Initial steps with Trinity

First qualifications in English: GESE Grades 1–3

cover photos: top middle and bottom right — Speak! Learning Centre; top right and bottom left — Martin Dalton; bottom middle — Sylva Nay photos: opposite left — Sylva Nay; opposite right — Rebecca Rufener

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What is Trinity College London? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 The Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Trinity GESE Grade 1 — Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 GESE Grade 1 — Syllabus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 GESE Grade 1 — Teaching materials. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 GESE Grade 2 — Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 GESE Grade 2 — Syllabus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 GESE Grade 2 — Teaching materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 GESE Grade 3 — Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 GESE Grade 3 — Syllabus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 GESE Grade 3 — Teaching materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 General information — Initial stage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28

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we believe in recognising the achievements of every learner. Trinity provides qualifications in the English language. you will learn how Trinity recognises the achievements of learners of English at the beginning of their journey. In this booklet. fully accredited in England as an awarding body. 3 . At Trinity.What is Trinity College London? What is Trinity College London? Trinity College London is an independent international examinations board. music and performing arts throughout the world. Each journey starts with a first step — including the journey of learning English. Trinity has been examining since 1872 and now over half a million people each year take one of our examinations.

Each GESE examination is conducted in person by a Trinity examiner. for many. normally to your school. the journey of learning English begins at an early age. so whatever your student’s level of English there is an examination that they can take — and should pass! Learners of English — particularly children — like to know that they are progressing and that the language they have learnt can be used in a real-life situation. Trinity recognises this and values the positive motivational effect of an examination which encourages further learning.trinitycollege. The exam consists of an unscripted one-to-one conversation with the examiner (held in a designated examination room) during which the students demonstrate that they can communicate in English. to meet your students. The 12 grades of GESE are divided into four stages: Initial Grades 1–3 5–7 minutes Elementary Grades 4–6 10 minutes Intermediate Grades 7–6 15 minutes Advanced Grades 10–12 25 minutes Topic presentation Topic discussion Candidate-led discussion of topic Topic discussion Conversation Conversation Interactive task Conversation Interactive task Listening task Conversation Since.The Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE) The Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE) The Graded Examinations in Spoken English are designed for all learners of English. this booklet has been prepared to help teachers of young learners prepare them for their Trinity examinations.co. but should bear in mind that the materials are designed specifically for younger learners Full details of all Trinity’s ESOL examinations can be found in the latest edition of our syllabuses or on our website www. There are 12 grades in total. All Trinity examiners are highly-trained and experienced native speakers of English who travel from the UK to your country. Teachers of older learners may find the techniques outlined in this booklet helpful.uk/esol 4 photo: Martin Dalton .

for example. 5 . Students can practise for their exam in class. They will show that they understand the examiner by responding appropriately to their questions or instructions. At the end of the exam. the candidate will realise that they have been able to understand someone they have never met before and who does not speak their language. which lasts approximately five minutes. Trinity’s aim is that students leave the examination room smiling and looking forward to their next English lesson. They see that even the limited English they have learned is real and useful. The examiner will have pictures or objects to elicit the language we want the learner to use. At Grade 1. As with all the Graded Examinations in Spoken English. it will be a friendly and enjoyable experience. candidates do not have to use full sentences when they talk to their examiner. The syllabus for Grade 1 (see overleaf) lists what candidates need to be able to understand and use in order to pass their exam. Exam practice can easily be incorporated into students’ general English courses. During this time the examiner will exchange greetings with the candidate and then ask simple questions or give simple instructions. by talking to each other and playing educational games focusing on the language items required for Grade 1.Trinity GESE Grade 1 — Introduction Trinity GESE Grade 1 — Introduction Grade 1 takes the form of a conversation with a Trinity examiner.

green • Determiners a. e. my. his. small. show. give. Candidate performance In performing the required task. the candidate is expected to demonstrate the following communicative skills and use the language items listed below. your. the. point. ear/ears. she. her • Pronouns I.GESE Grade 1 — Syllabus GESE Grade 1 — Syllabus Please refer to the ‘General Information’ section on page 28 for more details. e. stand up • Question words what? how many? how old? • Demonstratives this.g. answers to simple questions and requests for information Functions • Exchanging greetings • Giving personal information (name. age) • Identifying and naming items given in the lexical list below • Leave-taking Language — understanding and production Grammar The candidate is expected to demonstrate the ability to: a) Understand • Imperatives for common actions. touch. that b) Understand and use • The present simple tense of to be • Common nouns in singular and plural (regular). big. you. he. it. Grade 1 Format Total time: 5 minutes The examination consists of one assessed phase: • Conversation with the examiner (up to 5 minutes). shoe/shoes • Simple adjectives. they Lexis The candidate is expected to demonstrate the ability to understand and use the vocabulary related to • Personal information • Immediate surroundings including classroom objects • Parts of the face and body • Animals — common domestic. even single-word. go. Communicative skills • Exchange greetings with the examiner • Show understanding of simple instructions through appropriate actions • Give very short.g. come. e.g. farm and wild • Cardinal numbers up to 20 • Colours • Items of clothing Phonology • The correct pronunciation of individual sounds to form intelligible words 6 .

(candidate says what he or she is wearing) A red shirt. 7 . (candidate indicates ears in picture) His nose. Go to the window. And you? Candidate Hello. Touch the window. Examiner Hello! My name’s … What’s your name? How old are you? Stand up please. These are only examples. My name’s… I’m ten. (candidate stands up) (candidate walks to the window) (candidate touches the window) They’re pens. three… It’s a table. And what’s this? Look at me.. One. This is a white shirt. Brown. a black jacket . two.. blue trousers. What are they? What colour is that? And this one? How many pencils are there? What’s this? Show me his ears. not models to be learned. It’s green.GESE Grade 1 — Syllabus Examiner and candidate language The sample exchanges below show some ways in which examiners and candidates might express themselves during the conversation.

teachers who want to practise a real Grade 1 exam should use a range of elicitation techniques and relevant materials. These examples have been designed specifically to practise for the real Grade 1 exam. as examiners will use a range of methods and questions for eliciting the required language of Grade 1.GESE Grade 1 — Teaching Materials 8 GESE Grade 1 — Teaching materials Examples for practising Grade 1 In the following pages there are some examples of how you can practise a Trinity GESE Grade 1 examination with your students. photo: above top — Sylva Nay . Warning The suggestions given in this document are only examples of some of the many ways of practising for the real exam. These are only suggestions and there are many other ways of doing the exam. Below there are sample materials and questions for two areas in the syllabus. Therefore. Please use the samples below to help you develop your own materials for examination practice. The examples given are NOT models to be learnt.

There is a sample below Communicative skills ✓ ✓ Exchange greetings with the examiner Give very short.Introductions Examiner materials/gestures [No materials needed in this section] GESE Grade 1 — Teaching Materials Examiner questions – Hello! – What’s your name? – How are you? – How old are you? – My birthday’s in . even single-word.. age) 9 . (insert month). answers to simple questions and requests for information Functions ✓ ✓ Exchanging greetings Giving personal information (name. When’s yours? Examiner suggests the wrong day – Is it Saturday today? What day is it? – Do you have a question for me? Introductions: Which language items are we testing? Please check the criteria listed on page 6..

GESE Grade 1 — Teaching Materials Numbers Examiner materials/gestures Examiner shows the number chart 1 6 11 16 2 7 12 17 3 8 13 18 4 9 14 19 5 10 15 20 Examiner questions – How old are you? – Point to (student’s age). Examiner points to a correct number Examiner points to an incorrect number Examiner points to another number – Is this 13? – Is this 15? Point to 15. – What’s this? Numbers: Which language items are we testing? Please check the criteria listed on page 6. 10 photo: English for Asia .

11 . The list of what learners should be able to do is longer (see overleaf) and reflects the way students learn English in the classroom. The Grade 2 exam is a pleasant and friendly experience and the candidate will use short phrases and statements and even ask their examiner a question. They are now able to use English at level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Because the candidate asks at least one question during the conversation. they start to understand that language is a two-way communication and can begin to see the advantages they gain from learning English.GESE Grade 2 — Introduction GESE Grade 2 — Introduction Grade 2 takes the form of a six-minute conversation with the examiner during which the candidate has the opportunity to show how much they have progressed since their Grade 1 exam.

Candidate performance In performing the required task. his. Communicative skills • Understand short. hers • Yes/no answers to present continuous tense questions Lexis The candidate is expected to demonstrate the ability to understand and use the vocabulary related to • Rooms in the home • Household objects • Family and friends • Pets • Possessions • Days of the week and months of the year 12 • Cardinal numbers up to 50 . any b) Understand and use • Present simple tense • There is/are and has/have got/have you got? • Question words. under. what • Prepositions of place in. requests and statements • Respond with appropriate actions and positive and negative short form answers • Contribute to the conversation using memorised phrases and short statements • Use a basic range of words and simple phrases related to personal details and situations • Ask for very basic personal information.g. their. yours. about possessions Functions • Indicating the position of people and objects • Describing people. simple questions. on. when • Present continuous tense questions • Determiners some. where. next to • Determiners our. its • Possessive pronouns mine. e.GESE Grade 2 — Syllabus GESE Grade 2 — Syllabus Grade 2 Format Total time: 6 minutes The examination consists of one assessed phase: • Conversation with the examiner (up to 6 minutes). animals. the candidate is expected to demonstrate the following communicative skills and use the language items listed below. e. between. objects and places very simply • Stating simple facts • Informing about possessions • Asking very simple questions about personal details Language — understanding and production Grammar The candidate is expected to demonstrate the ability to a) Understand • Present simple tense questions • Question words — who.g.

These are only examples. What do you have for breakfast? This man in the picture — is he wearing a white shirt? Put the red pen next to the clock. Toast.GESE Grade 2 — Syllabus Phonology • The correct pronunciation of items associated with the lexical areas listed above • The appropriate stress for short form answers. I’m. She’s sixteen. Where’s my pencil? What day is it today? … And the month? Yes I have. (candidate puts the pen next to the clock) (It’s) under the book. I’ve. he is. There are two people (in the picture). Yes. Examiner Hello! Where do you come from? Have you got any brothers and sisters? What’s her name? How old is she? Please look at this picture. (It’s) Monday … (the month is) June. I have a dog.g.g. I’ve got one sister. (Her name is) Elizabeth. How many people are there in the picture? Where are they? Do you have any pets? Tell me about your dog. I do • Contractions. Examiner and candidate language The sample exchanges below show some ways in which examiners and candidates might express themselves during the conversation. His name is … He’s two years old. Yes. not models to be learned. Yes. Have you got a dog? What’s its name? Grade 2 communicative skills and functions have been mapped to A1 in the CEFR. e. e. Candidate Hello! I come from Granada. 13 . They’re in a house… Yes. he’s — in addition to the items listed for the previous grade.

as examiners will use a range of methods and questions for eliciting the required language of Grade 2. It can be useful for teachers and students to work together to create wallcharts of samples of the language required for Grade 2.GESE Grade 2 — Teaching materials 14 GESE Grade 2 — Teaching materials Examples for practising Grade 2 In the following pages there are some examples of how you can practise a Trinity GESE Grade 2 exam with your students. Students can prepare for their Grade 2 examination in their English classes. photo: Martin Dalton . for example. Therefore. In order to make the exam practice as authentic as possible. Warning The suggestions given in this document are only examples of some of the many ways of practising for the real exam. teachers who want to practise a real Grade 2 exam should use a range of elicitation techniques and relevant materials. you can use these materials to play the role of the examiner. asking the suggested questions and adding your own to elicit the required language from your students. by asking each other questions in the classroom and making sure that they understand the answers. Using these examples is only a suggestion — there are many other ways of preparing for the exam. The practice exam materials and questions have been divided into three different examples. The examples given are NOT models to be learnt.

Prepositions Examiner materials/gestures Using flashcards GESE Grade 2 — Teaching materials Examiner questions – Look at this cat. Where is it? Examiner points to incorrect picture – Is it on the box? – Where is it? Prepositions: Which language items are we testing? Please check the criteria listed on page 12. e. request and statements Respond with appropriate actions and positive and negative short form answers Contribute to the conversation using memorised phrases and short statements Use a basic range of words and simple phrases related to personal details and solutions Functions ✓ Stating simple facts Grammar a) Understand ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Present simple tense questions Question words — who. what b) Understand and use 15 .g. when Present simple tense Question words. Communicative skills ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Understand short simple questions. where.

What’s in the kitchen? with rooms. etc. Where are they? – Do you have a question for me? Home/Rooms: Which language items are we testing? Please check the criteria listed on page 12. – There are some flowers. 16 . furniture. – How many rooms are there? – Do you have a computer? Where is it? – Is it yours? The examiner shows a picture of a house – Look at this house.GESE Grade 2 — Teaching materials Home/Rooms Examiner materials/gestures Examiner questions – Where do you live? – Do you live in a house or a flat? Does the student know the difference between ‘room’/‘living room’/‘bedroom’? – Describe your house/flat.

....ing? – Are they . 17 ..Present continuous Examiner materials/gestures Using flashcards Examiner points to a mixture of correct and incorrect pictures...ing? Present continuous: Which language items are we testing? Please check the criteria listed on page 12....ing? – Is she .. asking… GESE Grade 2 — Teaching Materials Examiner questions – Look at these pictures – Is he ..

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Like all the GESE grades there is no script for the examiner to follow and they enjoy meeting their candidates as much as the candidates enjoy talking — in English! — with their examiner. they can now describe their daily routines and other events to the examiner.GESE Grade 3 — Introduction GESE Grade 3 — Introduction Grade 3 is the final examination in the Initial Stage of the GESE exams and means that the learner has reached A2.1 in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). They can also talk about their parents’ jobs and what they do in their free time. The Grade 3 examination is a stimulating communicative experience with the candidate interacting more with the examiner. This examination lasts up to seven minutes and now candidates are able to have a more complex conversation with their examiner. it is time to start thinking about the next stage — Elementary stage. Now that the learner has completed the GESE Initial stage. As the Grade 3 speaker of English can use the different tenses and prepositions specified in the syllabus (see overleaf) in addition to the language of Grades 1 and 2. give very simple directions and describe what people are doing. Next stop: Grade 4! 19 .

opposite • Past tense of verb to be • Ordinal numbers up to 31st (for dates) • Link words and. Candidate performance In performing the required task. up. and then) Functions • Describing daily routines. in front of. across • Prepositions of time on. the candidate is expected to demonstrate the following communicative skills and use the language items listed below. behind. and then Lexis • Jobs • Places in the local area • Place of study • Home life • Weather • Free time • Times and dates 20 . Communicative skills • Show understanding by responding appropriately to simple questions and requests • Use basic sentence patterns with memorised phrases to communicate limited information related to simple everyday situations • Exchange basic personal information and descriptions of everyday life and activities • Link groups of words in a very simple way (using and.GESE Grade 3 — Syllabus GESE Grade 3 — Syllabus Grade 3 Format Total time: 7 minutes The examination consists of one assessed phase: • Conversation with the examiner (up to 7 minutes). down. at • Prepositions of place near. events and weather • Telling the time and giving dates • Expressing ability and inability • Giving very simple directions and locations • Describing current activities of real people or those in pictures • Describing states in the past Language production The candidate is expected to demonstrate the ability to understand and use the items listed below. in. Grammar • Present continuous tense • Can and can’t • Prepositions of movement from. to. in addition to the items listed for the previous grades. along.

Marco’s ten years old. They’re sitting in front of a café. it isn’t. I do my homework and then I have dinner. 21 . He’s tall and has brown hair.GESE Grade 3 — Syllabus Phonology • The correct pronunciation of the items associated with the lexical areas listed above • The use of contractions where appropriate • Basic stress and intonation patterns for words and short sentences Examiner and candidate language The sample exchanges below show some ways in which examiners and candidates might express themselves during the conversation. Let’s look at this picture. They’re drinking coffee. It’s on the left. It’s hot and sunny. it’s half an hour from here by bus. No. Go up the stairs. These are only examples. Marco. It was cloudy and cold. No. No. What are these people doing? When’s your birthday? What time do you go to bed? Can you play the piano? Where’s your classroom? Candidate Hello! I live in Perugia. not models to be learned. I can’t. Examiner Hello! Where do you live? Is that near here? What’s the weather like today? Is it raining now? And what about yesterday? What do you do when you get home from school? What’s the name of your best friend? Tell me about Marco.1 in the CEFR. I listen to some music. Grade 3 communicative skills and functions have been mapped to A2. The fourteenth of April. At ten o’clock.

photo: Martin Dalton .GESE Grade 3 — Teaching materials 22 GESE Grade 3 — Teaching materials Examples for practising Grade 3 In the following pages there are some examples of how you can practise a Trinity GESE Grade 3 exam with your students. teachers who want to practise a real Grade 3 exam should use a range of elicitation techniques and relevant materials. The practice exam materials and questions have been divided into four different examples. Therefore. Use these ideas to develop your own materials for exam preparation. The examples given are NOT models to be learnt. Using four examples is only a suggestion. Warning The suggestions given in this document are only examples of some of the many ways of practising for the real exam. please use these materials to play the role of the examiner. asking the suggested questions and adding your own to elicit the required language from your students. In order to make the exam practice as authentic as possible. as examiners will use a range of methods and questions for eliciting the required language of Grade 3.

Communicative skills ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Show understanding by responding appropriately to simple questions and requests Use basic sentence patterns with memorised phrases to communicate limited information related to simple everyday situations Exchange basic personal information and descriptions of everyday life and activities Link groups of words in a very simple way (using and. up. What jobs can you see? – What’s her job? – And his? – Do you have a question for me? Jobs/Family jobs: Which language items are we testing? Please check the criteria listed on page 20. down. along. and then Lexis ✓ Jobs 23 . across Link words and. events and weather Expressing ability and inability Grammar ✓ ✓ ✓ Can and can’t Prepositions of movement from. What are their jobs? – Look at these pictures. and then) Functions ✓ ✓ Describing daily routines.Jobs/Family jobs Examiner materials/gestures Examiner shows the student pictures of different jobs GESE Grade 3 — Teaching materials Examiner questions – Tell me about your family. to.

opposite — Sylva Nay .GESE Grade 3 — Teaching Materials Places in the local area Examiner materials/gestures Examiner questions – Tell me about your house. above bottom — Sylva Nay. what can you see? A park? Some shops? – Look out of the window. 24 photos: above top — Speak! Learning Centre. What can you see? – Do you have a question for me? Places in the local area: Which language items are we testing? Please check the criteria listed on page 20. Is it near this school? If a window with a view is available – Walking from this school to your house.

Free time Examiner materials/gestures Examiner questions – Tell me about your daily routine. Place of study. Place of study. Free time: Which language items are we testing? Please check the criteria listed on page 20.Time. 25 . What time do you go to school? – What subjects do you study at school? – What time does school finish? – What do you do in your free time? – What do you do with your brother/sister/ parents/friends? GESE Grade 3 — Teaching materials Time. Daily routines. Daily routines.

Present continuous. Present continuous. Examiner points to different activities – What are they doing? – What is she doing? – What is he doing? – Can you…? – Do you have a question for me? Free time. Can/can’t Examiner materials/gestures Examiner questions – Look at these pictures of free time activities. 26 photo: Martin Dalton . Can/can’t: Which language items are we testing? Please check the criteria listed on page 20.GESE Grade 3 — Teaching Materials Free time.

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The examiner asks questions using the grammatical structures listed for the grade and expects the candidate to answer using the language indicated for the grade (and for the previous grades where applicable). These could include everyday objects and pictures which can be used to engage the candidate’s interest. Format The examination at each grade consists of the following: • greetings and setting at ease • conversation • end of conversation and leave-taking. Procedure In all grades. This profile is based on the level Basic User. C or D. The examiner may also refer to the immediate surroundings of the examination room or centre. the examiner brings the conversation to an end by thanking the candidate and saying goodbye. The candidate is expected to say goodbye. During the examination. assessment (2001). teaching.General information — Initial stage 28 General information — Initial stage Candidate profile By the end of the Initial stage. A2. such as moving around the room or pointing to specific objects. Examiners select their own materials appropriate to the age and maturity of the candidate. the candidate is required to display understanding through gesture and simple actions. Assessment At each grade. The conversation is then initiated by the examiner and gives the candidate the opportunity to demonstrate through both speech and actions the range of language required at this stage. photo: Martin Dalton . B. the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning. At all grades. the candidate can: • understand what is said clearly. the examiner begins by greeting the candidate and trying to set him or her at ease. places and possessions. and by giving short responses. the examiner assesses the candidate’s performance by selecting one of four levels of performance and awards a letter grade A. what they do. elicit the language of the grade and encourage the conversation to develop. These levels can be classified as follows: A — Distinction B — Merit C — Pass D — Fail Examiners indicate key areas which are in need of improvement by using the appropriate tick boxes provided on the Report form. groups of a few words and formulae about himself or herself and other people. slowly and directly in simple everyday conversation with support • communicate in basic routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar matters to do with work and free time • use basic sentence patterns and communicate through memorised phrases.

uk/esol General information — Initial stage 29 . At each grade. but the examiner aims to enable the candidate to participate in a genuine and interesting two-way exchange within the linguistic limits set by the syllabus. Candidates should be able to ask for repetition of anything they have not heard clearly or understood. the question ‘What’s your brother’s name?’ could be answered in a number of ways.Guidance At this stage. Full sentence responses to questions of this kind. at Grade 2. can understand their meaning and can use them accurately and appropriately. The examiner will speak slowly and clearly throughout and will allow the candidate time to process what is heard and formulate a response. candidates are required to link groups of words with the simple connectors. The examiner will provide support in the form of repetition and re-phrasing. At Grade 1.trinitycollege. please?’ or simply ‘Sorry?’ or ‘Pardon’ are ideal for this purpose.co. However.g. producing such statements as ‘My brother’s tall and he’s got black hair’. At Grade 2. candidates are expected to be able to provide simple descriptions of people and objects and so must be able to construct full sentences such as ‘My brother’s tall. ‘Bruno’ is a perfectly good response too. Full details on all Trinity’s ESOL examinations can be found in the latest edition of our syllabuses or on our website www. the candidate is expected to perform the language functions and use the language items listed for the grade. Memorised phrases such as ‘Can you repeat that. e. However. overuse of such phrases will be taken as an indication that the candidate is having persistent difficulty understanding the examiner and this will affect the assessment of the task fulfilment. candidates are expected to answer the examiner’s questions with very short. He’s got black hair’. ‘His name’s Bruno’ are acceptable but not compulsory. Those responsible for preparing candidates for the examinations should ensure that candidates are completely familiar with the items listed. questions and answers play a major part in the conversation. mostly one or two word responses as well as with gestures and actions. At Grade 3.

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trinitycollege.Initial steps with Trinity — First qualifications in English: GESE Grades 1–3 This booklet provides teachers with a comprehensive breakdown of the requirements and some preparation techniques for Trinity Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE) Grades 1–3.co. www.uk/esol .

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