Listening (Super Size Me)
- America is the fattest nation in the world. More than 60% of adults in the US are obese.
- Mississippi is the fattest state in the US.
- The two main causes for deaths in America are smoking and obese.
- McDonald’s is spread over the world and feeds more than 46 million people worldwide a day.
- McDonald’s acounts for 43% of the fast food market in the US.
- In the US you can find McDonald’s everywhere: Wal-Mart, ____, ____.
- Are Chinese people heavier than they used to be? Why or why not?
- What influence does McDonald’s have in China? Is it very popular? Does it influence your diet?
- In America some people are suing fast food restaurants. Where does personal responsibility start and corporate responsibility stop?
- The title of the film is Super Size Me. What does it refer to?
Task 3: (State School)
- What do American students eat in school?
- Which food company caters most schools and prisons in the USA?
- How is food prepared in schools?
- Why don’t they prepare meals from scratch in schools?
- How many meals a month are actually cooked at the school mentioned?
- What do Chinese people eat in school? Do you think the Chinese school meals are healthy?
out of sight
out of mind
get fed up with
Persuasive Words and Phrases
Try to use some of these words and phrases in your writing.
Remember to write in a forceful manner. You want people to agree with you!
- I am writing to …
- I have heard a rumour that …
- We can do without this …
- How unfair!
- Now …
- Obviously …
- We can solve this by …
- I believe that …
- This will cause …
- A friend of mine says …
- If these plans go ahead …
- Do you really think …
- Is it really worth …
- I am speaking to you today because …
- This needs to be dealt with
- It will ruin our quality of life.
- No-one but a complete idiot will believe that …
- Surely …
- Of course …
- Local people feel that …
- This will mean that …
- Another thing …
- Just think about …
- How could you (we) possibly …
- What would happen if …
- Do you want to be part of …
Falling Intonation (A question that is not answerable by “yes” or “no” but is answerable by a simple sentence or statement)
- What is the brand of your pencil? The brand of my pencil is Bic.
- What is your sister’s name? My sister’s name is Emily.
- What state do you live in? I live in Florida.
- Where do you work? I work in an office.
- What’s your name? My name is John.
- Do you think he is funny? No
- Is your father handsome? Yes
- Can you sing? Yes
- Is this your school? Yes
- Do you eat pasta? No
Adjust the intonation based on the scenario which I give you.
- A: Hi, how are you?
- B: Fine, thanks. And you?
- A: Very good. What are you up to these days?
- B: Not much, but I’m always running around.
- A: I see. Well … I’ve got to go now. See you.
- B: Yes, see you … bye!
- A: Goodbye.
General to Specific Speaking Strategy
‘General’ is a big topic which includes many things, for example, music. We use ‘especially’ when we want to refer to something more specific, such as Taiwanese Pop Music. We also can use ‘in particular’ to talkabout something specific, not general.
I really like to eat (general), but especially (specific)
In partucular, I enjoy (specific flavors)
Even thougn/For instance/For example … (describe specific ingredients or use adjective)
General-Specific Practice Questions
- What kind of music do you like?
- Which place in the world would you most like to visit?
- What kind of movies do you like to watch?
- Do you like fruits and vegetables
P.R.E.P-Point Reason Example Point
- Point: 1 sentence about the topic, “I like cats.”
- Reason: Next, provide a reason why your point is true. “I like cats because they are very independent pets, when you go on vacation you can leave a cat at home, and it will be okay.”
- Example: Support your reason with 1-2 examples, such as: “Last year I flew to Barbados for a week, and my cat stayed home alone. When I got back, the house was not destroyed and my cat was patiently waiting for me.”
- Point: Finally, restate your original point in new words. “So, as you can see from my example, a cat is a fun and low-maintenance pet, and that’s why I like them.”