Speaking Cycle 13: Testing times


1. Activating

· What different kinds of test can you think of?

· For what different reasons do people take tests?

2. Sharing

· Think of different tests you have taken.

· Work in groups of three. Tell your group about some of these tests. As you listen to your partners, decide if you have taken similar tests.

3. Preparing

· Choose one experience of one member of your group. One of you is going to tell the rest of the class about this experience (it doesn’t matter if the person who speaks is the person whose experience it was or if they talk about an experience of someone else in their group).

· Spend 15 minutes, as a group, preparing what the speaker is going to say. Think about a) information, such as what kind of test it was; when and why the test took place; how did the person prepare for the test (if at all); what was the result of the test; and whether the person would prepare for the test differently next time; and b) the organisation and structure of what the speaker will say.

4. Performing

· The speaker from each group talks to the rest of the class.

· As you are listening to other speakers, try to answer the following questions.

a) What kind of test did each person take?

b) When and why did they take these tests?

c) What preparation did each person do for the test?

d) What was the result of each test?

e) Which person prepared most effectively for their test?

5. Reporting

· When you have heard the speaker from each group, check your answers to the questions with the other members of your group.

· As a group, decide which of the people you have heard about, in your opinion, is the best at preparing for tests.


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