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: Focus on opinion and reason structures (coherence and cohesion )
Looking at the table below, listen again and mark which opinion / reason structures are used.
Step 4: Improve your pronunciation
Listen again to the opinion and reason 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 opinion structures you hear from the table, copying the stress and intonation
b – when you feel comfortage (still with the audio on repeat), repeat the structures and “finish”
Step 6: Plan your own answer
For the first question (and later the other questions), make a note of your opinion / reason (example, contrast)
Step 7: Linguistic choice
Choose the opinion structure that best matches your opinion
Step 8: Fluency = 100%, Pronunciation = 100%
Without fully answering the question, practice again and again the opinion 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.)