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ISE II SPEAKING TEST PRACTICE

RESPECT
1. What behaviour do you find rude? Agree on the worst behaviour.
2. How do you feel/react when someone is rude to you?
3. Have you ever been rude to someone? What happened? Did you regret?
4. How important is it to be respectful of our elders?
5. Are/Were the teachers in your school respected by students?
6. Sometimes it is necessary to be rude. Do you agree?

PUBLIC FIGURES
1. What is your favourite celebrity and why?
2. What are the advantages of being famous?
3. Are there any drawbacks to fame?
4. Would you like to be famous?
5. Do you think your personality would change if you were famous? And your friendships?
6. What would you spend your money on if you were rich and famous?
7. Celebrities are good role models for children. Do you agree?
8. Celebrities are happier than most people because they have so many things most people don’t. Do
you agree?

THE WORLD OF WORK


1. What’s your idea of the perfect job?
2. What job would you really hate to do? Why?
3. Which is more important in a job – pay or conditions?
4. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a city-centre office job?
5. Would you like to change your job and try a different lifestyle?
6. What are some of the things that usually go wrong and cause stress in your work life?

PERSONAL VALUES AND IDEALS


1. If you had been born in a rich area of Hollywood, how would your life have been different?
2. Is most crime caused by poor people, or is wealth not the issue?
3. What do you think are the main reasons for youth unemployment?
4. What should the government do about the problem of youth unemployment?
5. Have you ever done any volunteer work?
6. Think about when you were young- what did you use to do then that you miss now?

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS


1. Some people say sports like horse racing are cruel to animals – what do you think? Are there any
sports apart from horse racing that you find cruel?
2. Is it fair to keep wild animals, like snakes, as pets? Do you think animals suffer or benefit from living
with humans?
3. Why do you think some people decide to become vegetarians? Would you ever consider being a
vegetarian?
4. What effect might global warming have on wild animals?
5. Do you think zoos are a good or a bad thing?
PHRASES TO GIVE ADVICE

 If I were you, I would…


 Why don’t you…?
 I think you should…
 It might be a good idea to…
 Perhaps you should…
 How/What about + -ing…?
 Have you considered + -ing…?

Give some advice to these people. Try to use a different phrase each time.
1. Problem: I don’t know what course to do when I leave school.
Advice: I think you should talk to the school’s careers teacher for professional advice.
2. Problem: I feel very tired at work every day and I’m finding it hard to concentrate.
Advice:
3. Problem: I don’t think I am paid enough for the work I do.
Advice:
4. Problem: I chose a course I thought I’d like to study at university, but now I find it really
boring.
Advice:
5. Problem: My workplace is very far from where I live and it takes me two hours to get to the
office every morning and another two hours to get home.
Advice:
6. Problem: I stay at the office late every night of the week to get all my work done.
Advice:

USEFUL RANGE OF GRAMMAR

 Conditionals
 Used to
 Modals for advice and suggestions (should, ought to, had better)
 Modals for possibility (will, may, might, could)
 Present perfect continuous
 Reported speech
 Simple passive
Practising reported speech. Discuss these topics with your partner. Then, another partner will
report what you’ve said.
- Young people today do not respect their elders
- Animals are just as important as people in society

TIME-BUYING PHRASES

 Um
 Er
 I mean
 Well
 You know
 Like

FILLER PHRASES
- Responding to a question
o Hmmm…
o Let’s see… Let me see…
- Developing/explaining your point
o The thing is…
o What I’m trying to say is…
o What I mean is…
o I guess…