Are you taking the ECPE Speaking Test?

Are you taking the ECPE Speaking Test?

The ECPE Speaking Section lets test takers demonstrate their ability to ask and answer questions; orally explain and paraphrase written descriptions of people, places, or things; provide recommendations; negotiate a decision; present a position or decision; and justify a position or decision. The five stages of the test build on each other; as the test progresses, the linguistic and interactional demands become increasingly more challenging.

Here are some articles/vocabulary to study on various topics (Click on the links below):

Selecting a venue for a fundraising event

Selecting a location for an employee party

Selecting a Head Chef for a new restaurant

Public service skills – being a firefighter

Selecting a Sports Coach

Best ways to promote a new product or service

Best ways to promote a new product or service (2)

New subjects to be added to a school curriculum

An Art Museum

Outstanding Student Achievement Award criteria

Selecting an Employee of the Year

New topics are added weekly, so visit us again soon.

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Do you need ideas for your essays?

Do you need ideas for your essays?

Need more ideas, click on each topic  below :

  1.  Relocating business outside cities.
  2. Benefits of open plan offices.
  3. Employment competition essay ideas?
  4. Should libraries invest in technology or books?
  5. Is history a waste of time?
  6. Housing and Trees in Urban Areas.
  7. International Aid
  8. Ideas about Salaries
  9. The function of Schools
  10. Female staff in senior positions
  11. Littering in Cities
  12. Reasons for banning mobile phones in public places
  13. Tourism and the local community
  14. Solving Traffic and Pollution Problems
  15. Handwriting skills for children
  16. Fast food restaurants
  17. Should leaders only be younger people
  18. Public Services Vs Art
Essay Writing Skills – Giving Examples

Essay Writing Skills – Giving Examples

Learn how to add examples in your essay using academic vocabulary for IELTS writing task 2. Learn a range of linking words and how examples should be written in an essay.

ECPE (Proficiency) Speaking Test Video

ECPE (Proficiency) Speaking Test Video

Vocabulary Chunks for Essay writing

Vocabulary Chunks for Essay writing

IELTS cause and effect essays

Common collocations for essays :

  • It builds/ sustains/ maintains (relationships)
  • It liberates/empowers (women)
  • It hinders/impedes (progress)
  • It hampers/obstructs (development)
  • It limits/restricts (freedom)
  • It reduces (habitat loss)
  • It accelerates/reverses (global warming).
  • It minimizes/eliminates/eradicates (human error)
  • It eases (tension),
  • It stifles (creativity).
  • It ensures (equal opportunities).
  • It maintains (harmony).
  • It encourages/promotes (diversity)
  • It stimulates (growth/the economy)
  • It generates (income)
  • It facilitates (learning).
  • It triggers (unrest/a recession).
  • It sours (relations between countries)
  • It strengthened (food production)
  • It raises incomes (yes it was plural where I saw it! Normally it’s uncountable/singular)
  • It perpetuates the myth/stereotypes
  • It prolongs the agony.
  • It delays the inevitable/ the onset of Alzheimer’s
  • It provokes a response.
  • It instills values in children
  • (School uniforms) instill discipline, a sense of self-worth, and equality ….but the evidence that they help foster equality is not so clear-cut.
  • To address/alleviate poverty
  • To ensure sufficient food for all

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Giving reasons

  • One reason for this is that
  • This can be explained by…
  • This can be attributed to the fact that…

Giving further reasons

  • Not only ……., but…
  • A further reason is…
  • It should also be stated that…

Citing general opinions

  • It has been claimed that…
  • It is widely believed that…
  • There is a widespread belief that…

Refuting opinions

  • I would dispute this, however.
  • However, this is not necessarily the case.
  • There are some faults with this reasoning, however.

Hedging strategies

  • It could be argued that…
  • One explanation might be that…
  • This suggests that…

Strengthening an argument

  • There can be no doubt that…
  • Therefore, we can say beyond any doubt that…
  • These are just some of the reasons why…

Concluding and summarising

  • To sum up, … / In summary, … / In short, …
  • Overall, … / On the whole, …
  • To return to my original idea,…
ECPE (Proficiency) Speaking Test Presentation

ECPE (Proficiency) Speaking Test Presentation

Functional Language for all 5 stages of the ECPE Speaking test

Stage 2

Student A

Ok let me tell you about my two options

Let’s see…

First, there is …..

It says here….

It also says that…..

The only drawback is ….

That’s all the information I have about the ……..course

Now let me tell you about the other option…

So those are my options, Which one do you think sounds best?

Student B

Well, If I were you, I’d go for the first option you told me about, the…….

Stage 3

Student A

So we need to make our final choice of who we’re going to recommend for the position of…..  The candidate/option I chose is…. And the one you chose is…  So let’s compare the two

Let’s look at their qualifications… / the location / the price / the facilities

I see what you are saying… but we shouldn’t attach too much importance to academic credentials alone..

The way I see it sometimes (experience)_ can be just as crucial as ,,,,,

Do you think ……  is something we should consider when choosing ……

Both of them…..

…… is better at…. This is something we should take into consideration when choosing ….because….

One difference is…

We need someone who is………

So it looks like we’ve decided that …. is our final choice right

It’s a tough choice though, isn’t it?

Planning  Stage 4 ( two minutes given – this part is not scored )

Talk together to decide which two bullet points (reasons) each one of you is going to cover and help each other with ideas of how you are going to justify these reasons (supporting details)

Decide who is going to start the presentation.  Don’t forget an introduction (Student A) and a conclusion (Student B)

Stage 4

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Student A

After careful consideration, we have come to the conclusion that….is the most suitable…. for …….


My partner and I were impressed by this option for a number of reasons…

The first reason why we believe X would be the best option is..  This would mean that…. It would benefit our company …..

Equally important is the fact that this…..

A second factor that played a role in our decision is …..

Another advantage is the fact that… More specifically……

And now my partner (name) will continue with 2 more points in favor of…. or

Student B

Apart from the points that ..(your partner’s name)…mentioned there are two other reasons why we selected……

A third factor that played a role in our decision was that ….. what this means is that…..


One more reason why we believe X would be the best choice is….  By this, I mean that…

We also considered it important that……

A final reason is that…. This would certainly be an asset for …  OR

The final point we took into account when making our decision was that….

We believe it is important that …. should/can

As we all know…..

We, therefore believe that for all these reasons, the fact that  …a  …b… c… d…  X would certainly be the best choice for…  OR

So those were the main reasons that my partner and I would like to recommend that you choose …….. for ….

Stage 5

I understand your concern regarding…..

I do understand what you mean….

It might seem as a problem but the way we see it is…..

That is certainly a potential drawback of this option, I would say, however…. We could…. for example…..

I see your point… What I’d suggest

That way we can …..


Sample video of a complete ECPE speaking test :

[Michigan Language Assessment]

Additional Speaking Prompts HERE

Click here for   ECPE Speaking Topics 2022

Hellenic American Union Speaking test for the ECPE test

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4 and 5

Useful TIPS for Stage 2 – Read more HERE 

Writing Essays

Writing Essays


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Writing essays 4



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sources :  Cork English  /  British Council Learn English Teens

Read more HERE

Find lots of IELTS Academic Writing tips HERE 

ECPE Speaking – Selecting a location (Download a Free Sample Test – Location for Employee Party)

ECPE Speaking – Selecting a location (Download a Free Sample Test – Location for Employee Party)

Some articles to read on the topic  : 

How to choose a location for your corporate event

Choosing a corporate event

12 Things to consider when choosing a venue


ECPE Speaking Tips for Selecting a location

Possible topics to consider :

  • a. holding an event (venue)
    b. visiting a place 
    c. building  sthFeatures / points to consider

      • size
      • capacity
      • population of the region
      • weather conditions
      • important sights to visit
      • infrastructure (transportation system)
      • amenities (heating, pool, conference rooms, etc.)
      • cost
      • features of  the vicinity
      • activities available there
      • cuisine
      • accessibility (airport, train, bus, car)
      • history and culture of the area
      • 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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ECPE Sample Speaking Test – Selecting a location

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Are you ready for the ECPE Speaking exam ?

Are you ready for the ECPE Speaking exam ?

Practise your speaking skills for the upcoming exam with these Sample Prompts and Sample Recordings :

Speaking Prompt – Sample 1
Speaking Prompt – Sample 2
Speaking Prompt – Sample 2B

Speaking Prompt – Sample 3
Speaking Prompt – Sample 3B
Speaking Prompt – Sample 3 C
Speaking Prompt – Sample 4
Speaking Prompt – Sample 4B
Speaking Prompt – Sample 4C

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