Part 1: Read aloud
Speaking skill 1 Using pauses in a sentence
We add pauses in and between sentences to help people understand what
we say. We usually use pauses (/) after some punctuation marks and before
words like 'and', 'because' and 'so'.
A Listen to the recording and pay attention to the pauses. Then repeat
1 Last Saturday morning, / I went cycling with my sister.
2 It was hot. / I turned on the fan.
3 Jane wanted to have a pet / and she asked
her parents every Christmas.
B Listen to the recording and add pauses (/) to the sentences. Then
repeat after it.
1 I want to buy a packet of potato crisps, some cupcakes and three
bottles of orange juice.
2 Adrian said, 'I opened the window because it's too hot inside.'
3 Isabella was tired, so she did not go to the new supermarket with
C Add pauses (/) to the following text and read it aloud. Then listen to
In the shopping centre
Mum took me to the shopping centre because I needed a
coat. She chose a green one for me, but I liked a red one
with a rabbit on it better. I tried it on and it looked great!
'Let's buy this one then,' Mum said.
After that, we watched an interesting film in the cinema
on the fifth floor. It was wonderful!
When 'and' is used to link
two complete sentences or
list things, we usually add
a pause before it.
Tips The pause after a full
stop, question mark or
exclamation mark is
slightly longer than that
before a comma.