Speaking Test Strategies 4 Adding reasoning to arguments

Strong connection are vital to a strong argument

This lesson is about making a strong, well-reasoned argument. This is the last part of making a strong basic answer. 

Introduction: 

What is the role of reasoning in an argument? 

Warm Up: 

Is this a strong answer? Why or why not? 

Tokyo is the best city in the world! It's very convenient. There are hundreds of train stations and convenience stores. Also, the food is amazing. Tokyo is the city with the most Michelin stars. So it's convenient and the food is great.

Language: 

Try adding reasoning to these secondary claims and pieces of evidence: 

  1. I’m positive about the economy in Japan. The Olympics are coming to Tokyo in 2020. 
  2. I’m negative about the economy in Japan. The population is decreasing. 
Practice: 

Now that you understand how to reason a sound argument, try it out with a couple questions.