Learn English Conversation, Freshman, Spring 2018, Week 14

It’s week 14 of the semester and time to prepare for the ESL speaking test.

ESL Conversation Activities

Hour 1

The ESL conversation final exam is worth 20% of your final grade. It will have 4 parts:

  1. vocabulary review 2 min
  2. book summary 2 min
  3. grammar questions 2 min
  4. opened ended questions 3 min

Total time = about 8 minutes

1 Exam Review and Preparation (60)

Part 1: Vocabulary (30)

This activity will help you review and remember 48 words. You need to know these words for the final exam.


Explain a list of words to your partner. When your partner says the correct word, he or she writes it down on the paper. When you finish you should have 60 words on your paper.

Key Point

During the test, you will get 3-4 words from this list. You have to give a fast definition and maybe an example.

  • Key points here are fluency and accuracy.

Also, I might add some numbers in Part 1. So, you should be able to a number with 3 commas.


Part 2: Book Summary (5)

Summarize reading book #2 in one minute. Talk about:

  • characters, plot, setting
  • What you think about the book?

Be prepared for follow up questions.


Part 3: Grammar Questions (15)

You will have 3 different kinds of questions in Part 3.

Causative Verbs

  • make, get, let, have, help

I will give you a phrase. You have to make 5 sentences. Each sentence will have a different causative verb.

  • friend – lunch
  • me – sad movie
  • mother – dishes
  • teacher – bathroom
  • waitress – shoes
  • boss – report
  • kids – TV
  • father – pay for broken windown

Sports, Activities and Hobbies

  • Say 5 examples with the verbs PLAY, GO and DO

Too + Adjective

I will give you a couple of words. You make a fast question and negative answer with TOO  + adjective, much or many.

  1. bus to Daejeon/time
  2. Insa-dong/people
  3. radish kimchi/spicy
  4. dried squid/fishy
  5. shopping/shoes
  6. eat/cake
  7. humid/walk
  8. beer/drunk
  9. library/noisy
  10. soccer game/money


Part 4: Open Ended Questions (15)

Here are 4 questions. I will ask you ONE of these questions during the exam. Your answer should be about 1 minute long. I will ask some follow up questions.

The key points in this question are fluency and accuracy. This is similar to the speaking part of an IELTS test.

In each group, the top question is your question. The other questions below with bullets give you some hints about what to talk about.

1 Describe your education.

  • What kind of school did you go to as a child?
  • What was your favourite subject as a child?
  • Who was your favourite teacher?
  • What is the education system like in your country?

2 What’s the weather like in your country?

  • Does the weather affect your mood?
  • What’s your favourite season of the year?
  • What do you like to do when it’s hot?
  • What do you usually do in the winter?

3 Have you ever been to a wedding?

  • Whose wedding was it?
  • Where was it held?
  • Describe the wedding ceremony.
  • What kind of clothes did the bride and groom wear?

4 Describe a place you like to go.

  • Why is this place special to you?
  • When did you first visit this place?
  • Where is this place located?
  • What language is spoken here? Do you speak this language?

Key Points

  • Speak for about 1 minute without hesitation (fluency).
  • Make sure you can speak correctly and clearly (accuracy).
  • Make your answer interesting by providing more than the most basic information.
  • Answer my follow up questions.
  • If you speak too long, I will stop you.


Good luck.


Part X (15)




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