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ASSESSMENT FLUENCY AND COHERENCE LEXICAL RESOURCE GRAMMATICAL RANGE AND PRONUNCIATION

CRITERIA ACCURACY
Speak at length Range of Vocabulary - the wider, Range - using a variety of Focuses on accuracy and
Organize ideas logically the better complex structures; these are variety features which
Appropriately signposting sentences with multiple bits include:
(use of words or phrases Factors in Using Vocabulary of information contrast to
that indicate the direction Effectively: single bits of information Individual Sounds -
of thoughts) spelling of the word can
Express and justify opinions Collocations - words naturally Control is important. sometimes confuse this
Discuss and speculate about used together Some grammatical Word stress - stressing
issues (without long pauses and lions roar not lions shout, make a mistakes persist. the wrong syllable in a
repetition of words) phone call not do a phone call These block word is a frequent error
Connotation - positive, neutral communication. - Confusing, when it
and negative association some changes with
words have Be prepared. different parts of
laid-back-inactive-lazy Make sure you know the word family
slim-thin -skinny format and type of questions photograph - photography -
Less Common in each section. photographic
Vocabulary/Expressions Sentence stress - the
very sunny - blistering, way that some words in a
sweltering, boiling Johnny Grammar Apps and sentence are emphasize
Videos help explain the or slightly louder
commonly used tenses. Intonation - the pitch of
your voice change as you
talk
monotone pitch - noticeable
if you memorize answers
Chunking - talking in a
rhythm which delivers
chunks of words with
short silences in between;
good public speakers use
this skill
PART 1: As you are speaking about a
INTRODUCTION AND topic: build on your point of
GENERAL QUESTIONS view (adding a few details).
PART 2: Use the bullet points on the Know the past tense of
LONG TURN task card to help you structure Common Verbs.
your long turn and make notes
in 1-minute preparation time
using keywords.
PART 3: Develop answers and speak at Some questions ask you to
ANALYTICAL length. Think of: speculate about the future so
DISCUSSION reasons use Right Tenses.
effects
comparisons
supporting examples
personal experience

Examples of Signposting:
Compare/Contrast - in my view,
there are two main differences
Responding to a Point - yes, I
agree because, I'm not sure I
agree with that, you see
Speculating on the Future - I
think we'll probably see a lot
of,
Maybe there'll be more, It's
unlikely that we will have
TIPS TO IMPROVE Practice in everyday Learn New Vocabulary - look Practice. Make sure it Find out how rhythm,
communication as much as out for new words, seeing relates the questions. sentence stress, and
you can. words in their context helps It's okay to correct intonation differ from
Record yourself talking you learn the meaning, usage yourself. your native language.
about and collocation Record yourself and listen Ensure you understand
different subjects then play Newspaper is good resource. to identify errors. the effect of sentence
it back then listen for: Group New Vocabulary - into stress and intonation on
linking expressions related subjects and learn Scores are assigned at the end meaning then practice
hesitation these together. of the speaking test. doing this in different
repetitive words Mind Map - list words related to There are no quotas. ways.
slow a topic Individuals are scored based Refer to a dictionary to
Synonyms - words and on their own merits. confirm the correct word
Assessment Criteria is the expressions with similar stress if you are unsure.
basis of Speaking Test not meaning; use thesaurus Listening to a variety of
appearance, body language and (important for all parts of authentic English sources
creative ideas. speaking test) will help you become
familiar with a range og
Word Cards - word written on pronunciation features.
one side and translation and Listen to radio or TV
an example sentence on the shows which interest you,
other side to test yourself having it on the
background helps you tune
Practice improves test scores. in the rhythm and
Keep trying to explain what you intonation of another
mean even if takes a little longer language.
(paraphrasing). Don't rush in speaking.
You may skip some words
or phrases.
Record yourself. Try to
apply what you learned
about different
pronunciation features in
English. Chunking skill may
be enhanced.
Face to face nature of
the test encourages you
to develop skills you will
need to interact
successfully with English
speakers.