Before Speaking: Part One-2 Talk About Things: Activities for Practice & Preparation in Oral Language Skills; Describe Objects, pages 20-34 + 15 Answer Key Pages with Suggested (Model) Responses to Describing-Objects Activities & Games
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Who It’s For: Language-Arts Teachers, Learners, & Helpers Continuing to “Talk About Things” by Describing Items’ Appearances & Uses (While Emphasizing Vowel Sounds)
Why It’s Useful: As soon as they can Name Items, evolving language learners can enjoy polishing their English pronunciation and grammar while describing things in detail. Using appropriate Statement, Question, & Response patterns—like Adjectives of Description after Linking Verbs, text users are offered a profusion of appealing Vocabulary: Adjectives of Description for Size & Shape, Color, Weight & Texture, Taste & Smell, Materials & Parts, and Item Purposes. There are plenty of photographic images, guessing chains, and even games to play with pictured and/or real objects. Extensive sections of suggested sample language from the Before Speaking Answer Key for Text Activities not only make the materials “self-instructional.” They also provide additional (“native-teacher”) input in collaborative language-acquisition activities.
What You’ll Do:
 After perusing Grammar & Vocabulary Notes, follow Instructions 2.A to Tell & Ask About Items a-s that follow. Note that these are quite distinctive in appearance and other characteristics, so they elicit many distinguishing descriptive words. review sentence structures for Negative Statements; Yes/No, Tag, & Choice Questions. Follow Steps for interactive exchanges about the Visuals.
 Get Grammar & Vocabulary Notes applying to Materials & Parts. In 2.B, use these to Describe Details of Items in 24 excerpted fragments of 24 larger photos. Review structures / vocabulary used for Functions & Uses of Things. In 2.C, Classify Items by Purpose by completing Charts and comparing your entries in verbal competitions. In 2.D, Ask & Answer Information Questions about Object Description (pictured and tangible) in Games. Refer to Summary Vocabulary Lists.
 For challenge and fun, follow steps in ***2.E Give Mini-Speeches for an elucidating “Gift-Exchange Game.” Whenever they help with self-confidence, correctness, and/or linguistic effectiveness, you can refer to, follow, and/or learn from the many samples and models in excerpted and attached Before Speaking Answer Key pages 15-31.