Speaking Test Strategies 12 Vivid examples and anecdotes

In this lesson, we will work on using specific language to make powerful examples and anecdotes. 

Introduction: 

A good example should paint a clear picture for the listener. It should be specific, and it should give details. 

  • What's happening in the picture above?
  • Can you think of a time when you went to an amusement park and describe it in detail? 
Warm Up: 

What's the problem with these examples? Can you choose one and make it stronger? 

Tokyo has great food. For example, sushi and ramen. 

Language: 

The key to giving powerful examples and anecdotes is to use high-level verbs and adjectives. You probably have a rich vocabulary already, so try to practice using it now. 

Look at the topics below and describe each one vividly. 

E.g. Describe your colleagues:

My colleagues are fantastic. They always help me. For example, when I was new, I had a tough client who demanded so much! I had to stay at the office every night until 2 or 3 a.m., but my team members helped me with my tasks. They sometimes finished their own work and then came to check on me and give me a hand. 

Describe:

  1. Your hometown,
  2. where you live now,
  3. your best vacation; and 
  4. your boss.
Practice: 

Now choose a question from below, and answer it with detailed examples:

  1. Is your current neighborhood a good place to live? 
  2. Have you ever done any volunteer work? 
  3. What do you think about free trade deals? 
  4. What do you think is the biggest breakthrough in scientific technology in the past 20 years?