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Last update: 2013-04-19

IELTS Language Lab Test 2

2013-04-19
Length: 10m 52s

This is the second in our new series of podcasts aimed at students preparing for the IELTS Speaking exam. The IELTS Language Lab uses the IELTS assessment criteria to examine recordings of students trying IELTS-style Speaking tests. In this episode we’re to going to listen to Clara who tried one of the free Part 2 practice tests we’ve published on the ieltsspeaking website. You can find out more about our free materials for IELTS Speaking preparation at our website: http://www.ieltsspeaking.co.uk …

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IELTS Language Lab

2013-03-21
Length: 8m 13s

This is the first in our new series of podcasts aimed at students preparing for the IELTS Speaking exam. The IELTS Language Lab uses the IELTS assessment criteria to examine recordings of students trying IELTS-style Speaking tests. In this episode we’re to going to listen to Sara who tried one of the free Part 2 practice tests we’ve published on the ieltsspeaking website. You can find out more about our free materials for IELTS Speaking preparation at our website: http://www.ieltsspeaking.co.uk …

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Working Together to Reach Agreement

2012-02-28
Length: 16m 44s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This recording features Ekaterina and Lachesara from Bulgaria. In this interview we looked at the skill of reaching agreement.

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Structuring a Short Talk

2011-08-20
Length: 11m 27s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This podcast features Alejandro from Argentina and looks at how to structure a short, two-minute presentation.

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Using an Anecdote to Make a Point

2011-07-30
Length: 10m 51s

This recording features Raluca from Romania and Genevieve from France. In this interview we looked at the skill of using anecdotes to make a point.
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Making a Spontaneous Talk

2011-07-09
Length: 6m 54s

This podcast features Corina from Romania. In this interview we looked at the skill of giving aspontaneous talk.
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Structuring a short talk

2011-06-18
Length: 10m 54s

This podcast features Ioana from Romania and looks at how to structure a short talk when reviewing a film.
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Working together to reach agreement

2011-05-07
Length: 14m 50s

This podcast features Joao from Brazil and Werner for Germany, who take part in a role-play similar to those found in English exams like CAE and CPE. The focus of this discussion is how to work collaboratively in a task like this.
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Using Anecdotes to Make a Point

2011-04-10
Length: 9m 6s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This week we’re listening to Arturo from Italy. This recording looks at the skill of using an anecdote to make a point.
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Acknowledging Your Partner’s Contributions

2011-04-02
Length: 11m 20s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This podcast features Ana from Austria and Jonas from Switzerland and looks at working cooperatively when carrying out role plays.
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Structuring a Short Talk

2010-12-04
Length: 10m 47s

Structuring a Short Talk This podcast features Isabelle from Switzerland and looks at how to structure a short talk.
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Flo-Joe's New CAE Writing Critique and Correction Service

2010-09-30
Length: 4m 32s


Hi and welcome to the latest podcast from Splendid Speaking. In this recording we're going to break with tradition and feature an interview with someone who's been using Flo-Joe's new writing critique and correction service for CAE, that's the Certificate in Advanced English. I'm speaking with Giada from Italy and at the time of the interview Giada was preparing for the CAE exam. I'm very pleased to be able to report that Giada passed and is now the proud owner of the Certificate in Advanced English. Well done Giada! If you're interested in finding out more about Flo-Joe's CAE Writing Critique and Correction service please contact us at info(at)flo-joe(dot)co(dot)uk and we'll send you further information. Alternatively you can visit the information page here. …

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Captivate Your Audience With Memorable Introductions

2010-09-04
Length: 9m 14s

This recording features Werner from Germany. In this interview we looked at the skill of captivating your audience with a memorable introduction.

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Using an Anecdote to Make a Point

2010-07-31
Length: 10m 51s

This recording features Raluca from Romania and Genevieve from France. In this interview we looked at the skill of using anecdotes to make a point.
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Making Your Talks Topical

2010-06-26
Length: 12m 50s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This podcast features Otavio from Brazil and looks at how to captivate your audience by referencing topical issues in a talk.
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Structuring a short talk

2010-06-19
Length: 10m 54s

This podcast features Ioana from Romania and looks at how to structure a short talk when reviewing a film.
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Describing Photographs

2010-05-22
Length: 7m 44s

This recording features Andrzej from Poland. In this interview we looked at the skill of describing photographs, a task that appears in the CAE examination.
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Working together to reach agreement

2010-05-08
Length: 14m 50s

This podcast features Joao from Brazil and Werner for Germany, who take part in a role-play similar to those found in English exams like CAE and CPE. The focus of this discussion is how to work collaboratively in a task like this.
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Using an Anecdote to Make Your Talk Memorable

2010-05-01
Length: 8m 5s

Do you face the challenge of giving a short presentation? If so, you'll want to make sure you grab your listeners' attention. This podcast features Victoria from Belarus, who gives a short talk on the importance of learning a second language. Listen to Victoria's talk and note how she uses an anecdote to give the presentation personal significance.
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Asking and Responding to Questions

2010-04-24
Length: 15m 17s

How good are you at making conversation with a complete stranger? Do you find it easy thinking of things to say or questions to ask? This podcast features Anca from Romania and Laurent from France and this was the first time they’d spoken together through Skype. Free Transcripts!
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Using Anecdotes to Make a Point

2010-04-10
Length: 9m 6s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This week we’re listening to Arturo from Italy. This recording looks at the skill of using an anecdote to make a point.
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Essential Signposting

2010-03-27
Length: 15m 42s

If you'd like to improve or practise the skills involved in making presentations then this podcast will be of interest to you. This week we’re listening to Eun-Kyung from South Korea. In this Skype interview, Eun-Kyung was asked to describe a place in her country she would recommend to tourists.
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Taking Part in Discussions

2010-03-20
Length: 14m 5s

If you're an advanced speaker of English and would like to improve or practise the skills involved in taking part in a discussion and describing events then this podcast will be of interest to you. In this task Solange from Brazil and Arturo from Italy had to compare the way Christmas is celebrated in their two countries.
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STAR Stories

2010-03-13
Length: 12m 9s

This recording features Eun Kyung from South Korea. In this interview we looked at the skill of describing a personal achievement so that you showcase your strengths and abilities.
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Working Together to Reach Agreement

2010-02-27
Length: 16m 44s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This recording features Ekaterina and Lachesara from Bulgaria. In this interview we looked at the skill of reaching agreement.

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Structuring a Short Talk

2010-02-20
Length: 11m 27s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This podcast features Alejandro from Argentina and looks at how to structure a short, two-minute presentation.

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Responding to Questions

2010-02-13
Length: 13m 49s

This recording features Ekaterina from Bulgaria and Teodoro from Chile. In this interview we looked at the skill of responding to questions.

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Spontaneous Talks

2010-02-06
Length: 9m 36s

This recording features Corina from Romania. In this interview we looked at the skill of making a spontaneous talk. The transcript for the most recent podcast, comprehension questions and a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk are sent to subscribers of our mailing list when the podcast is published each week. You can sign up to the newsletter from Splendid Speaking.
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Describing Photographs

2010-01-23
Length: 8m 39s

This podcast features an interview with Ekaterina from Bulgaria, who at the time interview was preparing for CAE. In this interview we looked at the skill of describing photographs.
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Responding to Questions

2010-01-16
Length: 8m 19s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This recording features Solange from Brazil. In this interview we looked at the skill of giving full answers to questions.
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Spontaneous Talks

2010-01-09
Length: 8m 57s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This recording features Corina from Romania. In this interview we looked at the skill of giving spontaneous talks, a task in the CPE speaking paper and used the topic: 'Why is music important around the world?'.
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Signposting Your Talk

2010-01-02
Length: 13m 56s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This podcast features Sylvia from Romania and looks at signposting short talks. The transcript for the most recent podcast, comprehension questions and a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk are sent to subscribers of our mailing list when the podcast is published each week. You can sign up to the newsletter from Splendid Speaking.
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Speculating and Hypothesising

2009-12-12
Length: 10m 51s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This podcast features Stefania from Italy and looks at how to speculate and hypothesise in a short talk.
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Structuring a Short Talk

2009-12-05
Length: 10m 47s

This podcast features Isabelle from Switzerland and looks at how to structure a short talk.
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Expressing and Justifying Opinions

2009-11-28
Length: 10m 48s

This recording, which features Vucosava, looks at the skills of expressing and justifying opinions when making a presentation.
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Active Listening

2009-11-14
Length: 11m 20s

Facing an examination and need to speak with someone you've never met before? Perhaps you're just looking to improve your advanced English conversation skills. This podcast features Ana and Jonas and the focus of the task was on their ability to ask questions about each other’s interests, studies, or careers, and to listen and respond naturally to what their partner had to say.
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Spontaneous Talks

2009-10-17
Length: 10m 30s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This week we’re listening to Solange from Brazil. This recording looks at the skill of making a spontaneous talk.
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Using Anecdotes to Make a Point

2009-10-10
Length: 9m 6s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This week we’re listening to Arturo from Italy. This recording looks at the skill of using an anecdote to make a point.
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Acknowledging Your Partner's Contributions

2009-10-03
Length: 12m 46s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This podcast features Ana from Austria and Jonas from Switzerland and looks at working cooperatively when carrying out role plays.
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Taking Part in Discussions

2009-09-19
Length: 14m 5s

If you're an advanced speaker of English and would like to improve or practise the skills involved in taking part in a discussion and describing events then this podcast will be of interest to you. In this task Solange from Brazil and Arturo from Italy had to compare the way Christmas is celebrated in their two countries.
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STAR Stories

2009-09-12
Length: 12m 9s

This recording features Eun Kyung from South Korea. In this interview we looked at the skill of describing a personal achievement so that you showcase your strengths and abilities.
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Spontaneous Talks

2009-08-08
Length: 8m 57s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This recording features Corina from Romania. In this interview we looked at the skill of giving spontaneous talks, a task in the CPE speaking paper and used the topic: 'Why is music important around the world?'.
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Describing Photographs

2009-07-25
Length: 8m 39s

This podcast features an interview with Ekaterina from Bulgaria, who at the time interview was preparing for CAE. In this interview we looked at the skill of describing photographs.
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Responding to Questions

2009-07-18
Length: 8m 19s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This recording features Solange from Brazil. In this interview we looked at the skill of giving full answers to questions.
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Speculating and Hypothesising

2009-06-13
Length: 10m 51s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This podcast features Stefania from Italy and looks at how to speculate and hypothesise in a short talk.
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Expressing & Justifying Opinions

2009-05-30
Length: 10m 48s

This recording, which features Vucosava, looks at the skills of expressing and justifying opinions when making a presentation.
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Active Listening

2009-05-16
Length: 11m 20s

Facing an examination and need to speak with someone you've never met before? Perhaps you're just looking to improve your advanced English conversation skills. This podcast features Ana and Jonas and the focus of the task was on their ability to ask questions about each other’s interests, studies, or careers, and to listen and respond naturally to what their partner had to say.
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Using Anecdotes to Make a Point

2009-04-11
Length: 9m 6s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This week we’re listening to Arturo from Italy. This recording looks at the skill of using an anecdote to make a point.
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Acknowledging Your Partner's Contributions

2009-04-04
Length: 12m 46s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This podcast features Ana from Austria and Jonas from Switzerland and looks at working cooperatively when carrying out role plays.
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Essential Signposting

2009-03-28
Length: 15m 42s

If you'd like to improve or practise the skills involved in making presentations then this podcast will be of interest to you. This week we’re listening to Eun-Kyung from South Korea. In this Skype interview, Eun-Kyung was asked to describe a place in her country she would recommend to tourists.
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Taking Part in Discussions

2009-03-21
Length: 14m 5s

If you're an advanced speaker of English and would like to improve or practise the skills involved in taking part in a discussion and describing events then this podcast will be of interest to you. In this task Solange from Brazil and Arturo from Italy had to compare the way Christmas is celebrated in their two countries.
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STAR Stories

2009-03-14
Length: 12m 9s

This recording features Eun Kyung from South Korea. In this interview we looked at the skill of describing a personal achievement so that you showcase your strengths and abilities. The transcript for the most recent podcast, comprehension questions and a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk are sent to subscribers of our mailing list when the podcast is published each week. You can sign up to the newsletter from Splendid Speaking.
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Expressing & Justifying Opinions

2008-11-29
Length: 10m 48s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. My name’s Pete Travis and this week we’re listening to Vukosava. This recording looks at the skills of expressing and justifying opinions. A reminder that the transcript for all podcasts along with comprehension questions are sent to subscribers of our mailing list. You can sign up to the newsletter from Splendid Speaking.
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Spontaneous Talks

2008-10-18
Length: 10m 30s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This week we’re listening to Solange from Brazil. This recording looks at the skill of making a spontaneous talk. A reminder that the transcript for all podcasts along with comprehension questions are sent to subscribers of our mailing list. You can sign up to the newsletter from Splendid Speaking.
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Using Anecdotes to Make a Point

2008-10-11
Length: 9m 6s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This week we’re listening to Arturo from Italy. This recording looks at the skill of using an anecdote to make a point. A reminder that the transcript for all podcasts along with comprehension questions are sent to subscribers of our mailing list. Visit the Splendid Speaking website for our new weekly task sheets to help you prepare for a similar talk and also to try our free daily quiz to help you develop your colloquial vocabulary. You can sign up to the newsletter from Splendid Speaking.
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Essential Signposting

2008-09-27
Length: 15m 42s

If you'd like to improve or practise the skills involved in making presentations then this podcast will be of interest to you. This week we’re listening to Eun-Kyung from South Korea. In this Skype interview, Eun-Kyung was asked to describe a place in her country she would recommend to tourists. Visit the Splendid Speaking Website for our new weekly task sheets to help you prepare for a similar talk and also to subscribe to the transcripts for this and all other podcasts. …

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Delivering STAR Stories

2008-09-14
Length: 12m 9s

This recording features Eun Kyung from South Korea. In this interview we looked at the skill of describing a personal achievement so that you showcase your strengths and abilities. Transcripts for ALL podcasts including this one are available to subscribers of our mailing list. Visit the Splendid Speaking Website to sign up and to download the transcripts and our weekly task sheets to help you prepare for a similar talk. …

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Re-Posted: Spontaneous Talks

2008-07-12
Length: 6m 54s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. Transcripts for ALL podcasts including this one are available to subscribers of our mailing list. You can sign up to the newsletter from www.splendid-speaking.com. This podcast features Corina from Romania and making a spontaneous talk. …

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Re-Posted: Working Together to Reach Agreement

2008-06-28
Length: 12m 31s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. Transcripts for ALL podcasts including this one are available to subscribers of our mailing list. You can sign up to the newsletter from www.splendid-speaking.com. This podcast features Isabelle from Switzerland and Andreea from Romania and looks at working towards an agreed outcome in a role play. …

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Re-Posted: Spontaneous Talks

2008-04-05
Length: 10m 30s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. My name’s Pete Travis and this week we’re listening to Solange from Brazil. This recording looks at the skill of making a spontaneous talk. A reminder that the transcript for all podcasts along with comprehension questions are sent to subscribers of our mailing list. Visit the Splendid Speaking Website for our new weekly task sheets to help you prepare for a similar talk and also to try our free daily quiz to help you develop your colloquial vocabulary. Subcribers to the Splendid Speaking newsletter also get access to transcripts to this and all other podcasts. …

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Re-Posted: Using Anecdotes to Make a Point

2008-03-29
Length: 9m 6s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. My name’s Pete Travis and this week we’re listening to Arturo from Italy. This recording looks at the skill of using an anecdote to make a point. A reminder that the transcript for all podcasts along with comprehension questions are sent to subscribers of our mailing list. Visit the Splendid Speaking Website for our new weekly task sheets to help you prepare for a similar talk and also to try our free daily quiz to help you develop your colloquial vocabulary. Subcribers to the Splendid Speaking newsletter also get access to transcripts to this and all other podcasts. …

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Re-Posted: Essential Signposting

2008-03-14
Length: 15m 42s

If you'd like to improve or practise the skills involved in making presentations then this podcast will be of interest to you. This week we’re listening to Eun-Kyung from South Korea. In this Skype interview, Eun-Kyung was asked to describe a place in her country she would recommend to tourists. Visit the Splendid Speaking Website for our new weekly task sheets to help you prepare for a similar talk and also to subscribe to the transcripts for this and all other podcasts. …

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Re-Posted: Delivering STAR Stories

2008-03-01
Length: 12m 9s

This recording features Eun Kyung from South Korea. In this interview we looked at the skill of describing a personal achievement so that you showcase your strengths and abilities. Visit the Splendid Speaking Website for our new weekly task sheets to help you prepare for a similar talk and also to subscribe to the transcripts for this and all other podcasts. …

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Re-Posted: Spontaneous Talks

2007-11-24
Length: 6m 54s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This recording was first published in October 2006 and features Corina from Romania. In this interview we looked at the skill of giving spontaneous talks, a task in the CPE speaking paper and used the topic: 'Why is music important around the world?' which was taken from the CPE Handbook available from the Cambridge ESOL website. Transcripts for ALL podcasts including this one are available to subscribers of our mailing list. You can sign up to the newsletter from Splendid Speaking website. …

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Re-Posted: Spontaneous Talks

2007-10-05
Length: 10m 30s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. My name’s Pete Travis and this week we’re listening to Solange from Brazil. A reminder that the transcript for the most recent podcast along with comprehension questions are sent to subscribers of our mailing list when the podcast is published each week. You can sign up to the newsletter from Splendid Speaking. …

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Re-Posted: Essential Signposting

2007-09-14
Length: 15m 42s

Welcome to the latest podcast from Splendid Speaking. This week we’re listening to Eun-Kyung from South Korea. In this Skype interview, which was first published in February 2007, Eun-Kyung was asked to describe a place in her country she would recommend to tourists. This podcast will be of interest to anyone who needs to practise the skill of giving a short talk, and in particular how to signpost a presentation of this kind. A reminder that you can get a transcript - the words - to the latest podcast by joining the Splendid Speaking mailing list.. Each week you’ll be sent comprehension questions to help you test your understanding along with the transcript of the latest podcast. You can signup to the mailing list at our homepage at:. …

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Re-Posted: Spontaneous Talks

2007-06-15
Length: 6m 54s

This recording was first published in October 2006 and features Corina from Romania. In this interview we looked at the skill of giving spontaneous talks, a task in the CPE speaking paper and used the topic: 'Why is music important around the world?' which was taken from the CPE Handbook available from the Cambridge ESOL website. Visit the Splendid Speaking Website for our new weekly task sheets to help you prepare for a similar talk. …

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Structuring Your Talk

2007-05-24
Length: 9m 56s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. Transcripts for ALL podcasts including this one are available to subscribers of our mailing list. You can sign up to the newsletter from www.splendid-speaking.com. This podcast features Ana from Austria and looks at the importance of structuring your talk in order to complete the task within the time limit. …

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Working Together to Reach Agreement

2007-05-17
Length: 12m 31s

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. Transcripts for ALL podcasts including this one are available to subscribers of our mailing list. You can sign up to the newsletter from www.splendid-speaking.com. This podcast features Isabelle from Switzerland and Andreea from Romania and looks at working towards an agreed outcome in a role play. …

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Effective Questions and Active Listening

2006-10-26
Length: 11m 1s

How good are you at making conversation with a complete stranger? Do you find it easy thinking of things to say or questions to ask? Well, this podcast features a conversation between two people who had never met before and who talked for the first time together through Skype. We have Solange from Brazil and Vukosava who is currently living in Portugal. This was a 'getting to know you' opportunity and the focus was on asking questions and showing interest in what the speaker has said. As you listen decide how well Solange and Vukosava managed to hold a natural and interesting conversation. In particular, decide how well they ask questions and also if they show interest in what the other has said. Finally, make a note of their use of English, which we'll look at in the feedback section. Let's listen to Solange and Vukosava. …

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Responding to Questions (1)

2006-10-12
Length: 7m 39s

This podcast features Jedrzej from Poland, who is aiming to pass CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) offered by Cambridge ESOL. This was our first meeting in Skype and the session was a getting-to-know-you opportunity.An important skill to use in a situation where you are trying to showcase yourself or your English skills is the ability to give full answers to questions, particularly when closed 'Yes/No' questions are asked such as: 'Do you ...', 'Have you ...', 'Is it ...' , etc. To prepare for this interview Jedrzej used Unit 2 of 'Splendid Speaking', which looks at strategies for answering questions fully, in particular the use of examples to avoid replying simply with 'Yes/No' answers.As you listen decide how well Jedrzej managed to do this. Did he give full answers, even to closed 'Yes/No' questions? Finally, make a note of Jedrzej's use of English, which we'll look at in the feedback section. Let's listen to Jedrzej. Apologies for the distortion at the end of the recording, which was due to interference on Skype. …

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Splendid Speaking

Splendid Speaking supports advanced learners of English who want to develop their top-level speaking skills and communication strategies. Each podcast features a recording of non-native speakers of English carrying out short tasks individually or in pairs such as making presentations or taking part in discussions. Each recording contains expert feedback on the speaker's performance. Also, visit the Splendid Speaking website at splendidspeaking.com to subscribe to our newsletter which gives automatic access to transcripts of all podcasts. Students studying for IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, Cambridge CAE, CPE or BEC will find these recordings useful in preparation for their Speaking exam. We also publish a weekly task sheet giving you the chance to try a similar task and a daily quiz consisting of three colloquial expressions.

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