This post looks at two ways to practice speaking skills with exam students, but both of these activities can be used with lower level students. These activities are easy to adapt and as such can be used regularly to practice for Part 2 and 3 of the FCE and CAE exams.
This activity is a great activity to practice speaking for the FCE but can be used with a number of different levels.
Activity Time: 5 – 10 minutes +
Materials required: A wordle headline for each pair of students. Pre-prepared activity download.
Skills practiced: Speaking, listening, writing and reading.
Level: Pre-intermediate +
1. Find a number of interesting headlines. I usually find interesting headlines at the following websites:
The Huffington post
Optionally, download this pre-prepared activity
2. When you find interesting headlines, copy and paste the headlines into wordle. You should have something like the example below. Make enough different wordle headlines for each group in your class.
3. In class, put students into pairs. Tell the students that they are going to receive a headline from the news. Tell them that they must first unscramble their headline and then write it down. Don’t forget to tell them that they must use all the words to create their headline.
When they have made a logical headline using all the words, they must talk about what they think the story is about and what their opinion of the story is.
In The News
Activity Time: 5 – 10 minutes + Materials required: A mini news article for each student. Pre-prepared activity download. Skills practiced: Speaking, listening and reading. Level: Pre-intermediate +
1. Find some interesting articles, copy and paste the headline and the first few lines of the article into a word document or download this pre-prepared printable.
2. Give one article to each student. Tell them they have one minute to read the article. When they are finished, they must explain what their article was about to their partner and then ask their partner’s opinion about the article.
Give the students some useful vocabulary on the board. Remind them that this is the vocabulary needed in Part 3 of the FCE and CAE speaking exams.
Encourage students to speak for at least 2 – 3 minutes. Ask them to report back to the class about their opinions on the article.
Expressions for asking opinion
What do you think about…?
How d’you feel (about…)?
What d’you reckon (about…)?
What’s your opinion of…?
(What do think about) that?
What are your views on…?
What would you say to… / if we…?
As I see it……..
In my opinion…….
As far as I’m concerned……
My point of view is that…….
It seems to me that……..
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