Here is some advice on how to improve your performance during role plays
1.-Read the rubric well and get into the character you are playing. Take a pen and make a note of keywords. If it says you and your partner this is a euphemism for a couple. So act as a member of a couple even if it is the first time in your life you see the person in front of you. Get into your role.
2.-Start the conversation by stating what the situation is, so that it’s clear you both understand what you are doing. E.g. As you know, we have just had a medical check-up and my results were terrible, so my doctor has recommended a change in lifestyle and I was thinking….
3.-Make sure you interact and ask questions: e.g. What is your opinion on this point? or How do you feel about living on the outskirsts? Etc.
Make comments: Hummm, quite an interesting idea!, or Hum I hadn´t looked at it that way, etc., and of course take turns, don’t take over the whole conversation and react to what the other person is saying: Do you really believe that? or Great! I never thought about that!, etc.
4. Don´t talk about all your points at once, but state one and explain or justify your opinion. Illustrate with an example: I have been considering taking up dancing. I did salsa lessons once and found it really therapeutic, exercising to music. You should try it.
5.-The points in the card are only a guidance. You can think outside the box and add other arguments and suggestions.
6.- Don´t make the most terrible mistakes:
I am agree, the people is, when I was a child I go to …, he said me, etc.
The BBC has a great series called ‘How to…?’ where they go through the language needed in different communicative situations:
How to …. discuss: making suggestions, making a point, disagreeing, expressinguncertainty, ….
How to …. good news, bad news: congratulating someone on good news, responding to someone’s bad news, …
How to … conversation: extending a conversation, closing topics, talking about things you like, …
How to … requests, offers & invitations: asking for permission to do something, inviting someone in an informal context, making polite invitations, …
How to … complaints, apologies & excuses: making a complaint, saying sorry, accepting an apology, pointing out the positive …
How to … hello & goodbye : greeting friends, greeting people in more formal situations, introducing people, small talk and follow-up conversations, saying goodbye,…
And if you want to improve your pronunciation follow this advice and check out this good blog from a nice Spanish woman, Iciar, living in London who gives tips on how to get rid of the Spanish accent.
Let’s get talking!
The table below lists useful expressions that you can use to signpost the various parts of your presentation.
|Introducing the subject||
|Finishing one subject…||
|…and starting another||
|Analysing a point and giving recommendations||
|Giving an example||
|Dealing with questions||
|Summarising and concluding||
The table below lists useful expressions that you can use to agree or disagree on other people’s opinions you may present during your presentation.
Expressions for Agreeing and Disagreeing
|Stating an opinion||
|Asking for an opinion||
|Settling an argument||
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