Category Archives: ORAL SKILLS 1B2

ORAL SKILLS & CONVERSATION GAMBITS: TEACHER & COURSE ASSESSMENT (1B2)

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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:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3NKCLNC

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PRACTISE FOR SPEAKING TEST 1B2 (1B2)

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YOU CAN USE THIS MATERIAL TO PRACTISE SPEAKING BEFORE YOUR TEST.

REMEMBER THAT…

  • 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…

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Exam Tip: Collaborative task

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  • 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!

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ORAL PRACTICE 1B2

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GETTING READY FOR ORAL EXAMS (1B2)

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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CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

http://www.cristinacabal.com/?p=9122

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT (1B2)

LOOK CAREFULLY AT THE PICTURES BELOW…

WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT THEM?

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  • 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?

 

TELLING A STORY OR A PERSONAL ANECDOTE (ORAL SKILLS)

LAST WEEK WE WERE TELLING PERSONAL ANECDOTES. TO IMPROVE YOUR STORIES YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO WATCH THE VIDEO

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Here are THE BRITISH COUNCIL top tips for telling a good story or anecdote.

DO:

  • 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.

DON´T:

  • 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.

 

USEFUL PHRASES

Put the phrases in the correct part of the anecdote:

  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. BACKGROUND
  3. ACTION
  4. 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 …

  • Suddenly, …

  • What happened next was …

CHECK YOUR ANSWERS

http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/exams/speaking-exams/tell-story-or-personal-anecdote

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GREAT PAGE TO HELP YOU TELL PERSONAL ANECDOTES

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….

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GETTING READY FOR SPEAKING: THE ENVIRONMENT (ORAL SKILLS 1B2)

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ARE THERE ANY ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS IN YOUR COUNTRY?

DO YOU TAKE AN INTEREST IN NATURE?

DO YOU OR YOUR FAMILY TAKE STEPS TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT?

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  • RECORD YOURSELF TALKING ABOUT  AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM THAT HAS BEEN IN THE NEWS
  • GO TO PADLET (BY CLICKING ON THE GREENISH BOARD WALL BELOW)
  • Click on the board, a box will pop-up, please add your name.
  • UPLOAD  your contribution.
  • ADD  an image to accompany your talk.

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STRONG AND WEAK FORMS (ORAL SKILLS) (1B2)

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http://davidbrett.uniss.it/phonology/notes%20and%20exercises/weak%20forms%20audio/introandpreps/weak_forms.htm

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GIVING ADVICE (ORAL SKILLS 1B2)

AS YOU KNOW I GAVE YOU A HANDOUT LAST WEDNESDAY WITH CONVERSATION GAMBITS TO USE WHEN ASKING FOR OR GIVING ADVICE. SO WHY DON´T YOU SHARE WITH US ONE OF YOUR PROBLEMS SO THAT WE´LL BE ABLE TO USE THEM IN CLASS TO GIVE ADVICE?

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GO TO PADLET (BY CLICKING ON THE  WALL BELOW)

  • Click on the  BOARD below,
  • A box will pop-up,
  • Please add your name.
  • Start typing your contribution. (WRITE ABOUT  A PROBLEM YOU HAVE: IT CAN BE IMAGINARY OR REAL)
  • You can add an image or a link to a video or sound clip to accompany your PROBLEM.

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GETTING-TO-KNOW-YOU CONVERSATION (ORAL SKILLS 1B2)

LISTEN TO THIS CONVERSAYION WHICH WAS RECORDED IN OUR LAST CLASS

THINK ABOUT THE USE OF “CONVERSATION GAMBITS” AND THE STRUCTURE OF THE CONVERSATION:

  • Initial greeting
  • introducing yourself
  • asking  ( & answering) questions
  • keeping the conversation going ( showing surprise, interest….)
  • closing the conversation
  • farewell

CAN YOU MAKE ANY COMMENTS? POSITIVE FEEDBACK WILL BE WELCOME.

HOW CAN IT BE IMPROVED?

DID YOU SPOT ANY MISTAKES?

FUNNY MISHAPS (1B2)

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MISHAPS ARE MINOR  UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENTS MAINLY BECAUSE OF BAD LUCK,……. UNPREDICTABLE ACCIDENTS THAT ARE UNFORTUNATE. SOMETIMES THEY CAN OCCUR AROUND THE HOUSE AND MIGHT INVOLVE SOME CLEANING OR EVEN SOME REPAIRS…

LOOK AT THIS ADVERT. IT CAME ON BRITISH TV…….. IS IT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN? ‘Mum doesn’t let us watch wrestling on TV, but she seemed quite good at it with daddy’ was the line that got me and really made me giggle. WHAT´S IT ALL ABOUT? CAN YOU THINK OF ANY OTHER COMMON MISHAPS? DO YOU HAVE ANY PERSONAL MISHAP TO SHARE WITH US? LISTEN TO THIS CONVERSATION: http://www.esl-lab.com/night/nightrd1.htm logo2007

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