When we look at a corpus of business meetings and the vocabulary people use, we find a core of regularly recurring items, both single words and phrases or ‘chunks’. In addition to purely grammatical words (e.g. articles, pronouns, prepositions), modal items (e.g. can, should, probably), delexical verbs (take, get, do), and common nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs, there is a set of vocabulary of small words which help speakers create successful spoken interactions. Teaching this vocabulary can help learners develop useful speaking management strategies, and above all, to sound natural and more fluent. The presenter shows examples of exercises and activities to teach this type of vocabulary.
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