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Special Events  July 19 Strategies

           Now combine all of the strategies to give an opinion, a reason and finally a clear example.

                    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?  Can you explain?
                Right        That`s too bad!   Can you...? Have you...?
                             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.
                Asking for Opinions (AO)  Asking for Reasons (AR)  Asking for Examples (AE)  Agree (A)
                What do you think?       Why (do you think so?)  For example?          I agree!
           With your partner brainstorm lots of ideas and places for summer vacation below. Then
                What’s your opinion?
                                         How come?
                                                                                       Good point!
                                                                For Instance?
       English  exchange these ideas with another group.        Giving Examples (GE)   Disagree (D)
                                         Can you tell me why?
                What does everyone think?
                                         Giving Reasons (GR)
                Giving Opinions (GO)
                In my opinion            One reason is…         For example...For instance...  I’m sorry but I disagree…
                Personally speaking, I think...  Another reason is…  One (another) example is…  Nice idea, but I disagree…
                                         It’s (mainly/partly) because…
                                                                                              For example
                                                                                               Visiting the
                                                                                               French Alps

                                                  Summer Vacation


           Talk about the following topics for 8 minutes per group. Make sure you use all of the
           strategies above that you have studied over the term.

           1. What is the best way to spend the summer holidays? Why?
           2. Is a study trip abroad a good idea? Why/Why not?
           3. What would you like to do this year? Why?

      8    4. Do we need more holidays? Or do we have enough?
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