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Oral activities

oral activities

All teachers have differing attitudes as to how on the one hand to encourage spontanteous talk whilst on the other getting students to produce high quality semi-rehearsed examination style conversation.

We worked on the presumption that learners needed to be primed with ideas for each topic, hence the Listothèque's five sub-topics. The latter can be used as a spring board to spontaneous conversation-eg the difficulties encountered when going on holiday, although appearing initially as a list of expressions can quickly turn into a lively account of a recent journey.

The 10 briquettes d'information listening comprehension leads onto questions requiring elaboration from the learner and which can be practised and rehearsed. In the teachers' guide we recommend ways of exploiting this material using new technologies. The final stage of the 10 briquettes requires learners to take a topic and present it to their classmates in their own individual way, with pictures, slides or whatever they chose but preferably not reading off a PowerPoint!

We provide two specific examination preparation activities. The Oral preparation activity helps leaners develop their responses to a text or texts and is designed to introduce the kind of language which goes beyond simply "telling the story".

The Oral prompts activity gives a dozen suggested questions for each topic with prompts which learners can develop for themselves. The questions are also recorded by a native speaker.

By working cyclically through the topics, command of the more useful and common expressions and ways of putting a point of view will become increasingly fluent, sophisticated and accurate.

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