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Giving Opinion

I think you  do agree with a statement says that university students are intellectual people. Absolutely, you are proud of that predicate. Consequently, you have to possess some qualifications such as, the ability to give opinion. As a matter of fact, how often do you give opinion in English to other people? rarely or never?  Is it in formal or informal situation? How do you feel while giving opinion? Here below, some essential notes about  giving opinion are available.

1. University students as intellectual people, must be familiar to asking and giving opinion especially in formal situation such as joining seminar, facing exam, taking part on workshop, attending discussion etc.

2. In giving opinion, be accustomed to telling reason or argument. For example, when you say disagreement to someone’s opinion, you need to tell the reason why you disagree.

3. University students must be able to appreciate different opinions. It means your opinion sometimes will be received or rejected by others. Remember, it is impossible that an opinion will be accepted by all people.

4. University students must be able to differentiate between formal and informal situation.

5. The following list deals about some common phrases that can be applied to ask someone’s opinion in formal situation.

A) What’s your opinion about the new manager here?

B) What is your comment about  politicians in Indonesia?

C) What can you say about  pollution in Jakarta?

D) According to your mind what are the characteristics of a good boss?

E) What is your point of view about working overtime?

F) What do you know about Vitamin A?

H) What do you think about  strike in a company?

6. There are some ways you can apply in giving opinion in formal situation.

A) In my View, the manager is an easy going person, because he likes to share his work experience with all staff.

B) I think working overtime is good especially for the efficiency of the company.

C) According to my mind, one characteristic of a good boss is polite when speaking to employees.

D) As far as I know, strike may cause negative influence to accomplish the company’s objective, because there is no activity at all.

II. Complete the exercise on your module page: 46, 47, and 48

III. Please drill your students vocabulary page 10.

How To Start English Conversation

Many Indonesian people assume that  that starting English conversation is very difficult, especially with foreign people while some others have different point of view. People belongs to the first group will try to avoid doing English conversation, but the second group on the other hand are eager to make English conversation. Consciously or unconsciously, in business activity, English communication takes a very great role. The following list consists of several essential notes about how to start English conversation.

1. Realizing that English is a foreign language, it is not necessary to be ashamed to do any mistakes while making conversation, especially on grammatical problems. Sometimes, you may learn from the mistakes you have done. .

2. Remember, the main objective of conversation is to deliver massage to the other people in good sentences. However, grammatical error  does not mean “death” on conversation.

3. There are three common ways we can apply to start English conversation especially with someone we do not recognize. They are:

A.     Good morning. I’m Justinus from Indonesia. Can I talk with you?

B.     Hello. My name is Jokawi from Indonesia. Are you free for a moment?

C.    Excuse me. I’m Maya from Indonesia. May I disturb you?

4. There are some common phrases which are usually used on conversation, such as:

–  How do you do!

–  How are you?

–  Repeat please!

–  How do you spell your name?

–  Nice to meet you

–  I Beg your pardon

–  How is life?

–  You’re welcome

The remaining phrases can be found on your Business English Module Page 5.

5. Sometimes, we would like to know furthermore information about someone’s identity like name, address, occupation, religion,nationality etc. To do that, please complete the Mind Mapping of Personal Identity, on your English Module, Page 6.

6. It is natural for someone to create a good conversation. To achieve that he may follow  two things. First, try to find out as soon as possible what someone likes and dislikes as well. Second, talk all things that he likes so that he will feel comfortable during conversation. Needless to say that foreign people are not interested to talk about certain things such as: age, marital status, and religion. On the other hand, they prefer talking about occupation, nationality, address and education.

7. For exercises, listening the conversation on your English Module Page, 7 and 8, Track 6, 7, 3, 5 and Track 12.

8. For lecturer, please drill your student to pronounce some geographical names on English Module page. 10.

9. Remember what the quotation says that “Practice Makes Perfect”. It means, the more frequently you converse, the more mistakes you may reduce.