Category Archives: ORAL SKILLS

SPIN THE WHEEL & SPEAK FOR 2 MINUTES (1B1)

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SPEAKING TEST 1B1 (1B1)

YOU ARE ASKING ME QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR  1B1 SPEAKING TEST. AS YOU KNOW IT IS  BASED ON PICTURE DESCRIPTION. THIS IS WHAT IT COULD LOOK LIKE.

STUDENT A

Ask your partner questions

PART 1

  • Where / work or study?
  • Who / live with?
  • / have any children?
  • How old / be?
  • What sports / like?

PART 2

Describe the photo below

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PART 3

Talk with your partner about houseworkWhat housework do you usually do? What have you done today? etc…

Ask questions too: (EXAMPLES)

  • Who does the most housework in your family?
  • Do you argue about housework in your family? Give examples
  • What housework do you hate doing? What don’t you mind doing? Is there any housework you like doing?
  • Who does more housework at home, the male or the female members of your family?

STUDENT B

Ask your partner questions

PART 1

  • How / spell your name?
  • What / do?
  • Where/ live?
  • What kind of music/ listen to?
  • /have any brothers /sisters?

PART 2

Describe the photo below.

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PART 3

Talk with your partner about houseworkWhat housework do you usually do? What have you done today? etc…

Ask questions too: (EXAMPLES)

  • Who does the most housework in your family?
  • Do you argue about housework in your family? Give examples
  • What housework do you hate doing? What don’t you mind doing? Is there any housework you like doing?
  • Who does more housework at home, the male or the female members of your family?

REMEMBER TO:

Introduce the photo: This photo shows…. I can see

Location: on the left/ right, in the middle, at the front/back

The people (appearance and actions) She looks sad. He is reading

Your opinion: I think…. I like it because…

YOU CAN USE ALL THE MATERIAL I GAVE YOU IN CLASS BUT YOU CAN ALSO USE

http://www.cristinacabal.com/?p=4378

DESCRIBING A PICTURE

RELAX AND ENJOY !!!

ORAL PRACTICE 1B1

ORAL PRACTICE 1B1 2

ORAL PRACTICE 1B1 2

ORAL PRACTICE 1B1 3

 

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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THE CITY vs THE COUNTRY (1B2)

NEXT WEEK WE WILL 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.

 

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WHO DOES THE HOUSEWORK? (1B1)

LISTEN TO THIS SONG. I´M SURE IT´S PRETTY FAMILIAR….. WHAT´S IST ABOUT?

 

Who does the housework at home?
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The answer to “Who does the housework?” in Spain used to be obvious – the housewife. And the mother taught the daughters to cook and clean and sew, while the sons played with their toy cars. That was two generations ago, and there are women of 30 who still complain that as children, they were made to make their brothers’ beds before they went to school. Of course, things have changed a lot, particularly now that women usually go out to work as well as running their homes – although there are figures that show that on average, women spend 4.55 hours a day on domestic duties, and men just 1.37.
Given the trend towards greater equality, you might think that boys are now learning to do household tasks, or at least some of them, on a rough scale of 5.55:1.37, but apparently, equality has taken a different form among children. Nowadays, according to child psychologists and others writing on the website http://www.solohijos.com, parents think that the time they spend with their children should all be time spent having fun, playing and going out, and children are growing up thinking that they have no domestic obligations or responsibilities at all.

So neither boys nor girls are being taught to lay the table or pick up their toys, and in later life, says neuropsychologist María Luis Ferreros, “they” (the children) “feel confused because they have been living outside reality”.

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THESE PICTURES? THEN DISCUSS THE QUESTIONS BELOW

STUDENT A

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STUDENT B

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  1. What housework do you usually do? What have you done today?
  2. Who does the most housework in your family?
  3. Do you argue about housework in your family? Give examples
  4. What housework do you hate doing? What don’t you mind doing? Is there any housework you like doing?
  5. If you could buy one of these two things, would you choose a dishwasher or a washing machine?
  6. Do you get paid for doing housework?
  7. Who does more housework at home, the male or the female members of your family?

FLIPGRID: AN OPEN DEBATE ON VIDEO (1B2)

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HAVE YOU HEARD OF FLIPGRID? IT is  A NEW WEBSITE AND MOBILE APP TO OPEN UP DEBATES AMONG STUDENTS.  IT CAN BE USED TO FURTHER CLASSROOM CONVERSATIONS BY ASSIGNING QUESTIONS AS HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS

SO, LET´S HAVE A TRY!

  • I POSED A QUESTION ON VIDEO.
  • CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW OR ON THE LINK TO WATCH MY VIDEO QUESTION

https://flipgrid.com/51be7b

  • CLICK ON THE GREEN PLUS BUTTON TO RECORD YOUR ARGUMENT FOR OR YOUR ARGUMENT AGAINST. (90 seconds long)
  • YOU CAN ALSO WATCH WHAT OTHER STUDENTS RECORDED

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I´LL BE WAITING FOR YOUR VIDEO RECORDINGS

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PHOTOGRAPHY (1B2)

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE PHOTO BELOW?

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DO YOU KNOW THE NAME OF THIS SPANISH SERIES?

HAVE YOU SEEN ANY EPISODE? WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF BEING :

  • A PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER?
  • A PAPARAZZO/A?
  • A WAR PHOTOGRAPHER?
  • A WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER?

IF YOU WERE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER, WHAT KIND OF PHOTOS WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE? WHY?

“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 features.
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 WORKING 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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