How long does it last?
What does it consist of?
For example, the examiner could say:
"In England, you have to stay in some form of education or training until you turn 18. I wonder if this is the right age".
You need to respond to this with a question. For example, you could ask questions like these ones...
- What do you think is the right age?
- Do you think 18 is too old or not old enough?
- What are your doubts?
- Why don't you think 18 is right?
Then you have to make comments, ask more questions and keep the conversation going.
What language functions do I need to use?
More specifically, you will:
- Initiate and maintain the conversation
- Express and expand ideas and opinions
- Highlight advantages and disadvantages
- Give advice
- Express agreement and disagreement
- Elicit further information
- Establish common ground
Which grammatical structures should I try to use?
How will I be assessed?
Prompts to practise with a friend
For each prompt brainstorm 3 questions to ask.
Listen to your partner's response and comment, give advice, agree or disagree, give a personal anecdote, ask another question.
Prompt 1: I dislike working nine to five. I don’t think requiring people to work nine to five is productive.
Prompt 2: I couldn't live without my phone, but I don't think we're using cellphones properly.
Prompt 3: I love working with my colleagues but dealing with the customers I find a lot harder.
Prompt 4: I think my new colleague is more talented than me. My manager also seems to like him more than me.
Prompt 5: After a certain age, it is just too difficult to learn a new skill.
- how come you think that?
- why do you think that?
- what are you worried about?
- If I were you,... You should,... You shouldn’t... You’d better... You ought to... Why don’t you...
- I think so too
- I'm with you on that
- I completely agree
- I know what you mean
- I see your point but I think...
- I don't fully agree because ...
- I'm not quite sure about that...
- let's agree to disagree
- we're not quite on the same page
- I see what you're tring to say but i think...
giving your opinion
- In my opinion...
- From my point of view...
- I feel strongly that...
- I think/don't think that...
They aren't specifically for the Trinity exam, but they will still be useful, so do explore and practise.
Please ask me if you need any help at all.