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Speaking assessments Exam techniques

Some Level 3 Languages modules have speaking End of Module Assessments (EMAs).

The EMA is an individual interactive speaking test with an assessor or your tutor where you'll give a short, online presentation on your written project and then take part in a discussion about your project. Always check your module materials for the specific instructions you need.

Tips for preparing

  • Use the language to talk to yourself as often as you can about the topics or topic required.
  • Use bullet points for content and structure so as not to rely too heavily on a written text making your presentation sound more natural and spontaneous.
  • Learn ready-made expressions that will help you to interact spontaneously and contribute in a focused way, such as phrases that help you to agree or disagree, intervene politely or invite others to speak.
  • Prepare some 'holding expressions' such as 'in my opinion' or 'let me see' to allow you to take time to plan a little more in your head.
  • Make and listen to a recording of yourself practising with others or speaking aloud.
  • Have at least one or two practice runs of the presentation.

Further reading

The Revising for exams booklet has a section on speaking assessments and Success with Languages, The Open University, 2005, Routledge, which you'll find in the OU Library, expands on all these ideas, especially in Chapter 9, ‘Assessment’.

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