Useful expressions for the oral exam.

 

PET SPEAKING EXAM
PART 1 : PERSONAL INFORMATION (2-3 minutes)
In PART 1 you have to: Give personal information. Ask and answer questions about your family, studies, 
home town, free time, job. Spell a word.
 
SOME USEFUL LANGUAGE
 
Where are you from? I’m from Pinerolo, a small town about 20 kilometres from Turin.
What do you do ? I’m studying architecture/engineering at Turin Polytechnic.
Have you got any brothers or sisters? No, I’m an only child. / Yes, I’ve got an older brother. He works for RAI in Rome.
What do you do in your free time? I enjoy reading and listening to music. I also like swimming. I 
usually go once a week.
 
 

PET Speaking Part 1

1 What’s your name?
2 How old are you?
3 What nationality are you?
4 Where do you live?
5 Are you a student?
6 Are you married? Have you got a boyfriend / girlfriend?
7 Can you spell your family name?
8 Do you enjoy studying English? Why? Why not?
9 Do you think that English will be useful for you in the future?
10 Have you got any brothers or sisters?
11 Have you got any children?
12 How do you get to school?
13 How long does it take to come to school?
14 Tell me about your day at school/college
15 Tell me about your family
16 What's your favourite food?
17 What are your hobbies?
18 What are your plans after school?
19 What did you do yesterday / last weekend?
20 What do you do in your spare time?
21 What do you study? What are your favourite subjects?
 
 
 
In PART 2 you have to: Talk about a situation which is illustrated on a sheet of paper. Make suggestions and discuss alternatives.
 
 

Example 1

A teacher is going to take a class of 15-year-olds on a school trip. 
Talk together about the different places the class could visit and decide which trip the class would enjoy most.

Here is a picture with ideas to help you.

 
 
 
SOME USEFUL LANGUAGE
 
HOW TO : 
ASK FOR SUGGESTIONS
· What shall we do tonight? · Where shall we go tonight?
 
MAKE SUGGESTIONS
· How about going to the cinema?
· Why don’t we have a meal in that new 
 restaurant?
· We could stay in and watch a video.
· Let’s invite some friends round for dinner.
 
RESPOND TO SUGGESTIONS
· Yeah, that’s a great idea.
· Yes, that sounds good.
· Well, I think I’d prefer to go to a disco.
· Yes, OK
· All right, I agree.
 
DISCUSS ALTERNATIVES
· Which do you think is best? 
· Yes, that’s possible.
· It’s difficult to decide but …….
· I think this is more useful because …
· It would be better to go to the cinema 
because ….
 
ASK FOR OPINIONS
· What do you think about that?
· Do you agree?
· How do you feel about that?
 
GIVE YOUR OPINION
· I think/I don’t think that’s a good idea 
because…
· Personally, I think that’s a terrible idea 
because …
· In my opinion it would be better to stay in a hotel 
because ….
 
AGREE AND DISAGREE
· That’s what I think too
· I agree.
· I completely agree/ disagree with you.  
· Yes, you’re right.
· Well, that’s true but ….
· I’m sorry but I don’t agree with you.
 
EXPRESS PREFERENCES
· I’d rather go to a campsite
· I’d like to stay in a youth hostel
· I’d prefer to go to a hotel
 
 
REMEMBER!
· Listen carefully to the examiner’s instructions and focus on the central picture, 
which gives the key to the situation. 
· Use the pictures round the outside as ideas for your discussion. Don’t describe them.
 
 
 
In PART 3 you have to: Talk about a colour photo.
SOME USEFUL LANGUAGE
 
 

Here you've got some vocabulary to help you

defense - defender - forward - goalpost - midfielder - opposing team - commentator or football pundit - supporters or fans - scoreboard - hoarding or billboard

 

HOW TO:
GIVE A GENERAL INTRODUCTION
· This picture shows ….
· In this picture I can see
· This is a picture of …..
 
TALK ABOUT PLACES
· They’re driving in the country/in a city/in 
 the mountains
· She’s sitting inside/outside a cafè
· I can see a street market/old building/square/
street/restaurant/beach ….
 
DESCRIBE PEOPLE’S AGE
· He’s about 50 years old.
· They’re in their twenties
· She’s a teenager/a young child/a middleaged woman
 
DESCRIBE PEOPLE’S CLOTHES
· She’s wearing a pair of shorts and a red Tshirt
· They’re wearing quite casual/smart clothes
· He’s wearing a uniform
 
DESCRIBE PEOPLE’S ACTIONS
· He’s sitting at a desk 
· She’s standing in a queue
· They’re having a meal
· Some people are sunbathing and others are 
 swimming in the sea
 
DESCRIBE PEOPLE’S ROLES IN A PICTURE
· He’s probably a shop assistant and she’s a 
 customer
· This person on the left seems to be a
tourist guide – he’s pointing to a building
· The man serving the drinks is a waiter
 
DESCRIBE PEOPLE’S FEELINGS IN A PICTURE
· You can tell they are enjoying themselves 
because they are smiling
· He seems a bit frightened. Maybe this is 
 the first time he’s tried this
· She looks very interested in this activity –
 she’s concentrating very hard
 
PARAPHRASE (use these phrases to describe words you don’t know)
· It’s something you fry food in (frying pan)
· It’s a kind of container for flowers (a vase)
· It’s a cupboard for keeping clothes in 
(a wardrobe)
 
MAKE GUESSES 
· It might be summer because some people 
are wearing sunglasses
· It’s probably in the country, because …
· This picture could be in Northern Europe
because of the buildings
 
DESCRIBE POSITION
· In the middle of the picture there is a group
 of people, probably tourists because …
· In the background there is a church …
· There’s a bookshelf next to/near/behind/
 in front of the door
 
 
In PART 4 you have to: Talk with the other candidate about a topic related to part 3. You give your 
opinion about something and explain what you prefer.
 
SOME USEFUL LANGUAGE
HOW TO:
 
TALK ABOUT PERSONAL LIKES /DISLIKES
· I love/quite like/really enjoy/don’t
like/hate camping because …
· I find (don’t find) visiting museums quite
 boring/exciting/expensive/relaxing …
· I’m (I’m not) very interested in / quite 
 keen on sport …..
 
ASK FOR OPINIONS 
· What do you think of Italian TV?
· What’s your opinion?
· How do you feel about going on a cruise?
 
EXPRESS PREFERENCES 
· I’d (wouldn’t) like to live in a big house 
because …
· I’d rather/prefer to live in the country 
because …
 
 
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Fecha: 7/9/2017 | Creado por: Maria Gabriela
Categoria: Preliminary