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The Oral Test
Part 1: Monologue
Talk about the different celebrations illustrated in the pictures.
What is the meaning of these ceremonies? How would you argue with
someone who maintains they are just excuses for making money?
Talk about the differences between the two situations. What are
the advantages and disadvantages of having a job?
Describe the situations in the pictures. What is the
significance of what the people are doing for the organization
of our society in this day and age?
Describe the scenes in the pictures. Do you think they are
representative of our society nowadays? How do you think we
could achieve a more peaceful coexistence?
Make sure what you say is relevant -
stick to the point!
Structure your monologue with an
introduction, development and
Limit yourself to describing what you see
in the visuals.
Look at the people you are talking to. Read your notes.
Speak clearly. Speak too quickly or too quietly.
Part 2: Dialogue
The Oral Test
Two monologues do not make a dialogue. (Jeff Daly)
Your group have been
asked by your tutor to
organize a study trip to
the UK over Easter for
your classmates. You do not
feel you have the time to
carry out all the tasks
required for such an
activity. Try and convince
your colleague that it is not
a good idea for this year.
You would like to organize a
study trip to the UK over
Easter for your classmates.
However, you do not feel you
have the time to carry out all
the tasks required for such
an activity alone and have
asked your colleague to help
you. Try and convince
him/her that it is a good idea
for the class to do this. You
You asked a colleague of
yours, who is in your
English group, to help you
prepare a study trip to the
UK over Easter. The
presentation is next week.
They haven’t done anything
to help you so far. Discuss
the problem with them. Try
and give specific tasks and
a deadline. You begin.
You have been studying
English like mad for the
second term tests and
although a colleague of yours
asked you to help them with
the second term project, you
just haven’t had time. Your
colleague has asked to speak
to you and does not seem too
happy. Be prepared to defend
Listen to what your partner is saying. Ignore what your partner is saying.
Invite your partner to comment on what
you have just said.
Perform a monologue.
Respond to what your partner has just
Ignore what your partner has just said.
Keep in mind your role description. Forget your role description.
Pay attention to your partner’s attempts
to intervene in the conversation.
Ignore your partner’s attempts to
intervene in the conversation.