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S.Events  Dec 17 Your English

           Looking back on what you have studied, discuss the following items.

                  Conversation Strategies

           Give examples to support your opinions - make your conversation more interesting and
           colourful. A good follow up question helps your group to explore more ideas and also it
           shows interest in the subject and speaker.

                  Conversation Strategies

               Reactions (R)            Follow up Questions (FQ)  Checking Understanding (CU)
               Respond to good or bad news, show   A good follow up question helps your   If you don’t understand, or cannot find
               surprise or express interest. Study   group to explore more ideas and also it   the correct word during conversation
               these reactions and learn how to use   shows interest in the subject and speaker.   – you can ask your group or partner to
               them naturally.          Add a reaction and then an appropriate FQ.   explain or help.
               Okay       That’s cool/interesting.  Who...? Where...? When...?   When listening...  When speaking...
               I see                    What...? Which...? Why...?   Is that clear?  Sorry, I don’t understand
               Yeah       Oh no!        What...? How...? Do you...?   Do you understand?
               Right      That`s too bad!  Can you...? Have you...?           Can you explain?
                          Sounds terrible!                       How do you say (…)
               Really?                                           in English?
               Are you kidding?  Tell me more.
               Opinions            Reasons            Examples           Agree and Disagree
               Expressing and sharing your ideas   After hearing an opinion or   You can give examples to  If you think the same way use
               is important way to learn more   expressing your own idea –   support your opinions and   the agree strategy. Also, don’t
               and challenge yourself. When you   follow up and ask for a reason   reasons – and make your   be afraid to disagree! you will be
               want to ask for and give an   or give a reason to support   conversation more interesting   able to share more opinions.
               opinion use the phrases below.
                                   your opinion.
                                                      and colourful.
       English  With your partner write down some interesting christmas and new year and then add
                                   Asking for Reasons (AR)
                                                      Asking for Examples (AE)
                                                                         Agree (A)
               Asking for Opinions (AO)
                                                                         I agree!
                                                      For example?
               What do you think?
                                   Why (do you think so?)
           activity you could do there. Then exchange these ideas with another group.
               What’s your opinion?
                                   Can you tell me why?
               What does everyone think?  How come?   For Instance?      Good point!
               Giving Opinions (GO)  Giving Reasons (GR)  Giving Examples (GE)  Disagree (D)
               In my opinion       One reason is…     For example...For instance...  I’m sorry but I disagree…  For example
               Personally speaking, I think...  Another reason is…  One (another) example is…  Nice idea, but I disagree…
                                   It’s (mainly/partly) because…
                                                                                         Getting lots of presents
                                                      Christmas &
                                                        New Year


           Talk about the following topics for 8 minutes per group. Make sure you use all the phrases
           above to ask and give examples. Don’t forget to use Follow up Questions too.

           1. Do you celebrate Christmas in a special way?
           2. What kind of interesting things do you do for Christmas in your home country?
           3. What do you and your family plan to do for the year-end holidays?

      8    4. How was this year? What were the high and low points?
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