Prep for Oral Exam

Published: 07.08.2013, Updated: 05.03.2017
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To revise the material covered in English this year and to prepare for the oral exam, we suggest organizing the class in groups of three to practise speaking and assessment skills. We have suggested topics and questions based on competence aims, but these could of course be changed to better comply with what you have focused on.


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Student Instructions

Work in groups of three – one examiner, one candidate and one external examiner.

The candidate draws a topic (see below) and gets 10 minutes to brush up on his/her knowledge. The examiner and external examiner will spend this time noting down questions. Remember, it is your job to get the student to show what he/she knows. Help them get started and ask questions to help them out when they are stuck, but the candidate should try to present what they know freely without being too dependent on the examiner's questions.

The examiner asks questions and tries to get the candidate to speak as much as possible. The external examiner evaluates the candidate – the level of knowledge, communication skills and vocabulary. Print out this table to help you in the evaluation. Oral Assessment Form   

Each examination should last for about 5 minutes.

Change roles and repeat the exam so that all members of the group take turns to be the candidate, the examiner and the external examiner. (Each candidate should get a different topic)


Topic 1: English Speaking Cultures around the World

Question 1: Can you give examples of/compare two different English speaking cultures from two different parts of the world?

Question 2: Can you give an example of a literary text that discusses social conditions or values? This can be a song, poem, short story or a novel.


Topic 2: British Culture and Society

Question 1: The social conditions and values in Great Britain differ from Norwegian ones in many respects. Can you give an example of this?

Question 2: What do you know about British dialects and accents? What is it that separates British accents from American?


Topic 3: American Culture and Society

Question 1: What can you think of that is typically American?

Question 2: Can you present an author or poet from the USA?


Topic 4: First Nations:

Question 1: What do you know about the history of the Native Americans?

Question 2: Can you tell us what you know about the "Stolen Generations"?


Topic 5: The English Language

Question 1: What can you say about the spread of the English language today? Is it a good thing that more and more people use English instead of their native language?

Question 2: What do you know about the reasons for the spread of the English language?

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