Category Archives: ORAL SKILLS 1B2
LOOK CAREFULLY AT THE PICTURES BELOW…
WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT THEM?
- WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF SEEING A MUSICAL, A CONCERT, A PLAY OR A SPORTING EVENT LIVE INSTEAD OF ON TV?
- WHAT WAS THE LAST LIVE EVENT YOU WENT TO?
WATCH THIS VIDEO ABOUT A WEBSITE CALLED “STORYCORPS”.
WHAT DOES IT AIM TO DO AND WHY?
DO YOU THINK THIS PROJECT IS A GOOD IDEA? WHY? WHY NOT?
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE PART?
YOU ONLY HAVE TO RECORD A 3-4 MINUTE MONOLOGUE ANSWERING SOME OF THE QUESTIONS BELOW ( 3 or 4 would be enough, anyway., depending on your age)
SHARE YOUR RECORDING WITH ME AND THE REST OF YOUR CLASSMATES
- Who has been the most important person in your life? Can you tell me about him or her?
- What was the happiest moment of your life? The saddest?
- Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?
- Which 3 songs would be on the playlist of your life? Why?
- What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?
- What is your earliest memory?
- Are there any funny stories your family tells about you that come to mind?
- Are there any funny stories or memories or characters from your life that you want to tell me about?
- What are you proudest of?
- When in life have you felt most alone?
- If you could hold on to one memory from your life forever, what would that be?
- How has your life been different from what you’d imagined?
- Do you have any regrets?
- What does your future hold?
- What are your hopes for what the future holds for me? For my children?
- For your great great grandchildren listening to this years from now: is there any wisdom you’d want to pass on to them? What would you want them to know?
YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN READING THIS ARTICLE ON MUSIC AND ALZHEIMER´S DISEASE
IF YOU WANT TO IMPROVE WHEN TELLING PERSONAL ANECDOTES, YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO WATCH THE VIDEO
Here are THE BRITISH COUNCIL top tips for telling a good story or anecdote.
- Take time to think about the question and the story before you start talking.
- Use narrative tenses – past simple, past continuous and past perfect.
- Use adjectives and adverbs to make the story interesting.
- Use sequencing words: first of all, then, after that, later on, finally, in the end …
- Give your story an introduction. Say briefly what your story is about.
- Give the background to your story. Say when and where it took place and what you were doing at that time.
- Say what happened step by step. Use words like so, because and although to connect the actions until you reach the end of the story.
- Keep the action moving!
- Finish your story or anecdote by saying why it is important to you or why you remember it.
- Look at your listeners.
- Take too long telling the story or your listeners will get bored.
- Use a flat or bored voice.
- Look down or look around the room.
Put the phrases in the correct part of the anecdote:
- WRAPPING UP (finishing)
After all this, I learnt that …
I’m going to tell you about something unforgettable that happened to me.
This made me realise something important …
This is a story about …
Later on, …
I’d like to talk about the time when I …
This took place a few years ago.I was living in the city at that time.
At that time, I was …
When I look back on that story now, I feel …
What happened next was …
CHECK YOUR ANSWERS
Write down some notes about an anecdote based on something that happened to you. Practise telling it and try to use some of the phrases listed above. After you have told it a few times to yourself, try recording it and sharing it with us….
THANKS TO THE ORIGINAL IDEA BY CRISTINA CABAL
LOOK AT THE PICTURES ABOVE.
CAN YOU SEE YOURSELF IN ANY OF THESE SITUATIONS? WHY? WHY NOT?
- WHAT DO YOU FIND DIFFICULT WHEN HAVING A CONVERSATION IN ENGLISH?
- WHAT STRATEGIES DO YOU USE TO KEEP A CONVERSTION GOING?
You don’t have to say much to keep the other person talking. In fact, in many cases you can reply using three words or less.
Here are some ways of doing that:
Make a comment
Show surprise at what the other person is saying with “No!” or “Wow!” Show sympathy at someone’s bad news with “How awful” or “How terrible”. Show you’re interested with a comment like “That’s incredible” or “Amazing” or “Unbelievable”.
Encourage the other person
If the other person stops talking for a second or so, you can encourage them to keep talking with a phrase like “Go on” or “Oh yeah” or “So what happened next?”
Ask a question
In all the questions below, make sure your voice goes up at the end to show it’s a question.
“Really?” – to show surprise.
“Did you?” – Echo or reply questions can be used to encourage someone to tell their story.
For example, “I heard from Pete yesterday.” “Did you?” “Yes, he’s been ill for a couple of weeks.”
Assessment (= EVALUATION) is not an easy task, but now the time has come for you to assess the course and my work……I´m aware that the course is quite short (60 hours is not enough )…However, there´s nothing I can do about it. So let´s concentrate on what I can actually do.
I know that this is a very small group but I´d be really grateful if you took some minutes of your time to complete this teacher & course assessment form online. Your feedback is incredibly important to me to improve future course preparation and my own attitude to the whole teaching process. Did this training course meet your needs? Was it too repetitive?
It should only take less than 5 minutes of your time. Your answers will be completely anonymous and by filling out the survey you will be actively participating in next year’s course organisation. All survey results will be published on this blog as soon as my students’ answers are collected. (by the end of MAY)
The response scale should run 1-5 with 5 being the highest (strongly agree).
(1) Strongly Disagree, (ESTOY EN TOTAL DESACUERDO)
(2) Disagree, (ESTOY EN DESACUERDO)
(3) Neutral, (NEUTRAL)
(4) Agree, (ESTOY DE ACUERDO)
(5) Strongly Agree (ESTOY TOTALMENTE DE ACUERDO)
The teacher´s evaluation survey can be easily accessed by clicking on the link below:
YOU CAN USE THIS MATERIAL TO PRACTISE SPEAKING BEFORE YOUR TEST.
- THE MONOLOGUE IS BASED ON YOUR ACCURATE PICTURE DESCRIPTION
- THE INTERACTION (COLLABORATIVE TASK) CAN INVOLVE DISCUSSING A TOPIC OR A ROLE PLAY (BASED ON THE TOPICS) WHERE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO REACH AN AGREEMENT WITH YOUR PARTNER, IF POSSIBLE…
Exam Tip: Collaborative task
- Look at the instructions and check what you have to do.
- Talk to your partner, not to the examiner.
- Give your opinion and try to expand your ideas, give reasons, etc.
- Take an active part in the discussion, but listen and involve your partner too.
- Discuss all the options first and then make your final decision
- Remember you don’t have to agree with your partner!
ALTHOUGH IN YOUR ORAL EXAM YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO DESCRIBE ONLY ONE PICTURE AND I HAVE GIVEN YOU PLENTY OF MATERIAL TO WORK ON, I THOUGHT THAT THIS POST PUBLISHED RECENTLY BY MY COLLEAGUE CRISTINA CABAL MIGHT BE USEFUL FOR YOU.
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