Reading aloud is shown to improve confidence and understanding. These activities have been designed to help you practise your reading and speaking skills in an authentic way. Listen to Jogita talk about her life in the UK. Jogita has written about her life in the UK – maybe she has had similar experiences to you, or maybe your stories are very different.
▶Task 1 - synonyms
A synonym is a word which means the same as another word.
e.g. A synonym of ‘sad’ is ‘unhappy’
▶Task 2 - pronunciation of -ed endings
-ed endings are pronounced /d/, /t/ or /Id/, depending on the sound that comes before them.
- The –ed ending in ‘turned’ is pronounced /d/
- The –ed ending in ‘helped’ is pronounced /t/
- The –ed ending in ‘shouted’ is pronounced /Id/
In this activity, you will identify the pronunciation of –ed endings of some of Jogita’s verbs and group them accordingly.
▶Task 3 - word stress
In natural spoken English, we don’t pronounce each syllable with the same emphasis (word stress).
For example, the word ‘student’ has two syllables, and the stress pattern is:
The word ‘studying’ has three syllables, and the stress pattern is:
O o o
Listen to some words taken from Jogita’s story and match them to the correct stress pattern.
I moved to England last year in March because my mum wanted a better life for the family. My mum had already been living in England for three months when she went back for my brother, my sister and me. We were waiting for her while she prepared a new home for us in England.
When I arrived in England I was excited and happy, because this was my first time in the country, but, at the same time, I was very sad. On the outside I was happy, but inside I was not, because I didn’t want to leave all my friends. I wanted to cry but I tried to stay calm for my mum because she wanted to see me happy.
I liked everything I saw when I came to England – the buildings, the parks and the houses. I thought the people were friendly and always polite and smiling. People I didn’t even know smiled and said, “Hi, is everything okay?” I really loved it here in England.
I found people my age a bit rude. I thought that teenagers felt that they were the best because they were British and had already lived here a long time. But, I decided to stay positive and, after a while, everything was fine.
The difference between England and Latvia is huge. England is much bigger and there are more beautiful places than in my country, although, of course, in Latvia we have beautiful places as well. English people are more considerate about other people, and this is why so many people move here from other countries.
Now, I feel very good about living here. I’m used to it and I feel at home here. I like going back to visit Latvia and see old friends, but I don’t want to live there.
I see my future in England. Now I live in a town, but one day I might like to move to a bigger city. Like lots of my friends, I want to be a policewoman. But I will see what happens – this is just how I feel now.
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How about writing your own story about moving to the UK. You could then read your story to someone you know.
Recording and listening to yourself speaking is a really powerful way to improve your speech. You can use your mobile phone to record yourself speaking. If you think you could improve you can record yourself again.