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Lesson 1B

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Lesson 1A: Yes/No Questions
In this lesson, you encounter a few natural and meaningful ways to provide alternative expressions to simple "Yes" or "No" responses in the first part of the speaking test.
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Assessment #3i: Cooking (Part 1)

Study the IELTS sample task along with the example dialogue between Darby Laai and the English Teacher.  If you would like to practice with this assessment task in class, you can select it at the end of the lesson.  

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In the example dialogue between Darby Laai and the English Teacher, you read and heard some important information.  Study this feedback and think about your own IELTS progress.  Then move on to the next assessment task. 

Preparation Feedback
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Asking questions about different ways to say things during the assessment task takes away from your focus on the feedback comment. If you know that you want to say it during the task, prepare beforehand.

Assessment Feedback
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You used an alternative expression to “Yes” or “No” that was natural and meaningful.

Prepare for class with the A Mark IELTS Speaking Course. Study by yourself on this website. When you need feedback, take a class with a teacher.

Study every assessment task and training session example in this lesson.

 

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Assessment #3i: Cooking (Part 1)

Assessment #3ii: Driving books (Part 1)

Assessment #3iii: Reading (Part 1)

Assessment #3iv: Travelling (Part 1)

Assessment #3v: Television (Part 1)

Assessment #3vi: Amusement Parks (Part 1)

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Assessment #3ii: Driving (Part 1)

Study the IELTS sample task along with the example dialogue between Darby Laai and the English Teacher.  If you would like to practice with this assessment task in class, you can select it at the end of the lesson.  

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In the example dialogue between Darby Laai and the English Teacher, you read and heard some important information.  Study this feedback and think about your own IELTS progress.  Then move on to the next assessment task. 

Preparation Feedback
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Asking your teacher if it is ok to use a certain expression in the middle of an assessment task diverts your focus from the feedback comment. If you know you want to use it during the task, ask your teacher about it during the preparation feedback stage of the live class.

Assessment Feedback
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You used an alternative expression to “Yes” or “No” that was natural and meaningful.

Prepare for class with the A Mark IELTS Speaking Course. Study by yourself on this website. When you need feedback, take a class with a teacher.

Study every assessment task and example dialogue in this lesson.

 

1A START HERE

Assessment #3i: Cooking (Part 1)

Assessment #3ii: Driving books (Part 1)

Assessment #3iii: Reading (Part 1)

Assessment #3iv: Travelling (Part 1)

Assessment #3v: Television (Part 1)

Assessment #3vi: Amusement Parks (Part 1)

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Assessment Task List

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Assessment #3iii: Reading (Part 1)

Study the IELTS sample task along with the example dialogue between Darby Laai and the English Teacher.  If you would like to practice with this assessment task in class, you can select it at the end of the lesson.  

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Click play to listen. Click the button to read.
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In the example dialogue between Darby Laai and the English Teacher, you read and heard some important information.  Study this feedback and think about your own IELTS progress.  Then move on to the next assessment task. 

Preparation Feedback
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Asking your teacher to help with pronunciation during the task can divert your focus from the feedback comment. Use the time at the beginning of the live class to do this.

Assessment Feedback
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You used an alternative expression to “Yes” or “No” that was natural and meaningful.

Prepare for class with the A Mark IELTS Speaking Course. The full course has 39 lessons and 5. classes to go with it. Study by yourself on this website. When you need feedback, take a class with a teacher.

Study every assessment task and example dialogue in this lesson.

 

1A START HERE

Assessment #3i: Cooking (Part 1)

Assessment #3ii: Driving books (Part 1)

Assessment #3iii: Reading (Part 1)

Assessment #3iv: Travelling (Part 1)

Assessment #3v: Television (Part 1)

Assessment #3vi: Amusement Parks (Part 1)

Complete lesson

 

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Help #1

Watch and listen to the short video.  Then go to Study Exercise #1

Lesson 1A: Yes/No Questions (1)

Study Exercise #1

Watch part of an interview below.  Write down the word you hear in the gap. 

Interview Notes

Write your answer down on paper.  Then move forward to Explanation #1.  

Help #2

Watch and listen to the short video.  Then go to Explanation Video #1.

Lesson 1A: Yes/No Questions (1)

Explanation Video #1

Watch the explanation video below.    After that, study the extra notes below the video.  

Lesson 1A: Yes/No Questions (1)

Study Exercise #2

Watch part of an interview below.  Write down the word(s)  you hear in the gap. 

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Interview Notes

There are three words in the speaker’s response. Type all three of them.

Lesson 1A: Yes/No Questions (1)

Explanation Video #2

Watch the explanation video below.  After that, study the extra notes below the video.  

Lesson 1A: Yes/No Questions (1)

Study Exercise #3

Watch part of an interview below.  Write down the word you hear in the gap. 

Interview Notes

After you hear the answer, listen again and notice how Chris pronounces “and” in his reason.

Lesson 1A: Yes/No Questions (1)

Explanation Video #3

Watch the explanation video below.  After that, study the extra notes below the video.  

Lesson 1A: Yes/No Questions (1)

Rep #1

Read the short dialogue.  Choose the best answer.  Then study the feedback comments below.  

CHOICE A: Absolutely

CHOICE B: For sure yeah

CHOICE C: No I can't say that I do

Lesson 1A: Yes/No Questions (1)

Checkpoint #2

Your teacher may select a checkpoint for you to work through at the beginning of your live class during the preparation feedback stage.

 
The teacher is well prepared for her class as she has looked at Darby Laai’s feedback request.
Both teacher and student expect to ask and answer questions at the preparation feedback stage.
The teacher tries to draw out more context, which is expected because the question that Darby Laai asks will have no one correct answer. Darby Laai needs to focus on the meaning.
The teacher’s intention is to make Darby Laai think about the contextual meaning rather than just accept a simple surface explanation. Darby Laai should listen.

Darby Laai does well to keep his mouth shut and not share his comment because Miss De Strauogh is going to get mad.  And when that happens, she talks to everyone else except Darby Laai for months on end.

[Miss De Strauogh enters the cafe exactly on time and has a seat with her shoulders square and back perfectly straight in front of Darby Laai. She places her tablet computer, super healthy fruit juice and notepad on the coffee table in nothing less than circumspect fashion]

Miss De Strauogh: Hi there Darby Laai. Let’s go through some of the checkpoints that you have selected before coming here. How are you by the way?
Darby Laai: Doing alright. You are right on time as usual.
Miss De Strauogh: I see from your feedback request that you would like to ask some questions about Checkpoint #2, which is related to yes or no questions. What do you want to ask?
Darby Laai: Right so I was wondering about some different ways that I have heard to express yes. When is it ok to use “of course” as an answer? I mean when can I use it and sound natural? Because it seems to me that everyone just uses it all the time.
Miss De Strauogh: Where did you hear it the last time?
Darby Laai: I guess it would have been at a restaurant.
Miss De Strauogh: And who said it?
Darby Laai: The waitress.
Miss De Strauogh: You mean the server, don’t you?
Darby Laai: Aren’t they the same?
Miss De Strauogh: Let’s try it again ok?. What was the situation in which you heard “of course”?
Darby Laai: Well the lady who brought our food and our bill came by our table after we paid…and we weren’t ready to leave yet so we asked her for a glass of water and she said “Of course”. I mean she could have said “Certainly” or something different.
Miss De Strauogh: Silly Darby Laai. What exactly was your question to her? Was it like “Hey sweetheart get me a glass of water will you?” or something like that?
Darby Laai: I don’t…uh no. It was more like “Would you kindly bring us a final glass of water while we finish up our discussion?”
Miss De Strauogh: Do you think she would have used the same response to the other question?
Darby Laai: No I think she would have smacked me if I had asked her the other way.
Miss De Strauogh: Ok, let’s think about it. Do you think she was in a rush to get away from the table? Like was she at the end of her shift?
Darby Laai: Not at all.
Miss De Strauogh: And was the restaurant busy?
Darby Laai: Bare as bones.
Miss De Strauogh: Now think more about the situation. Had you already paid up the bill?
Darby Laai: In fact I asked her while she was dropping off our change.
Miss De Strauogh: And did you feel comfortable asking her? I mean you just paid up right? You didn’t feel like you were being rushed to leave?
Darby Laai: Well a little now that you mention it. Like I was almost asking permission to stay and take up a table while not paying for anything.
Miss De Strauogh: Ahhh…so she replied the way that she did. Now think about during the meal. Did you at any time during the meal order anything?
Darby Laai: We did.
Miss De Strauogh: And how did you order?
Darby Laai: Well, she responded with “Certainly” and “Sure” and “Absolutely”.
Miss De Strauogh: Did you ask her in the same way as you did after you paid the bill?
Darby Laai: Well…no I suppose I didn’t come to think of it.
Miss De Strauogh: Was it more expected of her to bring you a glass of water? I mean you were drinking water and eating right?
Darby Laai: Right. Yeah I suppose we had expected that.
Miss De Strauogh: Ok, so now you have two experiences that you can put together and form a meaning in your mind.
Darby Laai: Sorry can I just write this down?
Miss De Strauogh: Of course.

[Darby Laai looks down and realizes that Miss De Strauogh is looking all around the coffee shop at all of the other people watching her teach and silently revel in this seemingly brief moment of triumph. He knows better than to write anything down and let her correct him in public]

Darby Laai: I think I am good. I do have one comment though.
Miss De Strauogh: Let’s discuss it later.

[Darby Laai simply nods]