Monthly Archives: November 2014

Monday Group Discussion: Experiences

Hey everybody!  Thank you for your patience!

Here is our next discussion topic for Monday (December 1st).  The topic is age.

This discussion will be a little different than earlier ones!  We’re going to ask each other about our personal experiences.  All questions must begin with “Have you ever…?”  You won’t need any particular vocabulary for this one, so I won’t post a lexical set, but I’ll post some sample questions to give you some idea of the type of questions to expect.

If you are a student of mine, I hope to see you at one of the discussion groups. If anybody (student or not) has any questions about this blog, please let me know: Post a comment here, find me on twitter, or email me through my website. Thanks!

Sample Questions:

1. Have you ever watched a sunset?

2. Have you ever been to Africa?

3. Have you ever gone surfing?

4. Have you ever met a celebrity?

5. Have you ever performed in public?

6. Have you ever been robbed?

That’s the idea!  Please come up with one or two of your own questions.  Hope to see you on Monday!

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Friday and Saturday Group Discussions

Hello everyone!

Just a quick note for my Friday and Saturday students:

The group discussion on Friday will be on age, since we didn’t have a class last week.  Here is the link: https://startgateeng.net/2014/11/20/friday-group-discussion-age/

On Saturday, we will talk about food and cooking again.  To see the previous lexis and questions on food and cooking, check out the link here: https://startgateeng.net/2014/03/03/group-discussion-cooking-food-eating-and-drinks/

Unfortunately, the past week has been extremely busy so I haven’t had time to create the new page for the Monday class yet; please check back again on Friday and I’ll have it posted!

Hope to see you at one of our next group discussions!  Thank you!

Brian

Friday Group Discussion: Age

Hey everybody!  Sorry to post this so late at night!

Here is our next discussion topic for Friday (November 21st).  The topic is age.

As usual, please prepare at least two questions.  🙂

We will start the discussion with one or two beginner questions, and then one or two intermediate questions, and with the rest of the time we will ask the advanced questions!

If you are a student of mine, I hope to see you at one of the discussion groups. If anybody (student or not) has any questions about this blog, please let me know: Post a comment here, find me on twitter, or email me through my website. Thanks!

Here is a list of the lexis and possible questions which we may use during the lesson:

Lexis

Nouns

Adult(s)

Advantage(s)

Age

Disabilit(y/ies)

Disadvantage(s)

Mobility

Pensioner(s)

Right(s)

Societ(y/ies)

Youth

Verbs

Age

Consider

Grow up

Limit

Provide

Retire

Target

Adjectives

Aging

Average

Certain

Compulsory

Elderly

General

Hopeless

Legal

Residential

Selfish

Expressions

Age limit(s)

Be out of touch

Best N to V

By law

Form of

Leave s/o alone

Make s/o ADJ

Make way for N

On average

Sample Questions

Beginner
  1. Do you think young people are more selfish than older people?
  2. Where do you wish to live when you get older?
Intermediate
  1. Should older people try to teach younger people lessons?
  2. What do you think is the best age to be?
Advanced
  1. Should parents continue to finance their children after they are 18? Why or why not?
  2. Should people be forced to retire at 65 to make way for younger people?

By the way, there will be no group discussion lesson this week on Saturday (November 22nd) or Monday (November 24th), so for my Saturday and Monday students, I will see you the following week!  Take care!

Group Discussion Topic: Languages

Hey everybody!  Sorry to post this so late at night!

Here is our next discussion topic for Saturday (November 15th) and Monday (November 17th).  The topic is languages.

As usual, please prepare at least two questions.  🙂

We will start the discussion with one or two beginner questions, and then one or two intermediate questions, and with the rest of the time we will ask the advanced questions!

If you are a student of mine, I hope to see you at one of the discussion groups. If anybody (student or not) has any questions about this blog, please let me know: Post a comment here, find me on twitter, or email me through my website. Thanks!

Here is a list of the lexis and possible questions which we may use during the lesson:

Lexis

Nouns

Dialect(s)

Foreigner(s)

Immigrant(s)

Language(s)

Vocabulary

Verbs

Adopt

Affect

Memorize

Require

Adjectives/Adverbs

Bilingual

Fluent(ly)

Foreign

Monolingual

Multiliingual

Native

Official

Prepositions

Throughout

Expressions

Be adopted from

Least favorite

Like (the) least

Second language(s)

What would you do if S-V(-O)?

Sample Questions

Beginner:

1. How many languages can/do you speak?

2. Do you enjoy studying any languages?

Intermediate:

1. What language/languages is/are spoken in Belgium?

2. What are the most difficult languages?

Advanced:

1. What would you do if you went to a country where most people didn’t speak English or Japanese?

2. Why are you studying English?

Also, next week there will be a change in format!  We will have one additional lesson on Friday night at 9pm.  Also, we will have a different topic every time!  Friday and Saturday will be review topics (topics we had in the past) and Monday will be a new topic!  So if you missed a topic before or if you want to discuss a topic again (asking different questions, of course), please come on Friday night or Saturday afternoon!

Group Discussion: Culture

Hey everybody!  Sorry to post this so late at night!

Good evening. Here is our next discussion topic for Saturday (November 8th) and Monday (November 10th).  The topic is cultures.

As usual, please prepare at least two questions.  🙂

We will start the discussion with one or two beginner questions, and then one or two intermediate questions, and with the rest of the time we will ask the advanced questions!

If you are a student of mine, I hope to see you at one of the discussion groups. If anybody (student or not) has any questions about this blog, please let me know: Post a comment here, find me on twitter, or email me through my website. Thanks!

Here is a list of the lexis and possible questions which we may use during the lesson:

Lexis

Nouns

Alien(s)

Aspect(s)

Custom(s)

Verbs

Admire

Adopt

Behave

Consider

Define

Exchange

Revise

Think about

Think of

Adjectives

Elsewhere

Permanent

Proud

Rude

Straightforward

Expressions

Be practiced

How is N ADJ?

What does it mean to V (O)?

Sample Questions

Beginner

1. What is interesting about your culture?

2. What about your culture are you most proud of?

Intermediate

1. What defines a culture?

2. How are other cultures different from yours?

Advanced

1. Is culture important?  Why or why not?

2. What does it mean to be kind in your culture?

That’s it!  See you then!