Part II (3-4 minutes)
1. In part two, you’ll be given a topic card and you will be asked to talk on the topic. The candidate has one
minute to prepare for a little conversation, and he/she can make notes from a piece of paper. After you have
made notes and prepared, you are required to speak for one to two minutes (as a rule you are expected to
speak for at least 1 minute 30 seconds---anything less than this and your “Fluency” score may be reduced).
The examiner will listen, and you have to speak, give a little presentation on the topic that you’ve been given.
It will last between three to four minutes.
2. The best strategy in Part Two is to keep talking until the examiner says stop.
3. The key to this stage is all about using strategies to prolong the discussion. Remember to extend a
conversation with facts, examples, comparisons, personal experiences, and opinions.
(Example A: My school is big. There are many people in it. There are 4 floors. It is in Guang zhou. The
professors are all friendly.)
(Example B: My school is quite big, perhaps the biggest in Guang zhou (comparison) and it seems almost
like the size of a small city. It generally takes about 20 minutes to ride a bike to all gates and the
library has 3 stories (giving examples). The first day I arrived there I got lost immediately because I
wasn’t expecting it to be that big (personal experience/anecdote). )
Remember: Stage 2 is mainly concerned with whether you can talk at length to describe, compare, recall,
imagine, instruct and to give reasons.
Part Two Strategies
The Three-step Preparation Method
Step 1: Selection Easy topics should:
; Have lots of features. The more features your topic has, the easier it is to keep talking or developing your
Part Two. This is not always possible for every topic but Generally it is much easier to talk about “bigger”
things than “smaller” specific things.
; Be expandable. You should choose something that is expandable, ie. you can keep adding points on to your
; Include some “invented” aspects. (ie. lies) The easiest thing to describe are not always the true things. If
you have only been on a trip once in your life and you went to the West Lake in Hangzhou, this doesn’t give
you much to talk aoubt. It would be a good idea to say that you spent a week in Hangzhou, a week in Suzhou,
a few days in Wuxi and a few days in Shanghai. You might be lying---but by doing so you are making your
Part Two much, much easier.
; Ignore the adjective eg. “An interestion building in your city…” . Don't try to think of a building that is
particularly interesting. You don’t lose marks if your building is not very interesting and you don’t get more
marks if you building seems very interesting. Just choose “any building” that fits the topic loosely.
Step 2: Vocabulary
The next step in the one-minute prepartation is to write down as many examples of uncommon vocabulary as possible. The vocabulary must be directly related to the topic.
Step 3: Grammar Point
This is one of the most important considerations for your Part Two talk. Most candidates completely ignore this aspect. Different Part Two topic cards require different grammar. Think about the required grammar content for each topic below:
Describe an object you use every day. (mostly present tenses)
Describe a vehicle that you would like to own. ((mostly ocnditional tenses and some present tenses for describing) Describe a happy event in your life. (mostly past tenses)
In Part Two, there are 3 basic tense requirements: some topics need mostly present tenses; others need past tenses; others need conditional tenses.
Part Two Problems
The biggest problem with Part Two is that candidates focus on content. Most people are so busy trying to
think about “what to say” and as a result they forget about “language content (how to say)” of their speech. As we
have already concluded, there are no marks for content, so a Part Two that focuses on content will score quite low on the marking system.
; The examiner is NOT listening to what you say --- he / she is only listening to how you say it! ; During Part Two, the examiner is focused on the marking system. Any features of the marking system that
you produce in Part Two will influence your score; content will not affect your score.
; Following features of language should be focused in Part Two:
1. Fluency during a 2-minute talk it is essential to use linking words, lingking phrases and fillers.
2. Vocabulary Uncommon words and idioms will significantly increase your “Vocabulary” score. Most
of the Part One vocabulary can be used in Part Two. Don’t forget to paraphrase.
3. Grammar Whatever you are saying in Part Two, say it with complex sentences and if necessary use a
variety of tenses.
Part Two doesn’t have to be interesting, original, familiar, or true.
; Candidates don’t have to follow the guidelines. The prompts on the card are not compulsory
questions---you are not required to provide answers. As long as you are describing some aspects of the
main topic, there is no problem. Or if there is a guideline prompt that you don’t like or you think is a little
difficult, feel free to ignore it and just talk about some other aspect of your trip, for instance.
Part Two Topics
Section 1: People
(1) A famous person (9) A family member (2) A sports star (10) Compare two family members (3) A singer or musician (11) Someone who you have studied or worked with (4) A character from a story / film / TV programme (12) A friend
(5) An old person (13) A happy person who you know (6) A teacher who has influenced you (14) A successful leader who you admire (7) A neighbour (15) A child you know (8) Aomeone you know who speaks another language
Section 2: Places
(9) An important building (12) A shop
(10) A historical building / place (13) a library
(11) A famous building (14) a museum you have visited (12) A place of natural beauty (15) Your childhood home (13) A peaceful place (16) your idea of an ideal house (14) A quiet place (17) A city you would like to visit (15) A place in your city that you know well (18) A country you would like to visit (16) A city/town/village you have visited (19) A restaurant
(17) A walk that you regularly take (20) A hotel
(18) A garden/park (21) A monument
(19) A river, lake or sea you have visited (22) Your favorite room / apartment
(23) a temple
Section 3: Experience / Past Events
(1) Something you would like to succeed in doing
(2) Something difficult that you did well (14) An important letter you sent (3) A skill you would like to learn (15)An interesting trip you have been on (4) A short course (16) The best holiday you have been on (5) A happy event (17) Some long distance travel you would like to do (6) A party (18) An activity in an English lesson (7) A wedding you have attended (19) An important decision
(8) A special meal (20) An important change in your life (9) Some important advice (21) an event that changed your life (10) Some help that you received (22) a busy time in your life
(11) Some important news (23) A festival that is popular in your country (12) Some important family news (24) Something dangerous you would like to do (13) An important letter you received (25) an occasion when you were late Section 4: Media
(1) A TV programme (7) a newspaper or magazine (2) A radio programme (8) A website
(3) A film (9) An advertisement
(4) A story from your childhood (10) A photo
(5) A book (11) A piece of art
(6) A song / piece of music
Section 5: Objects
(1) Something useful (9) A piece of furniture
(2) An object you use every day (10) A handicraft
(3) A piece of equipment you use every day (11) A national product
(4) Something electronic that you use often (12) A vehicle you would like to own (5) Something old (13) Something expensive you would like to buy (6) An item of clothing or jewellery (14) A gift or present you have received (7) Something you made yourself (DIY) (8) A toy
(15) Something you bought which you were not happy with (16) a used household appliaces in your home ;17；something broken or cannot work in your familly
Section 6: Hobbies and free-time activities
(1) A free-time activity (5) A sport
(2) A hobby you would like to take up
(3) Something you do to help you relax (6) An outdoor activity
(4) A game (7) Something you like to do at weekends Section 7: Other topics
(1) An animal (9) Extreme weather
(2) An environmental problem (10) Something good about your personality (3) A subject that you liked at school (11) A future plan or ambition (4) An ideal job (12) An important invention (5) Food (13) A form of public transport (6) Type of clothes (14) A public event
(7) Favorite month or season (15) A sporting event
(8) Type of weather
I. Describe A Person (Part II) OK, now I’m going to give you a topic and I’d like you to talk about it for one to two minutes. Before
you talk you’ll have one minute to think about what you are going to say and you can make some notes if you
wish, do you understand? I’d like you to describe your best friend. [one minute preparation]
Cue Card One
Describe your best friend (Sep.6, 2008)
You should say:
how (and when) you first met this person
when you see this person
what kind of character (or, personality) he or she has (= what he or she is like)
what you usually do together
and explain why you became (or, are) such good friends.
OK, so remember you have one to two minutes for this so don’t worry if I stop you. I’ll tell you when the time is
up. Can you start speaking now please.
The Nature of Friendship
; Do you think friendship is important?
; What are the qualities of a good (or, a real) friend? What do you think are the benefits of having a good
; Some people think it's good to change friends every now and then while others disagree with that. What's
your opinion? ;= Do you prefer old friends or new friends?；
; Which do you think is more important, friends or family?
; Do you think distance (= living far apart) can affect a friendship?
; Do you think you are good at making friends?
; Do you think a man and a woman can be best friends?
; How are friendships between boys (or males) different to friendships between girls (females)? Friendships between Non-Equals
; Do you think co-workers/ colleagues/ workmates can also be friends with each other?
; Do you think it's possible for a boss (an employer) at work to be friends with (the employees)?
; Do you think a boss should be friends with his or her staff?
; Do you think a teacher can be friends with one of his or her students?
; How can people get along with an unfriendly boss or an unfriendly co-worker? Joining Groups; Co-operation and Teamwork
; In life (or, in work), do you think teamwork is important?
; (Similar to above) What are the social benefits of teamwork (or co-operation) between people?
; Can you think of any examples of work (or, jobs) where teamwork is especially important? International Relations
; Do you think countries can also be friends with other countries?
; Do you think international co-operation (or, collaboration) between countries is important?
; Do you think there have been any changes in the past few years in the way countries co-operate (or don't
Cue Card Two
Describea famous person you would lkie to meet
You should say:
who this person is (or was)
how you first learned about him or her (or, where you first saw him or her)
how/why this person is famous
and explain why you would like to meet this person..
Wanting to be Famous
; Why do some people want to be famous?
; Do you want to be famous?
; Would you like to be famous?
People's Ideas on Who is Famous
; What kinds of people do young people in China today consider to be "famous" or celebrities?
; Do older people and young people have the same ideas about who is famous (or, the same feelings about
; In general, what qualities do famous people possess?Do you think the kind of people that others admire
(or, ‘greatly respect’ or think of as ‘heroes’ or ‘famous’) has changed in the past few decades?
Famous People as Role Models (for the young)
Do you think there is a possible danger in young people using some famous people as role models? The Private Lives of Famous People – Privacy Issues
; What benefits do people get from being famous?
; Can you think of any disadvantages to being famous?
; Do you think famous people can (or, do) keep their privacy after they become famous?
; Do you think the children of famous people can have a normal childhood?