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.

You can also visit our ECPE Section HERE for more tips.

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
The impact of STEM Education on Society

The impact of STEM Education on Society

Why is STEM important? source: Study in the USA

Vocabulary chunks to learn from this article are highlighted in bold :

STEM education goes beyond school subjects. It gives a skill set that governs the way we think and behave. Merging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, STEM education helps us to solve the challenges the world faces today. Let’s see what STEM means in the global context and how it influences the development of our society.

Preparation of STEM Experts Who Can Make a Difference 

STEM education gives people skills that make them more employable and ready to meet the current labor demand. It encompasses a whole range of experiences and skills. Each STEM component brings a valuable contribution to a well-rounded education. Science gives learners an in-depth understanding of the world around us. It helps them to become better at research and critical thinking. Technology prepares young people to work in an environment full of high-tech innovations. Engineering allows students to enhance problem-solving skills and apply knowledge in new projects. Mathematics enables people to analyze information, eliminate errors, and make conscious decisions when designing solutions. STEM education links these disciplines into a cohesive system. Thus, it prepares professionals who can transform society with innovation and sustainable solutions. 

The STEM approach to education fosters creativity and divergent thinking alongside fundamental disciplines. It motivates and inspires young people to generate new technologies and ideas. With a focus on practice and innovation, students get to learn from inquiry-based assignments. STEM education gives an understanding of concepts and encourages knowledge application. To keep it short, its aim can be formulated in two simple actions: explore and experience. Students are free to exercise what they learn and embrace mistakes in a risk-free environment. Project-based learning and problem-solving help learners to form a special mindset. Its core is in flexibility and curiosity, which equips learners to respond to real-world challenges.

STEM-Enhanced Teamwork and Communication

STEM education prepares the world for the future. It is based on teamwork and the collaboration of professionals from different disciplines. As a STEM student, you do not need to be an expert in each particular subject. You rather acquire a mindset that enables you to become a part of a highly qualified workforce, which functions in collaboration. Teamwork brings a significant increase in productivity, work satisfaction, and profitability. 

Active engagement of experts from diverse fields will drive change in our society. STEM education exposes students to effective interdisciplinary communication. Scientists research and experiment, offering the team discoveries. Technology experts provide gadgets that can make the work of the team more effective. Engineers help to solve challenges by designing and running platforms that enable change. Mathematicians analyze information to eliminate mistakes and provide precise calculations. Our world is continuously changing. The only way we can be ready for its challenges is through communication and collaboration.

Collaborative experience also helps to broaden the impact of STEM education. Working with local experts and our international colleagues, we can promote our values and move towards a single purpose. This way, we improve communities, offering new educational and employment opportunities. Such open access to world-class experience is possible only when we combine our knowledge and capabilities

Social Awareness

There is a high demand for STEM skills in society. STEM education enables people to make informed decisions within the discussed subject areas. Moreover, STEM awareness is necessary for any job as most industries are more or less connected to science and technology: from an essay writing service and college to a paper company. Thus, such education will allow children to grow into active citizens who can speak up in STEM discussions with sound knowledge of the subject.

STEM awareness promotes interest in a range of exciting careers. Currently, some STEM occupations are understaffed. For example, according to the projections, the U.S. will need 1 million more STEM experts in the near future. Besides, one of the goals of STEM initiatives is to encourage broader participation of women and minorities in the STEM workforce. This allows us to bridge ethnic and gender gaps. We need the engagement and participation of schools, policymakers, parents, students, and educators. This is the only way to continue technological and scientific progress. 

Sustainable Solutions to Challenges

STEM subjects are focused on providing solutions to the concerns society has today. Human history had seen years of thoughtless exhaustion of natural resources. Such a lack of environmental education led to numerous challenges. These issues affect the health and well-being of all living organisms on our planet. Our environment needs protection. Thus, sustainability became one of the most urgent aspects studied by STEM disciplines

The youth is more worried about climate change than the older generation. As statistics show, 70% of young people aged 18 to 34 worry about global warming. STEM education can answer their questions. It can teach them how to find the necessary solutions for sustainable development. Education is a powerful tool that ensures the rise of a STEM-literate society. Well-educated community members can find ways to work in a competitive world. They will use sustainable practices that do not harm nature. In the bigger picture, economic and social progress is tightly connected to the environment. We need to work our way to a sustainable future. Yet, it is possible to accomplish only with STEM skills, experiences, and a multi-disciplinary approach. 

To Sum Up

The world we live in is changing, and we must keep pace with it. STEM education changes society by offering learners a new mindset and skills valued in any profession. They allow young people to be flexible, look for patterns, find connections, and evaluate information. Besides, STEM education raises social awareness. It communicates global issues to the general public. Therefore, STEM opportunities move us to a knowledge-based economy and enhanced sustainability literacy. 

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

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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