Choose one festival, ceremony or celebration in your family, hometown, region or country, or one from elsewhere that you know a lot about. Speak about it for as long as you can, adding as much detail as possible. Your partner will just listen to you and tick off the topics you talk about without interrupting. When you show that you have nothing left to say they will ask you questions about any relevant topics that you didn’t mention.
I’m going to talk about
I’ve chosen to speak about
I’d like to present
I think I’ve covered everything.
That’s all I can think of to say.
A festival, ceremony or celebration extended speaking
Listen to your partner giving a mini-presentation about a festival, ceremony or celebration without interrupting (unless they say something you just don’t understand). Tick off the topics they mention below, then when they are clearly finished ask them extra questions, e.g. about relevant topics that haven’t been ticked off.
Time, e.g. dates, days, how long it lasts
Food and drink
Objects, e.g. decorations
Greetings/ What you say
Meanings behind things/ Reasons for doing things, e.g. good luck
History, e.g. when it started/ when it became popular
Variations, e.g. by family, by individual or by region
Similarities and differences to others, e.g. celebrations in other countries
Expense (= Cost)
Personal experience of it
Personal feelings about it
Other people’s feelings about it, e.g. who it is popular with
How it has changed/ How it is changing, and feelings about that
Favourite things about it/ The best things about it
Things you would change about it/ Least favourite things about it
Different for different people, e.g. children and adults?
Reasons for choosing this topic
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