En el examen del Advanced, la parte del Speaking tiene 4 secciones y tiene un peso del 20% de la nota global del examen. Hoy queremos empezar la sección CAE Speaking Tips para ofrecerte toda la información necesaria que debes saber y que has de tener en cuenta para aprobar de forma satisfactoria el examen (¡así como muchos consejos y ejemplos prácticos!).

El día del examen estarás con dos examinadores de Cambridge. Uno será quién te hará las preguntas y te dará el papel con la información sobre la que deberás hablar y el otro examinador será quien escuchará lo que estás diciendo. El Speaking del Advanced tiene una duración de 15 minutos por cada pareja de candidatos.

Muchos de nuestros alumnos nos comentan que el CAE Speaking Test es la parte que más les agobia y es por ello que os iremos contando cada «paper» del Speaking para ayudaros a prepararos y sentiros más seguros. Hoy veremos la Parte 1 del Speaking del examen del Advanced.

CAE SPEAKING | PART 1 Entrevista – 2 minutos

Esta sección es una conversación entre los candidatos y el interlocutor. Es la parte más sencilla. El examinador os hará diferentes preguntas muy básicas sobre vosotros y sobre vuestra vida. En esta parte no debes hablar al otro candidato.

Consejos

  • En esta primera parte, las preguntas son sobre temas muy generales, como cuando conoces a alguien por primera vez. Esto te facilitará la preparación de posibles preguntas con palabras clave para enriquecer al máximo tu vocabulario y marcar la diferencia. Las áreas típicas pueden ser: Where you live, Leisure time, Work, Study, Future plans, Holidays and experiences.
  • Recuerda que debes dar respuestas largas, añade motivos, detalles y ejemplos. Desarrolla las preguntas tanto como te sea posible para agregar una historia personal. Aprovecha tu tiempo para decir tanta información interesante sobre ti como puedas, así como utilizar el vocabulario más avanzado.
  • No hables solo por hablar. Tu respuesta tiene que tener un final claro.
  • Tampoco es una Buena idea prepararte frases completas porque los examinadores están capacitados para escuchar ese tipo de cosas.
  • No desconectes cuando no sea tu turno de palabra. Gira tu cuerpo ligeramente hacia el otro candidato y escucha lo que está diciendo. Asiente con la cabeza si estás de acuerdo con lo que dice, sonríe y muestra interés por la conversación. Parecerás más confiado y en control con el idioma y el examinador lo notará.

Ejemplo de la parte 1 del CAE Speaking Test
Os dejamos con un ejemplo que proporciona Cambridge English en su cuenta de youtube.

Preguntas típicas con ejemplos de respuestas en el CAE Speaking Test

Os hemos preparado una serie de preguntas típicas en la sección de la entrevista con dos repuestas: una débil (no válida) y una respuesta fuerte (válida). Las respuestas largas tienen la longitud y el vocabulario apropiado para un nivel C1 – Advanced. Una respuesta más larga no sería apropiada ya que no le dejarías al otro candidato tiempo suficiente para poder responder.

What keeps you motivated to learn English?

  • Débil – «I enjoy learning English because I can understand films and documentaries in English and speak to foreign friends.»
  • Fuerte – «I keep motivated because one of my acquaintances is Finnish and English is our mutual language. His English is great and we have a lot of hobbies in common so by being in contact with him I’m always learning more interesting words to talk about what I like doing. I also work in a multinational language, and I need to speak English a lot with my colleagues. It could also mean a promotion in the future.»

Do you like your job?

  • Débil – «Yes, it’s interesting and I like the people I work with.»
  • Fuerte – «That’s a key question. Yes and no! I mean, it’s challenging and sometimes fun but workload is overwhelming and the office atmosphere isn’t always productive. I’m considering a change in the near future, but I’m not sure about the direction I want to go in yet.»

How has your life changed in the last 5 years?

  • Débil – «I changed my workplace recently and this has really improved my life.»
  • Fuerte – «A lot! My company has changed its location to the city centre and it’s really improved my day-to-day life. It’s much closer to home and so I can walk there. When I leave work, I often go to an event that’s on in Barcelona so I feel that I’ve improved on two levels – both in my work and social life.»

What do you enjoy most about learning English?

  • Débil – «The most important reason why I learn languages, mostly English and Spanish, is the reason to be able to communicate with people around the world.»
  • Fuerte – «English is the modern lingua franca, that is, I can talk to everybody in the world. I have no language barrier in a globalised world where English is the most spoken language. I can make friends from every corner of the world, use it for holidays and it’s been really helpful for my job in my position. Also, it keeps me active, it’s like brain training.»

Where are you from?

  • Débil – «I was born in Germany but I have lived most of my life in Spain.»
  • Fuerte – «Originally, my family is from Germany, but when I was a child we moved to Spain. We moved back to Germany when I was 14 years old but when I finished my university studies, I decided to move back here to work. I’ve been working in Marketing ever since.»

How long have you been studying English?

  • Débil – «I have studied English since I was a child and I’m still studying now.»
  • Fuerte – «I have been studying English since I was very small, which means since 1998. I studied English when I went to university and I took the First Certificate exam two years ago. I have also spent some holidays in an English-speaking country. I travelled to Australia and it was an amazing experience that opened my eyes to the world.»

Are you the kind of person who can do two things at once?

  • Débil – «Yes, sometimes, but I think it’s best to concentrate on one thing at a time.»
  • Fuerte – «My initial reaction would be to say no, because I think you need to concentrate on doing things one at a time. However, I often find myself doing lots of different things at once, because our lifestyle nowadays is fast and stressful.»

How do you usually like to spend your free time?

  • Débil – «I like to walk in the mountains and be outside a lot.»
  • Fuerte – «I love walking in the mountains. I often go there at the weekend and take a picnic with my boyfriend. It’s especially lovely at this time of year because the leaves are changing colour and it’s stunning. I also like just chilling and being with my friends or watching a good film.»

Are you planning to do any courses in the near future?

  • Débil – «Yes, I’d like to an art course and learn how to paint portraits.»
  • Fuerte – «Yes! I’d like to do a fine art course and learn more about painting portraits. I’ve always enjoyed drawing and I’d love to be taught how to paint portraits and other subjects. Of course, I still want to continue to improve my English skills. So next step after this level, is the proficiency level…»

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?

  • Débil – «I’d like to go to Asia because I’ve always been fascinated by Asian culture.»
  • Fuerte – «If I could travel to another place, I would go to Asia. I would choose Asia because of the simple reason that I love everything Asian – the food, the architecture, their way of life. I’ve already been there but I wouldn’t mind going back there again and again.»

Do you use social networking sites a lot? Why/Why not?

  • Débil – «I use social networking sites probably as much as most people. I try not to use them too much.»
  • Fuerte – «Yes, I do, especially Instagram. I used to use Facebook a lot but recently I’ve switched to Instagram because I love taking photos and looking at other people’s posts. It’s important to put it to one side, though, and remember to have real contact with my family and friends in a direct and personal way. I use Whatsapp a lot, too, to message people during the day.»

Próximamente continuaremos esta sección de CAE Speaking Tips proporcionando consejos sobre el resto de secciones.

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