The B1 Citizenship Exam is a test given to non-European citizens who wish to stay or reside in the United Kingdom for an indefinite period of time. It basically evaluates and assesses a person’s comprehension as to the use of English in conversational cases, listening and speaking. If you are about to take one or are planning to then you better polish up on your language skills. Here are some tips to help you do just that!
Think of it as a job interview. To put it simply, practice. Get any reading material. It could be a poetry book, a random newspaper or magazine article, a novel or even the back of a milk carton and start reading aloud. This way you get to practice your intonation, diction and pronunciation. It can be as simple as a few lines to a whole paragraph a day. It makes a difference and actually makes your tongue feel more comfortable with the language.
A mirror and a recorder go a long way. Another trick is to go and sit in front of a big mirror. Practicing this way will help you see your facial expressions, hand and bodily gestures as you speak. At the same time, throwing in a recorder (or your smart phone) will help you play back and listen to yourself. You’ll be able to spot a few hitches too and then improve from there.
Dance and sing to the beat. If you want your polishing to be done in a more fun and enjoyable way, then what better way to do it than with some music? Pick a good song with discernable and good lyrics. Listen to it and then sing along. It’ll hone your listening skills. To rev up the benefits, pick a song that you aren’t familiar with or know all the lyrics to. Try transcribing it to see how well you are at picking up what people say. The same can be done with a speech recording.
Find someone who you can practice with. Of course the best way to polish your language skills for your upcoming B1 Citizenship Exam is to actually converse. Practice makes perfect after all and this is best done when you have a partner or more to do this with. You can ask your friends and family members to speak and talk in English with you.