TIPS FOR THE ORAL EXAM
- · Read carefully the instructions and make sure you understand everything.
- · Give a short introduction (greeting)
- · Speak about all the points you are required. Stay focused on the task.
- · Introduce the points one by one. Express your opinion but don’t agree too soon. At the end try to summarize all the agreements you’ve reached. Warn, advice, persuade….
- · Use specific vocabulary related to the issue.
- · Make use of some of the grammar structures you’ve studied during the course.
- · Express agreement and disagreement using some of the structures you’ve learnt. You also need to warn, advice, persuade….
- · Adapt the register(formal/informal) you use to the different situations
- · Show interest
- · Take the floor, interrupting if necessary, involve your partner(s) in the conversation
– Television and mass media
· Programmes: reality shows, gossip programes, documentaries, soap operas, cartoons, the news, weather forecast, sports programmes, music programmes, talk shows, dramas, sitcoms, series, serials, etc.)
· Advertising. Impact on people and children
· Newspapers (tabloid vs broadsheets, magazines, daily newspapers, etc.) Online newspapers
· Children and television. Violence and impact on children
· Positive aspects vs negative aspects
· Educational programmes on TV
· Different kinds of holidays: package holiday, camping, guided tours, cruises
· Favourite means of tranport for holidays: own car, plane, train, etc.
· People to go with: alone, family, friends, partner, etc.
· Your last holiday
· Your future holiday
· Rural tourism (relaxing, nature, sports) vs urban tourism (sightseeing, monuments, museums)
· Private education vs state education
· Past education vs today’s education
· Your school days: favourite subjets, teachers, school, uniform, etc.
· Technology in class: positive and negative aspects?
· Lack of money for grants?
· Sports you do and how often?
· Children and sports. Sedentary life? Present and past, difference?
· Your opinion on risky sports
· Footballers: do they earn too much money?
· The Olympic Games
· Describe your job. How long have you been doing it? What do you like about it?
· Your ideal job.
· Retirement age: the ideal age?
· Dangerous jobs.
· Your opinion on civil servants in Spain.
· How has technology changed the world?
· Past and present: comparison
· I couldn’t live without my mobile. Do you agree with this statement?
· E-books. Do you have one? Why (not)?
· Technology in education. Positive and negative aspects?
· Do children have too many gadgets?
· Social difference: rich and poor people?
· The economic crisis. How is it affecting society?
· What do you spend your money on?
· Todays’ salaries. Is it possible to save money?
· Charities. Do you give money to them? Why (not)?
· Shopping. Do you like it? Where do you like shopping?
· Money corrupts people. Do you agree?
– Music and books
· Music you like and your favourite singer/ band
· Your opinion on going to concerts
· Do you like reading? What do you normally read?
· Is reading good for children? Why (not)?
· The best book you’ve ever read
· A book you would never recommend
· Books made into films. Which do you prefer, the book or the film?
– Eating habits
· You are what you eat. Do you agree with this statement?
· Your favourite food.
· Do you like fast food? How often do you have it?
· Eating out, do you like it?
· Children and obesity.
· Organic food, too expensive?
· Eating disorders
· Eating habits
– The environment
· What do you do to help the environment?
· Recycling. Do you recycle? What and how?
· Temperatures are rising more and more. What’s the cause?
· What can you do at home to save energy? –
· Traditional vs alternative medicine
· Stress, how to deal with it
· Lifestyle and health
· Public safety