Some time ago, I completed an online course called “How to Teach FCE” on the http://www.cambridgeenglishteacher.org page. There’s plenty of useful information, especially on how to guide the students when doing specific parts of the exams. I’ve taken the advice they gave on the Speaking Part 2 and put it together on a worksheet with some useful expressions. Also, as is my”thing” – I’ve put together a powerpoint with extra practice.
Step One: Read what is expected of the students on Part 2, as stated in the Teacher’s Handbook.
“Candidates are expected to point out similarities and differences between the photographs and then move on to deal with the question, answering it with reference to both photographs.”
Step Two: Ask the students to look at the question and the photos. Go through the “wh” questions with them, encouraging them to use more specific language, for example, instead of the “person” use tourist, physiotherapist, etc.
Step Three: Ask the students to match up the example answers with the above questions.
Step Four: Go through the useful phrases and then give the students 2-3 minutes to put their ideas together and then ask them to do speaking aloud in class, timing them, and writing down their blaring mistakes. Remember: this is an exercise in mechanics – it’s for them to understand the mechanics of this part of the speaking and give the information that is expected, it’s not a grammar exercise.
Step Five: Explain that the other candidate will have to answer a question related to the topic of the photos.
“The listening candidate is also asked to comment briefly (for about 30 seconds) after their partner’s long turn. They should not speak during their partner’s long turn.”
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Step Six: Go through these steps again with either material from their course book or the powerpoint attached below.