Here is a little board that I created to help your students practice Speaking Part 1 of the Cambridge exams. I created it because any time I say “we are now going to do some speaking like in the exam”, half of the class shuts down and starts whining. Students just panic when they know they have to practice the speaking exam and this why I love this exercise. The students don’t always realise that it is exactly what they have to do in the exam, and once they have done it, their mouths drop open when I tell them that they just practiced speaking part 1!
It could be used for PET, FCE or even CAE (you might have to make it a little more difficult for that last level by forcing them to give 3 minute answers for example).
How to play it:
Give a board to each of the students. If you have a lot of time (speaking day for example) tell them to talk to every single person in the class and write the answers to all the questions they have asked their classmates. If you have less time, tell them to only ask 3 of the 7 questions.
Then tell your students to present by saying 2-3 things (again, depending on how much time you have) that they have learnt about a student.
That is a very good exercise to get to know each other better, practice speaking of course, but also listening and writing!
So here is the board: speaking-part-1-board
I hope it comes in handy and that you can successfully trick your student into doing speaking exam tasks with it.
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