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PREPARE YOUR SPEAKING

Actualizado: ene 13

SIGUE ESTOS TIPS EN TU PRÓXIMA CERTIFICACIÓN

Juan Emmanuel Martinez

Oral examiner

As an examiner I recommend the following in order to get a satisfactory result:

*Don’t panic! You have gottten so far in your quest for learning it should go without saying fighting against yourself is not the best idea. *Don’t be redundant! Some people believe speaking a lot equals good communication which can’t be true in all cases. *Be concise: If the instructor’s request is “describe the images and tell me what spot is your ideal place for a vacation” try to adress both requests as much as posible. Some people focus too hard in the first part that when the time to go to the next one comes they had already forgotten the second part of the instruction. Being concise can prevent this and split time equally between both requests at hard.

*Don’t feel bad about asking for clarifications:

In a speaking test the real skill being tested is your ability to communicate and convey ideas; not so much is the case of your listening skills or your ability to continue uttering speech for as long as you can. Remember the information you give should be a balance between length and relevance.

So asking for clarification is still a communication skill and matches relevance perfectly well.

*Paraphrase when disagreeing: This might be useful when you are about to disagree with a person. You are communicating and at the same time providing your peer with the opportunity to clarify their point.

*Don’t interrupt your peers: In some tests you’ll be asked to interact with other people. Time sets are defined and interrupting or trying to speak more than other candidates may work against you. Interaction skills may be low because you weren’t patient enough to let the other person get their point across.


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