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Paperback 252 pp.
4 tech art illustrations & 80 photos, 8.375" x 10.875"



Publication date:
June 2015

Imprint: OUP Canada

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Have Your Say 2

Listening and Speaking Skills and Practice

Irene S. McKay

Series : Have Your Say

Have Your Say 2 Listening and Speaking Skills and Practice is organized into eight theme-based chapters which cover a wide variety of interesting topics. The specific communicative goals in each chapter are achieved through diverse interactive communicative activities that emphasize the interdependence of listening, speaking, and pronunciation skills. Frequent collaboration in pairs and small groups motivates learners and provides them with the means for developing language proficiency and confidence in their ability to communicate.

Readership : High Intermediate English text for adult and young adult ESL learners needing to develop college-level English skills in listening, speaking, and pronunciation.

1. Getting Acquainted: Giving Information and Descriptions
Introducing yourself
Introducing others
Conversation openers - making small talk
Describing personal characteristics
Handling problems in communication
(1) The New Neighbour: A Conversation
(2) Learning a New Language: An Interview
2. Telling It as It Was: Experiences and Achievements
Talking about past experiences, narrating
Encouraging conversation
Describing past habits
Talking about similarities and differences
(1) Farley Mowat, A Famous Canadian: A News Report
(2) The Most Visited Places in the World: A Report
3. Expanding Networks: Friends, Families, and Relationships
Responses to requests
Making requests using indirect questions/statements
Asking for and giving information about actions that started in the past and continue to the present
Getting time to think
Expressing necessity in the present
Expressing necessity in the past
Asking for and giving instructions in describing a process
(1) The Importance of Friendship: A Lecture
(2) Canadian Families: A News Report
4. Living The Good Life - Food and Lifestyles
Talking about events in the indefinite past
Expressing likes and dislikes
Stating opinions; agreeing, disagreeing and supporting opinions
(1) Likes and Dislikes in Food: A Discussion
(2) Exercise and Health: A CBC News Report
5. Thrills And Chills - Leisure, Sports, and Entertainment
Stating and asking about preferences
Expressing ability and inability
Expressing advisability
Regretting, reprimanding, and criticizing
Expressing possibility/ speculating
Expressing possibility in the past/speculating about past events
(1) Extreme Sports: A Radio Interview
(2) Is Violent Media Just Entertainment?: A Lecture
Expressing assumptions and probability
Expressing assumptions and probability in the past
Expressing emotions
Making and responding to suggestions
Apologizing and responding
Giving complex descriptions
Adding information and ideas to maintain conversation
Describing skills, knowledge, and abilities
(1) Social Intelligence and Leadership: An Interview
(2) Australia Flooded by Dream Job Applicants: A News Report
Making recommendations and predicting consequences
Restating and hesitating
Making complaints
Expressing warnings and prohibitions
(1) The Do's and Taboos of Body Language: An Interview
(2) Copyright Laws: A Documentary Report
8. RESPECTING OUR WORLD - Nature and the Environment
Using the passive voice to ask for and give impersonal information
Expressing disapproval and criticizing
Expressing opinions with various degrees of certainty
Expressing regrets
(1) Elephants in Zoos: A Radio Interview
(2) The Effects of Climate Change on the Food Supply: A Documentary Report

Online Have Your Say 2 Teacher's Resource Companion Site
CD with multiple tracks for each chapter: two listening selections and several pronunciation activities

Irene McKay taught ESL at all levels in the Intensive English Program at George Brown College from 1970 to 2015. Most recently Professor and TESL Coordinator-International & Immigrant Education in the INTL School Of English As A Second Language, she has published five ESL books including two editions of OUP's Have Your Say!

Have Your Say 1 - Irene S. McKay
Have Your Say 3 - Frank Bieri and Alex MacGregor
Have Your Say 2 CD - Irene S. McKay

Special Features

  • integrates speaking, listening, and pronunciation skills and practice
  • engaging design with student-friendly approach and easy-to-follow chapter structure
  • many interactive practice opportunities for pairs, small groups, and whole class
  • listening selections comprise a variety of formats-some authentic, some scripted
  • Canadian content