IELTS Live Coaching | S1: E2 | Speaking | Language & Communications

Here’s today’s lesson! We’re going to be discussing a broad-range of topics on speaking today, including English/foreign languages, and lots of vocabulary words to describe language learning.

  1. How long have you been learning English?
  2. What for you is the most difficult thing about learning English?
  3. Have you learned any other foreign languages apart from English?
  4. How important is it to learn a foreign language?
  5. What is the most effective way to learn a language?

Complete the opinions (a-j) with the words down below

Common                                 dead                         face-to-face                            first                           cross-cultural Minority                                  non-verbal                              official                    second                                      written

  1. ________ languages will die out unless people make an effort to protect them.
  2. If English is your __________ language, you will have greater opportunities in life.
  3. The reason people can find _________ communication difficult is due to different behavior and values rather than the language barrier.
  4. ____________ communication using technology like video conferencing and webcam is the same as talking to someone in the flesh.
  5. When nations share a ________ language, they are likely to have good relations.
  6. Children who are taught a ___________ language from an early age are far more likely to become fluent.
  7. There is no point in learning a _______ language like Latin.
  8. The decline in the standards of __________ communication and literacy skills in general is due to an increase in text messaging and social networking amongst young people.
  9. All citizens of a country should be forced to learn the __________ language even if it is not their mother tongue.
  10. Body language, facial expression and other ___________ communication skills are more important than speech in conveying emotions.

Which statements down below fit into the four bold categories.

Strong agreement

Cautious agreement

Cautious disagreement

Strong disagreement

  • I’m not sure I agree with that.
  • I agree up to a point.
  • I’m sure that’s not right.
  • Personally, I’d say the opposite.
  • I agree to some extent.
  • I would tend to agree.
  • I couldn’t agree more.
  • There’s no doubt about it.
  • That’s so true.
  • I’m not so sure about that.
  1. There are plenty of examples in history which show that this is not true and it is often neighboring states who speak the same or similar languages who end up at war.  However, I do think that a shared language can help strengthen ties in some cases.
  2. Even if you speak the same language, cultural differences can cause significant misunderstandings between people and can lead to a total breakdown in communication.
  3. Governments should do far more to ensure these languages are taught in schools because we rely on the younger generations to keep them alive for the future.
  4. I think everyone should be able to communicate at a basic level in the official language but they should also be free to use their own language whenever they want.
  5. But it all depends on how well you are taught. Many people learn a language at primary school but they don’t all go on to speak it fluently.
  6. I think a knowledge of English can be very useful for work and study but it doesn’t necessarily have to be your mother tongue. I think it is more useful to be able to speak a number of languages well than to speak only English.
  7. You can tell far more about how someone is feeling from how he communicates than from what he actually says.
  8. It’s not the same as being in the same room with someone – there is always going to be a slight barrier if you are speaking to someone on a screen.
  9. It can really help if you are a linguist as so many other languages have their roots in Latin, so it’s great for understanding vocabulary. And like any academic subject it is good mental exercise.
  10. Spelling and punctuation in particular have really deteriorated and it can only be because young people are so used to using abbreviated text language.

Decide if the response is showing agreement or disagreement and choose a suitable phrase (a-h) from 3 to start the response.

Do you agree or disagree with the opinions?

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