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S.Events  Mar 19 Strategies

                   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...?  How do you say (…)   Can you explain?
                          Sounds terrible!
               Really?                                           in English?
               Are you kidding?  Tell me more.
               Opinions            Reasons            Examples           Agree and Disagree
            Practice time! Use the 3 questions below and focus on using the target language above.
                                   After hearing an opinion or
               Expressing and sharing your ideas
                                                                         If you think the same way use
                                                      You can give examples to
                                   expressing your own idea –
               is important way to learn more
                                                                         the agree strategy. Also, don’t
                                                      support your opinions and
               and challenge yourself. When you
                                   follow up and ask for a reason
            Check how many times you can correctly use the strategies.
                                                                         be afraid to disagree! you will be
                                                      reasons – and make your
                                                                         able to share more opinions.
                                   or give a reason to support
               want to ask for and give an
                                                      conversation more interesting
               opinion use the phrases below.  your opinion.    and colourful.
               Asking for Opinions (AO)  Asking for Reasons (AR)  Asking for Examples (AE)  Agree (A)
            Which is more interesting, Easter or Valentines?             I agree!
                                   Why (do you think so?)
               What do you think?
                                                      For example?
               What’s your opinion?
                                   How come?
                                                      For Instance?
            Which is more important, Christmas or New Year?              Good point!
                                   Can you tell me why?
               What does everyone think?
            Which do you prefer, receiving presents or eating nice food?
                                   Giving Reasons (GR)
                                                                         Disagree (D)
                                                       Giving Examples (GE)
               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…
           With your partner brainstorm some words, ideas and phrases about ‘things to do on
       English  Valentine’s Day’. Think about in and outside of your country. Can you give any examples?
                                                                                                 For example
                                                                                             Watching fireworks


           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 are some religious from your country – what do you think about them?
           2. What global religious festivals do you know?
           3. How important are these religious festivals?

      8    4. Do you think we need more modern festivals?
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