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Paul Sparks, Sino-Canadian International College, Guangxi University, Nanning.
Plans for "Watch, Listen & Speak"
Review of Listening & Speaking Lessons for September
Asking about Alternatives / Stating
Preferences: We all have to make choices
it is useful to know how to ask about the alternatives and state
If I can’t……, will it be possible to…..?
I would rather….than…. / I prefer to….. because…..
Paraphrasing & Summarizing: Paraphrasing
and summarizing are methods of removing unimportant information and
only keeping important pieces of information.
What they’re really saying or meaning.
To shorten what they are saying (in your own words).
Direct and Subtle Speech:
Subtle Speech: This is considered polite speech and
is generally used more than direct speech. We use subtle speech
when we are making requests, when we wish to impress someone, or
when the situation means that we should be polite.
This is appropriate if you wish to
demand something or if you wish to reinforce your point. Speak
directly if you want to make your thoughts known clearly, but be
cautious sometimes direct speech can offend people.
Clarification / Empathy: When
you wish to make yourself understood better you clarify what you have
said or you ask for clarification of what has been said.