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May 25, 2012

How to do well in your Final Speaking Test

Filed under: announcements,final speaking exam — richardlstansfield @ 7:39 am

– When asking your partner a question, use good stress and rhythm.

– When answering a question, use complete sentences.

– When answering a question, give details.

How many questions you answer is not important. How well you answer each question is important. Quality is more important than quantity. (Quality > Quantity)

You can improve your answer by adding:

– your opinion
(“In my opinion, Halloween is the best holiday for children.”)

– reasons why
(” … because children love the sweet taste of candy.”)

– examples
(“For example, chocolate bars or peppero sticks.”)

– a short story
(“When I was young, I went out trick-or-treating and got peppero sticks. Since they were my favorite candy, I was very happy.”

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Example: Which holiday do you like best?

“F”-quality answer

“Halloween.”

“D”-quality answer

“I like Halloween best.”

“C”-quality answer

“I like Halloween best because you can put on a costume and go to a party.”

“B”-quality answer

I like Halloween best because you can put on a costume and go to a party. You can also go trick-or-treating and get candy.

“A”-quality answer

I like Halloween best because you can put on a costume and go to a party. You can also go trick-or-treating and get candy. In my opinion, Halloween is the best holiday for children because children love the sweet taste of candy. For example, chocolate bars or peppero sticks. When I was young, I went out trick-or-treating and got peppero sticks. Since they were my favorite candy, I was very happy.

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Also …

–> Don’t speak too slowly or too quickly.

–> Don’t speak too quietly. (You don’t have to be loud. Just be loud enough for your partner and I to hear you easily.)

–> Don’t hesitate or pause.

e.g. “I like … ummm … Halloween best because … uhh … you can put on a … 뭐지? … costume and go to a … 뭐라고? … party.”

If you are trying to remember something, then say, “Let me think …”

–> Do not miss your appointment!

I only have one week to test all of my students, so I cannot reschedule. So if you miss your appointment, you miss the test, and you get 0 out of 30%. Also, you will be marked absent for the whole week (3 hours).

–> Do not be late!

You and your partner only have 10 minutes for this test. That is only 5 minutes for each student. It is worth 30% of your final grade. So, for every minute you are late, you will lose 6 marks.

If your partner is not there, go into the room anyway. Do not be late because of your partner. (I will do the test with you alone.)

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