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

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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

Strategies to help you pass your speaking exams

Strategies to help you pass your speaking exams

(Question :  What do you …… What sort of ….  Where do you…. What types of….)


General Statement + more precise statement + reason

Well, in general I would say …. + In particular,…… + The reason for this is because ….

Generally speaking ….. + To be more precise …… + I think this is due to the fact that ….


(Question :  What kind of …… are popular …. What types of …. can be found…. How do people …… in your country    What sorts of……… )

G T1 T2 (T3 if needed)

General Statement + type 1+ type 2 +type3

Well, there’s quite a mixed variety of …. + I think the most common one is…… + Another kind is….  + And I shouldn’t forget to mention that….

There’s a fairly wide range of …..  +   The first one that comes to mind is….   +  Another kind is…. + I guess I could also say that…….


(Question :  What do you usally do…. Where do you usually….  How do you…..  What do you like to …..)

D If1  If2

Depends + if preference 1 + if preference 2

I think it depends on …,,, + Usually I prefer …..  + but if I…. I would rather

I would have to say that it really depends on ….   +  If I’m…. I prefer to….   +  although sometimes I would rather…..


(Question :  What sort of ……   What does your….    Describe a…. you have….)

P1  P2   P3

Point 1 + Point 2 + Point 3

I’d like to begin by saying ….. + Another interesting point….. And, I shouldn’t forget to metion that….

The first thing I’d like to mention is ….. +  Not only that, but….  +   I guess I could also say that ….

Love what you do

Love what you do

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 Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching video :

  • I haven’t really looked back
  • It’s been like such a cool adventure
  • It’s going really well
  • I get to meet great people
  • It’s definitely a labor of love
  • That’s what people appreciate when they come, I get something custom-made
  • Something that no one else will have on the street
  • I couldn’t create a duplicate of a hat even if I tried
Vocabulary chunks in this video are also suitable for those taking  the CaMLA ECPE Speaking Test  @ HAU

Job Profile  –  Hat Designer 

“As a hat designer or milliner you’ll be using your creative skills to design hats. You may create unique hand-made hats or design hats to be mass-produced for designer shops or department stores.

You’ll need practical millinery skills and creative flair to produce fashionable designs that will appeal to your customers. Good marketing and promotion skills can be useful, especially if you wish to run your own business.

Skills, interests and qualities

To be a hat designer, you’ll need:

  • creativity
  • a good eye for colour and shape
  • an understanding of the properties of materials and how they can be used
  • practical hat-making skills
  • an understanding of production processes
  • the ability to spot and develop trends
  • a willingness to accept feedback
  • commercial awareness
  • business and marketing skills (if self-employed).
 [National Career Service ]
More Vocabulary Chunks for the CaMLA ECPE Exam