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Observe and consider the following situational role plays that might be part of a proficiency test.
- Imagine you are planning a vacation. Call a travel agency and ask three or four questions about potential destinations and itineraries.
- You are planning an upcoming stay in a hotel. Call the manager and ask three or four questions about the reservation you would like to make.
- You’d like to register for a writing class, but don’t have any information about it. Call the department office and ask three or four questions about the class.
- Pretend that you need to buy a smartphone. Call up a store and ask three or four questions about the devices.
- I have a problem for you to take care of. You’ve borrowed an MP3 player from a friend, but you’ve broken it by mistake. Call your friend to explain what happened and offer two or three alternatives to the problem.
- There is a problem that you need to take care of. You’ve bought concert tickets for yourself and a friend, but you can’t make it due to illness. Call your friend and suggest two or three alternatives to the problem.
- There is a problem I’d like you to solve. You’ve ordered some furniture, and it’s just been delivered. However, the furniture that’s arrived is not what you ordered. Call the furniture store to explain the situation and suggest some alternatives to the problem.
- I have a problem for you to solve. You and a friend want to go watch a sporting event. You’ve called the ticket office, and there are only single seats left, so you and your friend can’t sit together. Call your friend to explain the situation and make some suggestions.
- There is a problem I need you to solve. Pretend that you’ve gone to the library to look for a book, but the one you want has been checked out. Explain the situation and offer two or three alternatives to the problem.
- There is a new restuarant close to your home, and you want to go there with your friend. Call your friend and ask him or her to visit you.
- Pretend that you’re in the school library and it’s so noisy that you can’t study. Call a friend and ask him or her to recommend a quiet place to study.
- Upon arriving home from the gym, you noticed that you left your wallet behind. Call the gym and explain your situation to the manager and ask him or her to look for it. for your help.”
- Imagine that you would like to have a dinner at a downtown restaurant tomorrow evening. Unfortunately, most of the tables have already been reserved for tomorrow, and the remaining tables are for VIPs. Call the manager and give him or her two or three reasons why you should be given a reservation.
- You and a friend want to go to a concert this weekend. Call the concert venue and book tickets for both of you.
- You would like to meet up with a friend. Call your friend and figure out the details.
- You are planning on setting up a soccer match, and you need to reserve a field. Call the park supervisor and make a reservation.
- You’re not feeling well and you need to see a doctor. Call the doctor’s office and make an appointment.
- You want to have a birthday party at a restaurant. Call the restaurant and make a reservation.
By Joseph Borderi