Looking into the 4-square method

Stumbled across this post from onthesameeltpage.wordpress.com which led me to here https://eltcation.myenglishdomain.com/2015/04/02/going-graphic-4-squares-for-better-speaking/

Apparently, the 4 square method has been around quite a long time (Wikipedia post)and is used to teach young children persuasive writing. Can see its prominent use in my intermediate and advanced writing classes too!

Firstly, I want to try and use it for speaking as SVETLANA KANDYBOVICH originally blogged about in 2015. She gives some really interesting tips for you to plan your speaking activities with success.

What grabbed my attention was the planned structure of the activity into 4 simple steps which will force my students to think in stages and not rush to write something without thinking about coherence. One thing that is mentioned in Svetlana’s blog post is to introduce the form details gradually and not all at once.

Source: https://eltcation.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/d0b1d0b5d0b7d18bd0bcd18fd0bdd0bdd18bd0b9.jpg

Here’s my interpretation of the 4 steps:

Step 1. Write the speaking prompt, question or topic in the centre of a blank sheet of paper. Draw 4 lines to separate the four boxes that will contain the introduction, reasons, examples, and explanations that support the topic, and conclusion.

Step 2. First, add the 3 viewpoints you will use in squares 2,3 and 4. These supporting details will also be used to conclude your speech.

Step 3. Now add the details (i.e. reasons, examples, justifications) supporting your viewpoints.

Step 4. Is to ‘bridge the gap’ between ideas using linking words to solidify your speaking task. Firstly, secondly, finally, In conclusion, are standard linking words.

Below are some I took from a tool that was made I believe from Svetlana here:

I will be using this task with my B2 level students to have them prepare a 1-minute talk on designated topics and specific questions that require presenting an opinion.


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