a = 4332
b = 5445
c = 5445
d = 5555
a = 4332
b = 5445
c = 5445
d = 5555
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.)
Roziur Choudhury prides himself on offering a healthier alternative at Grillzone, in the east London suburb of Dagenham. Photograph: Teri Pengilley for the Guardian (link below)
What is your linguistic choice for the gapped combinations below?
It is too early to say whether Roziur Choudhury is the future of Britain’s (1) _______________ fast food sector. For now, he represents its conscience.
Choudhury’s smart new Grillzone restaurant, in the east London suburb of Dagenham, aims to be a “healthy” takeaway: golden, corn-fed half-chickens roast _(2)____________ on a rotary grill; chips are fried in low-fat oil; (3) ________ chopped salad is given away free with orders.
“Why would I want to feed people something I would not feed my own family?” Choudhury asks.
At £3.49 for six chicken wings, however, his food is (3)____________ pricey – and the competition around here is (4)__________. There are 61 fast-food joints jostling for business within a mile radius of Grillzone, according to the Centre for Diet and Activity Research’s new “food environment assessment tool”, which offers the public unprecedented analysis of the prevalence of food outlets throughout England.
Food and diet listening and vocab for speaking