In the last class we studied how to add more detail to our Part 2 talk. As you have seen, adding plenty of detail to your answers will help you to speak for longer, improving your fluency band score. In this class you will improve your ability to think of details to include in part 2 of the speaking test.
|What special occasion were you late for?|
|The name of the special occasion.|
|How common this type of special occasion is in your culture/school/work.|
|When did it happen?|
|The appearance of the location at that time of the year.|
|The time in your life, for example, “I was a university student”|
|Details about any people involved in the story such as their appearance and personality.|
|The effect of you being late, for yourself and for others.|
|How did you feel?|
|How you felt at the time it happened.|
|Any hopes, fears or plans you have related to this story and the future. For example, how you will stop the same problem from occurring in the future.|
This exercise shows the wide range of information which you can add in order to give extra detail and speak for longer.
Use our database of task 2 cue cards. Choose a cue card and brainstorm as many different details as possible for each of the four questions on it. Then record yourself speaking for two minutes about it. Try with other cue cards. If you practice this regularly you will certainly improve your fluency and confidence with part 2 of the speaking test.
Read the transcript of a candidate’s part 2 speaking. Complete the transcript with the correct past form of the verbs provided.
|Examiner: OK? Remember you have two minutes to talk about the topic. Don’t worry if I tell you to stop because it will mean your time is up.|
|Candidate: Right, thank you. So, I’d like to tell you about a time when I 1) (be) late. The event was my own birthday party. can you believe it? It was my twenty first or twenty second birthday, I’m not entirely sure which one it was now. I 2) (finish) university for the summer break and I was staying with my parents back in my hometown. It was the middle of summer and it 3) (be) scorching that particular day I remember.|
|I’m pretty sure this was a Thursday evening. I 4) (work) in a call centre on the other side of town to my parents’ house and it was this job which made me late. My parents had organized a surprise party for me. They 5) (invite) several of my friends from university as well as friends from my town and lots of family who 6) (live) locally as well. The weather was predicted to be good so they had organized for a barbeque and even some live music and a few party games to take place in the back garden. They had really gone all out to organise a great surprise party. Their plan was to send me out in the morning to do some shopping at an out-of-town-mall and then when I 7) (come) back in the early afternoon they'd surprise me, but, you see, they hadn’t seen me in the morning! They must have been really surprised themselves, and worried as well!|
|You see, I 8) (forget) to tell them about the new job, the one at the call centre I mentioned before, and it was my first day that Thursday. I hadn’t spoken about my birthday with my parents or friends because I didn’t want to make a big fuss about it. I 9) (leave) to start my new job in the morning before my parents 10) (wake) up. I wanted to make a good impression on my new boss so I turned my phone off and left it in my bag all day while I was 11) (work) so my parents couldn’t even contact me. I finished the shift at five in the evening and a few of my new colleagues were really sweet and 12) (invite) me out to have food and a few drinks with them. We had a great laugh, they were lovely people. Anyway, I didn’t end up returning home until eight thirty in the evening!|
|By the time I got home, I was about 6 hours late for my own party without even realizing it. I 13) (open) the door and there were loads of people hanging out around the house and in the garden. The band had already packed up and gone home but lots of guests were still about. They 14) (give) up on me ever coming so when I turned up there was a big cheer and everyone laughed and 15) (hug) me. Luckily, they had saved me some cake and it was lovely to see everyone. I felt ever so embarrassed though. Ever since that birthday, I have made a point of always making my birthday plans very clear and organizing my own party. It’s a good story though, my family and I often still laugh about it even though it must have happened seven or eight years ago now!|
|Examiner: Are you often late for things?|
|Candidate: No, actually, I hate being late for things, I’m usually early. I think being late for appointments shows a lack of respect for the other person or people.|
Notice that it is normal to present the story of the experience before you talk about how the experience made you feel.
Bonus Activity: Read through the text of a candidate’s speaking in exercise 3 again. Which ideas for details from exercise 2 are used?
The weather was predicted to be good so they had organized for a barbeque and even some live music and a few party games to take place in the back garden. They had really gone all out to organise a great surprise party.
I hadn’t spoken about my birthday with my parents or friends because I didn’t want to make a big fuss about it.
I finished the shift at five in the evening and a few of my new colleagues were really sweet and invited me out to have food and a few drinks with them. We had a great laugh , they were lovely people.
The band had already packed up and gone home but lots of guests were still about. They had given up on me ever coming so when I turned up there was a big cheer and everyone laughed and hugged me.
|1.||An adjective meaning very hot|
|2.||A verb phrase meaning ‘to do your best’|
|3.||A verb and noun collocation meaning ‘to make a big deal out of something’|
|4.||A verb and noun collocation meaning ‘to enjoy yourself’|
|5.||A phrasal verb meaning that you now think something will not work/happen|
|1.||Some families over birthdays while others don’t even celebrate with a party or a cake.|
|2.||I doing karaoke with my colleagues last week|
|3.||The company on the launch of the new product range, spending millions of pounds on marketing.|
|4.||The temperatures in the Sahara Desert in the summer can reach a 50 degrees Celsius and above.|
|5.||My team have lost the last five games so I have them winning any major competitions this year.|
We have already looked at What Part 2 is and Part 2 Topic Example Cards.
In this lesson we will study how to use that 1 minute to prepare a great talk.
To omit (verb) | (omitted) (verb 2) – this is an academic verb meaning to ‘leave out’ or ‘not include’.
The question words have been omitted.
A good way to approach the planning for speaking part 2 is to divide your note paper in to 4 sections. Have a look at the example plan by a candidate below.
What notes should I make?
You only have 1 minute to make your notes so they must be simple. Note down any important vocabulary, such as interesting and high level adjectives or nouns, because these will increase your band score for lexical resource.
(Notice the vocabulary item 'isolated' in the student example. This is a high level adjective that means 'far away from other people')
Never write any complete sentences – you simply don’t have enough time.
This technique can be difficult to learn so you need to practice it a lot. Always time yourself. Start with 5 minutes of preparation time. When you feel comfortable with that, try 4 minutes and then 3 and then 2 and finally 1. Try with many different questions and you are guaranteed to see an improvement.
To remind (verb) – helps you to remember
The photo reminds me of a great group of friends.
Tranquil (adjective) – calm and quiet
In the busy city, the gardens are a tranquil place to get away from the crowds.
A mansion (countable noun) – a large and usually old house.
The family live in a huge mansion in the countryside.
The end of an era (noun phrase) – the end of an important time.
I finished my degree last week. It feels like the end of an era. Now I need to start looking for a job and deciding what to do next.
In the next lesson we study How to begin our 2 minute talk and how to add details.
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