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About yourself 1. Okay, can you tell me something about yourself? (name, age, live with parents in a suburb called …, first / second year of high school / senior high school) 2. How old are you? 3. Where are you originally from?... Where about (Athens)? 4. Can you tell me a little about your family? 5. How many members are there in your family? 6. Do you have any brothers or sisters? 7. Can you describe the relationship you have with your siblings (sisters, brothers)? 8. Can you describe the city you live in? 9. What do your parents do for a living? 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Can you tell me something about the neighborhood you live in? Is it a quiet neighborhood? Where would you rather live? Can you tell me something about you home? (apartment, big, small) Would you like to move house? Where do you live? What kind of house do you live in? (apartment…) Why have you been learning English? (I think the English language is
widely spoken – if you speak English it will enable you to travel anywhere without having a problem to communicate with other people form other countries. / You can use the language to study in English spoken countries. / English is a vital qualification in order to be employed) 18. 19. 20. 21. What kinds of food do you like and hate? Do you have friends? Where have you met your best friend? Are your friends of the same age? 1
General questions 1. Why don’t teenagers work out and keep fit? 2. Why do girls fight more than boys? 3. Why do teenagers eat loads of junk food? 4. Are there advantages or disadvantages to being an only child? Future plans / ambitions/ jobs 1. What are your plans / ambitions for the future? 2. Have you thought about what you’d like to do when you leave school? 3. What kind of work do you want to do in the future? 4. Which profession in your opinion suits you best? Why? 5. Do you want to be successful from the starting point of your career or to try for it gradually? Leisure (free) time / hobbies / sports / vacation 1. What do you do in your spare (free) time? 2. Can you tell me how you spend your weekdays and weekends? 3. Do you have a special hobby or do any sports? 4. Are you involved in any sports? 5. Are there any places where you can go in your free time? 6. Do you like to read? 7. What sort (kind) of books do you like to read? 8. Why do you enjoy them? 9. Have you ever been abroad? 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Where would you like to go if you could? How do you like to travel when you go on vacation? So how do you spend your time in the summer? Where are you planning to go on vacation this summer? What would What would be the best holiday destination in your point of view? State destinations you have traveled to. What did you do there?
you like to see there?
What did you see there?
Education / School / future education 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. So, what year are you in at school? (I’m in the first / second year of Do you like your school? What extra activities would you like? (school trips, sports) What subject do you like most / best? Why is that? What are your favorite subjects at school? Are there any subjects you don’t like? Why? What do you plan to do after the exams are over? Tell me, what are your plans once you graduate from high school? Is education important and should it be compulsory? Entertainment 1. Where do you usually go out with your friends? 2. Do you go out to restaurants / movies / theater? 3. What kind of music do you and your friends like? 4. Who is your favorite singer and why? 5. Do you prefer going to the movies or the theater? Why is that? 6. Who is your favorite actor or actress? 7. What movies have you seen recently? 8. How often do you go to see a movie? 9. What kind of movies do you like? 10. Why do you like those types of movies in particular? Shopping 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Do you enjoy shopping? And where do you go shopping? How often do you go shopping? What kind of stores or shops are there in your area? What sort of things do you buy? Do you have any favorite stores? high school, senior high school)
Part 2 Asking for information:
Firstly I would like to know… Could you tell me…? Another thing I would like to ask is… I would also like to ask if… Do you know if / whether…? Can you tell me…? Or direct questions
Stating and justifying your decision:
Considering all the information you have given me, I have chosen … because… As far as the other two options are concerned, I don’t think would interest me because… My first choice would be… because… I wouldn’t choose the other choices because… From what you have told me, I think I would choose ... because… Finally, I wouldn’t choose the other two because … Well to begin with, I would choose… because … I don’t think I would choose… because… Because I’m interested in …, I think my choice would be… I’m not very fond of … so I don’t think the… would be for me. Well to begin with, I definitely would not choose … There are … reasons for this. Firstly, it would be… Secondly it would… As for…, well, I can’t really say it would suit me. I would find it… So, my choice would be… That’s because …
When you didn’t hear or didn’t understand ask for clarification by saying: I beg your pardon. I didn’t quite catch you question. / I didn’t hear your question well. Would you repeat it, please? I’m afraid I don’t understand what you’re asking me. Would you mind rephrasing it? I’m sorry but I didn’t quite understand. Could you explain it to me? Excuse me, could you repeat what you just said? When you don’t know a word, ask for clarification by saying: Could you explain what “…” means, please? I don’t understand “…” Would you explain it please? Excuse me, but what does “…” mean? I’m not quite sure what this expression here means. Could you tell me? How do you pronounce this word and what does it mean? DO NOT SAY Eh??? What??? Repeat please.