ESL Conversation Freshmen 2017 Week 7

ESL Conversation Lessons

It’s week 7 for the English conversation class. Time to prepare for an ESL speaking exam.

Weekly Plan

  • return quiz #1 and review answers
  • review midterm exam questions
  • make schedule for exam times
  • hand in book report #1 (5% of final score)
  • check syllabus and grading

What did we do last week?

  • had a quiz
  • did a few pages from the textbook

Midterm Exam (20)

  • speaking test 25% of final score
  • check your ability to speak fluently and accurately
  • check your understanding of vocabulary
  • about 5-6 minutes per person

Question 1 (1-2 minutes)

  • speak fluently about the book you read
  • summarize book in 45 to 60 seconds; talk about character, plot and setting
  • I will ask follow up questions

Question 2 (1 minute)

  • vocabulary comprehension
  • I say 4-7 words or phrases
  • you give a FAST definition
  • the words will be random
  • words come from the quiz list
  • the strange verbs and two slide shows on this page
  • these words: circle of friends, phrasal verb, a hedge (to hedge), go through a lot together, convenient, college (US vs Canada meaning), hot right now, I met him through a friend, clean freak

Question 3 (1 minute)

  • summarize the short story you read
  • empty pot, blind people, stone cutter, finger pointing to the moon
  • You speak for 20 to 30 seconds about story and message
  • I will ask you follow up questions about the story or its meaning

Question 4 (1-2 minutes)

  • speak fluently about one RANDOM topic
  • use long, full sentences with lots of details
  • expect follow up questions

Here are two different topics with suggested questions to answer. You will get one of these topics during the test(random).

1 Topic: Sports

Are you good at sports?

  • What sports do you play?
  • What is the most popular sport in your country?
  • What are the best ways to keep fit?
  • Do you think most people consider exercise a chore or do they find it fun?
  • What is the most popular form of exercise in your country?

2 Topic: Travel

Do you like traveling?

  • Do you like travel alone or with your friends?
  • Have you traveled to other places? Where are they?
  • What do you usually do when you first arrive in a new place?
  • What are the benefits of traveling?
  • How can you make sure you get the most from your travels?

Question 5 (1 minute)

You will get one or two of the questions from the list below. Make an interesting answer with long sentences and lots of details. Expect a few follow up questions.

  1. What do you like eating for lunch?
  2. What is your home town like?
  3. Does your family like junk food?
  4. What is your best friend like?
  5. Would you like to live in England?
  6. Did you like going to high school?
  7. What are you like in the morning?
  8. Did you like green vegetables when you were a kid?
  9. What were you like as a child?

ESL Conversation Activities

Hour 1

Attendance and review last week. (5)

Pair work activity (15)

Return Quiz (10)

Exam Speaking Schedule (5)

  • sign up sheet

Review quiz questions (10)

  • pair work

Hour 2 and 3

Review exam questions (30)

Jeopardy game (30)

Worksheet (10)

Trivia game (30)




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