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  2. Examiners “like” candidates who: Are friendly and sound interested in what they are doing. Answer questions as fully as they can. Can ask as well as answer questions. Are not afraid to say that they don’t understand. Examiners “don’t like” candidates who: Look bored and miserable. Only answer questions with ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Don’t listen to other people. General advice

  3. Don’t panic! Vocabulary is only one of the things the examiners give you marks for and you won’t fail the exam if you don’t know a few words. Try to use these ideas: It’s a sort of/kind of (tool, musical instrument) It’s something we use for… (mending the car) It’s one of those things we use when we… (go on holiday, have a baby) It’s something we use in… (the house) You find things like this in… (an office) It looks (a bit) like… (a spoon) What to do when you don’t know a word

  4. Remember This is a formal situation so act as such. • Don’t slouch, or lean back; sit straight. • If you’re wearing a hat, take it off. • Get rid of the chewing gum. • Don’t fidget. • Look at the people who are talking to you. • Stay calm and smile 

  5. THE EXAMINER WILL ASK YOU TO TALK ABOUT YOURSELF. Questions may be on: Your job/ studies What you do in your free time Your plans for the future Your family Where you live As you enter the room greet the examiners. (one is the interlocutor, and the other one is the assessor) Be prepared to give your name to the examiner. Listen carefully to the examiner’s questions and answer them as fully as you can. Look at the examiner when you are speaking. (Don’t look at the floor or up to the ceiling!) Speak clearly so that both examiners can hear you. (Don’t cover your mouth while speaking) Try to be calm and cheerful. PART 1 interview

  6. Example House & home Can you tell us something about your neighbourhood? Daily life What do you normally do at the weekend? Education What is your favourite subject at school, and which one do you like the least? Why? Languages How important do you think it is to learn other languages? Likes & dislikes What kinds of books do you like to read? Travel How do you normally travel to school?

  7. Part 2 Long Turn Describing photographs This picture shows… There seems to be… It’s probably… This photo was probably taken in/at… On the left/right… It looks like there’s… I´m not sure but I think… It's not very clear, but… Perhaps… Comparing & contrasting Both photos are on the subject of… Both these photos show… The photos show different… In comparison to the first photo, the second photo is… In this picture… while/whereas in the other picture…

  8. In the background… In the foreground… Just above the… Just below the… On the right… On the left… On the top left hand corner… On the bottom right hand corner… At the top of the picture… At the bottom of the picture… Next to… Near the… In the middle… More suggestions…

  9. Be prepared to answer a question related to the topic of the pictures of the first candidate once they have finished. • Say just one idea, it’s a very brief intervention.

  10. Example: People doing different activities in their free time How much would you enjoy doing activities like these? Do you ever do activities like these?

  11. Part 3 Collaborative Task. Useful language • Expressing likes & preferences • I’d prefer… • I’d quite like… • I’d rather… • I’d really love… • I don’t think I’d like… • I wouldn’t choose… • I wouldn’t like to… • There’s no way I’d… • I can’t stand (-ing)…

  12. Asking for opinions What do you think about..? What’s your opinion about..? What about you?/ How about you? How do you feel about..? Expressing opinions In my opinion… It seems to me… As I see it… I personally believe… More suggestions

  13. Agreeing I feel the same way as you. I completely agree with you. I think you are right. I agree. That’s very true. That´s exactly what I think. Yes, I hadn´t thought of that. Disagreeing (politely) I see what you mean, but… You could be right, but… Yes, but don’t you think…? I don’t agree that… That’s true, but what about… You have a point, but on the other hand…

  14. Example I’d like you to imagine that a busy international hotel is looking for staff for the holiday season. Here are some jobs available.

  15. First, talk to each other about how difficult it would be to do these jobs without training. Then say which job you would each find the most difficult.

  16. Part 4 Three way discussion • If you worked in a hotel, where would you like that hotel to be? • What do you think you would learn from working in a hotel? • Would you prefer to stay in a big international hotel or a small friendly hotel? … Why? • Would you like a job in the tourist industry? … Why (not)? • Which areas do tourists normally go to in your country? … What do they do there? • In what ways can tourists be a problem?