Unit 1 FCE speaking practice

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    Unit 1

    Speaking task: Describing people

    The first steps in improving your FCE mark it to focus on vocabulary.

    Circle which words you believe are stronger or less common.

    Strong Muscular Clever Smart

    Tiny Small Thin Slender

    Nice Generous Elderly Old

    Hard-worker Dedicated Healthy Athletic

    Fat Obese Dependable Helpful

    Conservative Shy Heroic Brave

    Happy Content Talented Dynamic

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    People you may have to describe:

    Spouse Siblings Half-brother

    Sisters-in-law Fianc Cousins

    Stepbrother Hero Neighbor

    Offspring Sports star Singer

    When you are asked to describe someone, you should focus on three

    areas: mind, body, and action.

    Example: Please describe your mother-in-law.

    Sample answer: My mother-in-law is clever, slim, and often gossips with

    our neighbors.

    Mind

    Body

    Behavior

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    If you cannot find synonyms to replace the word, add adjectives or adverbs

    instead.

    Example: He is tall.

    He is quite tall. Soft voice

    He is extremely tall.Strong voice

    He is outrageously tall. Showing shock or amazement

    ***Note: Do not choose vocabulary words which are too difficult to

    pronounce!

    The next step is to improve coherence and cohesion. Can you explain your

    ideas and link sentences to increase understanding and rhythm? Look atthe following sentence:

    My mother-in-law is clever, slim, and often gossips with our neighbors.

    There are three ideas:

    a. Clever

    b. Slim

    c. Gossip

    You must be able to state your idea and support your ideas by explaining

    or giving examples. Ideasupport

    Example: My mother is clever. For example, she was able to fix my

    motorbike without using any tools.

    Next link other ideas. Ideasupportlinknew ideasupport

    Example: My mother is clever. For example, she was able to fix my

    motorbike without using any tools. In addition, she is quite slim for a

    Vietnamese girl. An average girl in Vietnam weights around 45kilos;

    however, my dear mom is around 30 kilos. Interestingly, she often gossips

    with our neighbors. They often talk about shopping and complain about

    their husbands.

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    Use the following vocabulary to do the task below:

    Attractive Polite Generous

    Optimistic Arrogant Pessimistic

    Selfish Get along with Look up to

    You could also use vocabulary from your book or the other

    table.

    Describe a family member you often spend time with:

    ____________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________

    Describe one of your cousins:

    ________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________

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    Seem Appear May/Might

    Would Could Must

    Describe this person.

    Sample answer: This individual appears to be quite strange. For instance,

    he has a frightening smile. Also, I dont know anyone that would stand in

    such a way.

    ____________________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________________

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    Describe the people in the photo.

    ____________________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________________

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    Describe these photos using the word box.

    Celebration

    Joyful

    Seem

    Appear

    May

    Content

    Slender/slim

    Tiny

    Obese