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Improving your communication skills and confidence in English
The Splendid Speaking Course
Volume 2 Unit 4 ‘Captivate your Audience’
Unit 25: Environmental Concerns
Task: Presentation (1-2 minutes)
1. Introduction: Read the following article from a local paper:
To conserve energy
Have your say
As part of a local campaign for the opinions of ordinary
Endangered species to protect the environment individuals who feel
Energy conservation people are being invited to passionate about the fate of
Global warming make short presentations in the environment and the
Greenhouse effect schools and community effect on future
To meet targets
centres outlining their generations. If you fit the
To recycle personal views on vital bill and would like to
Toxic waste questions that affect the present your arguments to
Useful proverbs future of the world. a wider audience contact
The chickens have come Campaigners are looking your local campaign group
home to roost.
Actions speak louder than
words. 2. Planning: Spend 1 minute making notes. Use a mind map if it helps, or
Where there’s a will, there’s a just think about the following points:
way. Current environmental issues of importance to you
You can’t make an omelette Actions you take to protect the environment
without breaking eggs. Steps you think Governments should take to protect the environment
No man is an island.
An ounce of prevention is 3. Task focus: A great way to get the attention of your audience is to make
worth a pound of cure. your talk topical. Relating your presentation to real-world events
emphasises the importance of the subject. Relate this topic to a local
environmental issue or something of national or international importance.
4. Language: Tick any of the language on the left you want to use.
Task: Discussion (10-15 minutes)
A young person’s magazine has asked readers for suggestions for the top
Listen to Otavio from three things ordinary people can do to protect the environment. In your
B r a zi l t a l k i n g o n a group, come up with THREE specific suggestions. Use your own ideas or any
similar subject. See the of these general issues as starting points for the discussion:
Ma y a r c h i v e s recycling
( I n t e r vi e w 2 5 ) a t : consumer choices
s p l e n d i d- s p e a k i n g . c o m use of transport