Summary of this lesson

In this lesson, you should have learned… about the timing for Part Two (preparation time and speaking time) how to best use the preparation time in Part Two how to expand your notes before speaking in Part 2 some techniques for making notes and planning Return to the Unit Menu

Practice with a topic card

Now practice! Give yourself 60 seconds to make notes and prepare a response. NB There is no sample answer for this exercise. Describe your favourite TV programme You should say what the show is when it is shown why you like it You should also say whether you would recommend it

Examples of preparing notes

Describe a child you know You should say •    Who the child is •    How old they are •    What they enjoy doing You should also say what the child is like Step 1: 1. What’s the topic?   Describe a child 2. Past, present or future?  Present Step 2: Make notes about the four points … Read more

Video: Expanding ideas

Narration: Expanding ideas. To be able to speak for 2 minutes from the ideas in your notes, you will have to expand what you are going to say. This requires you to talk about each point for as long as possible without becoming repetitive. Let’s look at the example from the previous presentation. When planning … Read more

Video: Making notes

Narration: Making notes. When you are given the topic card, there are six stages you need to consider. First, you need to be clear on the topic of the card. In this example, you are being asked to describe a toy. Next, you should consider which is the most appropriate tense. In this example, you … Read more

Video: Part Two timing

Narration: Timing of Part Two. As you should know, the speaking test is broken into three parts, each with a different time limit. In Part One you have 4 to 5 minutes, in Part Two you have 3 to 4 minutes. In Part Three, you will be speaking for 4 to 5 minutes. Now we … Read more

Essential vocabulary for this lesson

To complete this lesson, you will need to know the following vocabulary. When you are sure you know all the words, continue to the next page. CONSIDER REPETITIVE PROMPT

Aims of this lesson

By the end of this lesson, you will know: how long you have to prepare your notes in Part Two how long you are expected to speak for how to make notes in Part Two the best techniques for extending your answer and developing your answer