Intermediate English Conversation, Semester 3

Intermediate English Conversation, Semester 3

Intermediate English Conversation, Semester 3

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Welcome to Intermediate English Conversation! If you’re a conversation leader or Instructor, let us take a moment to tell you about this course. Like all Hal & Steve lessons, this course is designed for English Conversation. Your peers or learners need to focus on Just Speaking. Be supportive and help them overcome any feelings of doubt, frustration, or embarrassment so that they can speak! That’s the most important tool for becoming a successful English speaker.

In this instruction section, we’ve provided you with a detailed description of our methods. This is how WE (Hal & I) use the material. Please feel free to modify the lessons as you see fit. All learners are unique, so what’s successful with Hal’s learners may be different than what’s successful with Steve’s, and alternatively what might be successful with yours.

So modify, experiment, use these lessons as you see fit!

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Lessons

  1. What would you do if your husband/wife left you for a mutual friend? Do you think love is eternal? Or does it fade over time? If a married couple aren’t happy in their relationship, should they stay married? What would you do if your husband/wife cheated on you? Would you remain in an unhappy marriage just for your children?
  2. What’s the first song you play everyday? Do you have any particular songs you listen to when you’re angry? Sad? Ecstatic? Why do people enjoy music so much? I’d like to listen to new styles of music. What would you recommend for me?
  3. Have you ever heard of the disorder synaesthesia? What do you think seeing sounds would be like? If you could combine two senses, which would they be? To be able to see sounds? To be able to taste light? Have you ever experienced anything mind-blowing? Have you ever had any mind-blowing dreams?
  4. It's time to review the previous lessons! Remember, you want to become comfortable with all of these different topics, and you become comfortable by practice and reviewing!
  5. What’s the weirdest portmanteau you’ve ever heard? Do you think you could make a portmanteau? Try one! Which portmanteau do you use in everyday life? Have you ever had brunch? Have you ever seen smog? What do you call these things in your first language?
  6. What are your most cherished memories? Did you ever experience something in childhood that was awful, but now you really appreciate it? Like going to tutor everyday? Or working really hard on the soccer team? Can we really be grateful for bad experiences? What do you do everyday that nobody appreciates?
  7. How often do you daydream? What do you daydream about? Is there anything wrong with fantasizing about a better life? Do you think people’s fantasy are too often about shallow things, like money or beauty? If you could be anything you wanted, what would you be? A superhero? A magical creature? A Jedi Knight?!?!
  8. It's time to review the previous lessons! Remember, you want to become comfortable with all of these different topics, and you become comfortable by practice and reviewing!
  9. Have you ever thought about what you would do if a serial killer tried to kill you? Or if a thief tried to rob you? Have you ever been forced to confront a criminal? Have you ever been a in a fight or flight scenario? What’s the most terrified you’ve ever been in your life?
  10. Have you ever traveled to Europe? If you could travel anywhere for 4 months, where would you go? What type of traveler are you? Do you prefer to have a completely organized trip with an itinerary, or just play it by ear? Let’s plan a trip together! Where should we go?
  11. If you could travel to any country, where would you go? Which country are you least interested in visiting? Have you ever had an opportunity to travel, but missed it? Do you regret it? What’s the best meal you’ve ever had when traveling? What’s the absolutely worst meal you’ve ever had while on vacation?
  12. It's time to review the previous lessons! Remember, you want to become comfortable with all of these different topics, and you become comfortable by practice and reviewing!
  13. What type of disagreements do you typically have? With whom? What tips or tricks do you have for winning an argument? Do you argue logically, or do you rely on emotions? In the middle of a disagreement, if you suddenly realize you’re wrong, would you admit it? Or continue arguing just to win?
  14. What should this young man do? Imagine this man is your son. How would you feel as his parent? Have you ever felt angry at your parents? Have you ever felt like the situation was utterly irreparable? Even when people are polar opposites, they can usually get along with each other. Have you ever been in a situation with a polar opposite? Have you ever been in a petty fight with someone you loved? Did your regret it later?
  15. Me Time

    What’s the longest you’ve ever been without a relationship as an adult? Are romantic relationships important for a happy life? What’s the most important, fulfilling aspect of your life? Your husband/wife? Your hobbies? Your job? If a 20 year-old university student wanted help finding a husband/wife, how would you advise them? Would your advice be different for a 60 year-old retired person? How would they find a husband/wife?
  16. It's time to review the previous lessons! Remember, you want to become comfortable with all of these different topics, and you become comfortable by practice and reviewing!
  17. What pretentious hobbies can you think of? Who’s the most pretentious person you’ve ever met? Are you bothered by people who constantly change their fashion, because they want to portray themselves as something they’re not? Can you admit one thing you’re snobby about? Is it cooking? Music?
  18. If you had to chose one way to embarrass your friend, what would you do? What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done? Have you called your teacher ‘mom’ before? Have you accidentally mistaken a stranger for your friend? After you’ve done something embarrassing, how long does it take for you to stop worrying about it? Do you have a really embarrassing friend? Soemone who always embarasses you in public?
  19. Do you like kids? Do you have patience for defiant kids? Do you have sympathy for parents of small children? As an adult, do you think we should test our boundaries? In which situations should we constantly test our boundaries? Some parents don’t discipline their children whenever they behave inappropriately. How will this affect those childrens as adults?
  20. It's time to review the previous lessons! Remember, you want to become comfortable with all of these different topics, and you become comfortable by practice and reviewing!
  21. Do you often squabble with friends, family, or even strangers? When was the last time you were in an argument? Are you usually the peace-maker in a disagreement? If not, who typically is? Why don’t we say ‘sorry’ more often? Doesn’t it seem like that would solve a lot of problems? Whenever your friends or family fight, do you try to solve their problems? Or do you avoid the situation?
  22. When do you feel lonely? Have you ever experienced loneliness whenever you’re surrounded by people? Like at a family gathering? Or concert? Is loneliness negative? Or could it be positive? What was the most isolating experience you’ve ever had? A new job? Moving away to college? Some people feel so vulnerable when they’re lonely. Do you feel the same way?
  23. What would you do if your husband/wife left you for a mutual friend? Do you think love is eternal? Or does it fade over time? If a married couple aren’t happy in their relationship, should they stay married? What would you do if your husband/wife cheated on you? Would you remain in an unhappy marriage just for your children?
  24. It's time to review the previous lessons! Remember, you want to become comfortable with all of these different topics, and you become comfortable by practice and reviewing!