What are the skills which really make a difference between passing and failing in the speaking exam?
With the help of Lancaster University in the UK, Trinity analysed their own English exam results – and found out the B2 candidates who passed used some easy to learn strategies!
According to this research, candidates who pass B2:
- Ask questions and look for clarification (using questions, repetition, summary phrases)
- Check they understand properly (candidates can use similar strategies to those above)
- Use “native” strategies when they hesitate (well, you know, hold on, like etc)
- Show they are listening to the speaker (they react appropriately to sad, or exciting information)
- Take responsibility for the conversation, and try to engage the examiner as much as possible!
- Use a wide variety of vocabulary and phrases – have your students identify the phrases they rely on- what synonyms can they find for these expressions?
- Know how to communicate their opinions: agreeing, disagreeing, being unsure, partially agreeing – B2 candidates should have a relatively sophisticated set of expressions to show the examiners that they can express their opinion, the strength of their opinion – and even (strong candidates) why they are unsure/ why they are completely convinced of a given argument – talking about their sources of information (personal experience, academic knowledge etc).
You can introduce your students to these ideas in Spanish here.