B2 Speaking - for teachers

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.

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  1. Anne

    As an examiner I would say your tips are spot on. Really useful for students to know.

    • TriProEnglish

      Hey Anne thanks for your comment 🙂 it’s good to know we are pointing students in the right direction!

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