miércoles, 25 de mayo de 2016

HOW TO NAIL THE CAE SPEAKING PART TWO



Part two of the Cambridge Advanced exam isn't an easy one, but with the right preparation there is no need for you to stress about it! In this blog we will look at what it is you have to do in this part of the exam and some useful phrases that will help you do it successfully.

In this part of the exam, the examiner will give you a piece of paper with three photos on it. You have to talk about two of them, alone, for about one minute. Next, the other candidate, will have to answer a short question about your pictures. You will do this the other way around later on.

COMPARE
The key part of this task is comparing. If you're not comparing the two pictures, you're not doing it right. So, how to go about it? Make sure to use these three words:

1. Both ...
2. Whereas ...
3. While ...

Train yourself to look for differences in photos. These can be any type of photos. The next time you check your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, see if you can do a mini-long turn (in your head or with someone else). This practice will help you cope better with this on the exam.

SPECULATE
Another key part of this exercise is to speculate about the pictures. In the questions the examiner will ask you very often the word 'might' appears. 'Why might these people have chosen this type of activity?'. This is because the examiner wants to know if you are able to use speculative language. Some useful phrases for speculation are:

1. It seems like ...
2. They might ...
3. It could be that ...
4. Perhaps ...

You can also train yourself to speculate about pictures. Every time you see an image, try to make at least one speculation about it. This can be something along the lines of 'how might heshe be feeling?'  or 'why might he/she have chosen this activity?', etc.

I hope you find this blog useful. If you want to have a look at some participants taking the CAE Speaking Exam, check out the Cambirgde website or YouTube.

Good luck!

Kirsten

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