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READING - Pronounce & articulate words clearly; read fluently with appropriate expression & rhythm


Pronunciation & Articulation

Rhythm & Fluency 10


PICTURE DISCUSSION - Interpret the situation in the picture, using correct grammar & appropriate vocab


Interpretation & Explanation

CONVERSATION - Engage in a conversation on a given topic


Personal Response
Clarity of Expression 10

Engagement in Conversation


1) Reading
Pay special attention to:
(a) the theme, setting, mood, & speakers (these dictate the tone / voice you should use)
(b) words that are more difficult to pronounce (rehearse them aloud beforehand).
G_________ o_________ words you cannot pronounce. Do NOT m__________ words: dont
add or subtract words
(c) dialogue (read speech segments more expressively & pause at transit points)
(d) pacing (do not read too fast / too slow)
(e) Note _______ sounds; end c_____________ sounds (e.g. d, -t, -k); long v________
sounds (e.g. these); -______ sounds (e.g. scientists, costs)

* If you make a mistake (e.g. mispronunciation), do not panic! Carry on fluency is important.

2) Picture
S__________ ------ D_____________ ------ I__________
Identify the central theme(s).
(a) Note key characters / objects / features.
(b) Decipher relationships / connections.
(c) Move beyond descriptions & share your opinions.
For descriptions of people, focus on the:
- external (4As: age, appearance, attire, actions) vs
- internal (thoughts, feelings, motivations, attitude, personality / character)
For opinions:
- substantiate (reason with evidence / specific examples)
- moderate (present a more balanced perspective on sensitive issues)
(d) Make references to current affairs / interesting facts when appropriate.

* As the picture is black & white, please do not describe using specific colours.

3) Conversation
(a) Give a stand: it is okay to say no
(b) Elaborate (steer clear of one-word / one-sentence answers)
(c) Substantiate (reason with evidence / specific examples)
(d) Moderate (present a more balanced perspective on sensitive issues)

* Be personable establish eye contact with the examiner(s) and smile readily.

Language for sharing opinions or drawing inferences: could, might, possibly, likely,
probably, suppose, surmise, infer, deduce, conclude, predict, think, feel, opinion