Minggu, 03 April 2011

Speaking Material

Hello my students.....Welcome to my blog. Here, there are some materials for our Speaking lesson. Please take a look and do those activities in order to improve your speaking skill. Good luck!

Look at the pictures below!

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What do you think about those pictures? Make two sentences for each picture in Past Tense and try to link those sentences to make a story.
Write your story in a piece of paper. Retell the story and record it.

There is a video of narrative text entitled "Cinderella" below. Play the video, watch and listen carefully.

There is an example of monologue below. Listen carefully the audio and Read the transcription of the monologue below in order to study the intonation of the speaker.


ONCE upon a time there was a gentleman who married, for his second wife, the proudest and most haughty woman that was ever seen. She had been married before, and already had two daughters who were exactly like her in all things. He had likewise, by his first wife, a young daughter, but of unequalled goodness and sweetness of temper, which she took from her mother, who was the best creature in the world. This sweet little girl missed her mother, who had died, ever so much.

No sooner was the wedding ceremony over, than the new wife began to show herself in her true colors. She could not bear the goodness of the gentleman’s pretty girl, and especially as she made her own daughters appear the more horrid. She made her do the meanest jobs in the house: the girl scoured the dishes and tables, and scrubbed the stepmother’s bathroom, and those of her daughters; she slept in a little attic, upon a wretched straw bed, while her sisters lay upon beds with the softest pillows, in fine rooms, with floors covered with beautiful carpets, and walls on which hung looking-glasses so large that they might see themselves at their full length from head to foot.

As she was doing this, they said to her:
“Cinderella, would you not be glad to go to the ball?”
“Alas!” said she, “you only jeer me; it is not for a poor girl like me to go there.”
“You’re quite right,” replied they; “it would make the people laugh to see a Cinderwench at a ball.”
Anyone but Cinderella would have dressed their heads all wrong, but she was very good, and dressed them perfectly well.
The step-sisters were almost two days without eating, so much were they thrilled and excited. They broke above a dozen corsettes in trying to be laced up tightly, so that they might have a fine slender shape, and they were continually at their looking-glass. At last the happy day came; they went to Court, and Cinderella followed them with her eyes as long as she could, and when she had lost sight of them, she fell a-crying.

Read the transcription of monologue above (in ACTIVITY 3) with the right intonation and pronunciation. Record your voice in a form of cassette or CD. Submit it next week. Good luck!

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