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【DSE 英文】DSE Speaking Tips – Improve your fluency

In the examiners reports, good fluency is described as rarely repeated oneself or having to correct mistakes, and only hesitating to think of ideas

In this video, here are some tips to help you to be more fluent:

  • Use cohesive features
  • Avoid long pauses

 

DSE 英文 Speaking – Improve your fluency by using cohesive features (利用適當的連接詞)

Cohesive features join sentences together. If you don’t use cohesive features, it can sound like you’re just listing ideas which aren’t connected.

Can household chores help you keep fit? (mediocre answer)

I don’t think you get much better exercise when you’re cleaning. You have to be flexible. You’re cleaning places that are high up and low down. Your body has to be flexible and active. Keeping the house clean requires hard work. If there are difficult stains, you have to work hard to clean them. Cleaning takes a long time. You can’t clean your house in fifteen minutes. Cleaning is a good way to keep fit.

Can household chores help you keep fit? (better connected answer)

Well, I have to say that I don’t think you can get much better exercise than where you’re cleaning. Firstly, you have to be really flexible, because you’re cleaning places that are high up and also low down on the ground. So as you can see, your body has to be flexible in that respect, which is good for keeping active. As well as flexibility, keeping the house clean requires hard work. For example, if there’s a difficult stain, you have to work physically hard to get rid of it. Other than that, cleaning also takes a really long time. If you’re talking about cleaning a whole house, it can take a whole afternoon! So the fact that you have to be flexible, work hard, and spend a long time on the activity makes me think that cleaning is a really good way to stay healthy and keep fit.

DSE 英文 Speaking – Improve your fluency by avoiding long pauses (減短停頓時間)

In the examiners reports, it says that students should avoid long pauses. It is better to find an imperfect word than to have a long silence while you try to think of the best word. Compare these extracts from a student’s answer:

          Apart from health benefits, why should people exercise?

Exercise helps you learn skills like […………] erm [………..] oh, perseverance.

Exercise helps you learn skills like […] erm, being able to stay with a difficult task.

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