Dear students: This is our last post this semester. Write about the following.
How do you feel about English in general?
How did you like this subject at university? What about the use of blogs? What aspects of your English need to be improved and how do you plan to do this? Outside the English class, how much are you using English these days? What for? Include any other comments you find relevant to improve the programme - wordcount: 300 - make comments on 3 of your partners' posts.
> Select a piece of news connected to your area of studies / future career.
> Write a summary of it. Do not copy paste.
> Provide the link to your piece of news.
Please mention the reason why you chose it.
> Leave a comment on 3 of their partners' posts.
> 240 words
Hello Here is some help to practice for the oral interaction test that will be held on December 10th. Remember you need a partner for this activity (In pairs)It is a good idea to decide on it now. You will speak about a topic chosen at random for a minimum of 5 mins. Giving your opinionGiving your opinion neutrally
"I feel that…."
"In my opinion…."
"As far as I'm concerned…."
"As I see it…."
"In my view…"
Giving a strong opinion
"I'm absolutely convinced that…."
"I'm sure that….."
"I strongly believe that…."
"I have no doubt that…"
ASKING for SOMEONE'S OPINION
"What do you think (about /of X)?"
"What's your view (on)?"
"How do you see the situation (of)?"
Agreeing and disagreeing Agreeing
"I think you're right." "I agree with you."
Strong agreement "I couldn't agree with you more." "You're absolutely right." "I agree entirely." "I totally agree."
Agreeing in part
"I agree with you up to a point, but..." "That's quite true, but..." "I agree with you in principle, but..."
"I'm not sure I agree with you." "(I'm afraid) I don't agree." "(I'm afraid) I disagree." "(I'm afraid) I can't agree with you." "(I'm afraid) I don't share your opinion."
Note that when you disagree with someone, you can often sound more polite by using a phrase such as "I'm afraid..."
"I don't agree at all." "I totally disagree." "I couldn't agree with you less."
Keeping a conversation going Making comments
"No!" - to show surprise "I don't believe it!" - to show surprise "Wow!" - to show admiration or surprise "That's incredible / amazing / unbelievable" - to show great interest in the subject of conversation "How awful / terrible" - to show sympathy with someone else's bad news
"Really?" - to show surprise "And you?" - when someone asks you how you are "Did you?" - can be used to encourage someone to tell their story.
For example, "I saw her last night" "Did you?" "Yes, she was with one of her friends, and she...."