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Understanding Spoken English

Boyer Educational Resources have developed books and audio products for learning English grammar, pronunciation and everyday spoken English. Our resources can be used by students studying independently as answers to exercises are included in all of our student books.
There are three books in this series.

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The 'Understanding Spoken English - a focus on everyday language in context' series is an excellent English learning resource designed to help students of English understand spoken language as it is encountered in everyday business and social situations in English speaking environments around the world. In addition to helping students to discover the meaning of many widely used everyday expressions, this English learning resource provides valuable information about the social and business conventions of spoken English such as, changing the topic of conversation, agreeing and disagreeing politely, checking meaning, giving feedback and making 'small talk'. Features of English pronunciation are also examined within the context of complete conversations.

The accompanying audio recordings present speakers with a variety of English accents from around the world, including North America, Australia and South Africa, as well a variety of British English accents. Information about the notable differences in pronunciation between different varieties of spoken English is provided.

This English learning resource material is recommended for individual study (as answers to all exercises are included), or as a supplementary class text to provide valuable listening practice and analysis of English as it is spoken around the world. The material will also assist students with learning English grammar.

Using this English learning resource students will:

  • Discover the meaning of many everyday expressions that are widely used around the world in business and social situations, as well as the media.
  • Gain valuable information about the conventions of spoken English in business and social situations.
  • Learn strategies for improving listening skills and overcoming pronunciation problems.
  • Feel increasing confidence as communication skills improve.
  • Be assisted in learning English grammar through practical situations
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Understanding Spoken English
Book One Contents

GLOSSARY OF LANGUAGE TERMS 6 - 7
UNIT 1 STARTING SOMETHING NEW 8 - 18
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 10
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Spoken words and syllables
B) Contracted words in spoken English
C) Developing awareness of the stress patterns of English
D) Names and syllables
E) Stress in sentences
15 - 18
Reference Page - Understanding the stress patterns of English 19
UNIT 2 TALKING ABOUT THE FAMILY 20 - 29
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 22
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Question tags in conversational speech
B) Hearing and pronouncing syllables correctly
C) Hearing and using correct stress in words
27 - 29
UNIT 3 TALKING ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE 30 - 39
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 32
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Using pronouns
B) Pronouns - pronunciation and spelling
C) Changing the topic during a conversation
D) Giving an opinion
37 - 39
LANGUAGE REVIEW ONE - Units 1 - 3 40 - 41
UNIT 4 TALKING ABOUT SHOPPING 42 - 52
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 44
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Question tags - revision
B) Using intonation to communicate meaning
C) Developing awareness of 'weak forms' in spoken English
D) The linking of words in connected speech
49 - 52
Reference Page - Connected speech 53
UNIT 5 TALKING ABOUT HEALTH AND SICKNESS 54 - 63
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 56
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Some intonation patterns of English
B) Incomplete sentences in spoken English
C) Phrasal verbs
D) Stages in a medical consultation
61 - 63
UNIT 6 WORRYING ABOUT MONEY 64 - 73
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 66
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Giving feedback
B) Giving reasons - Justifying actions and opinions
C) Making suggestions
D) Agreeing and disagreeing politely
71 - 73

LANGUAGE REVIEW TWO - Units 4 - 6
74 - 75
UNIT 7 TALKING ABOUT PLACES AND PREFERENCES 76 - 85
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 78
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Using intonation to check meaning
B) Talking about preferences
C) Ellipsis - leaving words out in short replies
83 - 85
UNIT 8 MAKING AN ARRANGEMENT BY TELEPHONE 86 - 95
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 88
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Stages in a phone request for service
B) Checking information given on the telephone
C) Using polite language when requesting service
D) Pronunciation of words ending with 'ed'
93 - 95
UNIT 9 AT A SOCIAL GATHERING 96 - 106
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 98
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Making small talk - appropriate topics
B) Starting a conversation and keeping it going
C) Revision - Using 'question tags' to begin a conversation
D) Phrasal verbs - a note on correct word order
103 -106

LANGUAGE REVIEW THREE - Unit 7 - 9
108 - 109

Reference Lists - everyday expressions with definitions
122 - 130

Reference Page - Some pronunciation differences between varieties of English
131

Phonemic Chart of English Sounds
132
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Understanding Spoken English
Book Two Contents

GLOSSARY OF LANGUAGE TERMS 6 - 7
UNIT 1 A TELEPHONE ENQUIRY 8 - 17
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 10
  Focus on Spoken Language:
Telephoning strategies:
A) Checking information such as correct place/number
B) Giving a reason for the call Revision – Aspects of pronunciation:
C) Noticing ‘weak forms’ in spoken English
D) Word linking in spoken English
UNIT 2 TALKING ABOUT STUDY PROBLEMS 18 - 26
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 20
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Giving suggestions
B) Giving reasons
C) Exclamations & the use of intonation to convey attitude
25 - 26
Reference Page - Understanding the use of intonation in spoken English 27
UNIT 3 TALKING ABOUT EMPLOYMENT 28 - 38
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 30
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Use of articles - a, an, the
B) Pronunciation: listening practice
C) Talking about the past using ‘present perfect’ & ‘past simple’ tenses
D) Interview strategies: Giving informative answers at an interview
35 - 38
Reference Page - A list of some irregular verbs 39
LANGUAGE REVIEW ONE - Units 1 - 3 40 - 41
UNIT 4 TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS 42 - 52
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 44
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Pronunciation: Hearing & Pronouncing Syllables correctly - Revision
B) Adjectives ending with ‘ed’ and ‘ing’
C) Discourse markers in spoken language
49 - 52
Reference Page - ‘Discourse markers’ in spoken English 53
UNIT 5 A NEW VENTURE - MAKING DECISIONS 54 - 63
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 56
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Using pronouns in place of nouns
B) Giving advice: 'If I were you, I'd…;
C) Talking about future possibilities
D) ‘a lot of’ and ‘a bit of’ used with uncountable nouns
61 - 63
UNIT 6 TALKING ABOUT THE PAST 64 - 73
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 66
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Talking about the past using ‘used to’ and ‘would’
B) Pronunciation: words ending in ‘ed’
C) Pronouns in spoken English
71 - 73

LANGUAGE REVIEW TWO - Units 4 - 6
74 - 75
UNIT 7 ASKING FOR DIRECTIONS 76 - 85
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 78
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Giving instructions or directions
B) Incomplete sentences in spoken English
C) Giving feedback - Showing you understand and checking information
83 - 85
UNIT 8 FUTURE PLANS AND POSSIBILITIES 86 - 95
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 88
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Talking about future plans and intentions (will + verb)
B) Talking about pre-planned decisions (going to + verb)
C) Making predictions
D) Talking about definite future arrangements
93 - 95
UNIT 9 HAVING DINNER WITH FRIENDS 96 - 104
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 98
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Using ‘too’ & ‘neither’ to agree with another person’s choice/opinion
B) Uses of the verb 'have'.
103 -104
Reference Page - Uncountable nouns 105

LANGUAGE REVIEW THREE - Unit 7 - 9
106 - 107

Answers to exercises and crosswords
108 - 118

Reference Lists - everyday expressions with definitions
119 - 127

Reference Page - Some pronunciation differences between varieties of English
128

Phonemic Chart of English Sounds
129
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Understanding Spoken English
Book Three Contents

GLOSSARY OF LANGUAGE TERMS 6 - 7
UNIT 1 OTHER CULTURES 8 - 17
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 10
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Noticing ‘weak’ forms in spoken English
B) we’re, were and where (and other words that are pronounced similarly)
C) A ‘cultural thing’
15 - 17
UNIT 2 SPORT AND HOBBIES 18 - 27
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 20
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Using the correct verb when talking about sport and hobbies -
play, go or do?
B) Describing feelings and situations - adjectives ending in
with ‘ed’ and ‘ing’
C) Expressing attitudes and preferences
25 - 27
UNIT 3 DIET AND FITNESS 28 - 39
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 30
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Uses of ‘on’ and ‘off’
B) Sequencing in storytelling
C) As the saying goes… (popular sayings)
D) Giving an opinion using : When it comes to…it’s a matter of…
E) Nouns used as adjectives
35 - 39
LANGUAGE REVIEW ONE - Units 1 - 3 40 - 41
UNIT 4 THE ENVIRONMENT 42 - 53
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 44
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Definite article ‘the’
B) Uses of the word ‘take’
C) Phrasal verbs
D) Describing what is happening
49 - 53
Reference Page - Phrasal verbs and
Examples of phrasal verbs with ‘take’
54 - 55
UNIT 5 FEARS AND PHOBIAS 56 - 64
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 58
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Word Linking in Spoken English
B) Word combinations – using the correct preposition
C) Plural nouns
D) Uses of ‘only’
E) Synonyms
63 - 64
Reference Page - Understanding Connected Speech 65
UNIT 6 PEOPLE AND RELATIONSHIPS 66 - 74
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 68
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Regular and irregular past tense verbs
B) Discourse markers in story telling
C) ‘So’ and ‘such’ to add emphasis
73 - 74
Reference Page - Irregular past tense verbs 75

LANGUAGE REVIEW TWO - Units 4 - 6
76 - 77
UNIT 7 TALKING ABOUT SOCIAL ISSUES 78 - 87
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 80
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Giving conversational feedback & disagreeing politely
B) As the saying goes… (more popular sayings)
C) Grammar - reflexive pronouns
D) Asking for an opinion with a negative question
E) Incomplete sentences in spoken language
85 - 87
Reference Page - Conversation strategies:
Agreeing, disagreeing, staying neutral, asking for clarification
Discourse Markers
88 - 89
UNIT 8 THE MEDIA 90 - 98
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 92
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) The definite article - review
B) ‘That’ to refer back to a previous statement
C) Open ended questions
D) ‘You get used to it’.
E) Uses of the verb ‘get’
97 - 98
Reference Page - Phrasal verbs with ‘get’ 99
UNIT 9 BUSINESS NEGOTIATIONS 100 - 109
  Conversation with 'everyday' expressions 102
  Focus on Spoken Language:
A) Forming questions - review of the ‘rules’
Questions in Spoken English
B) Telephone introductions
C) Incomplete sentences in spoken English
D) Greetings and replies
E) The Negotiating Process
107 - 109

LANGUAGE REVIEW THREE - Unit 7 - 9
110 - 111

Answers to exercises and crosswords
112 - 123

Reference Lists - everyday expressions with definitions
124 - 132

Reference Page - British spelling differences between North American spelling.
133

Phonemic Chart of English Sounds
134
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