12th November 2020
Mindset 2, Unit 1 speaking
Today we’ll focus on two important aspects of IELTS, namely how to introduce an answer, and then beginning to use idiomatic language.
First off the bat, a review of recent vocabulary.
Arrange class into two teams. Ask the missing word(s) for a point [see if the students can use them in other sentences for an extra two points].
Prices at Bitexco Sky bar are ______________ .
In Sai Gon, coffee shops are ______________ .
A ________ tried to sell me a Rolex watch, but I knew it was fake. I am not that ___________ to believe it was genuine.
The student was dancing and shouting things. His behaviour was very ________ but it is __________ that a class of teenagers will be a problem.
Tony agreed to meet Mary to go for a _______ but he forgot. He’s so ________________________ .
Ben Tanh Market, which is like a _______ is a main tourist sight although for western people, the prices are _________________ .
astronomical or sky high // ubiquitous // hawker // naive // bizarre // predictable // stroll // absent-minded // bazaar // astronomical or sky high
Last week, a top cat student responded to the question, “How do you spend your free time ?” by stating, and I quote:
“Well, I’m a student at university, so I don’t really have much free time. However, when I’m not studying I like to …
Today, we’ll concentrate on introductions.
First rule of introductions is NEVER answer the question immediately:
e.g. “How do you spend your free time ?” “I play video game and sleep.”
Second rule of introductions is NEVER answer the question immediately.
So, here’s some typical IELTS topics and some sample introductions:
Your hometown / Tell me about your hometown
Food in your country / What is traditional food in your country ?
Travel / Where would you like to visit ?
Work or Study / What job would you like to do ?
Some standard opening lines:
That’s a very interesting question
Well, that’s a great question
Well, there is so much to say about that subject, where shall I start ?
It’s funny you put that question to me because earlier today I was just thinking about …
As a young Vietnamese (add your own nationality), I …
Now … your turn.
Think of a good introduction to each of the four questions
it’s raining cats and dogs
it costs an arm and a leg
piece of cake
I’m burning the candle at both ends
once in a blue moon
pass with flying colours
Turn over a new leaf
You categorically have to learn these idioms and be able to use them, appropriately, at the drop of a hat. Which idioms fits:
Something that doesn’t happen very often
Something that is very easy, no problem
Very bad weather heavy rain
Working or partying all day and night
Deciding to change your behaviour and be a better person
Something very expensive
To do extremely well in a test