11 Julio, 2017
Hello Everybody! Para seguir con la serie de entradas relacionadas con el examen del First hoy continuamos con el apartado de Speaking.
En líneas generales, se trata de un apartado individual “long turn”: 1 minuto y respuesta del segundo candidato durante 30 segundos:
- A cada candidato se le da dos fotos y se le pide que hable sobre ellas.
- Cada candidato deberá responder una pregunta sobre las fotos de su compañero. La respuesta será de 20 segundos.
- Se trata de comparar, contrastar, describir y expresar opiniones.
- Su duración total es de 4 minutos, siendo 6 minutos para grupos de 3 candidatos, 2 minutos para cada candidato.
En qué consiste el apartado del examen de modo pormenorizado:
En esta parte, el examinador dará a cada candidato 2 fotos para que la describa, compare y, lo más importante, conteste una pregunta.
* El “interlocutor” comienza diciendo:
“In this part of the test, I’m going to give each of you two photographs. I’d like you to talk about your photographs on your own for about a minute, and also to answer a question about your partner’s photograph.
* A continuación el primer candidato habla.
It’s your turn first. Here are your photographs. They show people who are helping other people in different situation.
* Pregunta para el primer candidato.
I’d like you to compare the photographs, and say how important it is to help other people in these situations. All right.
* Entonces te enseñan las fotos:
* Posible respuesta:
Recuerda que lo primero siempre es comparar las fotografías. Para compararlas primero deberás describirlas así que puedes contestar algo como esto:
In the first photograph we can see a person helping a football player who seems to be injured, and in the second photograph there is a woman who looks like a tourist asking for help to the policeman. She seems to need help to find her way because she is looking at a map with the policeman.
They are, indeed, very different ways of helping but they are equally important within their own context. I’ll explain. In the first case, it is important to help the football player because he might have a serious injury and the sooner he gets help the better it will be for his general health. On the other hand, if it is a minor injury the doctor can send him back to play immediately. If he is a good player, his team could win the match with his help. In the second case, though it seems to be a more trivial situation, it is important that tourists get help to find their way in the city they are visiting because it gives them a good impression about the place. The better the image of a city is the more likely it is to attract tourists, and tourism is an important source of income for many cities. In conclusion, helping people may have very different effects depending on the context in which the help is given, but it is always a positive thing to do.
A continuación, el examinador hará una pregunta sobre estas fotos al candidato B.
* Posible pregunta al segundo candidato:
Do you find it easy to ask for help when you have a problem? Why? Why Not? El segundo candidato tiene para contestar unos 30 segundos.
* Posible respuesta:
Well, it depends on the kind of problem that I have. If it is a minor obstacle, such as opening a door, getting a pen or similar item, then it’s easy for me to ask for help to whoever is next to me. But if it is a big issue, such as asking for money or help that could imply a lot effort on the part of the person being asked, then it certainly difficult for me to ask for help. So difficult that I think I have never asked for help in these types of situations. Another thing is if they offer me help without me asking. Then, I’d consider accepting the offer.
* Interlocutor: Thank you.
A continuación el examinador enseña otras dos fotos distintas al segundo candidato, y le hará una pregunta.
* Esta es la pregunta del ejemplo de examen:
Now, here are your photographs. They show people spending time in different gardens. I’d like you to compare the photographs, and what you think the people are enjoying about spending time in these gardens.
* Posible respuesta:
Como en el caso anterior, comenzaremos por describir las dos fotos, luego comparar y finalmente contestar la pregunta.
In the first photograph, we can see a man who has knelt to take care of some plants. It seems to be a vegetable garden. And, in the second photograph, we can see a garden surrounding a big building that looks like a castle. They are very different kind of gardens, one is private and made to cultivate plants and the other one is public and made to relax and walk around. In the first case, the man cultivating his own plants might be enjoying the possibiltity of having his own vegetables. If he is a cook he can use these vegetables in his kitchen to prepare delicious meals. Or he can give them to relatives and friends, or even sell them depending on how big the garden is. In the second case, the people are enjoying the views, the good weather, the fresh smell of the grass, the possibility of chatting with friends in the open air or going for a walk, and most of all, of relaxing.
A continuación, el examinador hará una pregunta sobre estas fotos al primero de los candidatos.
Which garden would you prefer to spend time in? Why?
El primer candidato tiene ahora 30 segundos, al igual que en el caso anterior para contestar.
I’m not very good at cultivating plants because I’m not patient enough and I never did this kind of activity before, so I’d much rather spend time in the public garden. I have been studying very hard for this exam; therefore to spend time in such a garden would be a great opportunity to relax. Besides I enjoy very much going out for a walk and being outside when the weather is good another reason for me to spend time in a garden such as the one in the second photograph, is that I enjoy visiting monuments. It would be wonderful to visit such a lovely building and contemplate the magnificent views from there.
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