jueves, 22 de marzo de 2012


These are examples of the Monologues and Interaction parts of your Speaking Exam.

IMPORTANT: I will be adding more MONOLOGUE and INTERACTION examples between now and the exam dates.


You have to speak for about 2 minutes on your own
about one of the following.
You need to use the vocabulary and grammar studied in class.
You need to use a variety of grammar (present simple and continuous, present perfect simple and present perfect continuous, past simple, past continuous, used to, past perfect, modal verbs, 'going to,' will, first conditional - as soon as, unless, if etc )

1. Speak about week-end activities you enjoy doing and explain why. (p. 6/8 vocab.)

2. Speak about things that make you happy and explain why. (P. 6/8 vocab.)

3. Speak about mobile phones and how you feel about them. (P. 8/9 vocab.)

4. Speak about how you relax. (P. 8,9, 10)

5. Speak about these 4 different feelings and the last time you felt these feelings : annoyed, concerned, bored and happy. (P.10, 11)

6. Speak about what you are good at/ frightened by/ fed up with now in your life and explain why. (P.10,11)

7. Speak about when you were a child and what you were keen on/ scared of/ embarrassed by and explain why. (P.10,11)

8. Speak about work - a job you have or a job you'd like to have, use as much vocabulary as possible related to work. (P. 8, 16,17)

9. Talk about food, ways to cook and things in your kitchen. What is your favourite food and why? (P.8, 18,19)

10. Talk about eating habits in your country. (P.8, 18,19)

11.Talk about sleep and your routine and what you do if you can't sleep and the reasons for not being able to sleep. (P.20, 21)

12. Talk about things that are happening now or around now in your life and if you enjoy these things or not. (P.8,9, 18, 19)

13. Talk about holidays and things that have to be done before, during and after. (P.8,9, 10, 24, 25)

14. Talk about some experiences you have had in your life (unusual or not!). (P.8,9.10,24,25...remember present perfect simple)

15. Talk about a place that you recommend to visit in your country explaining why we should visit this place. (p. 8,9, 10, 30, 31)

16. Talk about a film or book or show you recommend and explain why you recommend them. (P. 8,9, 10, 30, 31)

17. Talk about travelling and the advantages and disadvantages of travelling alone or with other people. (P. 8, 9, 10,24, 25, 26,)

18. Talk about one of the best holidays you have had explaining why it was the best holiday. (P. 8, 9, 10, 24, 25, 26)

19. Speak about what is your favourite season/day/celebration and give reasons why. (P. 6, 7, 8, 9)

20. Speak about a favourite childhood memory and why it is a favourite memory. (P. 8, 9, 10)


You have about 3 minutes to interact together.

You need to interact together - asking questions, answering, responding, suggesting, recommending,advising etc

1. You already know some things about your partner, ask 4-6 questions using question tags to check information about your partner. Take it in turn to do this. When it is your turn, respond to the question tag questions. (P.12, 13)

2. Work together to plan to run a company with good working conditions. (see modal verbs p. 17 and work vocab. p. 16 and 17 and p. 8)

3. Imagine you don't know your partner, find out about their hobbies, friends, job, studies, plans for the future and their last holiday and reasons for learning English. (P.6, 7, 8)

4. One of you likes ready made meals, the other prefers home cooking. Discuss your reasons and compare and contrast. (P. 8, 18, 19)

5. Ask each other questions and respond to questions about your holidays and the things you do before, during and after the holidays. (P. 8, 9,10, 24,25,26, 30)

6. Ask each other questions and respond to questions about your work/studies. (P. 8, 9, 10, 16, 17)

7. One of you has a problem, the other must give advice. Show concern, ask for advice, respond and react to advice and decide on a conclusion to the problem. (P. 8 22, 23)

8. One of you asks for a recommendation e.g. a film to see, the other recommends or not recommends some films and you respond to the recommendation and arrive at a conclusion. (P. 8, 30, 31)

9. One of you asks for a recommendation e.g. a place to visit, a place to stay, a book to read etc, the other recommends or not recommends and you respond to the recommendation and arrive at a conclusion. (P. 8, 30, 31)

10. Talk to each other about a timeline of your life. (see page 27) and ask each other questions about each other's timeline.

11. Choose a place/country you know well and recommend it to your partner, then respond to the recommendation. (P. 8, 30, 31)


1. Talk about your favourite band, musician or singer. When was the last time you saw/heard them? Give details of the event. (P. 34 vocab. and use the present tenses and past tenses and see P. 126 4A for ideas)

2. Talk about what you used to do when you were a child (best friend/music/sports/TV/pets/holidays/etc see P. 35 past tenses)

3. Talk about people you know using the following adjectives: stubborn, determined, mean, sensible, sensitive, brave, reliable...explain your reasons (P. 36/37)

4. Talk about a past experience or anecdote from your life, use all the 4 past tenses to describe this experience. (P. 36/37/138)

5. Talk about what your favourite type of house is and explain why. Talk also about the 5 most important things are to look for in a new home. (P. 42 43)

6. Choose someone you know well and compare yourself to them (age, personality, studies, job, tastes in music, films etc) (P. 42, 43, 140)

7. Choose two homes that your friends or family live in. Compare the two places. Which do you prefer and why? (P. 42, 43, 140)

8. Talk about how you get rid of stuff that you never use. What are the typical things you have to get rid of? Do you think you are a tidy person? Why/Why not? (P. 44, 45)

9. Talk about two things you have arranged to do, two things you have planned to do and two things you will probably do in the next four weeks. Use information from P. 45, 141

10. Talk about making decisions. What was the last big decision you made? How do you usually make big decisions? (P. 52, 53)

11. Talk about what you will do as soon as you arrive home today. What will you do after you finish this English course? (Use futures P. 143 and 52, 53)

12. Talk about how you use a computer. What do you use it for? (P. 60,61)

13. Use the verbs 'make' and 'do' and talk about some things you make and do. Use a variety of grammar tenses and use at least 3 expressions with 'make' and 3 others with 'do.' P. 52, 53

14. Think of your top 10 tips for parents or for teenagers. e.g. If you're children can't sleep, read them a story. Tell your parents when you will be home in case they are worried. Use conditional zero and conditional 1. P. 54, 55


1. Ask each other about your past habits using 'used to.' Ask about best friend/music/sport/TV programs/gigs etc (P. 34/35)

2. Find out from each other the last concert/gig you both went to. Ask about when it was, where it was, your home at the time, who you went with, the audience, the songs performed, duration of concert, other interesting information. (P. 34, 35, 126)

3. Ask each other questions about their past experiences (travelling, studying, childhood, family, living on the mainland or abroad etc) using past simple, past continuous, past perfect, present perfect simple and continuous. (P.36, 37)

4. Talk together about the five most important things to look for in a new home. Mention at least 5 things and discuss why. (vocab. P. 42, p. 43)

5. Ask each other questions about their home, compare each others homes. Include location, size, distance from shops etc, age and condition of home, size of rooms etc, type of neighbourhood. (P. 42,43)

6. Ask each other questions about their best friend, compare each others' best friends. Include looks, personality, studies, background, age, tastes, behaviour, work etc. (P. 42,43)

7. Ask each other questions about getting rid of junk. Use the following vocabulary in your questions: sort out, get rid of, throw away, give away, take out, put away, tidy up etc (see p. 44). Ask questions with: Who? How often? Which? What? When? Ask and answer at least 3 questions each. (P. 44, 45)

8. Ask each other questions to find out about each others' plans for the near future. Ask about what the other person has planned to do, what things they will probably do. Ask and answer at least 3 questions each. (P. 44,45)

9. Think of 4 or 5 things you want to get rid of. Ask your partner what they want to get rid of and why. Find out what they will do with the things they want to get rid of. Think of things like: furniture, books, computer games, clothes, DVDs, videos, CDs, toys, magazines etc P. 44, 45

10. Ask and answer questions with the verbs 'make' and 'do.' Use vocabulary from P. 52. Use present, past and future tenses.

11. Give your opinion on the following, discuss together one of these topics. P. 123 activity 6D. OR P. 127 activity 6D. OR P. 118 activity 6D. Use the discussion language from p. 58, 59.

12. Discuss together one of the following ideas: People who live in flats shouldn't keep pets or Tourists destroy the places they visit or Footballers get paid too much. Use expressions from P. 58, 59

** NOTE: I will put up more examples during the next few weeks.

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