conversations in English do not follow a
question-answer format. Questions are useful in
starting conversations. What happens next is a
matter for the members of the conversation.
Someone may comment on the original question;
another may answer it with a new question or try
to change the topic altogether. The different
personalities in a conversation show themselves as
they try to assert their turns, control the
conversation, play a less dominant part, and
perform other roles. These actions are typical in
genuine conversations. Conversation
students to more authentic models that reflect the
dynamics of genuine English conversation.
students to key aspects of conversations. Students
learn how to use ums and yeahs to show interest in
their conversation partner's speech, and how to
echo to express emotion as well overlap the
current speaker effectively. Students get practice
in rephrasing what they heard to confirm meaning.
They learn ways of clarifying potential
misunderstandings. Students see methods of getting
speaking time and of softening their opinions.
units allow students ample space to develop spoken
abilities in a range of interesting and relevant
topics. Each unit also features a language focus
section that provides students with language
Use this book for:
- University conversation classes
- General conversation classes
- Preparation courses for overseas study