Learning and Using English- Extended Speaking with Subject Questions


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Learning and Using English- Extended Speaking with Subject Questions

Talk about one (real) experience of when you used English or tried to learn English, e.g. 
one of the topics below such as the last conversation that you had in English. Talk about it 
as long as you can. Your partner will listen without interrupting, then ask you questions to 
find out more details. 
Suggested topics to talk about

a (business) meeting

a book

a CD

a children’s…

a complaint

a conversation (with a native speaker/ with another non-native speaker)

a conversation exchange

a date

a debate

a dialogue

a dictionary

a documentary

a graded reader

a lecture

a lesson/ a workshop

a list of phrases

a magazine/ a journal

a movie

a newspaper

a phrase book (for travellers)

a podcast/ an mp3

a poem

a radio programme

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016

a report

a request

a self-study book

a service exchange (in a shop etc)

a Skype conversation

a smartphone app(lication)

a social interaction

a song

a speech

a story

a successful attempt to communicate

a successful attempt to learn something

a tablet app(lication)

a teleconference/ a video conference

a telephone call

a TV programme

a vocabulary list

a website

an academic paper

an article

an email exchange

an English conversation club

an English language exam

an enquiry

an essay

an interview

an offer

an unsuccessful attempt to communicate/ learn something 

some comedy

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016

some error correction

some exam practice

some grammar study

some idioms

some online chat

some online training

some pronunciation practice

some self-study

some slang

some software

some vocabulary study

something I learnt by heart

using some flashcards

using English at work

using English as a volunteer

Suggested questions to ask when your partner has finished speaking

How did you feel about it?
What did he/ she say/ write (about…)?
What did you do (next)?
What did you say/ write (about…)?
What happened (next)?
Who complained (to you)?
Who did you complain to?
Who did you give it to (afterwards)?
Who did you help (with…)?
Who did you talk to about it?/ Who did you tell about it?
Who did you…?
Who… (you)?
Who gave it to you?
Who helped (you) (with…)?
Who recommended it to you?/ Who told you about it?/ Who suggested it to you?
Who started the conversation?/ Who started the email exchange?/ Who started it?
Who told you that…?/ Who said that…?
Who was in charge of…?/ Who was responsible for…?
Who would you recommend it for?

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016

Ask about any topics above which you have questions about as a class, sharing your 
experiences of that each time.

Ask about any questions above which you couldn’t understand or couldn’t answer.

Subject questions grammar presentation

What is similar about the phrases in the same column below? How are they different from 
the phrases in the other column?

Who gave it to you?
Who told you about it?
Who complained (to you)?
Who helped you?

Who did you give it to?
Who did you tell about it?
Who did you complain to?
Who did you help?

What would the long answer be to each question above?

What would the short answer be each time? Put brackets around the words in the long 
answer which are not needed in the short answer.

Is the short answer the subject or object of the long answer?

Which questions above have the name “subject questions”, do you think?

Why do these questions need to be subject questions?

Who started the conversation?

Who was in charge of…?

What would the long answer be to each question above?

What would the short answer be each time? Put brackets around the words in the long 
answer which are not needed in the short answer.

Is the short answer the subject or object of the long answer?

Which of these two is a subject question? Why?

What did you do (next)?

What happened (next)?

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016

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