The Oral Test •Part I: Personal Information •Part II: Finding out Information •Part III:Presentation Assessment based on: • Fluency • Accuracy • Depth • Relevance • Overall communication effect Things to Keep in Mind •ability to communicate fluently and accurately •appropriate grammar and vocabulary IMPORTANT •Say as much as you can as well as speak spontaneously •Do not be too concerned about grammar. •Pronunciation and Intonation •Accent •Confidence Part I Personal Information Topics • Family • Hobbies • Job • Schooling • Home town Your Job • the form of transport used to go to work • your daily routine and responsibilities • the aspects of your job that you like • what you dislike about your job Questions • Where are you from? • Can you tell me about your family // Are you married? • What do you like doing in your spare time// Do you have any hobbies? • Do you have similar interests with your wife ? Questions • Which university did you go to // Where did you go to college? • What do you do? • What is your routine work //What does your job involve? • How do you like your job? • Can you tell me about your research? • What do you plan to do during your stay in the UK/ USA? REMEMBER Don’t give one word answers such as ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Part II Finding out Information 1. Role Play in a Given Situation 2. Make sure you are clear about the purpose of the task. 3. Ask the examiner if you have any new words. 4. Ask questions in different ways. (Do not simply use the words written on the card. Rather formal and in note form) 5. Try to cover all the questions. Cue card 1 The interviewer is a librarian at the college where you are studying. You are a new student and you want to use the library. Find out: procedure for joining opening hours number of books you can take out layout of the library maximum period of loan penalties for late return rules Cue card 2 There will be a reception to welcome the new students. Your interviewer is the dean’s secretary. Find out about: -time of reception -place of the reception -held by (host) -dress (what to wear) -food and drinks -activities -attendance (compulsory or not) -application for tickets Cue Card 3 You are a student at a university. You would like to book a computer in the new Open Learning Centre. Your examiner is a librarian. Ask the examiner about: a the process for reserving a computer b advance booking c help available d the length of a computer session e facilities on computer, e.g. Internet • How do I go about booking a computer? • How far in advance do I have to book? • What technical help is available? • How long can I reserve the computer for? • What facilities are available on the machines, like Internet access, e-mail and so on? REMEMBER •The interviewer is playing a role as well, so stick to the topic. •Your ability is assessed, not the interviewer’s, so you should do most of the talking. Part III: Presentation You will be given a topic and 2 minutes to prepare. Then you are required to give a 2-minute presentation. You should: 1. Present you views clearly. 2. Provide evidence(using details&examples). How to Prepare in the Given Time Write in note form, using words or phrases, not full sentences. 1. Give a short introduction. 2. Give two or three points. 3. Expand each point by giving examples, details or statistics. 4. Give a short conclusion. TOPIC 1: What do you think are the major causes of health problems in the modern society? NOTES -unbalanced diet (too much fat and calorie intake) -lack of physical exercises -stress (job, competition, family) TOPIC 2: Do you think the benefits of the commercialization of sports outweigh its negative effects? -more people attracted to sports; -more people enjoy games with the help of mass media; -more resources developed for the success of the Olympic Games Topic 3 With more than ten percent of its population over 60, China is now considered an old-age society. Do you think people should still retire at 60? -too many old people to support; -people still energetic and healthy at 60; -less physical labour involved; -a waste of talent; You are now studying at a British university. You want to apply for a railcard which allows you to buy cheaper railway tickets. Make a call to the station to get more information. Ask questions about: • Types of the card • Costs • Benefits • Restrictions • Duration of the card • Application deadline • Documents / proof needed • The internet is now playing a very important role in our life and work. While it is making our life and work enjoyable and efficient, it also brings us problems. What is the negative side of the internet? Should children not be allowed to visit the internet? What is your opinion on this? Thank You!
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