Following activity tells you how to use a range of discourse markers / connectives when answering typical speaking part 3 style questions (e.g. speculate, compare, agree / disagree).
Can you distinguish between the two sentences below, which one is easier?
A: “We eat unhealthy food and don’t get enough exercise. A lot of people can’t control their weight.”
B: “I think it’s because we eat unhealthy food and don’t get enough exercise. That’s the main reason that a lot of people can’t control their weight.”
What do you think?
Yes. The second one because you used signposting words – it’s because…, that’s the main reason that…
For worksheet 1, read some candidates’ answers to questions in part 3 of the Speaking test. What was the topic?
Complete the table below with phrases from worksheet 1. Can you add any phrases of your own?