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Speaking Partner Appointment: Your Goals and Priorities
During this speaking partner session, you will practice listening for information while your Speaking Partner reads to you. You will also discuss different topics related to the unit content, which the Speaking Partner will choose.
Reading and Speaking Practice
Read the text from a Priesthood lesson to your speaking partner about setting personal and family goals. Notice the "master plan" sentence, key words, and transitions in the text. Your speaking partner can help you with any pronunciation issues or vocabulary that you do not know.
Discuss the reading with your speaking partner. You may discuss some of the questions or topics below:
- According to this reading, our first step in selecting a goal is to decide how we want to improve the way we live. When you think about your life and how you want to improve, do you become overwhelmed? If so, why do you become overwhelmed?
- The reading gave you a list of questions to ask yourself, discuss why these questions are important to consider when setting goals.
- The reading also lists other areas that are applicable to our progress, such as our education. How are these areas important?
- Why do you think it is important to focus on one or two goals at a time instead of all of our goals at the same time when we need to improve in all of these areas?
- List different examples of personal goals and some examples of family goals.
- How should you decide what family goals you need to improve on?
- How does the last sentence in this reading relate to SMART goals, which you learned about in the Life Skills and English course? Why is it important to think about and decide "how we want to do" the goal and "when we want to finish it"?
This week, your "Writing Skill" assignment is about cohesion. In this practice, you learned about writing and using a master plan to organize your writing. You will do a timed writing practice using a writing prompt or master plan sentence that your speaking partner will give you, which is related to goals. You will do the following steps for this exercise:
For the Speaking Partner: Give this sentence to the student.
Master Plan/Topic Sentence: "Completing a degree will give me the opportunity to work to sustain myself and my family, and to better serve in the church and in the community."
- Type the sentence that your speaking partner reads to you in a word document. This is your "master plan."
- On another page in your word document or on a piece of paper, write down key words and phrases that represent the ideas that follow the "master plan." Think about how you will organize these ideas. (2 minutes timed)
- At the end of the 2 minutes, use your master plan to write about this topic. Use the key words you wrote and transition words to organize your writing and to explain the steps you will take to achieve this goal. (8 minutes timed)
- At the end of the 8 minute time limit, edit your writing for two minutes. For example, you may want to move sentences or add or change transition words to make your writing more coherent. (2 minutes timed)
- Then, read your writing out loud to your partner. Reading aloud will help you to notice some other possible errors. Fix anything else you notice.
- Finally, your partner will help you with any remaining organization errors.
More Speaking Practice
Your speaking partner will select one or more of the topics from the topic list, which the two of you can discuss. After you are done, your speaking partner will help you with any issues they notice with grammar, vocabulary, or pronunciation issues.