Many students worry about not knowing what to say in part 1 of the speaking test. We regularly get asked the following questions by students.
|1.||– a phrase that indicates you are giving additional information about what you have just said.|
|2.||– a phrase that indicates you are being truthful but think you may disappoint the listener with your answer.|
|3.||–a phrase that indicates you are giving a conclusion.|
|4.||– a question which you think the listener has, and which you will now answer.|
Let’s talk about television. What kinds of programs do you like?
Well, um.. I don’t watch TV … I can’t answer that question.
Let’s talk about television. What kinds of programs do you like?
I don’t like most of the things on TV and to be honest, I very rarely watch anything on TV. In fact, I haven’t had a TV since I lived at home with my parents as I think the quality of most programs is very low. People often wonder how I find out the news or watch sporting events, well, in this day and age, everything we need in terms of media is online. I get my news online and I pay to have access to sports events through an internet provider. I particularly like to watch big international games of football. I don’t miss the TV because I can get what I need on the internet and most of the time when I get home from work in the evening I am happier reading a book or chatting with friends than watching a screen. All in all, I think life is better without having a TV in my living room.
Exercise 1 | What do you already know?
True of False?
Open to see answer explanations
To prepare, look through example part 3 questions and think about how you would answer them. It is also good to read newspaper articles so you have good general knowledge to help you answer these kinds of questions.
Exercise 2 | Different Question Types
Exercise 3 | Important Language
|may, , could|
|it is forecast that…, , it is likely that…|
Describing changes over time
|the general trend has been that…|
Note: Present perfect simple and continuous for unfinished actions
Comparing and contrasting
|bigger than - comparative adjective + than|
|the biggest -|
|as big as -|
Giving reasons for a state or situation
|because, , as|
Note: Present simple for giving facts
Discussing benefits and drawbacks
|pros, , positives|
|negatives, , disadvantages|
Exercise 4 | Test your Knowledge
|Examiner:||How has the internet changed the way people communicate?|
|Candidate:||Well, that’s a good question. It is clear that the internet has had a major impact on the way we communicate. It has the way people maintain friendships as it is now much to stay in contact with people that we don’t see on a regular basis. I think there for people to have more friends than they did before the introduction of digital communication. Platforms such as Facebook and Instagram make it much simpler for us to stay up to date with people on the far side of the .|
|Examiner:||What are the advantages and disadvantages for students of using the internet to do research?|
|Candidate:||Firstly, I will start with the of using the internet for research purposes. There are many. A strong example is that it is a and efficient way to find out information. There are many sites which act as online encyclopedias allowing students to very discover general information about any given topic without needing to even leave the house. However, there is a major to these types of sites, namely, that they are open to the public to modify and the information cannot be trusted one hundred percent. Anyone with any kind of agenda can the information and so students must double check what they discover online in published and peer reviewed literature.|
|Examiner:||How is communication technology likely to change in the future?|
|Candidate:||there will be dire consequences of advances in digital communication technology. In particular, some people, famous scientists amongst them, that AI will be developed which will become sentient and try to destroy humanity, like in the terminator or matrix movies, this seems a bit far-fetched to me. I think we are to see digital technology really making the world a better place. I think it is highly likely that we will see everyone in the world connected and this be extremely democratic, as long as no corporations or nations monopolise control, as it allow everyone a voice and everyone will have equal access to information and the opportunities that this provides.|
Listen to the conversation below to check your answers. Copy the stressed sounds and rhythm of the candidate to improve your pronunciation.
Exercise 5 | Vocabulary
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Exercise 1 | Know the Question
Exercise 2 | True or False?
Well, yes actually, I used to do plenty of housework when I was a child and adolescent. My parents were quite strict in that on Saturday mornings the whole family would help out cleaning the house, including myself, and my older brother and sister. I would always do the sweeping while my brother and sister would mop the kitchen floor and hoover the rooms which had carpets in the house.
When I got older, I was always ironing and doing the washing as well, usually on a Sunday night, as school uniforms had to be ready for Monday morning. I’m not sure how these became my jobs but they did, even though I didn’t really enjoy them. I often helped my parents cooking as well, which was great in hindsight, as I learned lots of useful cooking skills. Although I didn’t really like housework when I was younger, I think it was useful for my later life and it made me a more responsible person.
Exercise 3 | Study the Vocabulary
|1.||(noun) an academic synonym for teenager|
|2.||(adjective) when a person or people demand that you follow their rules|
|3.||(adjective) all the people or things in a group|
|4.||(verb) to clean with a vacuum cleaner|
|5.||(noun) understanding of a situation after it has finished|
Exercise 4 | Study the Grammar
|A range of grammatical structures can be used to talk about past habits and routines.|
|1.||We can use , such as, always, often, sometimes, rarely, and never, with a tense verb.|
|For example: I often helped my parents.|
|2.||We can use with an adverb of frequency and a tense verb.|
|For example: I would always do the sweeping.|
|3.||We can use with a present tense verb.|
|For example: I used to do plenty of housework.|
|4.||We can use 'always' with the .|
|For example: I was always ironing and doing the washing.|
Exercise 5 | Test your Grammar
|Examiner:||Did you do used to take lots of photographs?|
|Candidate:||Yes, I did, lots in fact. I 1) always taking photographs when I was on holiday. I 2) to love taking photos of places that I went to with my family. I 3) take photos of any places we visited, even if they were fairly boring. My parents 4) get annoyed because I always needed more film for my cameras. That was before digital photography you see and my passion for taking photographs was quite costly! That didn’t put me off though, I was 5) taking photographs – it’s funny really because now me and my family like to look at these pictures and remember those holidays long ago.|
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Academic Writing Task 1
Academic Writing Task 2
Cause And Effect
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Complete The Notes
Complete The Table
Frequently Asked Questions
General Training Reading
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Listening Section 1
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Listening Section 3
Listening Section 4
Problem Solution Essay
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