Friday, 27 January 2012

Learn English/ About the Cambridge examinations (4)

START ENGLISH. Watch, listen, speak. Tips and tricks about English.

As I promised in my previous articles, in this piece I will offer some tips about the First Certificate in English, or the FCE exam.

The tasks for the Cambridge exam FCE are structured as following:

Paper 1 Reading

Paper 2 Writing

Paper 3 Use of English

Paper 4 Listening

Paper 5 Speaking.

Today I will enlarge upon the Speaking paper. As I mentioned in a previous article here, the speaking task is one of the trickiest. The Speaking paper has four parts and you have to manage it with a partner.

In Speaking Part 1 you will ask and be asked questions about yourself, your life, your work or studies, your plans for the future, your family and your interests.

A few tips: even this task sounds simple and pleasant do not rely only on your imagination for it. What I mean by this is to prepare some “short stories” about yourselves and some vivid descriptions of your interests, family and so on. Also do not forget about preparing some questions for your pair, I mean the other candidate. You should also be aware of the fact that, during interacting with your pair, there can be awkward moments of silence that you can counteract by asking extra questions or developing facts about yourself.
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