Signpost your Language!

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?

Worksheet 1

Complete the table below with phrases from worksheet 1. Can you add any phrases of your own?

Worksheet 2

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Answer Key

Source: http://www.britishcouncil.org/

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