How to pass your ECCE Speaking Exam?

How to pass your ECCE Speaking Exam?

Choose an Option or Help solve a problem

  • Stage 1: Warm-up (2-3 minutes)
  • Stage 2: Ask questions to get information (3-4 minutes)
  • Stage 3: Justify your choice (1-3 minutes)
  • Stage 4: Elaborate on the Topic (2-4 minutes)

Functional Language for all sections of  the ECCE (B2) Oral exam :

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source :  Burlington Books Greece

Stage 2 Asking Questions  – Commenting :

  • I see
  • That’s a common problem
  • I can imagine how he/she feels
  • It’s a difficult decision to make
  • It’s not easy to decide…
  • Both options sound interesting/great
  • It’s the kind of think I like / I’m interested in

Stage 3 Justify your choice 

Summarizing and justifying  :

As you said your…. has a problem with…. and there are two solutions/options

On the one hand he could……. as  you said he will…….

On the other hand………  as you mentioned this will……

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  • It’s a tricky situation but…
  • Both options could work but I would choose…..
  • If I were in that position I…..
  • …….ing sounds interesting / a bit boring
  • ….. seems like a better choice than…. because
  • I think you should….
  • If I were ….. I’d…..
  • In this way he/she could….
  • Even though you said….. (the disadvantage) I think it will not be a problem because he could……(make it positive)
  • This will allow him / her to…..
  • I didn’t choose…. because…
  • I don’t think ….. is a good idea because as you said….. (disadvantage) so this would……

Referring to something the examiner said

  • As you said …
  • You mentioned that…

CHOOSING AN OPTION

Expressing preference / Explaining your choice

  • I would/wouldn’t like to …….
  • I would rather + bare infinitive +than + bare infinitive
  • I suppose I would prefer to…………..rather than + bare infinitive
  • If I had to choose, I would + bare infinitive
  • I’d probably choose…

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  • My first choice would be…..
  • I’d choose……….because it is important to ……
  • I think … would be best because…
  • I think most……would find ……..more interesting.
  • I think……has more to offer…….since….
  • I don’t think…………….and that’s why I wouldn’t choose it.

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HELP SOLVE A PROBLEM

Giving advice

  • I think you should/could….
  • My advice is to…
  • Why don’t you….?
  • If I were you, I’d…
  • I think the best thing to do is to….
  • I strongly recommend that
  • I would advise you to
  • You should
  • It would !e a good idea to
  • I think you should
  • Why don’t you
  • The best advice I can give you is

Referring to a personal experience

  • I was once in a similar situation and I ….
  • I have a friend who also ……..
  • I remember once I had/was…….
  • In my experience…
  • As a teenager, I….
  • I’ve been in a similar situation.
  • A similar thing happened to me/my friend.
  • I can understand how……must feel
  • Personally, I’d would love/hate it if…

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Listen to Sample Recordings  HERE

Download for FREE  – a speaking prompt HERE

Download for FREE –  extra speaking prompts HERE

Download for FREE – a sample test with model answers HERE

Sample VIDEO of a complete ECCE speaking test with prompt   HERE

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