Today a new column: 151 words. This is where I’ll write a short post on a topic relating to learning English in 151 words.
One thing which some English learners find challenging is this idea of being able to explore a topic. They seem to know the grammar quite well and have a good range of vocabulary, but find it difficult to respond to a question that requires a deeper answer.
In other words, they may give a very short answer when a more detailed one is appropriate.
When you’re asked a more in-depth question, consider what points you can mention. A simple model to use is to think of 3 things which support your main point of view, and to present an example for each of them. You can also decide to present an opposing opinion, if it’s relevant, and then argue against this.
In short, try to give more fuller answers when they are required. You’ll also find this improves your mark in exams such as the FCE, CAE or IELTS.