Speaking Test Strategies 3 Building arguments with evidence

The previous lesson was about introductions and conclusions; this lesson is about making an argument. This is the body of your answer; it is central to improving your overall score on all speaking tests. It will also help you to become a more powerful speaker in general. 


Answer these questions:  

  1. What is an argument?
  2. What are the parts of an argument?
  3. How important is argumentation in your speaking test? 
Warm Up: 

Is this a strong answer? Why or why not?

I think Portland, Oregon is the best city in the world. The food is delicious, it’s not too big, it's not too expensive to rent or own a house, and there's lots of entertainment. That's why Portland is the best city!

After discussing the above answer, try giving an answer to the same question: 

In your opinion, which city is the best city in the world?


A. First, what’s the difference between a claim and evidence?

Your teacher will say a sentence, and you tell them if it is a claim or evidence. 

B. Now that the difference between claims and evidence is clear, let's discuss evidence more deeply.

There are at least 5 different types of evidence. Can you think of them?


Now answer these questions using effective evidence:

  1. What do you think about the future of the economy in your country? 
  2. Do you think the leader of your country is doing a good job?
  3. Is work-life balance important to you?