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Developing Speaking Skills | Debate | Social Conversation / Discussions | Oral Presentations | Business English

Developing Speaking Skills top ^
  • Online Project for the Improvement of University Speaking
    The goal of the Online Project for the Improvement of University Speaking Project (OPTIMUS) is to provide Hong Kong tertiary students with an online, self-access resource for the improvement of their English speaking skills. OPTIMUS is the product of a large UGC-funded project conducted collaboratively by HKU, CityU and PolyU. OPTIMUS is centred on a database of more than 60 video exemplars of authentic best-practice speaking from expert and peer presenters. OPTIMUS is open to the current university students and teachers in Hong Kong. Please do Account Registration with the University-Provided E-mail Address.
    http://optimus.hku.hk/home

  • Study Skills Success
    This program is specifically designed to help you prepare for the IELTS examination. However the ‘Speaking’ module will also help you develop speaking strategies for everyday conversation.
    http://hkbu.libguides.com/az.php?t=9895

  • Road to IELTS
    Although this program aims to prepare you for the IELTS examination, the speaking modules for each topic will help you develop further your general conversational skills.
    http://hkbu.libguides.com/az.php?t=9895

Debate top ^
  • BBC The World Debate
    Listen to the debates on important global issues. Participants of the debates are representatives from politics, finance, business, the arts, and media.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p003g4s0


Social Conversation/Discussions top ^
  • Focus English: Everyday English in Conversation
    Here you can hear conversations between native speakers in the USA on a variety of everyday topics. Most passages have tapescripts available, and a few (most of the ones in ‘Communication’) have accompanying exercises for practice.
    http://www.focusenglish.com/dialogues/conversation.html

  • ESLGold.com - Phrases for Conversation
    This page lists many types of phrases commonly used in different social situations, and in group discussions. You can choose by level from beginner to advanced, and you can also hear them spoken. http://eslgold.com/speaking/phrases/

  • English-at-home
    Under the ‘Speaking’ link on this site, you will find printable lists of phrases you can use in different social situations or in discussions. Tips are given to help you understand how and when to use the different kinds of language.
    http://www.english-at-home.com

  • Conversation Questions
    These pages would be useful if you were preparing for an oral examination, or wanted to hold a group discussion and needed topics and questions to help you get started. The home page lists general topics; click on the topic of your choice and you will find a long list of questions related to that topic.
    http://iteslj.org/questions


Oral Presentations top ^
  • Business Presentations and Public Speaking in English
    This site goes through all the steps necessary to complete a successful oral presentation. There is an especially helpful section on the language needed for different parts of the presentation, and a quiz is included at the end.
    http://www.englishclub.com/business-english/presentations.htm

  • Using English for Academic Purposes - Speaking
    This is a site for university students having to use oral English in academic contexts such as speaking in seminars and making presentations, either individually or in groups. There is information on every aspect of giving a presentation, including many lists of different kinds of language and appropriate sentence structures, exercises, and a presentation checklist.
    http://www.uefap.co.uk/speaking/


Business English top ^
  • Participating in Workplace Discussions and Negotiations
    Scroll down to ‘Participating in Workplace Discussions and Negotiations’ at the bottom of this page to find links to a wealth of information on different aspects of spoken business English, including pronunciation, vocabulary, idioms, expressions and telephoning English.
    http://elc.polyu.edu.hk/eiw2/TOC.htm#htm#02

  • Business Presentations and Public Speaking in English
    This site goes through all the steps necessary to complete a successful oral presentation. There is an especially helpful section on the language needed for different parts of the presentation, and a quiz is included at the end.
    http://www.englishclub.com/business-english/presentations.htm