Every one of us – more or less – has faced the phenomenon called the fear of public speaking. It manifests even when we speak in our mother-tongue, and especially when we speak in a foreign language. Why are we afraid? We are not certain that we will say everything properly, precisely, and clearly; after all, we will be evaluated by the listeners. We do not want to be evaluated poorly.
So how can we help the students to overcome the fear of public speaking?
You will probably agree that it is much easier to sing in a choir than solo: activities together with a group do not induce such pressure as individual activities in front of the group. Also saying one word for the listeners is easier than speaking a text. These are the principles that the strategy of encouraging students to speak is based on, starting with games in which minimal lingual activity in the group is required, and finishing with games of individual lingual expression in front of the group (more details are given near each game: scenario).
This book is a collection of 17 games which help to learn English, and at the same time to overcome the fear of public speaking.