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Advanced Conversation – Final Quiz & Exam Prep

You should review Unit 7-12 There is also a CD at the back of your book where you can hear dialogue examples…

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For the speaking part of our midterm, you should review the units 7-12

You will be evaluated on

Communication- Grammar- Vocabulary- Conversation Strategy- Fluency- (proactive)

Midterm Exam Rubric:

Poor Fair Good Very Good Excellent
Comprehension 0 1 2 3 4 5
Fluency 0 1 2 3 4 5
Grammar 0 1 2 3 4 5
Vocabulary 0 1 2 3 4 5
Pronunciation 0 1 2 3 4 5


= the ability to understand questions and respond appropriately


= the ability to speak quickly, naturally, and without many pauses


= ability to use correct grammar and sentence structures


= ability to understand and use vocabulary words and phrases


= ability to use correct stress, rhythm, and intonation patterns

When you do your oral exams I will ask you four or five questions. For each question I will use these criteria to grade your answer. This means that each answer must include ALL of these things to be an ‘A’ (10%).

Evaluation Criteria: Question 1
Answer (full sentence)


Details (and/so/but/because)


Relevant Feeling/Opinion


Return Question (on topic)


Voice (clarity & confidence)


Eye Contact



Here is an example question from the midterm exam and an answer that would receive an A grade.

Student A: Do you prefer to go out to the movies or watch movies at home?

Student B: I prefer to go the movies rather than watch movies at home because I love to eat popcorn when I watch a movie. I also think it is much more exciting to watch a movie on the big screen. Which do you prefer Student A?

This answer contains:

  1. An answer (I prefer to go to the movies rather than watch movies at home) 2%

  2. Details (because I love to eat popcorn when I watch a movie) 2%

  3. An opinion (I also think it is much more exciting to watch a movie on the big screen) 2%

  4. A return question (Which do you prefer Student A?)2%

An additional 2% will be added to the answer if you look at me when you are speaking, and you answer in a loud, clear voice.

Conversation strategies
•Share your ideas.
Describe typical behavior:My best friend is always helping his friends.

Give your opinions:It seems like teenagers todaydon’t spend enough time with their families.
•Be a supportive listener.
Respond and ask a follow–up question:No, I’ve never traveled to another country. Have you traveled a lot?
Use short answers with really or sure to agree. Try to keep the conversation flowing naturally.



Advanced Conversation November 29th 2016 – Update



  • In my opinion
  • From my point of view
  • As far as I’m concerned
  • I reckon

The best/worst thing to do is…

Agreeing and disagreeing:

Agreeing Disagreeing Ending an argument:
  • We see eye to eye
  • I couldn’t agree with you more.
  • That’s exactly how I feel.
  • You have a point there.
  • I was just going to say that.
  • Absolutely.
  • We don’t see eye to eye
  • I take your point but
  • I tend to disagree with you there
  • I’m afraid I have to disagree with you there
  • I beg to differ
  • That’s not always the case.
  • Let’s just move on shall we?
  • I think we’re going to have to agree to disagree.

Discuss the best thing to do in different situations.


November 29th – Presentations – Final Exam PPT

Summary of Final Presentation biz-prez-final-nov-29th

Presentation Checklist business-presentations-final-fall-2016-to-do-list

Presentation Hook Example – biz-prez-final-december-2016-overview-simplified

Final Presentation Structure – copy-of-presentation-final-dec-2016-speech-prep

Speaking of Speech


R and C November 28th – Unit 6 Vocabulary


Film/TV reviews vocabulary:

An all-star cast

heavily influenced by the films of..

glowing reviews

startling originality

suspense builds up

a polished performance

a bold experiment

an accomplished actor

an unmitigated disaster (bad film)

a dazzling display of his/her talents

made a lasting impression on me.

Brought a tear to my eye

Like watching paint dry (boring)

I was on the edge of my seat (exciting)

A blockbuster (big commercial film eg Superman)

sets off an amazing chain of events

Gripping film (exciting)

The director/author evoked a magical atmosphere

awakened my interest in…

Hold my attention

Capture the audience’s imagination.

Spectacular set-pieces (main action scenes)

is cast in the role of…

is miscast in the role of…

gives a(n) (un)convincing performance as…

The film is let down by a clichéd script.

Reading and Composition – Presentation…”For example…”

Different ways to say “for example”

“For instance…”
“This can be seen when…”
“… is one example of …”
“…as illustrated by…”
“…as seen in …”
“…which is made apparent when…”
these include…
for instance…
this is illustrated…
note well….
for instance
As an example
such as
e.g.(meaning “exempli gratia”)
“by way of illustration”,
“in particular”,
“as a case in point”,
“an example being…”

Advanced Conversation Unit 11


R and C – Unit 6 – Reaction Essay Outline Fall 2016 – Movies


Adam Sandler…(you decide…)



Advanced Conversation Unit 10