THE BLUE TREE
Answer these questions.
- How long have you been learning English?
- Why does learning a foreign language take a long time?
- What does it mean to be an advanced user of a foreign language for you?
Study the words in this flashcard game. All of them appear in the video.
watch the video
Watch the video.
Answer the questions below. Use the information from the listening and your own experience.
- 1. What does it mean that a word is advanced?
- 2. What effect can using advanced vocabulary have on listeners?
- 3. Who do you have to speak more often: native speakers or learners of English?
- 4. What’s the problem with Terms and Conditions?
- 5. Do you read such documents before you click ACCEPT?
- 6. What is successful communication for you?
- 8. How can the feeling of guilt affect our performance in speaking a foreign language?
- 9. What does Christian think learners need more of?
Discribe these two pictures.
Now this one.
Discuss the questions below.
- Which picture better illustrates your approach to learning English?
- Why thinking about progress as climbing a ladder may be limiting?
- What is this gap the woman is jumping across in language learning?
- What does it mean to bridge the gap in this context?
- What can learners do to be able to express their thoughts and ideas more fluently?
- What does it mean that “You don’t need more English. You need more practice”?
Cast your vote in the poll.
Look at this list of language functions. How many can you do today? Click on the function to highlight it. Make a note of all the functions you don’t know yet.
Discussion and opinion
Doubt, guessing and certainty
Feelings and emotions
|Agreeing||Asking for clarification||Apologizing|
|Asking for opinions||Correcting yourself||Congratulating somebody|
|Conceding a point||Expressing certainty||Expressing sympathy|
|Dealing with questions||Expressing ignorance||Making complaints|
|Disagreeing||Expressing likelihood||Thanking somebody|
|Expressing preferences||Speculating||Wishing somebody luck|
Openings and endings
Permission and obligation
Suggestions and advice
|Ending conversations||Asking about obligation||Asking for help|
|Introducing somebody||Asking for permission||Asking for information|
|Inviting somebody to something||Forbidding something||Giving someobody advice|
|Leaving phone messages||Giving orders||Making recommendations|
|Opening conversations||Making requests||Making suggestions|
|Wrapping up discussions||Offering help|
|Offering somebody something|
|Warning somebody of danger|
Based on Oxford Learer’s Dictionaries, Conversations.