FCE Spelling words for August and September

Spelling words

 

Corpse

Worse

Dizzy

Prayer

Beard

Heard

Sword

Previous

Recipe

Choir

 

Daughter

Plumber

Knowledgeable

Scenic

Rewardable

Muscular

Marriage

Conscience

Rhyme

Acknowledgement

 

Acceptance

Accidentally

Actually

Abbreviate

Adequate

Advantageous

Adjustment

Allowance

Anonymous

Appreciation

 

Bizarre

Bureaucratic

Catastrophic

Competitive

Chronological

Desirable

Disappointment

Exaggeration

Pharmaceutical

 

Fluorescent

Embarrassment

Immediately

Individual

Innocence

Maintenance

Mischievous

Miscellaneous

Misunderstood

Nuisance

 

Occasionally

Onomatopoeia

Preserve

Persistence

Philosophical

Prestigious

Pronunciation

Recommendable

Receive

Receipt

 

Religious

Responsibility

Reminiscent

Separate

Psychological

Subconscious

Suspicious

Therapeutic

Thorough

Turquoise

Volunteer

Weapon

 

 

 

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Speaking Exam sample script

Speaking Exam Script

PART 1

Part 1 lasts about three minutes and features ‘getting-to-know-you’ questions. NOTE: These questions are examples only. You will get asked different questions.

 Examiner: Hello. My name is ……..

And your names are?

 Examiner: Can I have your mark sheets please? …….. Thank you.

First of all we’d like to know something about you.

Tell me about where you come from.

Examiner: Do you enjoy studying English?

Examiner: Do you have any hobbies or interests?

Examiner: Why are you preparing for the CAE exam?

 

PART 2

Part 2 lasts about 4 minutes.

Candidate A is passed a set of pictures and has to speak about the pictures without interruption.

When Candidate A has finished the examiner asks Candidate B to answer a brief question about the pictures.

The roles are then reversed: Candidate B is given a different set of pictures and speaks for 1 minute followed by Candidate A, who answers a brief question about the picture.

 Examiner: In this part of the exam I’m going to give each of you three photographs and I’d like you to talk about them on your own for about a minute and also to answer a question briefly about your partner’s photographs.

Here are your pictures, (Candidate A.) They show different uses of flags. I’d like you to talk about two of these photos and compare how flags are used in each one. All right?

Examiner: (Candidate B), Which flag has the most important use?

Examiner: (Candidate B), here are some pictures of wheels used in different ways.  I´d like you to talk about two of these photos and compare them, and which wheel is the most important?

Examiner😦 Candidate A), how about you, which do you think is the most important?

 

PART 3

Part 3 lasts about four minutes, the examiner will ask you and your partner to talk about another set of visual prompts together.

Examiner: I’d like you to talk about something together for three minutes. (Five minutes for groups of three)

Examiner: Here are your pictures showing different occupations. Discuss the role these people have in our lives. Then decide which job tends to be the most stressful.

All right?

PART 4

Part 4 lasts about four minutes, the examiner will join the discussion and ask candidates questions related to the visuals used in Part 3.

Examiner: Do any of these jobs have a special status in your country?

Examiner: Which jobs do you think offer the greatest personal satisfaction?

Examiner: Do any of these jobs appeal to you?

 Examiner: Thank you. That is the end of the test.

FCE Speaking Exam Visual Materials

Try to extend on answers and predict what questions might follow.

Here are some examples of how the examiner might think:

1st question: What do you do in your spare time?

Your answer: “Sport.”

Supplementary questions, or a way to lengthen your answer:

– Which sport? why? how many times a week? with who?

– Why is it important to do sport? Is sport important to you?

Another example:

1st question: What do you do in your spare time?

Answer: ‘Watch TV´

Supplementary questions, or a way to lengthen your answer:

– Which television programmes do you like/dislike?

-What makes a programme successful? Importance of celebrities.

Click below to download visual materials to practice with.

fce speaking

English Lesson Plan: Practice past tenses

INTERVIEWS

Objective: Students will be able to talk about their past experiences in the workplace/life

Reading: Ss will be able to identify different uses of past tenses.

Writing: Correct each other’s work`

Speaking: Perform an interview in English.

This should take over an hour. Intermediate Level.

*You need copies of interviews. Use gossip websites or magazines, or newspaper websites if you need something more professional looking.

*In pairs, students tell you what the interview is about.

*Have them underline the questions, and go over the grammar on the whiteboard (eg, why do they use the present perfect here? Because the time the action happened is not important, they are describing an experience.)

*Write the points below on the whiteboard (or you can have it already prepared on a sheet of paper.)

-the name of someone you have known for over ten years (but not a family member)

-a film you have seen recently (in the cinema or at home.)

-a place you went to on vacation when you were a child.

-a personal possession you have had for more than five years.

-the name of your best friend at elementary school.

-a city or country you have been to that you did not like.

-something you got for Christmas last year.

-a place you’ve been to that’s very beautiful.

-a job you have had in your life that you did not like

-something that you have wanted to buy for a long time.

-the name of someone you have talking to on the phone this week.

* Check/pre teach following words (recently/possession)

* Students must write answers to the points in a random order in the different circles. They should write words, short phrases, but not complete sentences. Set a time limit of 5 or ten minutes.

* Students work in pairs and swap their papers with their partner. Students then have to ask questions to find out why their partners have written words in the circles: eg ‘why have you written Italy?” Who’s Carlos?” etc. The other student must reply using the correct tense.

Write up the names of the grammar tenses below and ask the students to tell you when we use each one. OR for a less advanced group, write the rules and tenses on the white board randomly, and ask the students to match rules to the tense. Draw timelines on the board to illustrate:

Past Simple: is used to talk about a finished action that happened at a specific time.

Past Continuous: is used to talk about an ongoing action in the past.

Present Perfect: is used to talk about something that happened in the past at an unspecified time/life experiences/past actions that affect us now. It is used a lot in the news.

Present Perfect Continuous: to descibe an action that began in the past and continues in the present.

‘I used to + infinitive…’ : a phrase to describe a habitual action that does not happen now.

And now some discussion and chat to finish!

*At the end, students report back most interesting fact they found out about their partner.

*To confirm understanding, students match the sentences they made about the circles to each grammar tense above.

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