Useful Phrases for Structured Structured Monologue

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Useful Phrases for
Structured
Structured Monologue

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Speaking Part of the Centralised Exam"

Structuring
When delivering a structured monologue, one of
the ways to begin your presentation is to
outline its structure, using one of the following
phrases:
I’ve divided my presentation/speech into three
(main) parts.
In my presentation/speech I’ll focus on three major
issues.
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Effective Openings
In order to grab the attention of the audience you
may employ one of the following devices:
Rhetorical questions;
Interesting facts;
Stories and scenarios;
Problems to think about;
Quotations.
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Rhetorical questions
Is market research important for product
development?
Do we really need time management seminars?

Interesting facts
According to an article I read recently, …
Did you know that … ?
I’d like to share an amazing fact / figure with you.

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Stories and Scenarios
Let me tell you what happened to me …
Suppose ...
Imagine ...

Problem
Problem to think about
Suppose you wanted to … .
How would you go about it?
Imagine you had to … .
What would be your first step?
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Quoting a well-known person
As … once said, …
To quote a well-known writer, …
To
To put it in the words of …

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Introducing a Point
When delivering the presentation on the particular
subject it is relevant to introduce the key points.
You may use one of the following phrases:
First
First of all I'd like to point out ...
The main problem is ...
The question of ...
Speaking of ...

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Enumeration of points
If you are asked to provide several reasons, factors or
arguments in a row, you have to organize them in the
logical way. In order to structure your answer properly
enumerate the main points using one of the suggested
phrases:
first
first of all, I’d like to say ...
in addition to that ...
moreover, ...
furthermore, ...
another example of this is ...
first, second, third ...
Finally, ...
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Moving to the next point
This leads directly to my next point.
This brings us to the next question.
Let’s now move on / turn to …
After examining this point, let’s turn to …
Let’s now take a look at …

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Going back
As I said / mentioned earlier, …
Let me come back to what I said before …
Let’s go back to what we were discussing earlier.
As I’ve already explained, …
As I pointed out in the first section, …

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Stating something as a fact
Do not be afraid to state some information as a well-known
fact, if it is justified by the subject of discussion. However, you should be very careful when applying one of the
following phrases:
As
As everyone knows ...
It is generally accepted that ...
There can be no doubt that ...
It is a fact that ...
Nobody will deny that ...
Everyone knows that ...
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Giving Your Opinion
There exist a variety of ways how to express
your opinion when speaking English. The
choice of an expression to be used in the
particular situation depends on how strong
your opinion is, i.e. how sure you are about a
particular thing.

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Giving Your Opinion Neutrally
I think…
I feel that…
In my opinion…
As
As far as I'm concerned…
As I see it…...
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