Are you sometimes concerned that your pronunciation isn’t as good as it could be? Are you often worried that you don’t have the correct pronunciation even for some basic words? Do you feel like other people judge you for your accent?
You’re not alone.
All of these fears were part of my daily reality when I was first living in Italy trying to speak Italian. When I went into shops in Rome, the sales assistants and shopkeepers would hear me speak and immediately switch to English – I have to say, that did nothing for my self-confidence.
However, after much perseverance, time and personal reflection, I was able to speak Italian fluently, without worrying about my pronunciation and even enjoying the process of using the language freely to communicate with whomever I was speaking to.
As teachers these fears can become even more powerful as we are in a position of authority and should be role models for our students. When we let self-doubt creep in we can feel as though we’re not good enough, which in turn may lead to a lack of enthusiasm for the job, which will mean our student don’t get our best and will suffer from poor results, which will result in low level of job satisfaction. So, let’s look at five ways we can banish self-doubt and use more English with total confidence.
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