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FCE Speaking Part 1 B

Part 1 ( 2 minutes) 

The examiner will ask you questions about your life, focusing on areas such as daily life, leisure, work, future plans, holidays, likes and disl ikes. The examiner addresses each of the candidate in turn and does not invite you to talk to each other, though you may do so if you wish. This is a natural way to begin the exam and it allows you to settle and feel more confident.

Good morning/afternoon/evening.  My name is Emily,  and your names are?

Where are you from, (Candidate A)?
 And you, (Candidate B)?

First we’d like to know something about you. Select one or more questions from any of the following category:

Social Networks

  • What social networks do you use? ( How often? Why?)
  • Do you social networking sites be dangerous?
  • What are the benefits of using social networks such as Facebook?
  • Is it possible to become a social networking addict?

Job interviews

  • Do you think that it is necessary to prepare for a job interview? (Why? How can you prepare?)
  • How can a person make a good first impression?
  • What clothes should you wear for an interview?
  • Do you think you should talk negatively about your former employer?

Online Shopping 

  • Do you often do your shopping online?
  • What do you buy online?
  • Are the prices in the shops and online shops very similar?
  • What are the advantages of shopping online?
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FCE Speaking Part 1 A

Part 1 ( 2 minutes) 

The examiner will ask you questions about your life, focusing on areas such as daily life, leisure, work, future plans, holidays, likes and disl ikes. The examiner addresses each of the candidate in turn and does not invite you to talk to each other, though you may do so if you wish. This is a natural way to begin the exam and it allows you to settle and feel more confident.

Good morning/afternoon/evening.  My name is Emily,  and your names are?

Where are you from, (Candidate A)?
 And you, (Candidate B)?

First we’d like to know something about you. Select one or more questions from any of the following category:

Education and work
• Do you work or do you study? (Tell us where you study/work.)
• How often do you use the Internet to study?
• What type of work would you like to do in the future?
• What new skill would you like to learn? (Why?)

Media
• What kind of television programmes do you like best?
• Do you like reading newspapers and magazines? (Where do you
read them?)
• Do you ever listen to the radio? (When?)
• Do you like going to the cinema? (Tell us about a film you’ve seen recently.)

 Free time 
• Do you prefer to spend time on your own or with other people? (Why?)
• Has your choice of free time activities changed over the years?
(In what way?)
• What kind of music do you like? (Why do you enjoy it?)
• Do you like going to parties? (Tell us about a party you remember well.)

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How to write the introduction to a solution essay for FCE exam

Writing the introduction for the FCE essay seems to create a lot of problems for my students as they are very confused how to start and what to write in the 1st paragraph. Although, there are plenty of resources to learn from, none of the essays provided in courebooks or online give you a clear strategy of writing the FCE essay. Let’s face it, you don’t want to spend time studying all the essays given, instead you want to develop one method that you can easily replicate during your exam. And this is actually what my students have been doing for the last few months and it proves to work!

The way I teach my students is that an ideal introduction consists of 3 sentences:

1- sentence stating a problem or a general idea

2- sentence that shows solutions

3- rhetorical question

 

In order to write those 3 sentences you should follow 5 steps:

1st step– read the essay question and underline main topic and keywords

2nd step– find synonyms of the underlined words

3rd step– write the first sentence that deals with the general point of view/ problem

4th step – include the solutions that dealswith the problem- these are the points taken from the notes + your own idea

5th step– Rhetorical question that allows you to write more about the solutions

 

Step 1-3 are the most time consuming, especially if you’ve just started practising. Once you write 5-8 introductions you’ll master writing the 1st paragraph of your FCE essay.

If you’re still not sure how the above works and how you can benefit, why not joining my webinar (online conference). During the webinar you’d be able to learn and practise writing your own introduction.

 

During the online conference you’re learning how to write the introduction by:

– seeing sample introdutions;

– practising writing your own introductions

– asking any questions you have

– having your introductions checked and commented

Register for the next webinar.

 

 

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