Speaking sample: P38
A: Which official language do you
think most people speak?
B: I think it is English.
A: Why do you think so?
B: English is spoken by more people
than French. The country was won by
the English in their wars with the
French. Only one province, Quebec, is
French speaking by law.
A: Why would you want to know that?
B: In Canada over 80% of its
population has had at least nine-
grade schooling and 35% of them
have higher schooling.
A: Is it important to know that?
B: Yes. Very important. Canada is a
developed country. I think
education plays an important role.
A: Why is the Chinese language
growing so fast in Canada?
B: I think it is because more and
more Chinese go to Canada. They
want to study there or do business.
A: Can you answer the question
“ what is a Canada?”
B: It is hard to say. Canada is a
multicultural country. There are
many races, language, and customs.
They have different characters.
Talking on page69
• (students living in Kunming)
• A: I need to go to Qingdao. In
what direction is it from here?
• B: Qingdao is northeast here, on
the east coast.
A: Is it far from Beijing?
B: It’s a little southeast of Beijing.
You need to make an overnight train.
A: How does one go from Kunming to
B: I think you go northward to Xi’an,
then continue to Beijing. Perhaps you
could also take a ship from Shanghai
and go north along the coast.
A: Is close to Harbin?
B: No, Harbin is north of Qingdao and
in the northeast of China.
A: Thanks. I think I’ll go to Hainan this
time. It is southeast of here and will be
warmer now. Also it’s within a few
hundred kilometres of here. Qingdao
is too far north. Harbin is also a good
choice, but maybe I’ll wait and go in
Speaking task on P74
• Good morning/afternoon, everybody.
We are very honored to have Chief
Dan George visiting us, because he is a
fine poet and a Canadian film star.
• Chief Dan George is a Native Indian
from Canada and was born on the
west coast. He is the chief of the Salish
Nation, and is famous for his support
of his people. He played in many films
and was nominated for the Academy
• He is also a well known poet who
writes about his love for his land and
nature. It is a great honor for me to
present Chief Dan George from
Imagine that you and your partner
are Li Daiyu and Liu Qian. You have
visited many places from west to east
as well as Iqaluit. What would you
talk about when you travel?
A: Which would you like best on the
trip from Vancouver to Toronto?
B: My favorite part is seeing the grizzly
bear in the mountains.
A: I like the grizzly bear too, but it is
said to be dangerous. I also like the
B: What do you think of the wheat-
A: To tell you the truth, I don’t like
that part. It’s so plain and dull.
Great Lakes are more beautiful.
Don’t you think so?
B: You are right. The busy port
Thunder Bay is very interesting.
I am surprised that ships can go
far into the country.
A: In fact, I like the forest most. The
trees are extremely tall.
A: What do you think of the fall of
B: The fall of Canada is beautiful.
The maple trees are red. What is
your impression of Toronto?
A: I think it is big, beautiful and
wealthy. The CN Tower is famous.
On top of it, we can see the misty
cloud of the Great Niagara Falls.
B: I like Toronto, too. We can eat
Cantonese food in downtown
A: Don’t you think Montreal is a
B: You got it. The city has a French
culture, such as the nice coffee,
delicious bread and good music.
Also many people speak French.
1. Preview Learning about language
and find more words of the same
2. Find three appositive clauses
from the reading passages.