Academic Speaking Lessons

EAP Speaking Lessons. EAP Speaking materials. EAP Speaking resources. Materials & lessons on academic presentations, academic debates and academic seminars.

Debates

Academic debating at university, debate phrases and key processes. Click here.

Presentations

 Academic presentations, signposting language and delivery tips.  Click here.

Seminars

Seminars are small group discussions. Seminar phrases and advice. Click here.

Academic Speaking Phrases

Debate Phrases

key debate phrases 

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Presentation Phrases

key presentation phrases 

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Seminar phrases

key phrases to use in seminars

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Academic Speaking Lessons – Questions Worksheet

Language Phrases for discussion

Seminar Phrases Sheet: a range of standard English phrases 

Suitable phrases to use for giving opinions, facts, interrupting, understanding, summarising, examples and disagreeing

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Classroom Mingle – a getting-to-know you activity!

This lesson comprises of twenty different speaking questions. Students mingle around the room asking and answering questions on a range of questions based around their university study. (see example).  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP 

  

Classroom Questions – improving students’ interaction skills.

This lesson is a basic worksheet for student’s to create common classroom questions. Examples are asking the teacher for an example, or what’s a synonym of that word? This lesson helps to build students’ confidence and classroom interaction skills. (see example).  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP 

  

Speaking Tasks – Analysis & Evaluation

This lessons includes six speaking task cards (halls of residence, speaking English, greener university, plagiarism, congestion, homelessness). In small groups students discuss the situation, analyse the key issues/areas and evaluate which are the most effective (see example).  Level ***** [B2/C1]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP 

 

Pronunciaton: worksheets

This is a download of the two pronunciation sheets. The first sheet is a general English sheet to practise the the basics and the second is based on academic vocabulary. Video Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1] 

 

Pronunciaton: Arabic & Chinese Speakers

This is a download of the two pronunciation sheets. It focuses on the individual sounds that Arabic and Chinese speakers have problems with. Webpage Link Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1] 

Describing Graphs and Charts

 

Describing graphs – the basics

This lesson begins labelling the key features of a graph and naming different graph / chart types. It then provides a practice to see if students can describe a range of different lines (peak, plummet, etc..). This is followed by a fun activity where in pairs students describe and plot the lines on four graphsExample. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP 

 

 

Describing graphs / presentation – analysis and evaluation (lesson below)

This lesson begins with describing basic graphs and suggesting what they could represent. It then provides the language necessary for describing, analysing and evaluating with a guided practice. This is followed by students researching and analysing graphs/charts/tables from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and giving a short presentation on their findings. Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP 

 

 Academic Speaking Lessons – Discussion Topics

Easy level

  1. What do you do to relax?
  • Discuss…
  • Relax on your own or with others?
  • How do people in your country relax?
  • Parents relax?
  1. Should people buy or rent houses?
  • Discuss…
  • Benefits and drawbacks
  • Parents, friends, your future
  1. What is your favourite technology app?
  • Why?
  • How it works?
  • Other apps that are important to you

 

Medium Level:

Education

What are the benefits of studying in another country in terms of quality of education, the cultural experience and future employment benefits?

Family

From the perspective of children, their parents and grand-parents, what are the advantages of all three generations living together in one house?

Transport

In terms of cost comfort and convenience, which is a better way to travel by car or train?

 

Hard level: More academic discussion topics

A Foreign Language

From a personal, economic and social perspective, what effect can learning a foreign language have on your life?

Global population

How will the increasing global population affect people in their home, working and financial lives?

Environment

How could a move towards a greener environment affect countries economically, socially and politically?

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