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The Splendid Speaking Course

Volume 1 Unit 2: Questions
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Unit 2: Language Learning

Task: Role Play (4-5 minutes)
Topic vocabulary 1. Introduction: Work in pairs. One of you is being interviewed by a
Financial implications representative from an international student magazine on the following
Course fees subject:
To have/get one-to-one
Multilingual/monolingual Issues language students need to consider when
classes choosing whether to study in a one-to-one, small group
Group/class dynamics
The ideal number of students or larger class
Group/pair work 2. Planning: Decide which of you is the interviewer and the interviewee. The
Role play interviewer should spend a minute or two making notes on the kind of
Individual feedback questions to ask. For example:
Cultural awareness The interviewees personal experience of language learning.
Intensive/crash course The benefits and drawbacks of small group learning.
Social opportunities The benefits and drawbacks of learning in a larger group.

Stating preferences 3. Task Focus: The interviewer should focus on asking some open-ended
Im really keen on questions which encourage the interviewee to give extended answers.
Im a passionate believer in Open-ended questions will often begin with:
I particularly like Why Where What How Tell me about
I take (great) pleasure in
I (much) prefer 4. Language: Tick any of the vocabulary on the left you want to use. Try out
Im happier some of the expressions for stating a preference.
Im not really bothered about
Im not too fond of Task: Discussion (15 minutes)
Ive never really taken to
I have an aversion to
I really cant stand As part of a student panel youve been asked to discuss some of the
following statements:

Perfect native-speaker pronunciation is a goal worth aiming for.

Language learners need to have every mistake they make corrected.
You can never really learn a second language properly without spending
time in the country in question.
If youre not aiming to use your English in a native-speaker environment,
theres no point in learning colloquial vocabulary.

Discuss these statements in a group. Focus on ensuring everyone

contributes to the discussion. Use expressions such as:
L is t en t o S o l an g e f r om
Br a zi l t a l k i n g o n a And what about you Ana?
similar subject. See the Do you agree?
October archives What do you think Alex?
( I n t e r vi e w 2 ) a t : Whats your view Carla?
s p l e n d i d- s p e a k i n g . c o m
Sarah, do you think