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Dealing with complexity in Part 2 of the Speaking exam at Cambridge Certificate in
Advanced English (CAE) level
by Sandra Bradwell
- lesson plan materials

Speaking Part 2

Tapescript

Examiner: OK Gregorio, could you compare and contrast your pictures and say what's
happening in each picture and how the people are feeling.

Gregorio: Well er we can see in the first in the first photo we can see er 3 persons er like waiting for ______________ interview or something like that, they could be candidates or for a applying for a job or.. _____________________the expressions of their faces, well it looks like they are kind of nervous, they are serious, er maybe worried and erm and so it is a situation like erm er I mean I have been involved in this kind of situation before er while while the other photo er well it's very nice the face of ..of that girl and it _________________ er maybe she she got the job and er so so she she may be happy because because she thinks she has done a or this is a good step for her in her professional life, er her life will tell if she was wrong or right. Who knows?

Examiner: OK José Luis what kind of job do you think she was applying for?

José Luis: It could be a secretary or just er an administration job.

Examiner: OK thank you. José Luis, looking at your pictures, could you compare and
contrast your pictures, say what is happening in each one and how the people
are feeling.

José Luis: Well in the first picture I can see a man, _______________ in his mid-fifties wearing a heavy er winter coat and holding a strange machine. _____________________ that it could be a metal detector. He's er looking for something on the ground, in the countryside whereas in the second picture er I can see this man on the left of the picture with other two, holding, that it seems to me that it could be coins. They look really really satisfied, really happy with their findings, it seems that they, his er well their efforts have paid off and er well ____________________ I would be very happy because er I could er get some money of these of these old coins

Examiner: OK Thank you Gregorio, what time of year do you think it is?

Gregorio: Ah well ah the sun is shining and er it means that er it could be er a nice day
but judging by the clothing, by the coats it could be it could be a cold er winter maybe.

Examiner: OK Thank you

Worksheet Stage 3

TELLING ANECDOTES

Beginning: I was actually ....
I remember one occasion when ….
I'll never forget the day when ….


Maintaining interest: ….anyway, after a while …
…and do you know what, …..
…you never guess what, …..
Honestly, I'm not joking!
…and then to my surprise …
Well, imagine my surprise when ….

LISTENING /SHOWING INTEREST

Really?
…you're joking!
Did you?
You didn't!
That's really interesting!

TELLING ANECDOTES

Beginning: I was actually ....
I remember one occasion when ….
I'll never forget the day when ….


Maintaining interest: ….anyway, after a while …
…and do you know what, …..
…you'll never guess what, …..
Honestly, I'm not joking!
…and then to my surprise …
Well, imagine my surprise when ….

LISTENING /SHOWING INTEREST

Really?
…you're joking!
Did you?
You didn't!
That's really interesting!

Language contrasting - stage 5

 

In both of these pictures there are .....


Both pictures .......

.........while ........


........... whereas .............

In contrast ................


Although ........., ................

......differ in several ways.


The main difference is ....

.....is similar in that it’s ....


They seem to have quite a lot in common, ..

COMPARE

CONTRAST

Role card Stage 9

ROLE CARD Examiner


Examiner (Student A ) it's your turn first. I'd like you to compare and contrast the two pictures, describe what is happening in each picture and say how the people might be feeling.

Don't forget, you have about one minute to do this.

All right? So, would you start now please?

Student A 1 minute

Examiner Thank you.

Now (Student B) can you tell us what time of year it is in the pictures?

Student B 20 seconds

Examiner Thank you.


Now (Student B ) it's your turn. I'd like you to compare and contrast the two pictures, describe what is happening in each picture and say how the people might be feeling.

Don't forget, you have about one minute to do this.

All right? So, would you start now please?

Student B 1 minute

Examiner Thank you.

Now (Student A) can you tell us what kind of job you think she has applied for?

Student B 20 seconds

Examiner Thank you.

Homework : Useful expressions

The impression I get is that ............

On the one hand …, on the other..

This looks like it's ……………

……..whereas / while …………

What I find interesting about this ………is ….

It could be ……………..

It seems to be …………

Although …….., ………

SPEAKING Part 2


COMPARING CONTRASTING
In both of these pictures there are …Both pictures ….………….. is similar in that it's ……………slightly more (adjective) than ………….far more (adjective) than …………….considerably more (adjective) then….. …… differ in several ways …Another important difference is ……On the one hand …., on the other ……………while …………………..whereas…..In contrast …………………………Although …………., ……………………


The impression I get is that …. As far as I can work out, it's …..

I could be wrong, but …… I wouldn't be surprised if …..

This looks like it's ……. There's something that looks like …

It looks as if it might be … It's a kind of …..

It could be ……………..

I think he's probably ….ing Perhaps he's …..ing

It comes across as if he's ….. He looks as if he's …..ing

If I were …..

Homework: Speaking Part 2

Speaking Part 2

Candidates comment on visual prompts e.g. photographs.
It is very important to listen to the instructions.
Each candidate in turn speaks for about one minute. The second candidate will make a short response ( in 20 seconds) after the first candidate has finished.
In total this part will last 3 or 4 minutes.

DO keep talking and show that you can communicate effectively.

DO speculate on the content of the visual stimuli and interpret them in your
own way

DO listen carefully to what the examiner has asked you to do and address the
task in question.

DO ask for clarification rather than remain silent if you are uncertain about
what to do.

DON'T worry if you cannot remember, or do not know, the occasional word.
You can always paraphrase.

DON'T speak too quietly. Remember the examiners need to hear what you are
saying.

DON'T interrupt during your partner's 'long turn'.

DON'T be too nervous! This is your opportunity to show the examiners what you
can do!

Homework Task:
Look at the pictures which show people on important days in their lives.
Compare and contrast your pictures, saying how these people's lives may change as a result of what is happening.

Comment (20 seconds)
Look at the pictures again and decide which person's life is going to change most as a result of what is happening.

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