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Pet speaking paper

  1. 1. PET SPEAKING PAPERPART 1: PERSONAL QUESTIONS ABOUT FAMILIAR TOPICS (3minutes). Conversation with the examiner.The examiner asks questions and you give information about yourself, talkabout past experiences, present job, studies, where you live, etc., andfuture plans. EXAMINER’S QUESTIONSA. HOME TOWN Where are you from? Can you tell me something about your town? What is the most interesting part of your town? Can you describe some of the shops in your town?B. FAMILY AND HOME Can you tell me about your family? What does your family so together? Can you describe your house or flat? Do you have a favourite relative? What’s he / she like?C. WORK / STUDY Can you tell me something about your school? What subjects do you enjoy the most? The least? How long have you been studying English? What so you find most difficult in studying English? Do you have a part-time job after school?D. LEISURE Do you have any hobbies? How did you become interested in your hobby? What kind of music so you enjoy most? What kind of sports are you and your friends interested in? What do you and your friends like to do when you go out? How do you usually spend your holidays?E. FUTURE PLANS What do you hope to do in the next few years? What kind of job do you hope to be doing in 10 year’s time?
  2. 2. PART 2: COMMUNICATION ACTIVITY CANDIDATES INTERACTWITH EACH OTHER. (3 minutes).In part 2, the examiner gives you some pictures and describes a situationto you. You have to talk to the other candidate and decide / come to adecision with your partner about what would be best in the situation.Making and responding to suggestions, discussing alternatives, makingrecommendations, negotiating agreement.REMEMBER!  You have to speak for one minute. Start out by comparing and contrasting the photos, but make sure that you answer the additional question. USEFUL LANGUAGEGETTING STARTEDWell, we have to choose / talk about …………….Why don’t we first talk about each……… before we decide.What should we do first?INVITING YOUR PARTNER TO SPEAKThat’s a good idea. Let’s start with…………… Is that OK with you?Maybe we should just go in order. What do you think?How do you see it?Do you think we should…..?PRESENTING AN IDEA/ EXPRESSING YOUR OPINIONI think we should………….. / I don’t think…….I definitely think we need …………..In my opinion, ……………….Wouldn’t it be better if ………………..If you ask me, ………………..Personally, I don’t like………….I’m not sure I’d go along with that.AGREEINGThat’s absolutely trueAbsolutely.It’ a good idea provided…………It’ a good idea if you take into account that……………Exactly.I couldn’t agree moreYou’ve got a point.DISAGREEINGWell, I don’t think ……………..I’m not sure I agree with you. I think……………..That’s not how I see it. I think that…………….Well, I hadn’t thought about that. We could ……………CONCLUDINGRight then. So you’re saying that……………., but I think…………….So if we summarize, we can say that we are choosing……………………
  3. 3. So shall we say…………….?PART 3: PHOTOGRAPHS (2-3 minutes). CANDIDATES SPEAK INTURNS.In Part 3,The examiner gives you a colour photograph and you have to talk about it.Candidates should be encouraged to talk about the setting, people,activities and feelings. The photographs are linked thematically toestablish a common starting point for part 4. • Discuss each itemREMEMBER!  Discuss each item before coming to a decision don’t do all the talking invite your partner to speak too. When your partner speaks, it’s important to respond to what he/she says.  Relate to your partner. Turn him / her as you talk. After saying what you think and why, ask him /her opinion. Listen and say whether you agree or disagree, or add to what he/she says. USEFUL LANGUAGECOMPARINGThere are some similarities between these two photographs. For example,………………As we can see, both pictures show…………...(example: Both pictures showplaces where people shop. One of these pictures show a small shop whilethe other shows a big shopping mall with a variety of products)CONTRASTINGAt the same time we can see some differences. (example: One pictureshows a shopping mall with a lot of hops under one roof, while the otherpicture shows a family-run shop)SPECULATINGIt looks like……….Picture A/B seems to be more………I would say that…………It’s very difficult to say, but I suppose that picture A/B……..EXPRESSING PREFERENCE / LIKES AND DISLIKESI’d rather……………..Personally I prefer ………… (example: Personally, I prefer the small shopshown in this picture because you can probably feel the friendly, family-like atmosphere as you walk in)I don’t really like………..I’m afraid I don’t like / I’m not very keen on………What I especially like about picture A/B is……………If I had to choose between the two, I’d prefer………..
  4. 4. PART 4: DISCUSSION (4 minutes) Further discussion with theother candidate about the same topic as the task in Part 3.In part 4, your examiner will ask you and the other candidate to discussseveral questions on the topics introduced in part3.The interlocutor initiates the discussion but the candidates are expected totalk between themselves. They should be able to talk about their interestand reasons for liking or not liking something. The interlocutor will useprompts if the discussion fails to develop.This part of the test should be like a natural conversation.REMEMBER!  This is a three-way discussion. The examiner will either turn to you specifically or just throw open the question.  You should give more than a minimal response. Try to develop the topic if you can.  There is no right or wrong answer.  You may response to what your partner says but this is not expected or necessary. USEFUL LANGUAGEEXPRESSING PREFERENCES / OPINIONSI definitely think that………….I don’t really think I’d want to………….I believe that…………If you ask me ………….I suppose…………..Personally, I think……………GIVING INFORMATIONWell, I would say that…………It’s well known that…………..As far as I know………….As far as I’m concerned…………..

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