidays, birthdays and on other special occasions for ESL learners.

Special Days - Social Language
How to make special greetings in English on holidays, birthdays and on other special occasions for ESL learners.

Greetings - Social Language
How to greet in English for ESL learners.

Introductions - Social Language
How to make introductions in English for ESL learners.

Ask and Answer Questions - 50 Basic English Questions
50 basic English questions used to ask and answer questions about most daily tasks.

Past Tense Regular Verb Pronunciation
Past Tense Regular Verb Pronunciation exhaustive list for beginning level ESL English learners.

Accent Neutralization - Accent Reduction
A look at accent neutralization / reduction which strives to help proficient English speakers speak with a more North American or British accent.

Dialogue: A Busy Day
Beginner level reading comprehension with follow up multiple choice quiz. This reading focuses on the busy schedules of two friends who meet jogging in the park.

Dialogue: A Great Workout
Beginner level reading comprehension with follow up multiple choice quiz. This reading focuses on daily sports and hobbies.

Dialogue: Weekend Sports
Beginner level reading comprehension with follow up multiple choice quiz. This reading focuses on making arrangements to do some weekend sports together.

English Pronunciation Exercises
The following series of pronunciation exercises combines words beginning with the same diphthong or vowel sound followed by similar vowel sounds. Voiced and voiceless consonants are paired by sounds.

Introduction to Phonetics - Pronunciation Help
An introduction and reference guide to the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet).

Practice Dialogue: A New Office
Beginner level reading comprehension with follow up multiple choice quiz. This reading focuses on making offers and speaking about objects in an office.

Practice Dialogue: Cooking
Beginner level reading comprehension with follow up multiple choice quiz. This reading focuses on daily routines including cooking, and getting to work.

Practice Dialogue: Filling in a Form
Beginning level dialogue with follow up reading comprehension quiz focusing on basic personal information.

Practice Dialogue: Introductions
Beginning level English dialogue with follow up multiple choice questions for in-class use and reading comprehension practice.

Practice Dialogue: The Meeting
Beginner level reading comprehension with follow up multiple choice quiz. This reading focuses on times of the day and using the present continuous for future plans.

Pronunciation - Consonants
A simple audio guide to the correct pronunciation of consonants with the respective IPA symbols.

Pronunciation - Vowels
A simple audio guide to the correct pronunciation of vowels with the respective IPA symbols.

Word Pronunciation - Hard and Soft C and G Sounds
ESL word pronunciation help focusing on hard and soft c and g sounds.

Countries, Nationalities and Languages in English
Guide to Countries Nationalities and Languages around the world for lower level English classes with pronunciation sound file.

Weak and Strong Forms
Guide to English words which have both weak and strong forms depending on their usage. First the two forms are discussed, then examples given and finally a list of the most common weak strong words is provided with an exercise.

Discuss in my forum

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.