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Speaking Examinations Information for Student (Languages other than Japanese)

Level Length No of parts/task types/format

Contemporary society

30 mins preparation + 15 mins oral Student has 30 minutes to prepare a text in the target language.

Part 1: presentation of text prepared by student (5 minutes)

Part 2: discussion/debate on text/topic with examiner (5 minutes)

Part 3: discussion/ debate on two topics studied during term (5 minutes)

Films 30 mins preparation + 15 mins oral Student has 30 minutes to prepare a text in target language.

Part 1: presentation of text prepared by student (5 minutes)

Part 2: discussion/debate on text/topic with examiner (5 minutes)

Part 3: discussion/debate on one topic and one film studied during term (5 minutes)

Levels 6/7 10-12 mins Part 1: Long turn (topic chosen from a set list or negotiated with tutor, and prepared in advance by student) (3 minutes)

Part 2: Discussion/debate on topic prepared by student for the long turn ( 3-4 minutes)

Part 3: Discussion with examiner exploring 2 topics based on general knowledge (4-5 minutes)

Level 5

10 mins

Part 1: Long turn (topic chosen from a set list and prepared in advance by student) (3 minutes)

Part 2: Discussion/debate on topic prepared by student for the long turn ( 3 minutes)

Part 3: Discussion with examiner exploring 2 topics studied/discussed in class (4 minutes)

Level 4 8 mins Part 1: Long turn (student is given three topics to prepare in advance and one is chosen at random during the test) followed by a set of 2/3 questions to explore topic (2 minutes for long turn + 2 minutes for exploration)

Part 2: Situation-based activity negotiated with the examiner. The task involves a situation with 3 possibilities. The student selects one of these and explains why. This is followed by a set of short extension questions (2 minutes for situation-based activity + 2 minutes for extension activity)

Level 3

6- 7 mins

Part 1: Long turn (student is given three topics to prepare in advance and one is chosen at random during the test) followed by a set of 2/3 questions to explore topic (2 minutes for long turn + 1 minute for exploration)

Part 2: Situation-based activity negotiated with the examiner. The task involves a given problem plus a selection of 3 possible solutions. The student selects one of these and explains why. This is followed by a set of short extension questions (2 minutes for situation-based activity + 1 minute for extension activity)

Levels 1/2 6-7 mins Part 1: 2 role plays (1 formal + 1 informal) (3 minutes)

Part 2: Questions based on topics learnt during the year (3 minutes)

 

  • Instructions for all oral examinations (including topics for long turns) are handed out in class and published in Languages@Warwick in week 8 of term 2.
  • The numbers of minutes are approximate.
  • Oral examinations are recorded.
  • In levels 3-4, for the long turn, a separate card is prepared for each topic by the student, in the target language, with max 6 bullets, max 20 words (or numbers).
  • In levels 5-7, for the long turn, the student can bring visual prompts and a card with max 6 bullets, max 20 words (or numbers).