Are you ready for the ECPE (Proficiency) Speaking – Functional Language for each stage and sample video

Are you ready for the ECPE (Proficiency) Speaking – Functional Language for each stage and sample video

Functional Language for all 5 stages of the ECPE Speaking test

Stage 2

Student A

Ok let me tell you about my two options

Lets 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 at the similarities…..

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

I see what your 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 presentation.  Don’t forget an introduction (Student A) and 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 where 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…..

Another advantage is that fact that… By this I mean that……

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

…. will continue with further detalis about our reasons for choosing this ….. to recommend to you

Student B

Another 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 coud…. for example…..

I see your point…. What I’d suggest

That way we can …..

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Sample video of a complete ECPE speaking test :

[Michigan Language Assessment]

Test Taker Prompt HERE

Examiner Prompt HERE

Test Score and Commentary HERE

ECPE speaking test additional speaking prompts HERE and  HERE 

Hellenic American Union Speaking test for the ECPE test

Prompt used in following videos can be found HERE

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4 and 5

Useful TIPS for Stage 2 – Read more HERE 

The revised ECPE exam – as of May 2021

The revised ECPE exam – as of May 2021

The revised ECCE and ECPE sample tests are full-length samples that include a test booklet with the listening and reading sections of each test, separate files with writing and speaking prompts for each test, audio files for the listening sections, and a sample answer sheet. Additionally, there are sample responses with commentary for the speaking and writing sections of both tests.

Download all the files  HERE

source :  michiganassesment.org

How to improve your reading skills

How to improve your reading skills

READING SKILLS

Skimming
Skimming is a reading technique that allows you to get a quick overview of a text (or
website) without reading it word-for-word. Skimming is done at a speed three to four
times faster than normal reading.

Scanning
Scanning is a technique you often use when you are searching for specific information,
like a name in a telephone book or the time that a train departs. It is a skill that requires
that you read quickly while looking for a specific purpose.

Source: http://www.studyvibe.com.au/

Download some  Tips HERE

English Proficiency Essays (ECPE – LRN CPE) – useful phrases

English Proficiency Essays (ECPE – LRN CPE) – useful phrases

First watch the videos on Essay Writing Tips HERE

USEFUL PHRASES FOR WRITING PROFICIENCY ESSAYS

Introducing the phenomenon to be discussed

More and more families are choosing to have only one child.
The trend nowadays is towards having smaller families.
Over the past ten years or so the media have frequently carried reports of ……………
Recent research indicates that the number of teenagers who smoke is increasing.
Hardly a week goes by without another report of …………….. appearing in the media.
This raises the issue of whether ……………..
Although most people would generally agree that …………… few would deny that …………….

Stating your opinion
As I see it,
It seems to me that ………… I would also say that ….
I am convinced that ……………
I am inclined to believe that ………………
There is no doubt in my mind that ………………
One of the drawbacks of ……. is ……….
However, one of the benefits is that …………

Changing topic
As regards the causes for this, …………..
Concerning the causes for this, ………
As for the causes, ………..

Presenting arguments
One justification often given for ……….. is that……………..
Advocates/Proponents would claim that ………………
Those who object to …………….. often argue that ……………….
Another objection is that ……
However, it should not be forgotten that …………..
……….. are opposed to ……………. on the grounds that ……………..
From the point of view of ……………..
According to ………………..

Describing causes
One factor which has led to ………… is …………..
One of the factors which has brought this about is ………
The problem often stems from ………………..
The situation has been exacerbated by …………….
………….. has only made the situation worse.
One consequence of ……………. is …………….

Proposing steps and measures
As regards the most appropriate response to this situation, one suggestion would be to ………
The first step to be taken would be to ……..
To alleviate the situation people should ………..
In addition they ought to ……………
To begin to tackle this situation society/individuals/the government need/s to ……….
………….. would certainly ameliorate the situation.
This can only be dealt with if …………
To overcome this problem, …………..
Were the government to ……………, the situation would doubtless improve.
Individuals can do a great deal to …………
The burden of responsiblity lies in the hands of ……..
It is vitally important that ………
Legislation should be introduced to control ……………..
It would be a grave error if we ……………..

Concluding
All in all it seems to me that ………..
The obvious conclusion to be drawn is that …………………..
All things considered, ………….
On balance, I tend to believe that …………
The world would surely be a better place to live in if …………..
If people stopped ….ing, we would have/ we could look forward to a ……………
The prospects for the future will be bleak/grim unless ……………….

Source :  Fullspate
Useful Argumentative Essay Words and Phrases

Useful Argumentative Essay Words and Phrases

 

Download   Examples_of_Argumentative_Language HERE 

 

Using signpost words and phrases HERE 

More Signposting tips HERE

 

Signposting sentences

What are signposting sentences?

Signposting sentences explain the logic of your argument. They tell the reader what you are going to do at key points in your assignment. They are most useful when used in the following places :

 In the introduction
 At the beginning of a paragraph which develops a new idea
 At the beginning of a paragraph which expands on a previous idea
 At the beginning of a paragraph which offers a contrasting viewpoint
 At the end of a paragraph to sum up an idea
 In the conclusion

Signposting stems for an introduction

To understand the role of … (your topic*) this essay aims to provide a discussion of … (the ideas you will develop)
This essay seeks to investigate/evaluate/illustrate/discuss the impact of … (your topic) in relation to … (the ideas you will develop)
Firstly, this assignment examines … (your topic) and its links with … (your first idea) Next, it closely examines… in relation to … (your next idea) Finally, it focuses on … and how this affects …(your next idea)

Signposting stems for a paragraph which introduces or develops a new idea

One aspect which illustrates … (your topic) can be identified as … (the idea you want to develop)
The current debate about … (your topic) identifies an interesting viewpoint on …(the idea you want to develop)
This first/next/ final section provides a general discussion of …(the idea you want to develop)

READ MORE HERE

source : University of East Anglia
Oral Exam Tips for B2 and C2 Students

Oral Exam Tips for B2 and C2 Students

LRN Tip 1

Tip 4

LRN Tip 7

Asking the examiner to repeat a question

LRN Tip 2

Asking the examiner to rephrase a question

LRN Tip 3

What can a city do to attract more tourists

LRN Tip 5

Do you like learning new things?

LRN Tip 6

source : Esolnethellas.gr

 

Functional Language – Debating – Materials For Learning English

Pinterest – Пинтерест
source : corkenglishteacher
Do you know how to structure an essay?

Do you know how to structure an essay?

Some useful videos with study notes and activity sheets  to help students with essay writing :

Writing Task Response

Essay topics are of general interest and relate to current issues in society. You can expect to be asked about:
The Media
Education
Environment
Health
Communication
Technology
Society  READ MORE

DOWNLOAD Study Notes for this lesson

DOWNLOAD Activity Sheet for this lesson 

How to organise your ideas in a paragraph

In this episode we will learn about Coherence – the logical organisation of ideas through paragraphing and sequencing; and Cohesion – the organisation of language, or how sentences are connected and related. These are criteria used to assess Writing Tasks. READ MORE

DOWNLOAD Study Notes for this lesson
DOWNLOAD Activity Sheet for this lesson

Question Tasks and Topics in Writing

In this episode we will learn about question topics, which can be any topic of general interest and question tasks, which determine the style of essay you need to write.

What are the questions likely to be about?
Media, censorship, privacy or the influence of advertising.
Education, testing, computers or public and private education.
Environment, eco-tourism, global warming or pollution.
Health, obesity, alternative medicine, exercise or diet.
Communication, the internet or mobile phones.
Society, youth issues, juvenile delinquency or ageing populations.  READ MORE

DOWNLOAD Study Notes for this lesson

DOWNLOAD Activity Sheet for this lesson

 

How to succeed in the ECPE Writing, Listening & GCVR Sections

How to succeed in the ECPE Writing, Listening & GCVR Sections

Hellenic American Union Athens

Tips for the Written Part of the ECPE including important steps for the Writing section, useful points for the Listening, and effective strategies for the Grammar, Cloze, Vocabulary and Reading Section.

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.

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)

Read more HERE 

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?

 

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  • 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

Read more HERE 

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
source : billeto.co.uk

READ MORE HERE

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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

Read more HERE

 

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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

Read more HERE 

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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”)

Read more HERE 

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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.)

Read more HERE 

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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

Read more HERE 

 

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More tips and details about the ECPE Oral Exam HERE