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    How to teach people who are afraid to speak english?

    i'm a member of a German club about beards and moustaches. We have a good contact to a lot of international beard clubs. We will go to the World Championships 2007 in Brighton/England and 2009 in Anchorage/Alaska. Many of our members have good basics but are afraid to speak English. They say they are not perfect, and worries to speak. So I offered them to strenghen their skills in speaking English.
    Are there any technics, excercises, books or ideas for this problem?

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    Re: How to teach people who are afraid to speak english?

    It depends very much on their level. However, if the problem is one of confidence, then this is a separate issue. Many fear speaking because they worry about making mistakes and somehow seeming 'stupid' when talking to native speakers. However, if this is international, then there will be many other nationalities in the same position. Very often, all they need is somethig to break the ice and make them realise that they are capable of communicating and that this is the essential. Can you get a native speaker in to one of your meetings? If so, then bring them in, without warning, and force them to say a bit- once they've started, they'll find it easier.

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