December 19, 2022 Important Instructions for the Speaking Test and the Final Test

The speaking test will be held during the last class on January 16, 2023.

There will also be a paper test during the final examination period on January 23, 2023, 13:30-14:30, room 712. The listening section of the final test will be based on this video (5:31):

The video has English subtitles, so you can read the story and listen to the story as much as you want before the test.

On December 19, 2022, we did a practice test. The final paper test will have the same format as the practice test, and the grammar points tested will be the same, but the questions will be different. You can download the answers for the practice test.

Speaking Test 2023/01/16. Come to the classroom five minutes before your speaking test appointment and wait outside.



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The speaking test topic will be one of the three topics that we practiced during this semester: 1. your high school days 2. your favorite memorable trip 3. your favorite story, movie, manga or television series. Before the test, you don’t know the topic and you don’t know if you will ask or answer the questions. You have to keep your conversation going for five minutes. Practice it well with your partner before the test.

Speaking Test

A speaking test will be held in the last class in January. Before the speaking test you have to choose another student to work with, and you have to prepare a five-minute conversation about each of these topics:

1.         Your high school days

2.         A memorable holiday

3.         Your favorite film, novel, or story.

Read points a. to l. They tell you how to prepare for the test and how the test will be conducted.

a. On the day of the speaking test, only one of these topics will be chosen, so you won't know before then which topic you will discuss during the test.

b. You will have to prepare all of these topics.

c. You will have to speak for five minutes.

d. The teacher will observe and record the conversation.

e. The best way to prepare is by practicing as much as possible.

f.  You will not know whether you are going to ask questions or answer them. This will also be decided on the day of the test.

g. The way to succeed at this test is to prepare well and practice all the topics, both questions and answers, many times during the semester.

h. We will practice in class, but you can also meet with your partner to prepare for it, and you can also prepare by communicating by telephone and e-mail.

i. For this test you should not memorize a dialog about the three topics. This is a test of your conversation skills, not your ability to remember a scripted dialog. It should be somewhat ad lib and casual. You should write notes to remember what you want to talk about, but don't write dialogs.

j. Don't give only short answers. Add extra information to your answers. This shows your partner that you are eager to talk.

k. Before asking the next question, give a comment or reaction to each answer. Show empathy. This encourages your partner to keep talking.

l. Arrive ten minutes before the appointed time for your test. Don’t be late!

Two Reports

Follow the same procedure as the first semester. The first report is due on October 31st and the second report is due on November 28th.

Final Test

The final test will be based on the grammar review lessons and there will be writing and listening tasks based on the stories we studied during the semester.

Other information

Review at home with the videos on this YouTube channel. Here are the links to four videos from this channel that will help you develop speaking and listening skills:

How to Relax Your Accent Part 1: Consonant to vowel linking  

How to Relax your Accent Part 2: Consonant Linking

How to Relax Your Accent Part 3: Vowel Linking

Imitation Technique