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Final Exam Cram Session. Final Exam Procedures: You will work in pairs. You will be able to participate in a dialogue on one of the topics below. You will speak for approximately two minutes. You will not know which specific topic you will have until the day of the exam. .

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Final Exam Procedures:

You will work in pairs.

You will be able to participate in a dialogue on one of the topics below.

You will speak for approximately two minutes.

You will not know which specific topic you will have until the day of the exam.


However, if you have been paying attention (and not QQ-ing on your cell phones), you have already practiced the topics in class!

If you asked questions during the Pronunciation Class and worked with other students to correct errors then your pronunciation should be much improved!


And, if you downloaded the audio file and PDF from then you are able to practice and improve your pronunciation anywhere and anytime! If you continue to practice this with friends then you can improve your listening skills and help each other correct errors.

You will also notice a very helpful surprise for you on this page:

You also should know that the two English Corners (Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 pm in the first floor lobby of teaching building 1) are a great way to develop English fluency. Further, I just learned from a student that there is an ongoing English Corner in room #1503, Monday thru Wednesdays at 9:30 pm.


And lastly, the final class will be dedicated to final exam preparation!!!!

So, you definitely have ample opportunity to practice . . . if you choose to.


And if you need inspiration . . .

Remember that Zhāng Mànyù told you that, “English is easy!”

And on the back of your pronunciation hand out, rock star Billy Idol says, “To get really good at Oral English, all I have to do is practice . . . more, more, more . . . more, more, more!”

And if you ever freeze . . . remember, don’t think . . . just SPEAK! (You are smarter than you “think” you are.)


And so now . . . the topics are . . .

 Looking for an apartment: renter & landlord dialogue

Festivals: Debate whether China should adopt Western festivals or not

Festivals: Compare/contrast two International or Imaginary festivals

Doctor visit: Doctor and patient dialogue

Having a meal: Fast food restaurant: customer & cashier

Having a meal: Sit down restaurant: customer & greeter/or server)

Living in the country or the city: Debate the advantages and disadvantages of each

soooooo easy oral english class is a breeze
Soooooo Easy!

Oral English class is a breeze!

useful patterns
Useful patterns



  • It’s a one bedroom, one living room
  • apartment, with a bathroom and a kitchen.
  • The furnishings are all new. There are
  • hardwood floors, …
  • The rent is $300 per month.
  • How long are you going to keep the room?
  • No smoking, no pets.
  • Well, from the bus stop down the block
  • you can always catch buses onto campus,
  • or into the city.
  • You must first pay the security deposit,
  • which is one month’s rent, and the last
  • month’s rent. Then normal monthly
  • payment begins.
  • You should let me know one month earlier
  • if you want to leave.
  • Of course not! Whatever you like.
  • I’d like to rent a room ( an apartment, a house).
  • How about the transportation?
  • Do you have TV cable or Internet Cable?
  • What’s the rent? / How about the rent?
  • Are utilities included in the rent?
  • Is the kitchen/toilet shared?
  • Does the rent include water bill / electricity
  • bill / cable / telephone line?
  • How many people are living in this apartment /
  • house?
  • May I take a look at the room?
  • When is it available?
  • Is there a security deposit (保证金, 定金)?
  • Would you mind if I share it with my friend?
Model Dialogue

A: I’ve been looking for an apartment.

B: How many rooms do you have in mind?

A: I’d like to rent a three-room apartment.

B: What’s your budget like?

A: Does each room have a private bath?

B: Some rooms do.

A: May I take a look at the room?

B: Sure. I’ll show you around.

A: What’s the rent?

B: Two hundred a month.

A: Are utilities included in the rent?

B: Yes, they are included.

A: Do I have to pay any rent in advance?

B: No, you don’t.

A: How much is the down payment?

B: We ask three months’ rent.


 Festivals: Debate whether China should adopt Western festivals or not

Festivals: Compare/contrast two International or Imaginary festivals

ii activity 1 role play
II. Activity 1Role Play
  • Which festival do you like best? Please have a discussion about it with your partner, and tell us your reasons.
  • You can use the following language to help you.
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Language in Use
  • Preference
  • I like the Spring Festival best.
  • Valentine's Day is my favorite.
  • I like the Mid- Autumn Festival more than any other ones.
  • I prefer April Fools’ Day to any other festivals.
  • Reasons
  • All of the family members can get together during the Spring Festival.
  • I can do something romantic with my boyfriend/girlfriend.
  • I can enjoy the delicious mooncakes.
  • We can make fun of each other without worrying too much.
  • 1. I think…/In my opinion,…/From my point of view,…/According to me,…
  • 2. We shouldn’t lose our tradition.
  • 3. We do celebrate some western festivals, but we don’t celebrate them just because they are western festivals. The reason is that…
  • 4. All in all, …/To sum up…
model dialogue
Model Dialogue

Doctor: Emi. You don’t look so good today.Emi: I know. I feel terrible.Doctor: You have a fever.Emi: I know. I have a cold.Doctor: OK, open up Say “ahh” …Emi: Ahh.Doctor: Does this hurt?Emi: Yes.Doctor: You need some medication.Emi: What kind of medication do I need?

Doctor: An antibiotic. You need to

take it for five days. Emi: What do I do with this?

Doctor: That’s the prescription. Take

it to the pharmacy, and they’ll

fill it for you.

Emi: Thank you.

Doctor: Oh, and I know you’re busy,

but you need to take it easy

for a few days, OK? Emi: I know. I definitely need some


Doctor: OK. Bye-bye.

Emi: Bye.

1). What can I do for you? / What is the matter?

2). How long have you been like this? / Do you have a cough?

3). Does it hurt here? / Let me examine you. /Show me your tongue. / Open up and say “ah”. /

4). Drink plenty of water, and have a good rest. /  Take this medicine three times a day.

  • 1). I’ve got a pain ( cough , headache , toothache ) . / This hurts (point to body part or perform action). / I feel dizzy. / I’ve lost my appetite.
  • 2). I have a sore throat, and my chest hurts. / It started bothering me yesterday afternoon .
  • 3). I‘ve been losing sleep. / My whole body feels weak. / I’ve lost my voice. / My ears are ringing, and my cheeks burning . / I feel a pain in my left leg .



Having a meal: Fast food restaurant: customer & cashier

Having a meal: Sit down restaurant: customer & greeter/or server)

model dialogue1
Model Dialogue
  • Cashier:
    • Hi. Welcome to McDonald’s.


    • May I take your order?
    • What can I get for you?
model dialogue2
Model Dialogue
  • Customer:
    • Could I get…?
    • I’ll have… + food.
    • I’d like… (E.g. “a number 2 combo.”)
    • I’ll take… (套餐)
      • For an example of a menu, see page 8 of book 2, or see the Food and Cooking Vocabulary Handout.
model dialogue3
Model Dialogue
  • Cashier:
    • Would you like fries with that? / What size would you like?
  • The customer answers.
  • Cashier:
    • Would you like anything to drink?
    • What do you want to drink?
  • The customer answers.
model dialogue4
Model Dialogue
  • Cashier:
    • Ok, so that’s… (repeats order)


    • Would you like anything else?
    • Will that be all?
  • The customer answers.
  • Cashier:
    • Will that be for here, or to go?
model dialogue5
Model Dialogue
  • The customer answers.
  • Cashier:
    • Ok. Your total comes to… ($). Will that be cash or credit?
  • The customer answers and pays.
  • Cashier:
    • All right. Your order will be up shortly. Have a nice day.
dialogue being seated
Dialogue: Being Seated
  • Greeter:
    • Good evening. Welcome to Koreana.
    • Do you have a reservation? / How many?
  • Customer:
    • We have a reservation for Boldin. / Five people.
dialogue being seated1
Dialogue: Being Seated
  • Greeter:
    • Ok, right this way. (Greeter takes customers to their table)


    • Your table will be ready in just a moment. / We currently have about a ten-minute wait. Could I get your last name, please?
dialogue ordering
Dialogue: Ordering
  • Server:
    • (Hands out menus) Good evening. My name is…, and I’ll be your server this evening. Could I start everyone off with something to drink?
  • Customer:
    • I’ll have / Could I get / I’d like + drink.
  • Server:
    • Ok. I’ll have those right out for you.
dialogue ordering1
Dialogue: Ordering
  • Server:
    • Here are your drinks. Is everyone ready to order, or do you need another minute?
  • The customers answer, or ask questions about the menu.
    • E.g. - What’s today’s special? / What would you recommend? / How’s the… (name a dish)?
dialogue ordering2
Dialogue: Ordering
  • Customers order one by one. The first person orders his/her entrée (main dish), and the server asks about the side dishes. Then the server looks at the next person and says, “And for you”. That person orders his / her entrée, and the server asks about the side dishes.
  • Customer:
    • Could I get / I’ll have / I’d like + food
dialogue ordering3
Dialogue: Ordering
  • (If the entrée is a steak or burger) Server: How would you like that done?
    • Customer: Rare / Medium rare / Medium well / Well done.
  • Server: And what would you like for your sides?
  • The customer answers.
  • (After the last person has ordered) Server: All right, your food will be out in a little bit.
dialogue during the meal
Dialogue: During the Meal
  • While customers are eating, the server will occasionally come by and check on them.
    • How’s the food?
    • Is everyone ok here?
    • Do you guys need anything?
    • Does anyone need a refill?
  • Customers: We’re ok. / I’d like more (another) Coke.
dialogue ending the meal
Dialogue: Ending the Meal
  • When the server notices that you are finished eating he/she will come and ask:
    • Should I take that plate for you?
    • May I get this out of the way for you?
    • Are you finished / all done with that?
  • If you still have food on your plate, the server will ask:
    • Should I wrap / box that up for you?
    • Would you like to take that home?
    • Do you need a doggy bag for that?
dialogue dessert payment
Dialogue: Dessert & Payment
  • Server:
    • Does anyone have room for dessert, or is there anything else that y’all need?
  • Customer:
    • (Order dessert or a refill on your drink.) / We’re fine thanks. Could we get the check, please?
  • (If no dessert) Server: Will this be all together, or do you need separate checks?
dialogue dessert payment1
Dialogue: Dessert & Payment
  • The customers answer the question.
    • If one person wants to pay for someone else, he/she may tell him/her: I’ll take care of it. / It’s on me. / Don’t worry about it, I’ve got it.
  • Server:
    • Ok. I’ll be right back with your bill.
    • Here you are. Whenever you’re ready, you can take care of it up front.
dialogue dessert payment2
Dialogue: Dessert & Payment
  • Greeter: How was everything?
  • Customer: Wonderful!
  • Greeter:
    • Good. Your total comes to… $.
  • Customer pays.
  • Greeter:
    • Ok. You’re all set. Have a nice night.
  • Customer: Thanks. You too.