Speaking Test Strategies 13 Layering reasoning

Use layers of strong connections

This lesson focuses on reasoning in an argument. It shows you how to deep-dive and make a very strong connection between your claims and your evidence. 


Recall the lesson on reasoning. It's lesson 4 of this course. Many students say that reasoning is the most difficult part of an argument. Do you agree? 

Warm Up: 

Try answering this question: 

  • Do you think it's important to travel abroad? 

Here are some claims and some evidence to support each one. Add reasoning to explain why the evidence supports the claim. 

1. You should go to the Swiss Alps. They are great. There are lots of huge snow-covered mountains. 

2. Tom Cruise has been a lead actor for more than 30 years, so I think he really is a great actor. 

3. I think the economy is going to get worse in the next 20 years. Some experts say that advances in artificial intelligence are going to cause mass unemployment. 


Now, try some speaking test questions. Try to add as much reasoning as you can.