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Interviews 2

Organise the class into pairs. One student is the interviewer. Each interviewer receives a card, and interviews the other as directed. They then change roles.

 

FIRST CERTIFICATE CLASSES: As above, but with one “examiner” and two “candidates” in each group. The “examiner” should get the two interviewees to share the speaking evenly and each interview should last for about four minutes. Repeat twice, with a different “examiner” each time.

 

CARD 4: TELEVISION

You are the interviewer. Ask the underlined question. Ask extra questions as necessary. Use the questions below or think of your own.

 

How important to our lives is television?

 

Can television change the way people think? 

 

Why is television so popular?

 

Do people watch too much television?

 

How would life be different without television?

 

Are documentaries more important than entertainment programmes?

 

How could television in your country be improved?

 

CARD 5: EDUCATION

You are the interviewer. Ask the underlined question. Ask extra questions as necessary. Use the questions below or think of your own.

 

What is the purpose of education?

 

Are subjects like science and economics more important than subjects like art and music?

 

Do you think schools should teach fewer subjects, but teach them in more detail?

 

How much difference can teachers make to their pupils lives?

 

Why do some young people hate school?

Is education for very young children really necessary?

 

Could schools in your area be improved? How?

CARD 6: SMOKING

You are the interviewer. Ask the underlined question. Ask extra questions as necessary. Use the questions below or think of your own.

 

What do you think about smoking?

 

What are the disadvantages of smoking?

 

In your country, where is smoking prohibited?

 

Do you think people should be allowed to smoke anywhere they want to?

 

In your country, is smoking increasing or decreasing? Why?

 

Is tobacco advertising permitted in your country?

 

Do you think tobacco companies should pay compensation to people whose health has been damaged by smoking?

 

 

 

 

 

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© ELTgames.com / Jon Marks. This activity first appeared in English teaching Professional magazine.