PTE Academic Speaking Guide: Read Aloud Tips & Strategies – Read Aloud is the first question in speaking section 2. Read Aloud is quite simple, you just has to read the given text aloud. In this post we going to discuss about tips & Strategies, scoring area & how to develop speaking skills.
PTE Academic Speaking Guide: Read Aloud Tips
- FLUENCY – Fluency simply means the ability to read a text accurately, quickly, and with expression. In case you face any difficulty spelling a word, use your phonemic awareness or knowledge to pronounce it. DON’T SKIP ANY WORD. Read every single word with constant phase of voice.
- INTONATION – Intonation is about ‘how we say’ things, rather than ‘what we say’. Still confused? The rise and fall of the voice in speaking. When you start a sentence, raise your tone & falling tone at the end of the sentence can give you good score. Stress the words that carry important information.
- PUNCTUATION – Punctuation helps you break the sentence in little meaningful chunks. Use punctuation to take a pause, alter your pace & voice. Always stop for a fraction at the end of every sentence.
Things To Keep In Mind:
- Look for difficult words – You have 30-40 seconds to read the test before microphone opens. Use this time wisely and scan for hard spelt words. Spell them clearly before recording starts.
- How fast and Loud should I read the given text – There is always a confusion among students regarding – How fast should I read the given text? Well, you should speak at the speed that you are comfortable with. Not too slow, not too fast. If you speak too fast, you may not be able to speak clearly and it will do more harm than good. If you speak too slow, you may not be able to complete the text. So, speak at a pace that is comfortable for you and try to sound as natural as possible.
- Finish on time – You must complete your recording before the progress bar reaches the right hand side. One-more thing, if during your recording you remain silent for more than 3-seconds your recording will stop.
SCORING AREA – Speaking (Points will be deducted for wrong pronunciation & repetition )
How To Ace Read Aloud
- Spend about 10 minutes each day on reading newspaper.
- Make notes of difficult words.
- Listen to recorded conversation – YouTube is a good place to start.
- Learn to use intonation in your speech – For this listen to speakers you admire.
- Record yourself – Even basic mobile phones are equipped with a voice recorder.