4. 3 DESCRIBING PROCEDURES (and MIRROR QUESTIONS)

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Look at the photos
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What exactly do you think happens in each show?

Would I lie to you?
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teams gain a point for correctly guessing whether a statement is true or not

Total Wipeout
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During Total Wipeout contestants are put through a series of obstacle courses and challenges. After each challenge a certain number of them are eliminated from the competition.

Masterchef
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MasterChef is a television competitive cooking show

Is it an individual or team competition?
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team: Would I lie to you?; individual: Total Wipeout

What is the aim?
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The aim for the team is to figure out if the storyteller is lying; to go through an obstacle course fastest.

What is the best thing about it?
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The humour; when a contestant falls dramatically.

Match the sentences halves to make phrases
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for explaining procedures

The first thing they do
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is to tell a personal story.

the key thing is
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to say something that's so unbelievable that it's hard to imagine it's true.

What happens next is
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that the other team interrogates the storyteller.

After they've finished, the team
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that asked the questions decide if it was a lie or not.

Basically, the way it works is that
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twelve of the contestants stand on podiums over water.

What you have to do is to
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jump over the arm when it gets to you.

The point is to
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get round the course in the fastest time.

Which phrases
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are used

to state the overall goal or aim?
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The point is to

to describe the details of the procedure?
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the first thing they do; What happens next is; After they've finished, the team; Basically, the way it works is that; What you have to do is to...

to highlight something particularly important?
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The key thing is

the description of a game

My favourite is The Palate Test. Basically, the (1) it works
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My favourite is The Palate Test. Basically, the way it works

the way it works (2) that one of the judges cooks a dish for the contestants.
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the way it works is that one of the judges cooks a dish for the contestants.

The (3) thing
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The first thing

they (4) is to taste it and try to work out what the ingredients are.
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they do is to taste it and try to work out what the ingredients are.

(5) happens
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What happens

What happens (6) is that they get the ingredients and try to make exactly the same dish.
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What happens next is that they get the ingredients and try to make exactly the same dish.

After (7) done that, the two judges taste the dishes and choose the winner.
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After they've done that, the two judges taste the dishes and choose the winner.

The (8) is to match the original dish as closely as possible.
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The point/goal/aim is to match the original dish as closely as possible.

The (9) thing is to work out the original ingredients - one thing missing and the dish won't taste the same as the original.
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The key/main thing is to work out the original ingredients - one thing missing and the dish won't taste the same as the original.

Look at the extracts.
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Underline the word A says which B does not understand or does not hear properly.

There are two teams, with three celebs on each team.
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Er... Three what? celebs.

So a panellist tells a personal story...
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Sorry, who tells a story? a panellist.

... the other team grills the storyteller.
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Um, they do what? grills.

... twelve of the contestants stand on podiums over the water...
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They stand where? (on) podiums.

Which question words or phrases can replace a noun?
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What, who, where

Which question words or phrases can replace a verb?
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do what

You have to sauté the potatoes.
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You have to do what?
When you don't understand part of what someone says, repeat most of what they say but replace the problem word with a question word and use stress and intonation to make it into question.

the first player writes an anagram of the word.
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The first player writes what?

You go to the webinar site.
a seminar conducted over the Internet.
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You go where?

Basically, the aim is to beat the rival team.
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The aim is to beat who/what?


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