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Paul Sparks, Sino-Canadian International College, Guangxi University, Nanning.
Plans for "Watch, Listen & Speak", Semester 2
Listening & Speaking, Making Small Talk
Making Small Talk:
What is Small Talk? What is it about? When
does it happen? Typical subjects for small
talk are weather, sports, movies, and current events. Small talk tends to
be rich in slang and idioms.
Some topics are not appropriate for small talk: very personal information,
politics, money and religion.
is also common for English people to make small talk about news reports
and to express their feelings about what they have heard or read.
Examples of Small Talk:
you going on vacation?"
your plans for the weekend?"
have you worked here?"
do you like?"
Speaking Exercise: Break up into pairs or small groups and use these questions to initiate