Step 1: Listening practice
Listen once, twice or three times to the audio below to get the ideas
Step 2: Learn from listening
Listen again, pausing an repeating where necessary to make a note of useful expressions.
Step 3 “a” : Focus on structures for saying “how often” (or “not”) you do something
Looking at the table below, listen again and mark which “how often” (or “not”) structures are used.
Once / Twice a week (NOT “in a week”)
Three / four / ten / 15 times a year / month
fortnight = two weeks – Once a fortnight = once every two weeks
If the number is not “a” month / year, then use every:
3 times every 2 weeks
5 times every 4 months
3 times a week
5 times a month
Step 3 “b” : Focus on structures for “generalizing” and “contrasting”
Perhaps you noticed some of these structures in “Step 2: Learn from listening” . In any case, looking at the tables below, listen again and mark which “generalizing” and “contrasting” structures are used.
Step 4: Improve your pronunciation
Listen again to the structures, make a note of stress and intonation.
Step 5: Moving from passive to active
Listen on repeat for a period of time. As you listen…
a – repeat the structures you hear from the tables, copying the stress and intonation
b – when you feel comfortage (still with the audio on repeat), repeat the structures and “finish”
Step 7: Linguistic choice
Think about your ideas to answer one of the questions. Choose the structure(s) that best match(es) your opinion
Step 8: Fluency = 100%, Pronunciation = 100%
Without fully answering the question, practice again and again the structure until you feel that your “active use” of the structure is 100% fluent with 100% suitable intonation / stress.
Step 9: Fully active answer
Record yourself answering the question.
Step 10: Review and repeat
Listen to your answer, if you feel it needs to be done again, do it again. (Note, although practice makes perfect, it is a good idea to not repeat it too many times. As you move through the different questions you will get better.)