ESL Conversation Intermediate, Spring, Week 15

It’s week 15 for the intermediate English conversation class. Time for a make up class.

What did we do last week?

  • murder mystery
  • completed chapter 4 in textbook
  • returned quiz #2

Hour 1 – 2

Attendance and review (5)

Schedule (5)

  • Makeup class today, no class  June 9 Friday
  • Next week – speaking tests: June 15 and 16 final exam

Exam Schedule

  • two days
  • 10 minutes per person
  • 2 hours Thursday June 15 (13 people)
  • 1 hour Friday June 16 (7 people)
  • 2 people come a little early (8:30 and 8:40)

Midterm Exam (20)

  • speaking test
  • check ability to speak fluently and accurately
  • check your understanding of vocabulary
  • check your ability to explain reasons with logic
  • about 6-7 minutes per person
  • Here are the exam questions on a pdf file, which can be printed easily.

Question 1 Vocabulary (1 minute)

  • vocabulary comprehension
  • I say 3-4 words, you give me a quick definition
  • word list includes 64 words vocabulary list from quiz #2 plus a few others
  • random selection

Question 2 Review Poster Presentation (1-2 minutes)

  • tell me about your presentation topic
  • what was the main idea?
  • provide lots of details
  • expect follow up questions

Question 3 Mini Speech (2 minutes)

  • speak fluently about a topic
  • you will get one topic
  • use long, full sentences with lots of details
  • expect follow up questions

Here are two topics with suggested questions to help you make a great answer. You will get one of these topics in the exam (random). Short answers with incomplete information, such as “I don’t know, I’m not sure” will result in a low grade.

Topic 1: A Special Thing

  • What’s one thing you shouldn’t miss on a visit to ….?

Use the text on page 22 as a model.

You should:

  • describe the thing that you like in great detail
  • say where it can be found (i.e. neighborhood, city or country)
  • explain why it is so good or special

Topic 2: 2 proverbs

Use the stories and questions on pages 28 and 29 to help you create a long, proper mini-speech.

You will discuss 2 proverbs: one from your own country and one from another place.

You should say:

  • tell me the proverbs
  • describe why they are memorable
  • explain the messages they teach us
  • discuss what we can learn about different cultures with the proverbs

Question 4 Q&A (2 minutes)

Make an interesting answer with long sentences and lots of details. Expect a few follow up questions. This is your chance to show that you can be descriptive in the English language.

  1. Describe how ideas about good manners have changed over the past few years. Be specific.
  2. Describe a sporting event that you attended.
  3. Describe a happy moment from your childhood.
  4. Tell me about the types of food that people eat in your country. Have those food patterns changed over the years?
  5. How are education priorities today different from those in the past?


Brain Puzzles (15)