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  • 1. PPEETT ((PPrreelliimmiinnaarryyEEnngglliisshh TTeesstt))SSppeeaakkiinngg GGuuiiddee

2. The standard ffoorrmmaatt ooff tthheetteesstt iiss::22 ccaannddiiddaatteess aanndd 22 eexxaammiinneerrss((oonnee wwiillll ttaallkk ttoo yyoouu aanndd wwiillll aasskk yyoouu qquueessttiioonnss aannddtthhee ootthheerr oonnee wwiillll jjuusstt wwaattcchh aanndd ttaakkee ddoowwnn nnootteess)) 3. TThhee ssppeeaakkiinngg tteessttccoonnssiissttss ooff 44 ppaarrttss::PART 11 SSttuuddeenntt--eexxaammiinneerr iinntteerraaccttiioonnPPAARRTT 22 SSiimmuullaatteedd ssiittuuaattiioonnPPAARRTT 33 PPhhoottooggrraapphh ddeessccrriippttiioonnPPAARRTT 44 GGeenneerraall ccoonnvveerrssaattiioonn 4. PPAARRTT 11 SSttuuddeenntt--eexxaammiinneerr iinntteerraaccttiioonnThe examiner will ask you:-Your name-Where you come fromProvide short answers in this partof the test. The examiner will askyou to spell your surname. Now,practise spelling your surname. 5. PPAARRTT 11 SSttuuddeenntt--eexxaammiinneerr iinntteerraaccttiioonnAfter you are asked two or threequestions (Whats your name?Where you come from? etc)you will be asked a question thatrequires a longer answer:*Why you like something*A detail about a hobby 6. PPAARRTT 11 SSttuuddeenntt--eexxaammiinneerr iinntteerraaccttiioonnThink of howimportant these items are to you:MusicSportCinema and TVReadingTravelling and visiting other places 7. PPAARRTT 11 SSttuuddeenntt--eexxaammiinneerr iinntteerraaccttiioonnAlso think of what you would say inconnection with:FamilyFriendsTeachersStudy and plansYou will be askedquestions aboutthe presentcircumstances,past experiencesand future plans 8. PPAARRTT 11 SSttuuddeenntt--eexxaammiinneerr iinntteerraaccttiioonnRemember:The interaction in this part isbetween examiner and candidate donot interrupt when your partner isspeaking. 9. PPAARRTT 22 SSiimmuullaatteeddssiittuuaattiioonnIn this part of the test talk toyour partner, not to the examiner.The examiner will explain to bothcandidates what they have todiscuss to come to an agreement. 10. PPAARRTT 22 SSiimmuullaatteeddssiittuuaattiioonnThe examiner will repeatthe instructions twiceExample:Interlocutor: Im going todescribe a situation to you.A student from anothercountry is coming to studyhere. He has asked youwhat he should bring. Talktogether about the thingshe will need and say whichwill be the most useful.Here is a picture with someideas to help you 11. PPAARRTT 22 SSiimmuullaatteeddssiittuuaattiioonnTalking about needs:This is good becauseHell probably needbecauseHell definitely needbecauseI dont think is soimportant becauseFor me, the most importantthing is becauseYou are expected tomake suggestions,discussalternatives, makerecommendations,negotiateagreement. 12. PPAARRTT 22 SSiimmuullaatteeddssiittuuaattiioonnThink about how you canget your partner involved.What about this one?Do you think he should..?I dont think this one isvery good, do you?Getting startedThink about howyou can start thetask: 13. PPAARRTT 22 SSiimmuullaatteeddssiittuuaattiioonnAgreeing and disagreeing(Thats) true. I agree. Youreright. I think so too.Thats a good idea./Thatsinteresting. Really? Im notsure about that.I dont think I agreebecauseI dont think so becauseYes, butEnding the discussionWhat have we decided?What do you think weshould choose?Shall we choose one?Lets choose/ go forOK, weve decided.So, we think he/ theyshould 14. PPAARRTT 33 PPhhoottooggrraapphhddeessccrriippttiioonnA colour photograph is given toeach student in turn and they haveto talk about it for up to oneminute. 15. PPAARRTT 33 PPhhoottooggrraapphhddeessccrriippttiioonnExample:Interlocutor: Now Id like each of you totalk on your own about something. Im goingto give each of you a photograph of familiesspending time together.Candidate A, here is your photograph. Pleaseshow it to Candidate B, but Id like you totalk about it. Candidate B, you just listen, Illgive you your photograph in a moment.Candidate A, please tell us what you can seein your photograph. 16. PPAARRTT 33 PPhhoottooggrraapphhddeessccrriippttiioonn 17. PPAARRTT 33 PPhhoottooggrraapphhddeessccrriippttiioonnPossible description of photograph 1.I can see a family and they are in the kitchen. Ithink they are having breakfast. There are threechildren, their parents and grandparents. The manis going to have some orange juice. Thegrandmother is putting some jam on the bread. Ithink she is going to give it to one of the children.The grandfather is having an egg for his breakfast.The kitchen seems to be quite modern. I can see amicrowave behind the woman. I think the childrenare ready for school. 18. PPAARRTT 33 PPhhoottooggrraapphhddeessccrriippttiioonnBothpicturesrefer tothe sametopic. 19. PPAARRTT 33 PPhhoottooggrraapphhddeessccrriippttiioonnA gooddescription willincludesomething about:The peopleThe placeThe actionThe backgroundMaking deductions/SpeculatingShe looks+adjectiveShe seems to be +adjectiveThey/ He / It could be on holiday.She might be in Germany orsomewhere like that.Its probably winter/ springtime.Maybe/Perhaps they are friends.They could be friends 20. PPAARRTT 33 PPhhoottooggrraapphhddeessccrriippttiioonnWhen describing a picture, mention:* whom or what you can see (there is/there are, I can see)the place - the season*what is happening (they are running, shopping, biking,buying things)*the mood (look happy, sad, excited)*what has just happened (they have just started doing it)* what is going to happen next (they are going to gohome) 21. PPAARRTT 33 PPhhoottooggrraapphhddeessccrriippttiioonn* opinion words (I think, I guess, I believe, it seems tome that, I dont think, it must be, it could be, onepossibility is that, to my mind, as far as I amconcerned, I tend to think that, my personal view isthat)* whereabouts (at the top, at the bottom, in the left-handcorner, in the background, in the front) there is,there are/it must be winter, it must be spring/theylook happy, sad, excited/they are running, shopping,biking, buying things, etc 22. PPAARRTT 44 GGeenneerraallccoonnvveerrssaattiioonnCandidates talk together about theiropinions, likes, dislikes, preferences,experiences, habits, etc.Part 4 will be connected to the topicpresented in part 3. 23. PPAARRTT 44 GGeenneerraallccoonnvveerrssaattiioonnExample:Interlocutor: (says to both candidates)Your photographs showed familiesspending time together. Now, Id likeyou to talk together about the thingsyou like to do with your families, andthe things you prefer to do with yourfriends. 24. PPAARRTT 44 GGeenneerraallccoonnvveerrssaattiioonnRemember:*Give reasons for your statements*Make the conversation interesting*Try hard to keep the conversationgoing: what about you? Do you?*Make sure you really talk to yourpartner.