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  1. 1. Get Speaking! Improving your communication skills and confidence in English www.splendid-speaking.com The Splendid Speaking Course Volume 2 Unit 6: TOP Talks Unit 1: The World of Music Task: Presentation (1-2 minutes) Topic vocabulary 1. Introduction: Read the following newspaper extract and prepare a A piece of music Be into (‘like’ particular music) presentation outlining the importance of music in our lives. To sing at the top of one’s voice To have a sign song To listen to soothing music To express yourself To put you in a good mood/a Harmony restored good frame of mind To raise our spirits Workers at a clothing that their employees were To unwind factory are singing the distracted by the music and To de-stress praises of their bosses who constant chatter of the local Useful quotes have gone back on a disc jockey. However, the “It was once said that…” If you can walk you can dance. If decision to ban the playing workers claimed the music you can talk you can sing. of music during working actually helped them work (Proverb from Zimbabwe) hours. Bosses had harder and raised their Music washes away from the previously complained morale. soul the dust of everyday life. (Red Auerbach) Without music, life is a journey 2. Planning: Spend 1 minute making notes. If it helps, use any of the through a desert. following questions as the basis of your talk. (Pat Conroy) What social or cultural significance does music have? In what ways can music benefit the individual? The history of a people is found in its songs. To what extent does music play an important role in your life? (George Jellinek) 3. Task focus: Try organising your talk around three main points. People Without music, life would be an often find it easy to remember and process things in threes and using error. this ‘rule of threes’ strategy can help both you and your audience. You (Friedrich Nietzsche) could deal briefly with the three issues above or focus on one issue and give three detailed examples in the main body of your talk. 4. Language: Tick any of the vocabulary or quotes on the left you want to use in your talk. Task: Discussion (15 minutes) As part of a student panel you’ve been asked to discuss the following: Listen to Corina from Romania talking on a Is the popularity of traditional music from your country being undermined by similar subject. See the the spread of American or British pop music? October archives ( I n t e r vi e w 1 ) a t : s p l e n d i d- s p e a k i n g . c o m Consider the effect across generations, the role of channels like MTV, the choice of language for vocals etc.