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English Conversation – Language

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 @ 04:11 PM
posted by Jo


What is the best way to learn a language? How do languages develop? Do animals have language?  These are some of the questions you could be asked when discussing the topic of language and language learning.  This is the preparation material for an English Conversation lesson about languages.

Audio Discussion

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Transcript of Audio Discussion

* Audio courtesy of elllo.org

Phrasal Verbs

  • Do well - I hope I do well in my English exam next Saturday.
  • Take up - I think I will take up French next year.

Conversation Questions about Learning a Second Language

  • What do you think is the best way to learn a second language?
  • What do you think is the greatest benefit of learning a second language?
  • Do you think it is possible to teach yourself a language?
  • What are the good and bad things about your language?
  • What three languages would you really like to speak, and why?
  • Can you learn a language by watching television?
  • What languages would you like to learn in future?
  • Do you think that one day there will be just one language in the world?
  • How do you think the world would be different if there was only one language?
  • How would you compare your own language with English?
  • Why do you think there are so many different languages in the world?
  • What's the best way to learn a foreign language?
  • What is value of learning languages?
  • Is it better to learn language as a child? Why?
  • How can the Internet be a helpful tool when learning a foreign language?
  • Is the classroom the best place to learn?
  • Can a good teacher influence how well you enjoy learning a language?
  • Is it possible to teach yourself a language?
  • What careers are possible if you speak a foreign language?
  • Is it possible to learn a language without studying grammar?
  • How do you think language first started?
  • How much of a barrier do you think language is?
  • How is our language different from animal language?
  • What do you think of languages that are dying? Do you think they should be preserved?
  • Do you think that animals use their own language?
  • Do you think animal language is as complex as human language?
  • Have you heard of baby sign language?
  • Do you think it is beneficial to teach babies sign language before they can speak?
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