I’m sitting here looking out of the window. Nothing’s happening; it never does. I sit here every day for hours on end, just looking. Looking for what? I don’t know. They never told me what I should be looking for. And I’ve never found out.
I once thought I’d found something, but I couldn’t be sure. It might just have been a trick of the light. How was I to tell?
Identify the place of turn-taking in spoken conversation.
Analyse some examples of turn-taking in real spoken conversation.
The Activity pages appear in the menu entitled 'This Unit' in the upper right corner of this page. Each Activity page includes a video interview. If you like, you can try this lesson with any other interview or dialogue you would like to use.
Identify some elements of spoken dialogue in an interview setting.
Analyse some features of colloquial language, specifically the kinds of words and phrases that are used.
The Activity page appears in the menu entitled 'This Unit' in the upper right corner of this page. It includes a video of an interview between Russell Brand and Ed Miliband, recorded just before the UK General Election in May 2015.
This activity involves working with nonfiniteclauses to do some sentence-splitting and sentence-joining. The purpose is to develop your awareness of the different kinds of structures that are available to you as a writer.