Learn English Speaking, Basic: Week 2

Here is the plan to help ESL students learn and improve English speaking skills this week.

Quick Review

  1. website and syllabus for new students;
  2. key points from “Which on is different” exercise (e.g. think about words in many ways – meanings, word forms, syllables, homophones); learn and remember all words from this exercise;
  3. lessons learned from 5 x 5 activity (e.g. fluency or accuracy, follow up questions, pronunciation, tone and pragmatics).

This Week

  1. Chapter 1a and 1b in the textbook
  2. analyzing words and finding patterns
  3. which one is better?
  4. pair work questions
  5. vocabulary worksheet
  6. word memorization
  7. solve murder mystery #1

Touchstone Listening Files

The listening files for this text book are on line. Get the files here. Click student book 3.

Which one is different (short vocabulary review from last week)

  1. homophone – wrist – joint – soy milk – vowel
  2. chord – chaos – mammal – janitor – consonant
  3. ankle – liver – graph – ostrich – cough
  4. sneeze – blink – yawn – whistle – syllable
  5. involuntary action – cabbage – lettuce – bowl – radish

Which one is better?

Purpose: to build logical speaking skills

What to do: Read the questions. Choose one answer. Explain why it is better. How to describe which is better? Think about criteria: the thing to compare. For example, you could talk about cost, value, quantity, quality, taste, health benefits, meaning, and so on.

  1. cats or dogs
  2. winter or summer
  3. ice cream or sulbing
  4. books or computers
  5. rice or bread
  6. McDonald’s or Lotteria
  7. me or you
  8. pizza or sandwich
  9. spicy rice cake or pajeon
  10. coffee or green tea
  11. up or down

Pair Work Questions

Purpose: to improve pronunciation, tone and fluency; practice follow up skills

What to do: ask and answer these questions. Make long, logical and detailed answers. Use follow up questions.

  1. What is your hometown?
  2. What do you like to do on weekends?
  3. What job do want to have after graduation?
  4. What is your favorite …….?
  5. What did you do during winter vacation?
  6. What will you do this weekend?
  7. What kind of _______ do you like?

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