Here’s how the CAE speaking test is assessed: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/images/168620-assessing-speaking-performance-at-level-c1.pdf
Note the last few pages of that document – it’s the feedback for this speaking test video (Meritxell and Stefan): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPF0zUMXpl0
Here’s another example of a real speaking test (the students are better here than the previous one!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfzndMN7MZs
And, finally, here’s the feedback for that last video (Dario and Jackie): http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/images/138448-advanced-examiner-speaking-commentary.pdf
Just follow the steps in my Prezi: Acing the Speaking Test!
|When you want to state an opinion:
- In my opinion____
- I think that_____
- I feel that______
- I believe that______
- It seems to me that________
- If you ask me_____
- I’d say that_______
- The point is________
- As I see it_______
- I’d say that______
- Wouldn’t you say that_______?
- Don’t you agree that_______?
- I’d just like to say that______
- I’d like to point out that_______
|When you want someone to repeat or explain:
- I don’t get what you mean
- I’m sorry, but I didn’t get your point.
- Could you give an example?
- What do you mean (by_____)?
|When you want to agree with someone:
- I think so, too
- I agree with you
- You could be right
- I couldn’t agree more
- That’s a good point
- I see what you mean
- That’s just what I was thinking
- I agree entirely
- You know, that’s exactly what I think
|When you want to disagree with someone:
- Yes, but_____
- I disagree
- I can’t agree with you there
- Up to a point, yes, but________
- Yes, that’s quite true, but_____
- I’m not sure I quite agree
- Well, you have a point there, but_____
- I see what you mean, but________
- I tend to disagree with you there
|Informal disagreement (between people you know very well):
- You can’t be serious!!
- Come off it!
- That’s ridiculous!
|When you want to persuade someone:
- You must admit that___
- Do you really believe that_____?
- Don’t you think that______?
- Don’t you agree that____?
When you want to interrupt someone:
- Sorry, can I just say…
- Sorry, can I jump in here?
- I just wanted to add…
- Sorry to interrupt, but…
When you want to bide time:
- Hmm, good question.
- Let me think about that for a moment.
- I’ve never thought about that before.
- I’ve not given that much thought.
- Well, …
Downloadable version: Debate language.
If you want to know what Cambridge expects of you for each style of writing in the Advanced Certificate exam, check out their model answers (materials are from GlobalELT’s Succeed in Cambridge CAE: Practice Tests – Model Compositions).