Sunday, January 22, 2012

This Week's Advice for NB2

First of all, it's important to know that you should not worry about your oral test; you practise speaking a lot in class, and the recorded audio texts that you sent me are good!

You will decide who you want to work with.

Part one consists of a monologue. You are invited to speak for 2 minutes about a famililar topic that I will give you. It's important to introduce your topic by saying something like: "I'm going to talk about . . . " Your presentation should have a conclusion as well. We simply say, "And that's all."

Part two consists of a dialogue similar to what you have been doing in class. It can take the form of a telephone conversation, an interview, or asking your partner's opinion about a specific topic. (That's why it's important to study Student's Book P40 Ex 3 and P133 V1.1 Question words.) It lasts for about 3 minutes.

You have time to prepare your ideas for both the monologue and the dialogue beforehand but you must do it individually and without using a dictionary.

Here are the topics that you need to know about: personal information (see SB P 7 Ex 8); family life (SB P 116 / 124);  daily routines; work; films; tv; reading; sport; music; eating out; cooking and food; making informal phone calls to friends to apologise or to make arrangements; and making formal phone calls to ask for information about courses.

During the test, I will not talk to you but I will be listening carefully. I´ll be particularly interested in the following points:

fulfillment of objectives; organisation and cohesion; interesting and relevant vocabulary; correct pronunciation and intonation; fluency; correct grammar with a variety of verb tenses; listening and responding to what your partner says.

If you have any questions, ask me in class or send me an email.

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