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Spoken English

Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.
Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.
Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they’re combined will help children decode words as they read.
Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words.
Phonics involves matching the sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters. 
To read English successfully, children must learn to turn the words they see in a text into sounds and make sense of these sounds. It is important for children to learn letter-sound relationships because English uses letters in the alphabet to represent sounds.
Phonics teaches this information to help children learn how to read. Children learn the sounds that each letter makes, and how a change in the order of letters changes a word’s meaning

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Types of Spoken English

Here you can find activities to practise your speaking skills. You can improve your speaking by noticing the language we use in different situations and practising useful phrases.

The self-study lessons in this section are written and organised by English level based on the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). There are videos of different conversations at work and interactive exercises that practise the speaking skills you need to get ahead at work and communicate in English. The videos help you practise saying the most useful language and the interactive exercises will help you remember and use the phrases.

A1 - Speaking

Speaking practice to help you learn useful language for everyday communication. Situations include meeting new people, checking understanding and making suggestions.

A2 - Speaking

Speaking practice to help you learn useful language for everyday communication. Situations include showing interest, talking about where you're from and talking about your job.

B1 - Speaking

Speaking practice to help you learn useful language for everyday communication. Situations include responding to news, meeting face-to-face and asking a favour.

B2 - Speaking

Speaking practice to help you learn useful language for everyday communication. Situations include giving advice, dealing with a problem and challenging someone's ideas.

Features of 4 types of Spoken English

A1 - Speaking:

Are you a learner at A1 English level (elementary)? This section offers speaking practice to help you learn and practise useful phrases that will help you to speak English clearly and effectively.

Each lesson has a preparation task and a video that introduces the language in context and gives you the opportunity to listen to and repeat the useful phrases. There are also tasks to check your understanding of the example and to practise the useful language. Make a start today.

Checking understanding

Paul has problems understanding Bob. Listen to the language they use for checking understanding and practise saying the useful phrases.

Making suggestions

In this video, Noelia and Yuna have a very good meeting. Listen to the language they use for making suggestions and practise saying the useful phrases.

Meeting new people

In this video, Vanya meets Emir and Yuna. Listen to the language they use for meeting new people and practise saying the useful phrases.

Talking about other people

In this video, Noelia and Yuna talk about someone they know. Listen to the language they use for talking about other people and practise saying the useful phrases.

Talking about where you're from

In this video, Emir and Vanya learn more about each other. Listen to the language they use for talking about where they're from and practise saying the useful phrases.

A2 - Speaking:

Are you a learner at A2 English level (pre-intermediate)? This section offers speaking practice to help you learn and practise useful phrases that will help you to speak English clearly and effectively.

Each lesson has a preparation task and a video that introduces the language in context and gives you the opportunity to listen to and repeat the useful phrases. There are also tasks to check your understanding of the video and to practise the useful language. Make a start today.

Apologising

In this video, Paul says sorry for making Noelia fall over. Listen to the language they use for apologising and practise saying the useful phrases.

Giving instructions

In this video, Vanya helps Emir learn how to use a new coffee machine. Listen to the language Vanya uses to give instructions and practise saying the useful phrases.

Showing interest

In this video, Bob tells Noelia about when he broke his leg. Listen to the language Noelia uses to show interest and practise saying the useful phrases.

Talking about personal interests

In this video, Emir asks Paul about his hobbies. Listen to the language they use for talking about personal interests and practise saying the useful phrases.

B1 - Speaking:

Are you a learner at B1 English level (intermediate)? This section offers speaking practice to help you learn and practise useful phrases that will help you to speak English clearly and effectively.

Each lesson has a preparation task and a video th
at introduces the language in context and gives you the opportunity to listen to and repeat the useful phrases. There are also tasks to check your understanding of the video and to practise the useful language. Make a start today.

Agreeing and disagreeing
In this video, Emir and Paul discuss a design for a client. Listen to the language they use for agreeing and disagreeing and practise saying the useful phrases.

Asking a favour
In this video, Noelia asks Paul for some help. Listen to the language Noelia uses to ask a favour and practise saying the useful phrases.

Keeping a conversation going
In this video, Noelia and Bob talk about Spain. Listen to the language they use for keeping a conversation going and practise saying the useful phrases.

Meeting face-to-face
In this video, Noelia and Vanya meet each other for the first time. Listen to the language they use for meeting face-to-face and practise saying the useful phrases.

Responding to news
In this video, Noelia gets good news and bad news. Listen to the language Yuna uses to respond to Noelia's news and practise saying the useful phrases.

B2 - Speaking:

Are you a learner at B2 English level (upper intermediate)? This section offers speaking practice to help you learn and practise useful phrases that will help you to speak English clearly and effectively.

Each lesson has a preparation task and a video that introduces the language in context and gives you the opportunity to listen to and repeat the useful phrases. There are also tasks to check your understanding of the video and to practise the useful language. Make a start today.

Challenging someone's ideas
In this video, Vanya tells Paul and Emir about her latest idea. Listen to the language they use for challenging someone's ideas and practise saying the useful phrases.

Dealing with a problem
In this video, Vanya goes to Yuna with a problem. Listen to the language they use for dealing with a problem and practise saying the useful phrases.

Discussing advantages and disadvantages
In this video, Noelia and Yuna talk about how to encourage creativity in the office. Listen to the language they use to discuss advantages and disadvantages and practise saying the useful phrases.

Giving advice
In this video, Paul and Bob try to help Noelia with a problem. Listen to the language they use for giving advice and practise saying the useful phrases.

Persuading someone to do something
In this video, Noelia tries to convince Paul to DJ at the office party. Listen to the language Noelia uses for persuading Paul to do something and practise saying the useful phrases.

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