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10 Speaking Questions: Part 2 (Collaborative task) | C2 Proficiency (CPE)

Level: C2
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C2 (CPE): What’s in the Speaking Paper?
C2 (CPE) Speaking Part 2: Introduction
C1 (CAE) Speaking Part 2: Questions/Pictures
C2 (CPE) Speaking Part 2: Tips
C2 (CPE) Speaking Paper: Assessment Criteria

C2 (CPE): What’s in the Speaking Paper?

  1. Part 1 (Interview)
  2. Part 2 (Collaborative task)
  3. Part 3 (Long turn and duscussion)

C2 (CPE) Speaking Part 2: Introduction

Timing: 4 minutes

Task type and format:
A two-way conversation between the candidates. The candidates are given instructions with written and visual stimuli, which are used in a decisionmaking task.

In this part of the test, you and your partner are asked to talk together. The interlocutor places a set of pictures on the table in front of you. There may be only one picture in the set or as many as seven pictures. This stimulus provides the basis for a discussion. The interlocutor first asks an introductory question that focuses on two of the pictures (or in the case of a single picture, on aspects of the picture).

After about 1 minute, the interlocutor gives you both a decision-making task based on the same set of pictures.

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C1 (CAE) Speaking Part 2: Questions/Pictures

Interlocutor: Now, in this part of the test, you’re going to do something together. Here are some pictures of people in different situations.  First, I’d like you to look at pictures X and Y and talk together.

You have about a minute for this, so don’t worry if I interrupt you.

…………………………………….. [you speak]

Interlocutor: Now, look at all the pictures.  You have about three minutes to talk about this

…………………………………….. [you speak]

First look at pictures A and F and discuss how space exploration has helped us to understand more about the world we live in. You have about one minute for this.

Now, look at all the pictures. I’d like you to imagine that the government is thinking of spending more money on space exploration and wants to produce a leaflet to publicise the fact. Talk about the importance of expanding our knowledge of the universe and decide which picture would be used most effectively for the cover of the leaflet. You have about three minutes for this.

 

First, I’d like you to look at photograph one and discuss what you think might be happening in this picture.

I’d like you to imagine these photographs are going to be used in a book about security. I want you to talk together about what aspects of security are covered by each photograph and whether each would be an appropriate photo to use in such a book.

First, I’d like you to look at pictures 1 and 3 and talk together about how common these situations are in your country.

I’d like you to imagine that a television documentary is being produced on working in the food industry. These pictures show some of the issues that are being considered.

Talk together about the different issues related to working in the food industry that these pictures show. Then decide which issue might stimulate the most interest.

First, I’d like you to look at photograph one and discuss what you think the circumstances behind the photo are.

Thank you, Now look at all the photographs.

I’d like you to imagine a leaflet about dangerous and/or exciting jobs is being created for schoolchildren. I want you to talk together about which of these photographs would be appropriate for the leaflet and why.

First, I’d like you to look at some pictures and talk together about which picture interests you more.

Now look at all the pictures. I’d like you to imagine that a magazine is planning an article on the evolution of television. These pictures will be used to accompany the article. Talk together about different aspects of how we use television, as shown in these pictures.

First, I’d like you to look at some pictures and talk together about which picture interests you more.

Now look at all the pictures. I’d like you to imagine that a magazine is planning an article on how cinema is changing. These pictures will be used to accompany the article. Talk together about different aspects of the changes in cinema, as shown in these pictures.

First, I’d like you to look at photograph one and talk about what you think is happening in this photograph.

Thank you, Now look at all the photographs.

I’d like you to imagine all these photographs have been entered into a competition whose theme was “When The World’s Against You”. Talk together about how successful each photograph has been at capturing the theme of the competition and decide which photograph should win.

First, I’d like you to look at some pictures and talk together about which picture interests you more.

Now look at all the pictures. I’d like you to imagine that a magazine is planning an article on our relationship with the horse. These pictures will be used to accompany the article. Talk together about different aspects of how we treat horses, as shown in these pictures.

First, I’d like you to look at some pictures and talk together about which picture interests you more.

Now look at all the pictures. I’d like you to imagine that a magazine is planning an article on how much food is wasted. These pictures will be used to accompany the article. Talk together about different aspects of wasting food, as shown in these pictures

First, I’d like you to look at photograph one. How often do you go to places like this in your country?

Thank you, Now look at all the photographs. I’d like you to imagine a newspaper is doing an article about modern shopping habits. Talk together about which aspects of modern shopping are shown by each photograph and then decide which photograph best represents the subject of the article.

C2 (CPE) Speaking Part 2: Tips

  • remember that the first task in Part 2 helps you to become familiar with the pictures
  • remember that the second task in Part 2 has a different focus from the first task – it’s usually more abstract
  • if you can’t remember all the instructions, check with the other candidate or the interlocutor
  • listen carefully and link what you say to what the other candidate says
  • discuss all the pictures in some detail before you try to reach a decision.

C2 (CPE) Speaking Paper: Assessment Criteria

Interactive Communication

  • Are you able to interact with the other candidate easily and effectively?
  • Are you listening to the other candidate and answering in a way that makes sense?
  • Are you able to start and develop a discussion?
  • Are you able to manage the discussion so that you and the other candidate come to an agreement about a decision?

 

Vocabulary

  • Are you using a wide range of vocabulary? Is the vocabulary appropriate for the subject you’re talking about?
  • Are you using this vocabulary correctly?
  • Are you showing that you can use suitable vocabulary to discuss topics that are abstract and unfamiliar to you, as well as topics you are used to talking about?
Discourse Management

  • Are you showing that you can give both long and shorter answers?
  • Are you able to speak fluently? Is what you’re saying relevant to the subject of the discussion?
  • Are you able to discuss a subject in detail and at a more general level too?
  • Is what you’re saying clear and well organised?
  • Are you using a wide range of words and phrases to connect your ideas and organise what you are saying?
Pronunciation

  • You don’t need to have a perfect English accent, but you need to be clear at all times. Are you pronouncing individual words clearly?
  • Is your voice going up and down at the right times?
  • Are you stressing the right parts of words and the right words in sentences?
  • Does your pronunciation help you to communicate what you mean in a clear and effective way?
Grammar

  • Are you using a wide range of grammatical structures?
  • Are you using these structures correctly?
  • Are you showing that you can be flexible in your use of grammar?
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