This time, the presenter offers some great tips for performing well in the speaking part of the Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) test.
The CAE is the advanced general English examination provided by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations in England. You can read more about it here.
The CAE is actually more popular in Europe, but at Q Language we do occasionally help prepare students for this exam.
Whilst the tips offered by the presenter (Jessica) in this video are geared towards the CAE, it’s worth noting that the advice given can also be applied to most other English speaking exams and, indeed, conversational skills in general, whatever the language.
Here is the transcript of the video:
Hello, my name’s Jessica. Today we’re talking about the Dos and Dont’s of the Cambridge English Advanced Speaking Test, also knowns as CAE.
As always, preparation is key! If you attend English lessons, make sure you get plenty of speaking practice in class, participating in groups and in paired activities. This will help you to interact effectively in the test with your partneter, by initiating discussion and responding to their questions and statements, and with your interlocutor, who will ask questions and give instructions.
So, let’s move on to what you should do in a speaking test – the Dos – and what you shouldn’t do – the Don’ts – for the Cambridge English Advanced Speaking Test.
Here are the Dos:
- Show that you can communicate effectively.
- Give full and extended responses.
- Raise the level of your language above the mundane.
- Listen carefully to what your examiner has asked you to do and to what your partner says.ks set.
- Remember the instructions and focus on the tasks set.
- Involve your partner in conversation and create opportunities for them to speak.
- Also, listen to what they say and react to their opinions and statements.
Now for the Dont’s:
- Don’t panic if you cannot remember or don’t know a particular word; just keep going and paraphrase instead.
- Don’t merely describe the visuals.
- Don’t speak during your partner’s long turn.
- Don’t let your partner always take the lead, you also must initiate Don’t waste your opportunities to show the examiners what you can do.
- Don’t speak too quietly; remember, the examiners need to hear what you are saying.
- You should be equiped with the right kind of language, for example:
- Giving personal information.
- Exchanging information and opinions.
- Giving reasons.
- Agreeing and disagreeing politely.
- Justifying opinions.
This will ensure you are in a good position to show the examiners what you are capable of.
Thank you for watching.
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