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S.Events  Dec 18 Your English

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

                  Conversation Strategies

           Time to review! Let’s look back at all the strategies that we have practiced this year. Try to use
           a mixture of all of them when talking to you partner.

                   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
                                                                                 able to share more opinions.
                                                           conversation more interesting
                                      or give a reason to support
       English  With your partner write down some interesting christmas and new year and then add
                                                           and colourful.
                                      your opinion.
               opinion use the phrases below.
                                      Asking for Reasons (AR)
               Asking for Opinions (AO)
                                                           Asking for Examples (AE)
                                                                                 Agree (A)
           activity you could do there. Then exchange these ideas with another group.
               What do you think?
                                      How come?
               What’s your opinion?   Why (do you think so?)  For example?       I agree!
                                                                                 Good point!
                                                           For Instance?
               What does everyone think?  Can you tell me why?
               Giving Opinions (GO)   Giving Reasons (GR)   Giving Examples (GE)  Disagree (D)
                                                                                               For example
               In my opinion          One reason is…       For example...For instance...  I’m sorry but I disagree…
                                                                                         Getting lots of presents
               Personally speaking, I think...  Another reason is…  One (another) example is…  Nice idea, but I disagree…
                                      It’s (mainly/partly) because…
                                                      Christmas &
                                                        New Year


           Talk about the following topics for 8 minutes per group. Make sure you use all the phrases
           above to when speaking to your partner and when listening.

           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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