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Hi guys,

Here you are a list of topics for interaction. They correspond to the speaking cards in 2012-2013. Next week, I will try to publish more topics corresponding to the years 2014-2015-2016. 

  1. Doing exercise: outdoors or indoors with some video games
  2. Choosing between two kinds of prizes
  3. Participating in the edition of Brig Brother: yes or no? 
  4. Year off before university: good or bad? 
  5. A common room for students: with technologies or to relax
  6. Eating out or going to the cinema? 
  7. A too noisy party (you have a job interview the following day)
  8. Which present to buy for a friend: X or Y? 
  9. Holidays: Ireland/Canada or England/USA (big cities or cities to do outdoor activities?) 
  10. Complaining about your telephone company: service charge
  11. Having a pet in the flat or not? 
  12. Town: Should people move around by bike or by car?
  13. City: should graffitti be punished or not? 
  14. Flat: Should we clean it and keep it tidy or enjoy life more? 
  15. Planning to go trekking
  16. Bag stolen: is someone at the hotel responsible for that or not? 
  17. Bonus at work: is it convenient to buy a new big car or not? 
  18. Men/Women: Can they do the same things or not?

I hope this information can help you with the preparation of your oral exam. 

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        Here you are a video  from YOUTUBE where you will be able to see a B1 student delivering a monologue.

I would like you to leave  comments about her performance.

Talk about the performance time, use of connectors, use of specific vocabulary, possible grammar and vocabulary mistakes, use of introduction/conclusion, etc. 

Please, collaborate! 



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  Read the text and after that think about the following questions: 

Are you addicted to technology? Do you ever take a break from technology?

We will discuss your ideas in class next week. 

                                                 ARE WE ADDICTED TO TECHNOLOGY? 

Technology has become an integral part of our lives. It has transformed our lives in many ways. In many ways, it makes life more convenient for us: we can send messages quickly via the internet, cook meals in a few minutes in a microwave, and book train tickets online instead of walking to the station. However, in our increasingly technology-driven world, have we become addicted to technology?

Not too long ago, many children enjoyed reading a good book in their spare time. Nowadays, adolescents are more likely to be seen playing video games or watching television. Some people even claim they can’t go without watching their favourite TV programme – which is a bit extreme!

Similarly, sending letters has become a thing of the past. It has been replaced by email, instant messaging and social media. I think this is a huge shame; for me, there’s nothing better than receiving a letter in the post. It shows someone has taken the time to sit down and write something; this is much more personal than a conversation online. For some people – especially the older generation – new methods of communication aren’t so accessible. I regularly send letters and postcards to my grandma to keep her updated with my life in France; I also send them to my boyfriend and sister.

The presence of social media has, in some respects, turned us into anti-social beings. Instead of meeting up with friends and seeing them face-to-face, we now spend a lot of time communicating online. Although online communication has its advantages – notably, enabling us to keep in touch with loved ones in different countries – we shouldn’t forget the value of real-life human interaction. It is, after all, in our nature to socialise with others! 

Admittedly, I spend a lot of time using technology. I rely on the internet and my laptop to plan lessons for my classes. I use wifi on my phone to send messages via apps such as Viber and Snapchat. That said, when I’m on holiday it is nice to switch it all off and have a break. Taking a break from technology is liberating.

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onlinedating3  What are the good and bad things of ONLINE DATING? Make a list with pros and cons. If you cannot think of anything good or bad,  go on the links below.

You can find more and more websites on this topic, just type «pros and cons of online dating» on Google and you will find thousands of links. BUT be careful, try to use those ones whose vocabulary is not difficult for you to understand. Try to use your own words.

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advdisadvant  In a wide range of speaking cards you will have to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of something and why not in writing tasks. For example, in the topic we are studying now you have to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of different types of transport. So it would be important to learn how to organize your ideas.

Click on this link ADVANTAGE AND DISADVANTAGE ESSAY to know how to talk or write about advantages and disadvantages.


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TYPEs oF familIes    Hi guys,

Here you are  the ideas you prepared in your presentations in class related to some types of families. Just to let you know that your ideas were shortened and modified due to mistakes. The types of family  you talked about were: large families, adoptive families, nuclear families, only child families. I hope these ideas can be useful for your writing/speaking exam.

NUCLEAR FAMILY   (is made up of parents and their children)


1. fluid communication

2. companionship as they grow together

3. support

4. help in case of problems.


1. less relationship with other members of the family

2. fight and rivalry among siblings

*Perhaps this is not the best type of family to talk about pros and cons. 


LARGE FAMILIES ( is made up of parents and their children, normally a lot of children)


1. Siblings learn to share and  socialize

2. Having siblings older than you can make you learn what respect and being honest mean

3. Your  siblings can help you in case of problems. Older siblings will protect you

4. Positive influence on your personality on behalf of your siblings


1. More expenses

2. Learning to share space can be a problem

3. Parents must be patient to sort out arguments among siblings

4. Parents can feel stressed when trying to avoid problems among siblings

5. Having a lot of children involves responsibility

6. Less privacy


ONLY CHILD FAMILIES  (is made up of parents with only one child)


1. Only children tend to have a closer relationship with their parents

2. No rivalry or fight for parents´attention

3. Fewer expenses

5. Only children tend to be self-confident, independent


1. Difficult for only children to socialize, sort out arguments, etc. as they do not have siblings to learn to do it

2. Only children´s parents tend to be overprotective

3. Only children tend to be spoilt and selfish as they normally get all they want


ADOPTIVE FAMILIES (is made up of parents and their children, who are adopted


1. solution for those parents who can´t have children biologically

2. Children in this type of family grow up without racist prejudices

3. Parents provide adopted children with love, stability, etc.


1. Adopted children´s biological parents can appear at any time and cause problems

2. Adopting children implies a long and costly process

3. Adopted children can suffer from their parents´mental disorders



You need to use these ideas with varied grammar studied during the course, connectors, some specific vocabulary, etc.

When you talk about pros and cons, it´s very important to use connectors to go from one advantage/disadvantage to another, and from pros to cons.

e.g. In addition, I consider that another important pro is that….

e.g. Apart from this pro, another advantage which comes to my mind is that…..

e.g. As for the disadvantages, I consider that there are quite a lot of cons to be mentioned. Firstly, I would say that….


Compare the following two sentences. Both are correct, but which one is more appropriate for B1 level? Leave me a comment giving objective reasons to justify your opinion.

e.g. Regarding the cons of this type of family, firstly I would say that only children tend to be selfish….

e.g. One disadvantage is that I think that only children are selfish


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Resultado de imagen para speaking When we need to prepare and deliver a monologue, we don´t sometimes know how to proceed. Why don´t we listen to other people delivering monologues to have a clear idea of what to do?

Here you are a link where you will be able to listen to a student delivering a B1 monologue about FOOD/EATING HABITS/MEALS

TASK: In order to take advantage of this resource, I would like to propose you the following activity. Listen to the monologue carefully and try to pay attention to the following aspects: appropiacy, performance time, use of connectors, coherence, grammar, vocabulary and any other aspect you consider to be important. Can you leave me comments on this student´s performance?

Please, try to collaborate as this activity can help you know what the board expects of you in a monologue.

I will give you more links with other performances so that you can have a wide variety of monologues in order to know what to do, what to improve, what to avoid, etc.

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oral presentation 1  Giving an oral presentation (e.g. a monologue) as part of a speaking exam can be quite scary, but there are some useful websites which can help you. Watch two students giving presentations and then read the tips carefully. Which tips do they follow? Which ones don’t they follow?


oral presentation 2

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reminder This week we will finish unit 1.  Just to let you know that it´s time for evaluation, which means that we will do some tests to check your knowledge, level of English, how good your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills are with respect to the first topic (food, healthy lifestyle, restaurants, cooking, etc.).

As I told you when explaining the learning objectives of this first topic, regarding speaking you must be able to talk about your eating habits, your healthy or unhealthy lifestyle, etc.) and interact with somebody to come to an agreement on what to do: eating at home or eating out.

Taking these objectives into account, I will show you the monologue you must try to prepare and deliver for this first unit:


Talk about your favourite kind of food and how you like it prepared. Can you cook it yourself? Is there anything you would like to change in your diet or eating habits? Why (not)?

food writing

With respect to the interaction, here you are the speaking card and some useful tips for its preparation:


Student A: You call your friend to plan what to do on Friday evening. You feel like eating out. Try to convince your friend that eating out is the best option. Try to come to an agreement.


Student B: Your friend calls you to plan what to do on Friday night. You feel like eating at home and watch a film on TV. Try to convince your friend that your idea is the best one. Try to come to an agreement.


  • try to use telephone language. You are talking on the phone!
  • start the conversation in a natural way.
  • try to make a list of reasons to justify your option with coherent ideas. Think about cheap restaurants, you are tired of staying always at home, you feel like a different plan, etc. (Student A). Think about  you are short of money to eat out, you are a very good cook and you can prepare a delicious meal, etc. (Student B).
  • try to use connectors: in addition/ for instance/ on the one hand/on the other hand/ from my point of view, etc.
  • try to use expressions to convince: Don´t be silly, let´s eat out/I consider we should eat out, etc.

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conversation club  Do you want to practise English for the oral exam and do listening activities?

If you want, you are welcome to attend our English conversation club at Carlota Remfry Language School.

The conversation club will start next week. I hope you can go. It is a great opportunity to practise for your B1 oral exam.



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