English Speaking Exercises for A1 – Negotiating

1. Complete the key phrases using the words below. Then match them to group A or B.

fancy      good      instead      not      prefer      rather      would

I don’t really ________. doing that.

I’d ________. to ___

I’d rather ________.

I’d ________. ___

I think ________. be better.

I don’t think that’s a ________. idea.

Do you fancy ________.?

A: Rejecting a suggestion – _________  _________  _________

B: Suggesting an alternative – _________  _________  _________ _________

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1 fancy  2 prefer   3 not   4 rather   5 would   6 good   7 instead

A 1, 3, 6     B 2, 4, 5, 7

2. Listen and complete the dialogue with phrases from exercise 1.

Sam  Hi, Kylie. It’s Sam. Are you going to the activity camp next week?

Kylie Yes, I am. And I need to choose activities.

Sam  Me too. Why don’t we choose the same ones?

Kylie Great idea! Do you fancy playing water polo?

Sam  1 _____ I’m not very good at swimming. 2 _____ hockey ________

Kylie 3 _____ . 4 _____ do athletics.

Sam  OK. I like athletics too. What about our second activity? Would you like to try climbing?

Kylie 5 _____ I’m scared of heights! 6 _____ Doing judo ________?

Sam  OK. Good idea!

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1 I’d rather not.

2 I think (hockey) would be better.

3 I don’t really fancy doing that.

4 I’d prefer to (do athletics).

5 I don’t think that’s a good idea.

6 Do you fancy (doing judo) instead?

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Sam Hi, Kylie. It’s Sam. Are you going to the activity camp next week?

Kylie Yes, I am. And I need to choose activities.

Me too. Why don’t we choose the same ones?

K Great idea! Do you fancy playing water polo?

I’d rather not. I’m not very good at swimming. I think hockey would be better.

K I don’t really fancy doing that. I’d prefer to do athletics.

OK. I like athletics too. What about our second activity? Would you like to try climbing?

K I don’t think that’s a good idea. I’m scared of heights! Do you fancy doing judo instead?

OK. Good idea!

3. Which two sports do Sam and Kylie choose to do? Which other sports do they mention?

They choose: ________.

They also mention: ________

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They choose athletics and judo.

They also mention water polo, hockey and climbing.

4. Listen to two more dialogues. Which two sports does each pair choose? Which other sports do they mention?

Lily and Jack choose: ________.

They also mention: ________.

Toby and Maya choose: __________________

They also mention: ________.

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1 volleyball and tennis   2 table tennis, athletics and hockey

3 aerobics and badminton   4 karate, dancing and football

Speaking Strategy

When you are interacting with another speaker, react to what they say in an appropriate way.

5. Read the Speaking Strategy. Then put the words in the correct order to make phrases for reacting.

1 right / you’re

  You’re right.

2 right / that / is?

  ________

3 so / think / you / do / ?

  ________

4 so / I / suppose

  ________

5 see / I / mean / you / what

     ________

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2 Is that right?   3 Do you think so?   4 I suppose so.

5 I see what you mean.

6. Listen again. Tick the phrases in exercise 5 that the speakers use for reacting.

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3, 1, 4

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1

Lily Hello, Jack.

Jack Hi, Lily.

L Are you choosing your activities for the camp next week?

Yes, I am. Hey, let’s choose the same activities. Then we can be together.

L That’s a good idea. Shall we play table tennis?

I don’t really fancy doing that. I play it all the time at home. I’d rather choose something else. What about athletics?

I’d rather not. Athletics is too tiring!

Do you think so? OK, then. What do you suggest?

Why don’t we play volleyball? That’s really good fun.

You’re right. Volleyball is a good choice. I’m happy with that.

And what about hockey?

I don’t think that’s a very good idea. I don’t really enjoy hockey. I think tennis would be better.

OK, that’s fine with me.

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Toby Hey, Maya. Let’s choose our activities for the camp.

Maya Good idea, Toby. I really want to do aerobics.

Me too.

M Really?

Yes.

M Are you sure?

Yes! Why are you so surprised?

M Oh, no reason. Now, we need to find a second activity. Do you fancy doing karate?

I’d rather not. I did karate last year and I didn’t really enjoy it. What about dancing?

M Is that on the list?

Yes, it is. Look.

M Oh, yes. But I don’t really fancy doing that. It’s too similar to aerobics.

I suppose so.

M Let’s choose a sport. What about football?

I don’t think that’s a very good idea. I’d prefer to play badminton.

M OK. I like badminton. Let’s do that.

Great!

7. Complete the explanations with too and one of the adjectives below.

big      dark      expensive      tired      untidy      young

1 sister can’t come to see that film.

  She’s ________

2 I’d rather not go to the party tonight.

   I’m ________

3 I don’t want to go to the Italian restaurant.

   It’s ________

4 We can’t play board games in bedroom.

   It’s ________

5 I can’t ride your brother’s new bicycle.

  It’s ________

6 We can’t play tennis outside this evening.

     It’s ________

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1 too young   2 too tired   3 too expensive

4 too untidy   5 too big   6 too dark

8. You are A. Prepare your part of a dialogue like the one in exercise 2.

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9. Now act out a dialogue to suggest and agree a plan. Use your notes from exercise 8 and phrases from exercises 1 and 5.

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