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Practice IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 – with Brian Mattison!

Practice IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 – with Brian Mattison!

How to Pass IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 – DO’s and DON’Ts

The aim of the IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 is to get your speaking test off to an easy start, with familiar questions about yourself and general topics, such as family, transport, and studying. Another of the aims is to help you get to know your examiner. 

Part 1 should last around 4-5 minutes. Practice the test with our resident English-language expert trainer Brian Mattison. Why not prepare by using our special IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 DO’s and DON’Ts guide, above. Find out more about IELTS here: https://www.ielts.org/

Firstly, here are some tips for getting the most out of this activity:

  • Click on the first play button below.
  • Say your answer out loud, then click the next one when you are ready. Try to give as full an answer as possible.
  • Replay the questions as many times as you need to.
  • Get a teacher or friend to listen to your ‘conversation’ and give you feedback.
  • Try to listen and answer all of the questions, before reading the transcript.
  • Practice as often as you like – wherever you are!
  • Please leave your comments below – and share this page if you like it!

Full Transcript #3 – Practice IELTS Speaking Test Part 1:

  1. Hello. Do come in. Please take a seat. (Pause.) Welcome to IELTS Speaking Test Part 1. My name is Brian Mattison. Could you tell me your full name, please?
  2. Thank you. Can I have a quick look at your ID, please? (Pause.) OK. That’s fine – thank you.
  3. OK. Let’s begin. (Pause.) I’m going to ask you a few general questions about yourself. Can you begin by telling me about your friends. Who is your best friend? Tell me about them.
  4. Where and when did you meet?
  5. Have you ever fallen out with them? What happened?
  6. OK. Thank you. What is the best way to make new friends?
  7. Do we really need friends? Why? / Why not?
  8. OK. Thank you very much. (Pause.) I’d like to ask you a few questions now about transport. What is your favourite mode of transport – and why?
  9. How did you get here, to this place? Why did you choose that particular method of transport?
  10. Would you like to be a bus driver or train driver? Why? / Why not? What do you think would be the challenges and rewards of such a profession?
  11. Mmm. I see. How many different modes of transport have you used in your life to date?
  12. Do you think there will be more cars on the roads in the future, or fewer? Give me a few reasons.
  13. Would you like to add a little more?
  14. OK. So, thank you very much for your answers, and, er, that is the end of Part 1 of the Speaking Test.

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Brian Mattison’s Spoken English Classes #2 – London

Brian Mattison’s Spoken English Classes #2 – London (Level: B1)

Brian Mattison's Spoken English Classes #2 - London

Enjoy a long weekend in London with our virtual conversation!

Hi there! Take a weekend break in London with my FREE online speaking and listening class! Here are a few tips:

  • Click on the first play button below.
  • Say your answer out loud, then click the next one when you are ready. Try to give as full an answer as possible.
  • Replay the questions as many times as you need to.
  • Get a teacher or friend to listen to your ‘conversation’ and give you feedback.
  • Try to listen and answer all of the questions, before reading the transcript.
  • Practice as often as you like – wherever you are!
  • Please leave your comments below – and share this page if you like it!

Full Transcript #2 – London:

  1. Hi, it’s Brian Mattison again. I would like you to imagine a long weekend in London. By the way, if I ask you a yes / no question, you should answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’, but then add further information. Is that OK?
  2. Great. Then let’s begin this one. Have you ever been to London?
  3. I heard you’re planning a long weekend in London? Who are you going with?
  4. What would you like to do there? What are some of the most famous attractions in London
  5. Imagine you’re riding the London Eye. How do you feel, so high in the sky? What can you see there? [This video might help.]
  6. Wow! It must be a really incredible view. Hey, where have you booked to stay during the weekend? Describe your choice of accommodation in London.
  7. Nice! What did you buy when you went shopping on Oxford Street and around Covent Garden area?
  8. Do you want to take in a show tonight? What do you fancy seeing?
  9. How was it?
  10. That sounds undeniably interesting. What is your idea of a perfect Sunday morning in London?
  11. Did you walk to Buckingham Palace to see where the Queen lives? What is your opinion about the British Royal Family?
  12. Did you take a boat trip on the river? Describe what you could see as you sailed down the Thames.
  13. Was there anything you didn’t like about your trip to London?
  14. It’s time to go home now. What are you final impressions of London? Did you enjoy your visit? What were the highlights for you?
  15. Mega! You know what – I forgot to ask you – what did you eat while you were in London? Did you enjoy British cuisine?
  16. Well – that’s all for this class. I think you’ve done really, really well! Maybe you’ll want to try one of my other classes here on PurlandTraining.com.
Brian Mattison's Spoken English Classes #2 - London

Sightseeing in London by red double-decker bus can be really fun!


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Brian Mattison’s Spoken English Classes #1 – Films

Brian Mattison’s Spoken English Classes #1 – Films (Level: B1)

Brian Mattison – English Teacher Specialist

Hi there! Welcome to my online speaking and listening class! Here are a few tips:

  • Click on the first play button below.
  • Say your answer out loud, then click the next one when you are ready. Try to give as full an answer as possible.
  • Replay the questions as many times as you need to.
  • Get a teacher or friend to listen to your ‘conversation’ and give you feedback.
  • Try to listen and answer all of the questions, before reading the transcript.
  • Practice as often as you like – wherever you are!
  • Please leave your comments below – and share this page if you like it!

Full Transcript #1 – Films:

  1. Hi! My name is Brian Mattison. I’m a specialist in teaching spoken English. It seems you want to practice your speaking with somebody. Is that right?
  2. OK. Let’s get started. Today I want to talk about the topic of films – or movies, if you will. Can you start by telling me about your favourite film? For example, why do you like it? What’s so great about it? How often have you seen it? Who’s in it? And so on.
  3. That’s very interesting. What other kinds of movies do you like?
  4. Do you prefer watching films on TV or at the cinema? Why?
  5. I see. What about downloading films from the internet?
  6. Would you like to be in a film? What part would you play?
  7. Who is the best actor in the world? Give three reasons for your answer, and try to talk for about thirty seconds.
  8. Do you get annoyed by other people when you go to the cinema? What about loud talkers and popcorn crunchers? Tell me more.
  9. If a film was made of your life, what kind of film would it be? Would it be a comedy or a drama? Who would star in it, and who would direct? Tell me more.
  10. That sounds wonderful! Do you collect movie memorabilia? Have you got any film posters? Have you ever been to a film convention and met a famous actor? Which film star would you most like to meet? What would you say to them? What piece of film history would you most like to own? Tell me why.
  11. Well, I have to go now, to another important appointment. But thanks for taking the time to talk with me today. I really hope you’ve been able to improve your listening and speaking skills just a little bit. Bye for now.

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Hashtag Improve Your Life in Four Words - ESOL Game

Hashtag Improve Your Life in Four Words – ESOL Game

Hashtag Improve Your Life in Four Words – ESOL Game

This is a fun ESOL game inspired by the recent Twitter hashtag: #ImproveYourLifeIn4Words

Method:

  1. SS (students) work in pairs or small groups. They access the hashtag on Twitter and select ten (or more, or fewer) tweets. T (teacher) monitors and helps.
  2. They write the four-word phrases onto a sheet of paper, then delete one of the words from each phrase. SS could focus on deleting words from a particular word class, e.g. verbs, adjectives, or prepositions, etc.
  3. Next, SS exchange their paper with another pair or group, who have to complete each gap with one word only – or more than one word, if you want the game to be easier. Then both pairs of groups come together and compare their answers with the original tweets.
  4. Twist: SS have to suggest more than one word that could possibly fit, e.g. five words – the funnier the better!
  5. The whole class come together and different groups present their work to the class.
  6. Final quick-fire round #1: T (or a student) collects all of the four-word phrases and reads them to SS going round the whole class in a circle. The reader omits the final word and the student has to say the first thing that comes to mind, e.g. “I would buy…” “Sausages.” / “Bread.” / “A pizza.” – and so on. You could make it competitive by putting a five-second timer on each student – if they can’t think of anything, they sit out, and the game continues until there is one student as the winner!
  7. Final quick-fire round #2: T (or SS) collect a number of four-word phrases from the hashtag on Twitter. Play the quick-fire round, as above, but this time SS must come up with the real final word from the tweets. You could play it competitively too, as above.

By the way, don’t forget to follow Purland Training on Twitter! [Click here.] and let us know how it goes!


Example (with tweets below):

Education gives children __________.    e.g. headaches

Pledge to go __________!    e.g. green

Learn to love __________.    e.g. homework

__________, then laugh more.    e.g. eat

Laugh whenever it’s __________.    e.g. raining

Think about others __________.    e.g. sometimes

Go to bed __________.    e.g. late

Watch the Penguin __________.    e.g. film

A Weekend In __________.    e.g. Grimsby

Read more, sing __________!    e.g. less


#Education gives #children choices #ImproveYourLifeIn4Words pic.twitter.com/yOYzPDNfAR


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Valentine’s Day Action Game

Valentine’s Day Action Game

Idiom of the day – They’re a match made in heaven


Valentine’s Day Action Game

Celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day in the classroom with our fun action game for English students!

Why not follow us on Facebook and let us know how it goes? 

How to do it:

  1. Clear a big empty space in the middle of the classroom.
  2. All SS (students) stand in the space.
  3. Designate three corners of the space: TRUE, FALSE, UNKNOWN. UNKNOWN means that we do not know the answer: it could be true or false, e.g. “Saint Valentine was terrible at maths”.
  4. T (teacher) or a student reads out a statement from the list below. SS run to the corner which represents their chosen answer: TRUE, FALSE, or UNKNOWN.
  5. The person reading gives the answer. If SS are correct, they go back to the middle. If they are wrong they have to sit down.
  6. The game continues, with the group in the middle getting smaller,  until there is a winner, or you run out of questions, in which case all the remaining SS are winners.
  7. If there is a winner after, say, a handful of statements, you could start a new game with the remaining statements.

TIP: you could give a sweet Valentine’s Day treat to the winning student(s)!

  1. Saint Valentine lived in Rome under Emperor Claudius, who banned young people from getting married.
  2. He had green eyes.
  3. In general, teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards.
  4. He was killed on 18th February 269.
  5. He had black curly hair.
  6. He is celebrated on 14th February every year.
  7. He always had three eggs for breakfast.
  8. Every year, more than 1 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold in the USA alone.
  9. He lived in the fourth century AD.
  10. He enjoyed classical music.
  11. There are fourteen churches in England dedicated to him.
  12. He is the Patron Saint of happy marriages – and also beekeepers.
  13. His favourite colour was red.
  14. He tried to stop Christian couples getting married in secret.
  15. He had a housekeeper called Martha.
  16. He helped persecuted Christians in Rome.
  17. He performed a miracle when his judge’s foster-daughter was healed of blindness.
  18. More than 9 million people buy a special gift for their pet to show them they are loved on Valentine’s Day.
  19. February 14th was officially named as St Valentine’s Day in 1537 by Queen Elizabeth I.
  20. Valentine’s Day is a special day dedicated to getting married.
Valentine’s Day Action Game - I Love You

Valentine’s Day is the day when you can show your true feelings to the one you love.

Answers:

  1. True.
  2. Unknown.
  3. True.
  4. False. He was killed on 14th February 269.
  5. Unknown.
  6. True.
  7. Unknown.
  8. False. It is more than 36 million boxes.
  9. False. He lived in the third century AD.
  10. Unknown.
  11. False. There are no churches in England dedicated to him.
  12. True.
  13. Unknown.
  14. False. He helped Christian couples to get married in secret.
  15. Unknown.
  16. True.
  17. True.
  18. True.
  19. False. It was officially named by King Henry VIII.
  20. False. It is a special day dedicated to love and romance.

Further reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Valentine
http://www1.cbn.com/st-valentine-real-story
https://www.1800flowers.com/blog/flower-facts/valentines-day-fun-facts-2017/
https://www.womansday.com/relationships/a4702/10-fun-valentines-day-facts-103385/
https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/valentines-day-facts-194345

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Robot Vacuum Cleaners - 15 Discussion Questions for ESOL Classes

Robot Vacuum Cleaners – 15 Discussion Questions for ESOL Classes

Robot Vacuum Cleaners – 15 Discussion Questions for ESOL Classes

Robot vacuum cleaners are those little round space-age gadgets that trundle around the floor in your flat or house and promise to clean the carpet. Have you ever seen one in action? Have you considered buying one? Maybe you already own one.

Whatever you think of them, robot vacuum cleaners are probably going to be everywhere soon, so why not create an ESOL class based around this topic, using the activities and discussion questions below?

Discuss the following questions with a partner or small group:

  1. Do you do the vacuum cleaning in your home? Do you like doing it? When do you do it? How long does it take? Do you find it a chore? What would you do with the time if you didn’t have to do it? If not, who does it? How well do they do it?
  2. Tell me about your vacuum cleaner. What kind is it? What make is it? When did you buy it? Where did you buy it? How much was it? Why did you choose it? How efficient is it at cleaning different kinds of floor? Are you planning on replacing it soon? Why? / Why not?
  3. Do you have a robot vacuum cleaner? If yes, tell me about it. Why did you buy it? If not, why not? Are you planning to buy one? Do you think they look cool? Do you think your friends, family, and colleagues would be impressed if you had one?
  4. Compare a robot vacuum cleaner to your current vacuum cleaner. Do you think it would work better than your current regular vacuum cleaner? Why? / Why not?
  5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of robot vacuum cleaners? Do you think that the benefits outweigh the potential problems/costs? Is it worth spending up to £1,000 to buy a top-of-the-range robot vacuum cleaner? Why? / Why not? Is it worth cutting costs and buying a cheaper model, e.g. for £150? Why? / Why not? Are you happy for it to stand there in your living room or corridor all the time, instead of in a cupboard? How good is it if it can be stopped by a stray sock? Could it be a tripping hazard, especially if it is a quiet model and you don’t see it coming? Can it be better than a human doing the job, when it can’t pick up and move anything, or reach high places?
  6. If you bought a robot vacuum cleaner would you keep your old cleaner? Do you think you need both kinds of cleaner to do a good job? How could a robot vacuum cleaner clean hard-to-reach areas, e.g. corners of ceilings?
  7. Would you feel embarrassed to let a robot do the housework, when you feel that you should do it? Would you feel embarrassed about a robot doing a better job than you? Or would you feel thrilled to chill out on the sofa while a machine is doing your duties? Wouldn’t it be healthier to be active and move around doing your own cleaning, than resting? Do you have a dishwasher? Did you have misgivings before buying one, thinking that you could do better? How do you feel now? How is a robot vacuum cleaner any different?
  8. How do you define a robot? Do you have any other robots in your home? How do you think robot vacuum cleaners could be improved? How will they develop and improve in the next: a) five years? b) ten years? Do you think that every home will have a robot vacuum cleaner in time? Is this inevitable progress? Do you think that people complained about vacuum cleaners replacing sweeping brushes?
  9. Can you think of any other ways in which robots improve your life at present? What jobs would you like a robot to do for you, in an ideal world?
  10. Do you believe a robot could do your job? Could you be replaced by a robot? Why? / Why not? What about robot cars? Will they become popular? Why? / Why not?
  11. What is your favourite household appliance? If you had to keep only one, which would it be? Why? How long have you had it? What value does it bring to your life?
  12. Do you think that robot vacuum cleaners are helpful for disabled people? How could they help?
  13. Could we use robot vacuum cleaners to save money on cleaning staff costs at places like office blocks and hotels, which have large areas for cleaning? Why? / Why not?
  14. Is this kind of cleaner good for the environment? Why? / Why not?
  15. If somebody gave you a robot vacuum cleaner as a gift, how would you feel? Would you try to sell it?
Robot Vacuum Cleaners - 15 Discussion Questions for ESOL Classes

Robot Vacuum Cleaners – 15 Discussion Questions for ESOL Classes

Other fun communicative activities you might like to try:

  • Find video reviews online and discuss / compare two different robot vacuum cleaner models. You could use the table below to make notes about each one:
Compare Robot Vacuum Cleaners - Table

Compare Robot Vacuum Cleaners – Table

Then write 10 sentences comparing the two models.

  • Make a list of advantages and disadvantages of buying a robot vacuum cleaner. Discuss them, and try to appreciate the opposite point of view for each point.
  • Write 5 wh- questions and 5 yes/no questions that you would ask a shop assistant about one of these gadgets. Find a real model online and write down the answers to your questions.
  • Role play a conversation between a customer and a shop assistant re. buying one. It could include an in-store demo.
  • Role play a conversation between a customer and a shop assistant re. getting a refund due to… a) broken model, b) unwanted gift, c) too difficult to use, d) inefficient.
  • Choose one model and imagine that you bought it. Write a review about it in your notebook. Give it between one and five stars. Match your review to the star rating accordingly. Read it aloud to the class.

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A 5-Step Reading Strategy For Students - Infographic

A 5-Step Reading Strategy For Students – Infographic

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FREE Class on Facebook Live + FREE Worksheets!

FREE Class on Facebook Live + FREE Worksheet Pack!

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ESOL Discussion Activities – 40 People from the Bible

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ESOL Discussion Activities – 40 People from the Bible