THE OUIJA BOARD

True or False? Justify your answer
  1. The narrator and his brother had just bought a Ouija board
  2. The narrator’s brother was willing to play with the board
  3. The first time, the narrator’s brother moved the planchette.
Answer the following questions in your own words:
  1. Why did they decide to play a second time?
  2. What is the ideal environment for a Ouija board?
  3. Why did the narrator leave the room?
  4. Why did he run back to the room and what did he see?

PARANORMAL ACTIVITIES

  • To say how you feel:  horrified, terrified, petrified, panic-stricken, trembling, paralysed, shuddering
  • To set the mood: gloomy, desolate, haunted, abandoned, scary, spooky, frightening, creepy and supernatural
  • To talk about “people”: a ghost  ( a ghostly figure), an apparition, a shadow, an entity, an (evil) spirit, a hallucination, a medium, 

  • Do you believe in ghosts? If not, how do you explain people’s claims to have seen them?
  • Have you experienced the feeling of déjà vu? How do you explain this strange feeling?
  • Telepathy is communication directly from one mind to another. Is it possible to communicate this way?
  • Sometimes, the police use psychics to help them. What do you think about this?
  • Do you believe in hypnosis? What happens when a person is hypnotized?
  • Can people predict the future? Have you ever had a feeling about the future that turned out to be true?
  • Have you ever visited a fortune teller?
  • What do you think about UFO sightings?
  • Are you a superstitious person? What things are you superstitious about?

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE TASKS

- JOB INTERVIEW dialogue:  deadline October 25th, in a memory stick. There are two video examples in the Dropbox folder.

- TEXT: DESCRIPTION OF YOUR DREAM JOB (150-200 words): deadline October 30th, use the model I gave out as an example, and use the vocabulary we've seen in class.

- PRESENTATION IN CLASS: deadline November 6th. Summarise and present in class one of the types of jobs described in the blog entry 'JOB LIST BY INDUSTRY'. It's a spoken presentation, not a video, and it must be 3-5 minutes long.



JOB LIST BY INDUSTRY

Click HERE



INDIRECT QUESTIONS


INDIRECT QUESTIONS. EXERCISES: CLICK HERE


INDIRECT QUESTIONS: DIALOGUE: LISTENING AND GRAMMAR. CLICK HERE

CONTENTS FOR THE SPEAKING TEST: DIALOGUES

OPTION 1- IN FAVOUR AND AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE
OPTION 2- IN FAVOUR AND AGAINST A VEGETARIAN DIET
OPTION 3- IN FAVOUR AND AGAINST FOSSIL FUELS
DEBATE 4- IN FAVOUR AND AGAINST PLASTIC SURGERY
DEBATE 5- IN FAVOUR AND AGAINST MASS TOURISM
DEBATE 6- IN FAVOUR AND AGAINST PACKAGE HOLIDAYS





LETTER OF COMPLAINT AND THIRD CONDITIONALS

THIRD CONDITIONAL: EXPLANATION AND EXERCISE: CLICK HERE



LETTER OF COMPLAINT: EXPLANATION AND SAMPLES: CLICK HERE

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STRATEGIES FOR THE MONOLOGUE

In the case that your monologue is too short and you need to complete it in order to speak for 2-3 minutes, here are some strategies that you can use.

You can use an introduction like this (or shorter):
First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Mike, I live in Icod, I’ve been preparing this test for a long time and I’ve been studying English since I was at school. However, right now I’m terribly nervous, so, therefore, if I make any mistakes, sorry, I apologise in advance. Ok, wish me luck. Here we go.

Then you can use strategies to expand your ideas like these:
So, the question is: “Are you a spender or a saver?” ... repeat the question
Well, it’s not easy for me to answer this question, let me think…gain some time
Actually, I had never thought of this before…
By the way, the other day ... use a personal anecdote
Personally, I disagree with the idea that ... use a personal opinion

You can use a conclusion like this:
So, to sum up, as I said before, in conclusion, I am a spender. As I mentioned before, I adore shopping.

And finally an ending like this:
Well, that’s it. I hope you have liked it, and I hope I have passed the test!
Thank you for your attention!



IMPORTANT: use these strategies with moderation.

CONTENTS FOR THE MONOLOGUES AND DIALOGUES

MONOLOGUES:
CARD 1
Do you believe in the supernatural?
PREPARATION TIME: 2 MINUTES
PRESENTATION TIME: 3 MINUTES

CARD 2
What are the biggest problems affecting Spain? Are you optimistic about the future?
PREPARATION TIME: 2 MINUTES
PRESENTATION TIME: 3 MINUTES

CARD 3
How would you describe yourself at a job interview?
PREPARATION TIME: 2 MINUTES
PRESENTATION TIME: 3 MINUTES

CARD 4
What are your resolutions for the new year? Do you have any regrets about last year?
PREPARATION TIME: 2 MINUTES
PRESENTATION TIME: 3 MINUTES

CARD 5
What is better, traditional or alternative medicine?
PREPARATION TIME: 2 MINUTES
PRESENTATION TIME: 3 MINUTES


DIALOGUES: 
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Presentation time: 4-5 minutes

CARDS 1 and 2 -Roleplay: polite enquiry on the phone. (2 different situations)
CARDS 3 and 4 -Debate about different applicants for a position in your company. (2 different situations)
CARD 5 -Debate about believing or not believing in the supernatural.
CARD 6 -Debate about alternative versus traditional medicine.