ECPE Speaking Test – Tips and Strategies

ECPE Speaking Test – Tips and Strategies

[Hellenic American Union]

Tips for all parts of the ECPE Speaking Test, useful preparation points and effective strategies that will ensure success.

Motivating People to Excellence

Motivating People to Excellence


Vocabulary chunks on Motivation :

Things that can motivate you :

Money and rewards  – value the journey – the progress and process and not the end result

Success is a journey, not a destination

Hard work and effort

Desire to be the best

Work hard becaue they hate to lose

They sacrifice their time and work hard every single day to become the best

Helping Others

They are philanthropist

They want to see changes in people’s live – fight for a better future

Drive to help others to make the world a better place

Power and fame

Motivated by power and fame – politicians are a great example.

Inspired to become leaders and are driven to achieve greater power and fame in life

They chase power and fame

They want to lead


They want to prove that either they are right or someone is wrong

They want recognition for themselves or others

A drive for recognition

A strong force to achieving success in life


They are passionate about what they do

Your favourite sport? To travel somewhere you love?

When you are passionate about something you will think about it all the time

It can drive you each day to achieve what you want in life


You just need to understand what motivates you in life so that you can channel your energy through the right platform and achieve greater success in life.

What motivates you in life is something you need to discover if you want to achieve remarkable success.


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ECPE speaking topics and key points

ECPE speaking topics and key points

ECPE Speaking topics and key points

  • Projects 
      • cost / salary
      • place held
      • date to be held
      • frequency
      • what is involved
      • positive points
      • target (audience)
      • equipment needed
      • meals (provided or not)

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Vocabulary chunks for projects :

  • Financial projections are an essential tool for making business decisions
  • creating new businesses and products 
  • determining whether there’s a market for them or if people really want their product
  •  consider timeframes
  • choose the projects that will best serve your organizational goals
  • What is the benefit to the organization?
  • What are the major milestones?
  • What are the potential stumbling blocks?
  • What risks does this project pose?
  • plans for geographic expansion? Local? National? Global?
  • When will the business turn a profit?



  • Locationa. hold an event (venue)
    b. to visit
    c. to build sth

      • size
      • capacity
      • population
      • weather
      • important sights
      • infrastructure (transportation system)
      • amenities (heating, pool, conference rooms, etc.)
      • cost
      • what is in the vicinity
      • activities available there
      • cuisine
      • accessibility (airport, train, bus, car)
      • history and culture
      • special features

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Vocabulary chunks for conference location – workshop location

  • running a successful event
  • keep events focused entirely on the content, the speakers and the attendees
  • Who does your conference serve?
  • keynote speakers
  • Having a budget will also help you set the price
  • University campuses: These are best suited for smaller, academic events and are relatively cheap to hire.
  • Hotels: These typically have dedicated conference facilities and own catering. They’re the best all-in-one choice since they offer both accommodation and conference space.
  • Independent venues: This category includes all other types of venues that can host conferences.

Here are a few other factors to consider when looking for the right venue:

  • Size: Booking a too-small venue where everybody has to squeeze into a tiny room is clearly a bad idea. Similarly, securing a giant venue for a relatively modest crowd will not only hurt your wallet but also make the conference feel empty and poorly attended.
  • Location: It’s best to pick a somewhat secluded location so that participants are better able to focus on the conference itself. Even better if the venue has calming, picturesque surroundings to help people relax.
  • Atmosphere: It’s crucial that the vibe of the venue suits your target audience and theme. You don’t want to host a business conference inside a giant gym, for instance.
  • Facilities: Does the venue have the proper layout and the right conference room styles for your needs? Does it have the necessary facilities like e.g. smaller rooms for breakout sessions?
  • Accommodation: Does the venue provide accommodation or are there hotels nearby?
  • Catering: Is catering included or can external catering companies easily get to and work inside the venue? If not, are there suitable restaurants and cafes in the area? (Keep in mind any special dietary requirements: vegan, kosher, nut-free, etc.)
  • Transportation: How easy is it for participants to travel to the venue by public transport? Are there enough parking spots for those who drive?
  • Technical aspects: Does the venue have the right IT, audio, and video equipment? You’ll need projection screens, microphones, plenty of charging spots for participants, and—of course—solid WiFi access
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  • Persona. award them (promotion)c. for a scholarship
      • skills (job-related)
      • qualities & personality traits
      • appearance
      • qualifications (education, certificates)
      • interests
      • achievements
      • previous or current experience
  • b. for a job

Read more HERE 

Vocabulary chunks :

  • work long hours for no pay, sacrificing personal time
  • If you are autonomous, you’re likely self-motivated and independent
  • come up with a new and better solution to a problem
  • thinking outside the box
  • complete all of your responsibilities
  •  Your fresh ideas show your enthusiasm, passion and your loyalty to the company
  • If you’re an easy person to get along with, that proves that you’re a good fit for the company
  • you fit in with the company’s corporate culture
  • you are resourceful, efficient and on the ball
  • Efficiency and resourcefulness are qualities you must have in order to climb the corporate ladder

If you ‘re hiring a new employee, you need to know what to look for in a quality job candidate. Here’s a list of traits to identify before you offer someone a job.

  1. Ambition
  2. Passion
  3. Patience
  4. Likable
  5. Reliable
  6. Creative
  7. Adaptable
  8. Leadership
  9. Positive
  10. Confident
  11. Dependable
  12. Responsive
  13. Integrity
  14. Organized
  15. Intelligent

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  • Media (best way to promote sth)
    • description (what is involved)
    • medium used (on TV, on the radio, in the press, flyers/leaflets)
    • frequency
    • target audience
    • cost
    • positive points

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  • New Course or Specific Book for a Course (proposal)
    • plot / subject matter
    • cost
    • equipment needed
    • target audience
    • length / frequency
    • qualified staff availability
    • outcome of course / what will students learn from this course / book
    • prerequisites (students must have certain level of English/ must know how to play an instrument…)
  • New Sport (see “New Course”)

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  • New Products
    • description (what kind of product it is)
    • cost
    • delivery/shipping
    • target group
    • properties / description of product
    • requirements (must be stored in cool temperatures; must have extra space in store, etc.)
    • raise awareness for cause, will increase profits, etc.)

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  • Design (new Town Hall, library, etc.)
    • architectural style
    • materials used
    • cost
    • designer’s details & credentials
    • conveniences
    • special features (security system, unique object present, café present, wireless connection, etc.)
    • target group
    • opinion of public

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More tips and details about the ECPE Oral Exam HERE

Save our Seas

Save our Seas

DW English

Thousands of great white sharks were thought to swim in South Africa’s coastal waters, but new research suggests they number as few as 350. ‘Save Our Seas’ is trying to help humans and the remaining sharks co-exist.

Visit Save our Seas HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

  • Marine and bird life
  • Great white sharks
  • They troll these waters in large numbers
  • Top commercial cage diving destinations
  • Scientific research
  • Collecting daily observation data
  • Push legislations at high levels
  • They are perceived as dangerous
  • Unjustified prejudice
  • Cage diving operators
  • Once in a lifetime thrill
  • Seeing them first hand
  • It’s pretty amazing
  • Back on land
  • Analyses the latest data
  • Awe inspiring species
  • It is vital for their conservation
  • Long term conservation success
  • Save our Seas foundation
  • They rely on healthy oceans to survive
  • The tourist boat
  • To further our knowledge on this animal
  • There is plenty of research still to be done

Shark Attacks  Infographic

Vocabulary Chunks – Sports

Vocabulary Chunks – Sports

Features of  a sports game

Technique – ball control, dribbling skills, body control

Game intelligence, spatial awareness, tactical knowledge

Physical fitness, endurance, balance, coordination, speed, strength

Proper mindset, passion and love for the sport, mental strength, self motivation, discipline, perform well under pressure

Benefits of participating in sports

Health benefits – improved lung function – better sleep

Increased confidence – put your skills to test

Reduces stress – by reducing stress hormones

Sport builds leaders

New connections – make new friends

Team work (Open communication, defined roles, common goals, dedication, adaptability

Extreme sports – snow boarding, rock climbing, skydiving, paragliding

Love the thrill of taking risks – adrenaline rush

They strive to accomplish their goals and gain respect and admiration

Display their skills

Freedom from rules and regulations

Expensive sports

Sailing, Tennis, Riding, Skiing, Golf

Operating Costs, Equipment, Facility Rentals

Professional Athletes – high salaries

They sacrifice a lot – important aspect in their life / health – family

They retire at the age of thirty – careers don’t last long

It is a money earning business – The quality superstars lead to more wins, more viewers, more merchandise sold, increased brand worth

BUT it drains the true meaning from sports – not for the love of the game but for the money

More Vocabulary Chunks on the topic of Sport can be found HERE

Vocabulary chunks – Immigration

Vocabulary chunks – Immigration


·         Immigrants expand culture by introducing new ideas and customs

·         Immigration makes the world more connected

·         People share cultures, engage in global commerce, and develop friendships

  • handle discrimination and deal with the challenges of facing a new life
  • Cultural assimilation is the process in which a minority group or culture comes to resemble a dominant group  or assume the values, behaviors, and beliefs of another group
  • Equal social and economic opportunity
  • Education
  • Social relationships – intermarriage
Vocabulary Chunks – customs and traditions

Vocabulary Chunks – customs and traditions

Customs and Traditions

  • They help form the structure and foundation of our families and our society.
  • It brings families together and enables people to reconnect with friends
  • They remind us that we are part of a history that defines our past,
  • Tradition serves as an avenue for creating lasting memories for our families and friends.
  • Tradition reinforces values such as freedom, faith
  • It helps create a personal identity
  • Culture is the identity of the nation, without culture the society is impossible
  • Culture is the characteristic of a group of people defined by everything such as language, religion, lifestyle
  • They  remind everybody of important historical events.
  • Public holidays
  • National holidays which are linked with major historical events and celebrated all over the country
  • On the anniversary day, schoolchildren parade on the main street of their village or neighbourhood
  • Decorating streets and balconies with flags.
  • They march synchronously along with military music
  • Pupils synchronously march in front of officials in rows
  • They lay a wreath of laurel ( a round wreath made of connected branches and leaves ) with a ribbon onto a monument to commemorate someone from the past
  • Many  people watch the parade
  • They wave small flags and applaud
  • A national public holiday and commemorated on the ______ every year
  • Hold parades and festivities on this day