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How to interview somebody


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Barack Obama on race in the US (GL OS: 28)

What to do ...

Step 1: Read the text.
Step 2: Task: You are a journalist who is to interview Obama on race. Write down questions and possible answers.
Step 4: Read what you have written. Make improvements (spelling, choice of words, order ...) with the help of the phrases given below. Check with the help of your feedback sheet.
Step 5: Maybe you write your text again. File it in the “how to” part of your portfolio.

Having an interview – useful phrases

Asking for confirmation

  • So are you saying …?
  • Do you mean…?
  • So in other words you think…?


Challenging the interviewee

  • Yes, but wouldn’t you say that…?
  • But don’t you think that…?
  • But surely….


Asking a summarizing question

  • Just to sum up, then: do you think…?
  • So altogether, would you …say?


Finishing the interview

  • Thank you very much for speaking to me/giving me your time.
  • It’s been great/very interesting to talk to you.



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