Tuesday, December 5, 2017

SPEAKING: DISCUSSION TOPICS

USEFUL LINKS
DISCUSSION TOPICS
Personal Identification
Housing & Home Environment
Daily Life Activities
Free Time & Entertainment
Travelling
Social & Human Relations
Health & Wellbeing
Education
Shopping & Trade
Food & Nourishment
Goods & Services
Language & Communication
Science & Technology
Climate, Weather & Environment
Miscellaneous

TIPS FOR THE CONVERSATION


CONVERSATION GUIDELINES

1. Greet your partner.
e.g. Hello, how are you? It’s been ages since I last saw you.
2. Make an introductory comment
e.g. for a weekend together
A.- I ‘ve been thinking about going away for the weekend. I’m a bit stressed after so many exams. What do you think?
B.-That’s a great idea! Where can we go? (direct question)
3. Ask questions
e.g. What do you think we can do to keep fit? (indirect question)
e.g. I wonder what the best way to keep fit is (indirect question)
4. Ask for confirmation, question tags or “don’t you think so”
e.g. It’s important to do five meals a day, isn’t it/don’t you think so?
5. Make suggestions (or any other language function such as make offers, give opinions, etc…)
e.g. How/What about….?/Shall we….?(Why don’t we…? (suggestions)
6. Come to an agreement, if necessary (reformulate and summarise)
e.g. So, we’re going on holiday by plane to Ibiza next summer, is that right?
7. Say goodbye.

e.g. It’s been nice talking to you! See you later! Bye!

Also download the functional language for the different language functions such as making suggestions, making offers, agreeing and disagreeing HERE

TIPS FOR THE MONOLOGUE

1. INTRODUCTION
Introduce your topic briefly. You can be as formal as you like.
I am going to talk about….
In this speech I would like to tell you about….(more formal)
- Alternatively, you could grab your audience’s attention by starting with a question or a challenging statement.
So much do you know about….?
Have you ever asked yourself why….?
What I’m going to tell you about today will change the way you think about…..
2. DEVELOPMENT
Answer all the questions provided in the worksheet, or if not, develop your own ideas by answering the 6W (what, when, where, why, how, and who). Decide the order of your ideas, let’s say 3 or 4.  Introduce them by using this language:
The first/key thing to say about _______is ….
The main point to make about _______ is….
What you really need to know about _______ is…
Now let’s look at ….
Let’s turn/move now on to….
Another interesting thing/aspect/point to consider about _______ is….
Having looked at…, I’d like to consider now……
Once I have finished this point, I’d like now to turn to….
Finally, I’d also like to mention that…..
- You may need to use several types of linking words in this part of your speech such as: adding points on the same topic, stating reasons for and against (advantages and disadvantages), showing cause/consequence, showing contrast, showing purpose, etc…
- Of course think about possible grammar structures and the specific vocabulary you may need to use.
3. CONCLUSION
Conclude your presentation by briefly summarizing what you have said.
In conclusion, to sum up, last but not least …..
- If possible provide or give your personal opinion of the topic (saying if you agree or not) and justify your answer.
To my mind, in my opinion, from my point of view…..
AN EXAMPLE: A TIME I (ALMOST) OVERSLEPT AND MISSED STH IMPORTANT
I am going to talk about a time when I overslept and missed something quite important for me at that moment. This happened some time ago, in the last year of my university degree. Now I remember it as a funny anecdote of the past but at that moment it meant quite a lot. I am referring to the time when I passed my last exam at university.
Firstly, I would like to say that I was quite young, I was in my early twenties and I felt really nervous. I couldn’t sleep very well the night before. I tried to relax and not to worry too much about it as I knew I could do it quite well, but I was not very self-confident. The worst thing was when the next morning the alarm clock rang and I almost fell asleep again. It was terrible because I had to get up and get dressed very quickly. I was in a hurry and I thought that I was going to be late but in the end I could manage pretty well and took the train and the bus. I just arrived 5 minutes late but it was OK. After breathing for a couple of minutes, I started doing my last exam, at last!! To be honest, it wasn’t my best exam but I will never forget it as the experience was not very pleasant for me. Anyway, the best thing about it was that I passed it, so I was very happy and I didn’t matter everything I had to go through.
In conclusion I can say that I learnt a very important lesson that day.  In my opinion, it’s never too late to make your dreams come true. You should take things seriously but not too much, because if not, you are missing the good things in life.

TIPS FOR ORAL EXAM

FUNCTIONAL LANGUAGE. PAGE 1. CONVERSATION
FUNCTIONAL LANGUAGE, PAGE 2. CONVERSATION
MAKING A SPEECH. MONOLOGUE
MONOLOGUE SAMPLE

EXAM TIPS

These are some tips you can find at the EOI webpage and the British Council:
Reading more
-Writing  more
Listening  more
Speaking more
-Skills
Grammar and vocabulary
Exam study tips

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

FREE TIME ACTIVITIES: READING

READING QUESTIONS (with Ellen in class)
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-Do you have a favourite place or time of day to read? Why do you like it?
- What kind of books do you like reading?
-Do you have a favourite author?
- How many books do you read a month?
- Do you prefer to read normal books or eBooks? Why?
- How do you find out about new books and authors?
- What was the last book you bought? Where did you buy it?
- Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?
- Do you sometimes read more than one book at a time?
- Whose advice on books do you always listen to?
-Is there a book everyone liked but you hated?
- Have you ever started reading a book but not finished it? Why not?
-Have you read a Multimedia eBook? What did you think of it?
- Do you prefer to read the book or watch the film based on the book?
Why?
- Do you ever read the last page of a novel first?
- Do you read any magazines or newspapers? Which ones?
- Do you read online? What do you read?
- How do you find out about the news? In newspapers? On the internet? On the radio? Why?
-Did your parents read to you when you were a child? What books did they read?
- How old were you when you first started to read?
- Did you read comics when you were a child? Which ones?
-  Is there a book which you can remember reading when you were a child? What was it about?
- Is there anybody in your family who likes reading? Who?
- Have you ever written a blog? Do you like reading blogs?
-Do you think women like reading more than men? Why?
- Do you think that people today are reading more or less than 20 years ago? Why?

- If somebody gives you a book as a present, what do you do?

Monday, November 27, 2017