ESL Speaking Fall 2018 W11

It’s week 11 of the ESL conversation class. Time to get ready for a quiz.

ESL Discussion Questions (20)

In order make a logical answer that sounds persuasive, you need to make answers that identify and justify a criterion (or criteria).

Criterion: the rule or standard that is used to judge or decide.

For example:

What’s the best midsize car to buy for a young family?

It depends on what is important to you.

Do you care about 1) the amount of space inside the car, 2) safety, 3) purchase price, 4) resale value, 5) warranty, or 5) fuel economy.

These are the criteria that most people think about when buying a new car.


If all of these things are important, the Honda Civic is probably the best choice.

Student A

Answer the questions with criteria (or one criterion).

  1. Who is a hero for you?
  2. What is the best Smartphone?
  3. Who is the best actor today?
  4. What is the best pizza topping?
  5. Can money buy happiness?
  6. Does Dokdo belong to Korea?

Student B

Agree or disagree with these statements. No hedging. Don’t forget to state your criterion (or criteria).

  1. Video games are too violent.
  2. We are not free.
  3. The future looks bright.
  4. Killing is moral.
  5. It’s time to forget about the past.
  6. Zoos should be banned.


Small Group Work: Vocabulary Review (15)

Here is a list of 40 words you should know for Quiz #2. Let’s do a jigsaw puzzle review activity. Make a small group with 4 people.


Schedule Check (5)

This is week 11.

  • Week 11 – Quiz #2 review and study paper.
  • Week 12 – Quiz #2 (during the 2 hour class)
  • Week 13 – Book report due (give to teacher in last class of week; do not send in an email message, no late book reports, no reports under my office door)
  • Week 14 – Final exam review and study paper 


Hour 2 

Small Group – Discuss Inventions: Monday and Thursday Class (20)

Last week, you were given some homework. Now it’s time do to the work.

  • Make small groups with 3-4 people.
  • Retell your invention story. 
  • Talk about the impact that invention had one world history.
  • Answer questions from group members.


Quiz #2 Review

Quiz Question #1: Definitions (5)

You will have a few words. Write a brief definition for each word or phrase. You don’t need to write a full sentence.

Here are a few examples:

  1. stationery store
  2. pager
  3. grad school
  4. stroller
  5. globalization


Quiz Question #2: What’s the difference? (5)

You will have two words or phrases. Briefly describe how they are different. You don’t need to write a full sentence.

Here are a few examples:

  1. clever – shy
  2. pencil – mechanical pencil
  3. clinic – hospital
  4. public bath – public bathroom
  5. tuition – scholarship


Quiz Question #3: Anagrams (5)

You will have a few words, but the letters have been moved around. Move the letters and make a word from the vocabulary list.

Here are a few examples:

  3. UNME


Quiz Question #4: Write Short Answers (15)

Read the question. Write a full sentence answer, and don’t forget to say WHY. They key point if proper grammar. See page 77.

Here are examples:

  1. If you had lots of time and money, what would you do this winter vacation?
  2. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
  3. If you could do any job, what would you like to do?
  4. If you had time machine, where would you go?
  5. If you could eat only one food for the rest of your what food would you choose?


Hour 3

Quiz Question #5: Inventions (15)

You read a short story about an invention.  

Write a short paragraph to describe how that invention changed the world in some way.

Here is an example about the car.

The car changed the way we design modern cities. Old cities, like downtown Paris, were designed for people, walking and public transportation. The roads are narrow and there are lots of sidewalks, parks, and subway stations. Today, modern cities look different. They have lots of space for roads, highways, and parking. Modern cities help people move quickly in cars and trucks, but they are not always people friendly. 

Textbook page 86 A (10)

  • Read
  • Listen
  • Read while listening


Textbook page 87 #3 (10)

  • Read
  • Listen and write answers


Textbook page 88 #1 (10)

  • Read
  • Listen and check answers


Textbook page 88 #2 Phrasal verbs (10)

  • Read
  • Listen and check answers










  1. TEGALCERN – rectangle
  2. WSAOEME – awesome
  3. UNME – menu
  4. DNOMER – modern
  5. INGEROF – foreign


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