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Interviews 1

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 1: CARS

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

 

Could we be less dependent on cars?

 

What kind of people need cars the most?

 

What kind of people need cars least?

 

How could public transport be improved?

 

Would it be difficult to improve public transport?

 

Why are cars so popular?

 

Do you think we will be dependent on cars 100 years from now?

 

CARD 2: TEENAGERS

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

 

How could this area be made more interesting for teenagers and young adults?

 

What makes an area interesting for young people?

 

What do the young people in your area most need?

 

How important do you think it is for leisure facilities for young to be cheap or free?

 

What can happen when young people don’t have enough to do?

 

Why do younger people and older people often like different things?

 

Do older people understand the young?

 

CARD 5: PETS

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

 

Why do so many people like to keep pets?

 

Why are dogs the most popular pet?

 

What problems can be caused by dogs?

 

How is having a cat different to having a dog?

 

What responsibilities do pet-owners have?

 

Is it fair to keep a cat or dog in an apartment?

 

What is the attraction of keeping exotic pets, such as snakes or spiders?

 

Why are some animals more suitable as pets than others?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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