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FCE Speaking Phrases

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First post in a while as I’ve been tied up with DELTA module 1 exams. Modules 1 and 2 are done! It’s been a fantastic but extremely taxing experience.

So it’s back to the bread and butter of exam prep classes and two long-standing private students have their FCE next week, so I’ve made this handy FCE speaking phrase sheet. Download it below:

FCE Speaking phrases

FCE Speaking Phrases

Likes/dislikes

I’m into…

I’m a keen/avid (surfer)

I’m keen on/fond of (surfing)

I’m a fan of…

Opinion

In my opinion…

I think/reckon…

From my point of view…

 

Comparing/contrasting

Both pictures show…

In this picture we can see… whereas/while in the other picture…

In contrast

On the other hand

Describing pictures

He/she/they seem to be…

He/she is probably…

In this picture it looks as if/though they are…

They could/might/may be…

They could/might/may have just…

In the background there is/are…

At the top/bottom…

In the corner…

Agreeing

You’re absolutely right.

I feel the same.

I couldn’t agree more.

I think so too.

Absolutely/totally.

Disagreeing

I don’t think so…

I take your point but…

Hhhmmm, I’m not so sure…

I see what you mean but…

Starting

Shall I start?

Shall we start with….?

Would you like to start?

Do you mind if I start?

That’s a difficult/interesting question.

Now let me see…

Asking for opinion

What’s your opinion on….?

What do you think about….?

How do you feel about…?

Would you agree with that?

Personalising

Speaking from personal experience,…

For me personally,..

I’d prefer to be in this situation because….

 

Impressive structures

Another point I’d like to add about … is…

Coming back to what… was saying about…

It’s also important to remember that…

Another idea which has just occurred to me is…

Repairing and Rescuing

I can’t remember the word at the moment but…

It’s the thing you use to…

The person who…

I have the word on the tip of my tongue.

The word has slipped my mind.

What I’m trying to say is…

What I mean is…

Asking for repetition

I beg your pardon, I didn’t catch that.

Sorry would you mind repeating that?

Could you repeat the question please?

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Collaborative Speaking: Planning the School Trip

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This is a collaborative speaking task for B1+ students in which they decide how they would spend €2500 on a trip to London for their class. Download the powerpoint below.

Collaborate and Negotiate

Put students in groups of 3-4, project the powerpoint. Explain the situation to them: They have to decide how they are going to spend €2500 they have for a class trip to London. The money has to cover their transport, accommodation and activities. They need to reach a decision about how to spend the money and give reasons for their answer. Will they travel by bus? Which takes longer but costs a lot less. Will they stay in a 5* hotel? Or will they slum it in a 1* hostel and save the money for the VIP activity package? Give students a few minutes to make each decision and then present their choice and reasons to the group.

Follow up

Students write an FCE style review or report on the their trip to London.

 

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CAE Phrasal Verb Worksheet #2

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This is another worksheet for CAE students to learn 12 phrasal verbs and us them in a discussion. Download the worksheet and key below, you can also use the quizlet set I have made that also contains the phrasal verbs from the first worksheet.

CAE Phrasal Verbs 2 key – Key

CAE phrasal verbs 2 – Worksheet

https://quizlet.com/123807629/cae-essential-phrasal-verbs-flash-cards/ – quizlet set

Worksheet

Definition Match

Match the phrasal verbs in bold with their definitions.

  1. The dinosaurs are thought to have died out millions of years ago.
  2. If someone doesn’t deal with the problem soon, it’s going to get much worse.
  3. I dropped off in the middle of the film and missed the end.
  4. He started a law degree but dropped out after 1 term because it was too hard.
  5. He fell asleep on the train and ended up in Glasgow!
  6. When she’s nervous she fiddles with her hair a lot.
  7. Being the only foreign girl in the school, at first it was difficult for her to fit in.
  8. Do you want to go for a coffee after class?
  9. Hhhmmm, I think I’ll go for the steak tartar please.
  10. The fire alarm went off and everybody had to evacuate.
  11. Are you sure it’s this way? Let’s just head for the city centre and hopefully we’ll find someone who speaks English.
  12. My brother walks so fast, it’s difficult to keep up with This course is really hard; I’m struggling to keep up with all the homework.
a.       Feel accepted + comfortable

b.      Choose

c.       Withdraw from/stop doing something

d.      Become extinct

e.      Go towards

f.        Finally be somewhere/do something

g.       Take action to solve/talk or work with

h.      Touch/move with no purpose

i.         Go somewhere to have something (break/drink etc.)

j.        Make a noise/start working

k.       Maintain the same speed as something/someone.

l.         Fall asleep without wanting to.

Collocation match

Some of the phrasal verbs above collocate with the words below. Put them together:

A bomb

An alarm clock _________

__________ a break/a cigarette/ a meal ____________ a competition/ a race/ school/ university
___________ jewellery/ a pen/ keys __________ a complaint/ people  

Question Completion

Complete the questions with the phrasal verbs:

  1. Have you ever _________ __________ in the cinema? Or in an embarrassing situation?
  2. What foods do you normally _______ ________ when you eat out?
  3. If you could bring one animal that has ________ ________ back to life as a pet, which would you choose and why?
  4. How often do you _______ _______ a break when you’re studying?
  5. Have you ever had to _______ ________ of a competition or course? If so why?
  6. Do you normally ______ _______ a problem straight away or put off for later?
  7. Have you ever got lost and _______ ______ in the wrong place?
  8. What’s the first thing you do after your alarm ________ _________ in the morning? Has the fire alarm ever _______ _________ at your school/workplace? Was it a false alarm?
  9. If you get lost in strange place, what’s the best place to __________ ___________?
  10. How important is it for you to ______ ________ in a new situation? Have you ever felt like you didn’t ______ _______? What did you do?
  11. What do you ________ _________ when you’re nervous?
  12. Do you find it hard to ________ _________  _________ the work you have to do? Do any of your friends speak so fast that it’s difficult to ________ _________?

Key

Definition match

  1. d
  2. g
  3. l
  4. c
  5. f
  6. h
  7. a
  8. i
  9. b
  10. j
  11. e
  12. k

Collocations

Some of the phrasal verbs above collocate with the words below. Put them together:

A bomb

An alarm clock goes off

Go for a break/a cigarette/ a meal Drop out of a competition/ a race/ school/ university
Fiddle with jewellery/ a pen/ keys Deal with a complaint/ people  

 

Question Completion

Complete the questions with the phrasal verbs:

  1. Have you ever dropped off in the cinema? Or in an embarrassing situation?
  2. What foods do you normally go for when you eat out?
  3. If you could bring one animal that has died out back to life as a pet, which would you choose and why?
  4. How often do you go for a break when you’re studying?
  5. Have you ever had to drop out of a competition or course? If so why?
  6. Do you normally deal with a problem straight away or put off for later?
  7. Have you ever got lost and ended up in the wrong place?
  8. What’s the first thing you do after your alarm goes off in the morning? Has the fire alarm ever gone off at your school/workplace? Was it a false alarm?
  9. If you get lost in strange place, what’s the best place to head for?
  10. How important is it for you to fit in in a new situation? Have you ever felt like you didn’t fit in? What did you do?
  11. What do you fiddle with when you’re nervous?
  12. Do you find it hard to keep up with the work you have to do? Do any of your friends speak so fast that it’s difficult to keep up?
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Get Organised! Collaborative Speaking Tasks

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This is a speaking lesson plan designed for teenagers that focuses on various exponents of suggesting, offering, agreeing and disagreeing. The main aim of the lesson is for students to improve their collaborative speaking skills, it will work well as preparation for FCE/CAE speaking exams. You will need the powerpoint and teacher’s notes below:

Get Organised!! – Powerpoint

Get organised Teachers notes

Teacher’s notes

The class is loosely based on Willis’s Task Based Learning in that students are given the opportunity to repeatedly practice a similar task and hopefully internalise some useful exponents for collaborative speaking.

Put students into groups of 3, it would also work with pairs but 3s are ideal. The idea is that groups perform the tasks separately and afterwards compare their decisions in a mini-presentation.

Show the 2nd slide of the power point. Clear up any doubts about the different exponents on the left.Then have students perform the task in their groups, encourage them to use a range of expressions and to be imaginative. Monitor and board any vocabulary they need, or any issues they have with the form or pronunciation of the exponents. Groups then feed back in open class.

Note: This is a good opportunity to teach the difference between “will” for decisions in the moment of speaking and “be going to” for a future intention. Students will discuss the different options using will:

“We’ll have the party on Friday so we can stay up late.”

“Yeah, that’s a good idea.”

Then when the time comes to present their decisions to class they will change to “be going to.”

“We’re going to have the party on Friday so we can stay up late.”

Then students go back to their groups and repeat with the next task but trying to bear any corrections you boarded during the first task in mind. Again groups feed back in open class and compare and contrast their ideas.

For the remainder of the tasks on the powerpoint the exponents are hidden initially but can be shown with a click of the mouse or the right arrow key. They idea is that you gradually phase out having the exponents on the board in the hope that they continue to use them from memory.

Follow up

Students could write an FCE/CAE style report on one of the events they have organised. It could either be a report after the fact stating the strengths and weaknesses of the event or a proposal for a future event putting forward different ideas and making recommendations.