A free English-speaking club located in Chelyabinsk, Russia

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Mock IELTS exam

Try passing one of the most popular international examinations in the world, IELTS.

Disclaimer: Speak Freely is NOT a certified IELTS center. We do not issue IELTS certificcates or guarantee successful performance at the original exam. This mock exam is completely free and held for educational purposes only. All of the exam materials used are available on the Internet.

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How to Get Ready for IELTS

As you know, Speak Freely is holding a mock IELTS exam on November 17. So we decided to talk about the exam structure and give you a few tips on how to prepare efficiently as well as some example tasks to avoid the common mistakes. If you are not planning to pass IELTS, come anyway: you will probably learn a couple of new words (unless you are a certain Pavel Tashkinov, in this case you won't) and practice some more English.

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Presentation: Swearing in English

Lately I've been reading a lot about what you can call people you don't like in English, and I've found out so much that I've decided to share that with you. So tonight, we'll get to know all these words, where they're used and by whom, which of them are mild and which are not, and get some practice!

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English Phonetics: Should You Get Rid of Your Accent and How to Do That

Many people believe their foreign accent in English to be a problem. Is it really so? Should you do something about the way you pronounce English words and what exactly should you do? Let's figure it out together during this workshop where you will learn how sounds are made, what exactly makes the sounds of English different from those of Russian, listen to some native speakers pronounce certain words, and get lots of practice.

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Adult Language Games

Do you believe that language learning games are for little kids? Tonight, Anna will prove you wrong with her advanced language games. Don't miss them!

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Debate: English Exams at Russian Schools Should Be Obligatory

Every Russian kid has to pass Russian and Maths in order to finish school, and everyone believes it's alright. But these two clearly aren't enough to go on with education or provide a living, so the authorities are thinking about introducing English as an obligatory exam. Is this a good idea that will boost the graduates' level of English and open doors into a wealthy future for everyone, or is it rather unnecessary stress for teachers, students, and parents' pockets? Let's find out.

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Presentation: Argumentation

What does it take to win an argument? Many would agree that it's a set of factors like strategy, speech, the situation and others. Argumentation is what we are going to talk about today. I will tell you about how to choose your arguments and use them wisely, why some arguments are better than others, and ultimately how to increase your chances of winning in a debate. We'll also have loads of practice, including a real debate.

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Presentation: Linking Words

You know how to boost your first-grader English so that you instantly sound like a Harvard sophomore? Linking words! This is the magic pill that makes your speech sound organized, fluent, and logical. Even if it's not. We'll give you loads of examples and exercises so that you can practice, so don't be shy.

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Debate: This House Would Limit the Fluent Speakers at Speak Freely

This question has troubled us since the beginning of this club: should it be free in the sence everyone can speak however much he or she wants, or should it be free in the sense everyone gets a chance to speak (and therefore we should limit the best speakers who have no problem expressing themselves)? Finally, we're doing a debate on this one. This is not an organizational meeting nor a brainstorming session though... just a great opportunity to speak. Equal. For everybody, free, and let no one go awat unsatisfied!

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Fluency vs Knowledge in Language Studies, or Why You Should Not Learn English (or Should You?)

Is being fluent the same as knowing the language? Which is your personal priority? How to achieve fluency and how to achieve language knowledge? Let us think, discuss, and try different methods for boosting your language performance, whatever your aim is.