If you can use discourse markers well, your speaking will sound natural and fluent. In the IELTS test, appropriately using discourse markers will impress the examiner and improve your band score for fluency.
In this lesson we will look at the different functions of discourse markers.
Exercise 1 | Different Functions
Match the Functions
Exercise 2 | Different Discourse Markers
Find the Discourse Markers
Exercise 3 | More Discourse Markers
Choose the Function
People like to listen those who have the same opinions as them. Or to put it another way, we all have a bias inside us that tells us who we should respect and who we shouldn't.
People in power sometimes seem to stop caring about the little people. What I'm trying to say is that often power corrupts.
Examiner: Do you think people will travel more or less in the future?
Candidate: I don't know much about this issue but, in my opinion, we may have to reduce travelling - especially flying - if we want to protect our environment.
Exercise 4 | Over to you
Practice using the discourse markers you have learnt in this class to make your speaking sound more natural.
- Why it is important for people to have time free time?
- Why are some free time activities more popular than others?
- Are the types of free time activities that are popular today the same as those that were popular in the past?
- What types of leisure activities are likely to be popular in the future?