3 Root Causes Hindering International Student's English Speaking Skills

Updated: Oct 1

The best 5 tips to improve Your English-Speaking Skills


Are you not confident in speaking English? Are you worried that people do not understand your spoken English? Even if you dare to speak the language, you find it hard to understand the English spoken by the locals.

No worries! You are not alone. Studies have shown that overseas students from Asia face severe studying difficulties in Australia. They are not confident in speaking English and do not play an active role in the class. However, these studies only explore why international students speak English poorly, rather than the root causes of poor spoken English for these students.

In fact, the research of Sawir discovered that the prior learning environment of international students contributes to the root cause of their poor spoken English. The three factors are as follow.

  1. Their classroom instruction in their home country focuses primarily on teaching grammar rules rather than taking the form of dialogue.

  2. Some students perceive that grammar is the most important aspect of English learning, which seems to be shaped by their classroom activity back home.

  3. The belief that grammar is most important in English learning seems to be reflected in their communicative behaviour, leading to a lack of social and academic communication, as well as a delay in the acquisition of conversational skills.

Now that you the understanding the root cause of poor spoken English, it is time to change the way you think and communicate in English. Your prior learning experience should not hinder your English-speaking ability.

Globalization is increasingly emphasizing the speaking and listening of English. Therefore, as a new international student in Australia, having good spoken English is necessary, not only for your university education but in your daily life too. With good English speaking skills, you can compete with the locals to get your first job in Australia. Below are the best five tips for international students to improve and master their spoken English skills.

1. Don't overthink it.

Be bold and step out. When you speak to someone in English, if you feel nervous a