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Vocabulary, L7

Speaking Partner Appointment: Process Essay

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ENG 106L Lesson 7 PDF

In this speaking partner visit, you will read an example of a process essay, discuss the topic of the essay, and practice describing the steps of a process.

Reading and Discussion

First, go through the following vocabulary with your speaking partner to discuss any that is new for you or that you are not sure how it is used in the US, such as a "teaspoon."

Cooking Vocabulary from the Reading

cookie dough brown sugar
molasses baking soda
sodium bicarbonate flour
chocalate chips tablespoon
teaspoon measuring cup
vanilla extract grocery store
stick of butter wet and dry ingredients
baking/cooking sheet grease
parchment paper silicone baking mat
lump of dough inch

After you have discussed the vocabulary, read about the process for making Chocolate Chip Cookies with your speaking partner. Take turns reading paragraphs. Discuss anything that is new or that you did not understand. Your speaking partner will help you with new or difficult vocabulary, phrases, or pronunciation.

Discuss any of the following topics or questions:

  1. Discuss any questions you have about chocolate chip cookies or other traditional foods in the United States.
  2. Talk about your favorite foods to cook, to eat, or both.
  3. How are ingredient measurements different in your country?
  4. If you noticed any other steps in the cooking process that are different from what you would do, explain how they are different.


Part 1: Choose a topic from the topic list for your speaking partner to explain to you, or if you want to learn the process of something in the United States, ask your speaking partner to explain how it is done. After he or she tells you how to do something, ask him or her to explain any steps in the process you did not understand clearly. Understand clearly how to do the process your speaking partner described before you finish discussing it. Ask any questions you have about cultural differences related to the process he or she described.

Part 2: Your speaking partner will choose a topic from the list for you to explain the process for doing something. Provide any background information necessary for him or her to understand what you are describing, and then describe the process clearly. Finally, provide any necessary tips or warnings to make sure he or she understands the result of the process. After you describe the process, your speaking partner will ask you to clarify anything that he or she did not understand.