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Speaking Test Strategies 17 Using alternative structures

Your structure can be typical or creative

This lesson will focus on structuring your answer in a way that is more conversational, more like a story. 

Introduction: 

Let's start with a review of the first structure you learned. What is it? When is it most useful?

Warm Up: 

Examine the following sample answer. Where is the claim? How about the evidence?  

Question: Is your hometown a good place to live?

Answer: Well, let’s see. My hometown? I’m from Sapporo. It's in the northern part of Japan, and it’s very cold. Winters can go down far below zero degrees. That being said, it’s warm inside the house—unlike my apartment in Tokyo! But anyway, the summers up in Sapporo are gorgeous, since they aren’t too humid. And all the food is fantastic: fresh sea urchin sushi is so good—it has a wonderful creamy texture. So, all in all, I’d say yes. It’s a very good place to live.

Language: 

This sample answer in the warm-up follows four basic points. What are they? Discuss them with your instructor. 

Now your teacher has another question for you. Try answering it using the claim-last structure. 

Practice: 

Try using this pattern to answer the following questions: 

  1. What's the best food to eat in the town you are living in now? 
  2. What's your opinion about globalization? 
  3. What do you think about your country's relationship with its neighboring countries?