Needs analysis, vocabulary and FCE Speaking Part Three on communication

FCE Result Unit 7

Needs Analysis

Interview each other in pairs, making notes about your partner in this table. Take turns being the first to ask each question.

Name:
Language exams (and studying for them)
Present

 

 

 

 

 

Past Future
Other English classes
Present

 

 

 

 

 

Past Future
Studying English outside class
Present

 

 

 

 

 

Past Future
Communicating in English/ Using English outside class
Present

 

 

 

 

 

Past Future

 

 

 

 

Problems communicating in English (or other foreign languages)
Present

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past Future
Views on improving your English

 

 

 

 

 


Brainstorm vocabulary that you could have used in the previous task into the spaces below, then choose words and phrases which you think no one else in the class wrote down. You have five minutes to complete both stages.

 

Useful language

 

Starting the task

  • “It doesn’t really matter which one we start with, so how about this one/ the first one?”
  • Shall we start with this one?”
  • Which one do you want to start with?”

 

Move onto others

  • “Let’s skip that one then.”
  • “Maybe we should move onto another
  • “Shall we move onto this one?”
  • “Which one should we do next?”
  • “We are probably running out of time, so let’s rush through the last few”

 

Moving onto the choosing stage

  • “I don’t think we have time to do (all) the rest, so…”
  • “I think we’re ready to decide.”
  • “We still need to…”
  • “What else do we have to do?”/ “What was the second thing we had to do?”

 

Starting the choosing stage

  • “(From what you said), I guess you’d choose…”
  • “How about…?”/ “What about…?”
  • “I think we can eliminate/ ignore…”/ “Definitely not…”
  • I’d (probably) choose… because…”/ “I’d like to nominate…”

 

Quickly agreeing or disagreeing/ moving the discussion on

  • “It looks like we agree on that one, so…”
  • “I don’t feel the same way, but I see what you mean. Anyway,…”
  • “It doesn’t seem like we can agree on that one, so…”
  • “If not that one, what do you think about…?”
  • “What about the next one?”

 

 


Kinds of electronic communication

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other kinds of writing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communication problems/ Language problems

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kinds of language study

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actions/ verbs connected to communication

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collocations with the word “communication” (= Communication +…/ …+ communication)

 

 

 

 


Suggested answers

Kinds of electronic communication

Discussion board/ Forum

Email

Fax

Instant messaging/ Online chat

Junk mail (= Spam)

Landline (= Home phone/ Office phone)

Mobile phone (= Cellphone)

Phone message/ Voice mail

Social media (= social networking services)

Teleconference

Telephone call

Text (= SMS)

Video conference

VoIP/ Skype

 

Other kinds of writing

Article

Correspondence (Letter or postcard)

Diary

Essay

Leaflet/ Pamphlet

Memo

Note (e.g. a Post It note)

Poster

Report

Review

Story

(Academic) paper

 

Communication problems/ Language problems

Background noise

Bad acoustics

Bad line

Bad sound quality

Connotation

Crossed line

Echo

Flat intonation

Hard of hearing

Hesitant

L1 interference

Lack of accuracy

Lack of comprehension

Lack of fluency

Lack of vocabulary

Long winded

Minimal pairs

Mishearing

Misinterpreting

Mispronunciation

Misunderstanding

Monosyllabic

Not catching the precise meaning

Not listening properly

Rambling

Silence/ Pausing

Speech defect

Strong accent

Talking over each other

Too indirect

Vague/ Imprecise

 

Kinds of language study

(Timed) practice exams

Conversation exchange/ Language exchange

Correction

Drilling

Free conversation

Gapfills (= Cloze exercises)

Language lab

Living abroad

Memorisation

Pairwork

Recording your own voice

Shadow reading

Studying something through English

Flashcards

Graded readers

Vocabulary list

 

Actions/ verbs connected to communication

Attach/ Enclose

BCC Forward

CC

Call/ Ring/ Telephone/ Phone

Catch up

Chat

Comment

Exchange information

Gesturing

Get in touch/ Get back in touch

Get through to someone

Give a presentation

Give someone a ring

Gossip

Ignore

Keep in touch

Lose attention

Lose touch

Mishear

Misunderstand

Pass on news

Pause

Pay attention

Repeat

Reply

Write to

 

Collocations with the word “communication” (= Communication +…/…+ communication)

Communication + skills

Different forms of communication

Means of communication

Miscommunication

Electronic communication

 

Add any of the things above that are relevant to you to your needs analysis form by telling your partner about them.

 

 

Try to think of or remember as many phrases as you can to do these things in the last task.

 

Starting the task

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Move onto others

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving onto the choosing stage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starting the choosing stage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quickly agreeing or disagreeing/ moving the discussion on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use the key words on the next page to help you.
Key words

 

Starting the task

  • matter
  • shall
  • which

 

Move onto others

  • skip
  • another
  • this
  • next
  • running

 

Moving onto the choosing stage

  • rest
  • ready
  • still
  • else
  • second

 

Starting the choosing stage

  • guess
  • about
  • eliminate
  • I’d

 

Quickly agreeing or disagreeing/ moving the discussion on

  • looks
  • see
  • seem
  • think
  • next

 

Check with the original page of phrases. Many more phrases are possible, so check any different ones that you wrote.
FCE Speaking Part Three on communication

 

Without looking above, use phrases like those to complete the task below.

 

Imagine you are working on a team with members in several countries. Talk about the advantages and disadvantages of each of the methods of communication above, and choose the best two ways of your team to communicate.

 

  1. Discussion board
  2. Email
  3. Online chat
  4. Social media
  5. Teleconference
  6. Telephone call
  7. Text (= SMS)
  8. Video conference

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