Category Archives: ORAL SKILLS

TELLING A STORY OR A PERSONAL ANECDOTE (ORAL SKILLS)

LAST WEEK WE WERE TELLING PERSONAL ANECDOTES ABOUT MISHAPS. 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

 

THE CITY vs THE COUNTRY (1B2)

NEXT MONDAY WE WIL BE DOING SOME ORAL WORK  ON THE CITY & THE COUNTRY. REMEMBER TO :

  • REVIEW THE VOCABULARY IN THE UNIT
  • REVIEW HOW TO DESCRIBE  A PHOTO
  • DO SOME WORK ON HOW TO KEEP A CONVERATION GOING (with the help of the extra handout)

HOWEVER, BEFORE MONDAY YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE ON THE PADLET BELOW WITH INTERESTING IDEAS TO BE USED IN YOUR CONVERSATIONS.

GO TO PADLET (BY CLICKING ON THe WALL BELOW)

  • Click on the GREEN  BOARD  below,
  • A box will pop-up,
  • Please add your name.
  • Start typing your contribution. It should be an argument based on  what you would miss the most about the country or the city if you had to move from one of the places.
  • You can add an image or a link to a video or sound clip to accompany your argument.

 

Made with Padlet

“CUE PROMPTER” A TOOL TO REHEARSE YOUR SPEECHES (1B2)

WOULD YOU LIKE TO FEEL LIKE A FAMOUS TV STAR?

This little tool is a cueprompter. My students need to give a speech  and I find this little tool can help them a lot monitor the time it takes them to give their speech as it has adjustable speed feautures.
How to use it
♥Copy/paste the text into the prompter text window
♥You can set screen size, font size and colour
♥Start the prompter and adjust the speed
♥ Use the Space Bar to stop/start the cueprompter

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IT´S AS IF YOU WERE WORING ON TV AS A NEWSREADER!! BUT REMEMBER THAT THIS IS JUST FOR REHEARSING AT HOME: YOU CAN´T USE IT DURING YOUR ORAL PRESENTATION IN CLASS.

THIS POST IS FROM CRISTINA CABAL´S BLOG. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR GREAT IDEAS!!

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