WITHERBY Catherine Rachel

Qualifica Collaboratrice ed Esperta Linguistica
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Struttura Centro Linguistico di Ateneo - CLA
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Sede: Palazzo Cosulich
Struttura Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati
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Year 3 speaking tests 23rd January

Pubblicato il 13/01/2020

As you know, there is now a compulsory speaking component in the Year 3 English examination in the form of a presentation. If there is anyone who has not yet given their presentation, or their current grade for the speaking component is no longer valid, and is intending to take the exam in January, I will be available on the morning of the 23rd January. I will be assessing students from 11.30am in Palazzo Cosulich. You need to contact me by email as soon as possible if you intend to come, and check the topic of your presentation is appropriate. Further details about the presentation requirements are given in a separate 'avviso'.

Year 3 Speaking examination

Pubblicato il 13/01/2020

As explained on several occasions in class, the speaking component is now a compulsory part of the Year 3 lettorato exam, and accounts for 24 marks.

The speaking part of the exam will be organised as follows:


1. You will asked to sign up to give your presentation to a group of students between the beginning of February and the middle of May.

2. You are asked to give a presentation of approximately six minutes. In addition, four minutes are allocated to answering questions from peers at the end. 

3. You can give your presentation on one of the following areas: 

a) education

b) the world of work

c) a social issue

d) an aspect of English speaking culture.

e) the topic of your presentation may be also linked to your undergraduate thesis. 

You must agree with me on the topic of your presentation in advance to ensure that it is appropriate.

4. When giving your presentation, you may use slides though this is not compulsory. If you do, it is suggested that you do not use more than four slides and that these are solely to show a picture, a map, a diagram, a graph etc with as little wording as possible.

5. We STRONGLY recommend that you do not memorise your presentation or overpractice it as your speaking will not sound natural but rehearsed, and you may be asked to do it again on another topic.

4. You will be assessed according to the IELTS bands 6 to 9 (B2 - C2). 14.5 (60%) is a pass so the grades correspond accordingly:

6 = 14.5 -17

7 = 18 - 20

8 = 21 - 24

9 = a direct 24

If you have any questions, please ask me in class.





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