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English Skill: Ending a Presentation

Keeping with the theme of presentations, imagine you have just given an amazing presentation, your use of English (so far) has been great, but now it’s time to bring the presentation to a close. This part of a presentation can often be difficult as you don’t want your audience to feel cut short or unsure as to if you have actually concluded your presentation or not. Your audience will often remember the last things you say in your presentation, so making sure that you don’t just kind of fizzle out at the end is important.

Take a look at the image below. You will find some common phrases to end a presentation in a convincing and professional manner. 

Common phrases to bring your presentation to an end.

Common phrases to bring your presentation to an end.

Have you got a presentation in English coming up soon? What do you find most difficult during a presentation?

Mr TESOL.

Are You Left-Brained or Right-Brained?

Which side of your brain do you tend to think with?

The Human Brain!

The Human Brain!

Although no one is completely left-brained or right-brained, you probably favour one side over the other. Schools have traditionally favoured left-brained students but it is thought, with online learning becoming more and more popular, that is changing.

Take a look at some of the general differences between the left and the right brain hemispheres.

Left/Right Brain Characteristics.

Left/Right Brain Characteristics.

In most online learning environments a right-brained learner may have a distinct advantage over a left-brained learner. Left brained-learners like structure and schedules that are normally not commonplace in the online learning environment. Right-brained learners, on the other hand, love the flexibility that online learning presents. They love colour, images and the ability to learn English in their own time.

You may be able to spot if your teacher is more left-brained or right-brained. Take a look at the following.

Left-Brained / Right-Brained Teachers

Left-Brained / Right-Brained Teachers.

So are you more of a lefty or a righty? Have a look at the video below. It shows a dancer turning around on the spot. If you see her spinning in a clockwise direction then it is said you are using more of the right side of your brain. If you see her spinning anti-clockwise then you are supposed to be using more of the left side (please note that this is not a scientific way to determine if you are left/right brain dominant. It does, however, raise some interesting questions about vision).

Look carefully and focus. Can you change the direction in which she is turning?

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English Skill: Ordering from the Bar

Situation: You and some colleagues/friends are enjoying an evening out at a local bar/restaurant. You are all having a look at the drinks menu in order to see what is available and to decide what you will have to drink. Take a look at the related phrases you could use to discuss what’s on the menu and to speak with the waiter when he arrives to take your order.

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Any questions? 🙂

Mr TESOL.

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English Skill: Selecting a Starter

Situation: You and a friend are dining out at a nice little restaurant downtown, have ordered your drinks and are now deciding what to have as an appetiser. Sometimes deciding what to have from the vast array on offer on the menu can seem like mission impossible – everything just sounds so nice! Take a look at various phrases that you may want to make use of next time you find yourself in a similar situation.

Eating Out Selecting a Starter

When was the last time you dined out and had to use English? What did you have as your starter?

Mr TESOL.

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English Skill: Starting a Discussion

Here are a couple of situations for you. Do either of them sound a little familiar?

  1. You are out doing a bit of shopping and you see an old colleague/friend. You decide to approach him/her and start a discussion with the intention of finding out what they are doing these days, how their family is, etc.
  1. You need to speak with a work colleague who is full of the joys of spring having just returned from holiday. It’s time to start a discussion with him/her and explain what it is you need/want from him/her.

Although starting a discussion should be a piece of cake, doing so can often be more difficult than first anticipated. You don’t want to come across super awkward or sound unnaturally weird and you certainly don’t want to be a pain, so here are some common phrases you may want to employ next time you have the opportunity to practise a bit of conversation starting English!

Starting a Discussion

Starting a Discussion

What phrases have you used to start a discussion recently? Do you think you will use any of the expressions above?

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English Skill: Ending a Presentation

Keeping with the theme of presentations, imagine you have just given an amazing presentation, your use of English (so far) has been great, but now it’s time to bring the presentation to a close. This part of a presentation can often be difficult as you don’t want your audience to feel cut short or unsure as to if you have actually concluded your presentation or not. Your audience will often remember the last things you say in your presentation, so making sure that you don’t just kind of fizzle out at the end is important.

Take a look at the image below. You will find some common phrases to end a presentation in a convincing and professional manner. 

Common phrases to bring your presentation to an end.

Common phrases to bring your presentation to an end.

Have you got a presentation in English coming up soon? What do you find most difficult during a presentation?

Mr TESOL.

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English Skill: Describing Visuals During a Presentation 

 Do you ever have to give presentations in English as part of your job or in front of friends and family? As part of my teaching career I have given many presentations in English and I know how nerve-racking it can sometimes be – and English is my native tongue!

Visual aids that you often encounter in (Powerpoint) presentations, such as pie charts, graphs, bar graphs, bullet points, boxes, etc. can often be challenging for non-native English speakers to refer to and you may be tempted to just talk about them without properly referencing them or using the correct language, or worse still – just ignore them! In order for your audience to easily follow your presentation and to allow you yourself to come across more professionally, here are some common English phrases that can be used to help describe various visual aids during a presentation.

Describing visual aids

Describing visual aids

  • Do you give presentations in English? What to you find most challenging?

Mr TESOL.

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English Grammar

Hi there folks!

There are a series of English grammar PDFs on the Internet that are freely available to everyone, but they can be quite difficult to locate. Over the next three blogs I will be uploading them ten at a time.

I hope you find them useful.

Happy Holidays!

Mr TESOL.

Asking for Travel Information (i)

Asking for Travel Information

Can you match the situations to the expressions?

  1. Ask how often the buses are to the city centre.
  2. You want to know the latest time you can return. What do you ask?
  3. Ask the driver for a ticket to the city centre and if it is cheaper to buy a return ticket.
  4. You want to go to the hospital and see a bus at the bus stop. What do you ask the bus driver?
  5. You’d like the driver to tell you when it’s your stop. What do you ask?
  6. As you’re driving, you see some friends walking home. How do you offer to take them?
  7. If someone gives you a lift, how do you tell them when you want to get out?
  8. You’ve arranged to drive a friend to the football match and will be at his house at 7 o’clock. What do you say?
  9. You are driving to Norwich and you think you may have gone the wrong way. What do you ask someone?
  10. You have a map are not sure where you are. What do you ask someone?

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Asking for Travel Information

Can you match the correct expressions to the situations below them? Good luck! 

  1.  What do you say when you telephone a hotel to reserve a room?
  2.  You’d like to stay for two evenings by yourself.  What do you ask?
  3. You’d like a room for you and your husband or wife with a bathroom.  What do you say?
  4. You’d like a room for you and your friend with separate beds and a shower.  What do you ask?
  5. You’d like to see the sea from your room.  What do you ask?
  6. Ask if you have to pay extra for breakfast.
  7. Ask how much it costs to have evening meals in the hotel.
  8. Ask how much it costs to have all your meals in the hotel.
  9. What do you say when you arrive at the hotel?
  10. You find the traffic outside your room very noisy. What do you say at reception?

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