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Speaking & Listening


In class

1. Tell the class that they are going to practise talking about different

topics from different points of views. They are going to think about

topics and what the good things are about the topics, what the

negative things are about the topic and what is interesting about the

topic*. Tell the class that this is to practise the first part of the ISE II

Speaking & Listening exam, the Topic task, where they will talk about

a topic they have chosen before the interview.

2. Tell the class that, to start with, they are going to talk about ‘Hats or

Headwear’. Ask the students to name different kinds of hats or

headwear. They could say:

Helmets, caps, a crown, sun-hat, a hat for a wedding, a scarf or a fur

hat

Show students the pictures or realia that you prepared before the

class and ask them to identify each kind of hat/headwear. Write up

the answers on the board.

3. Tell the class that now they must think about this topic:

From a positive point of view for example the good things about hats

or headwear

From a negative point of view for example the negative things about

hats or headwear

What is interesting about hats or headwear

Direct the students to the table you have drawn on the board:

Positive Negative Interesting









For example, ask the class:

What is positive about a helmet? They can answer:

It protects people from injury/accident because it is very hard.

It’s also colourful so people can see it from a distance.

What’s negative about a crown? They can answer:

It’s very expensive.

It’s heavy.

Only a few people can wear a crown.

An expensive crown could be stolen for the jewels.

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What’s interesting about caps? They can answer:

Old/ young people all wear caps.

There are thousands/ millions of different kinds of caps in different

colours, with different writing.

Some caps are used by companies for publicity.

4. Now elicit and teach some positive and negative adjectives that can be

used when the students talk about hats or headwear. For example:

Positive adjectives:

Protective, elegant, sporty, warm, shady, pretty, universal and

colourful

Negative adjectives:

Expensive, unattractive, heavy, strange and concealing

Write up some of the ideas on the board in the correct category.

5. Then ask the students what kinds of comments or questions they

could put in the interesting column. The interesting column is for

comments or questions that are neither positive nor negative but are

related to the topic. For example:

Crowns must weigh several kilos

Where does the straw for some sun-hats come from?

Men and women both wear scarves on their heads in different ways.

6. Now put the students in pairs and give each student a piece of blank

paper. Ask the students with their partner, to add to the ideas on the

board under the different columns. Give the class 8 minutes to talk in

pairs and write down their lists.

7. Get information from the class and write it on the board under the

three columns. After the class has looked at the board, rub out the

columns.

8. Tell the students to turn over the paper they made their notes on, so

they can’t see the ideas on the sheet and tell them to practise talking

to their partners about hats/ headwear from the three different

viewpoints. Each student takes a turn and tries to talk about the topic

for one minute without stopping.

9. Now tell the class that they have to use the Positive, Negative and

Interesting analysis on two other topics. Write up the following topics

on the board:

 mobile or cell phones

 doing regular exercise in a gym

 turning a book into a film

 reading comics

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