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Speaking Practice Training June & July Davy 2024


Here is a comprehensive list of sample questions to practice speaking, they are based on the CELPIP Speaking Test.


Task 1: Giving Advice

  1. Your friend wants to start a new exercise routine but doesn’t know where to begin. Give your friend advice.

  2. A colleague is considering switching careers and has asked for your opinion. What advice would you give?

  3. Your sibling is planning to move to a new city for work. Offer them advice on how to adjust to the new environment.

  4. A friend is having trouble balancing work and personal life. Give them some advice on managing their time better.

  5. Your neighbor wants to adopt a pet but is unsure if it's the right decision. What advice would you give?


Health & Nutrition:


1. A Friend Wants to Improve Their Nutrition
Question: Your friend wants to improve their nutrition and eat healthier. What advice would you give them?

2. A Colleague Struggling with Healthy Eating Habits
Question: Your colleague is struggling to develop healthier eating habits. What advice would you give them?

3. A Sibling Looking to Lose Weight Healthily
Question: Your sibling is looking to lose weight in a healthy way. What advice would you give them?

4. A Friend Who Wants to Start a Plant-Based Diet
Question: Your friend is thinking about starting a plant-based diet. What advice would you give them?

5. A Neighbor Concerned About Their Child’s Nutrition
Question: Your neighbor is concerned about their child’s nutrition. What advice would you give them?

Sample Answers:


1. A Friend Wants to Improve Their Nutrition

Introduction: Hi [Friend's Name], I heard you want to improve your nutrition and eat healthier. That's a fantastic goal!

Specific Advice: First, try to incorporate more whole foods into your diet, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Avoid processed foods and sugary snacks. Start your day with a balanced breakfast that includes protein, such as eggs or Greek yogurt, and whole grains, like oatmeal.

Reasons: Eating whole foods provides your body with essential nutrients and vitamins that processed foods lack. A balanced breakfast can kickstart your metabolism and keep you energized throughout the day.

Empathy: I know it can be challenging to change eating habits, but taking small steps can make a big difference. Remember, it's about progress, not perfection.

2. A Colleague Struggling with Healthy Eating Habits

Introduction: Hey [Colleague's Name], I understand you're trying to develop healthier eating habits. That's a great initiative!

Specific Advice: Plan your meals ahead of time to avoid unhealthy choices. Include a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits in your meals, and aim for lean protein sources like chicken, fish, or tofu. Also, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

Reasons: Meal planning can help you make better food choices and ensure you get the nutrients you need. Eating a variety of vegetables and fruits can provide your body with a range of essential vitamins and minerals. Hydration is key to maintaining energy levels and overall health.

Empathy: It might be tough to get started, but remember, small changes can lead to significant improvements over time. I'm here to support you if you need any help.

3. A Sibling Looking to Lose Weight Healthily

Introduction: Hi [Sibling's Name], I know you're looking to lose weight healthily, and I'm here to help.

Specific Advice: Focus on portion control and mindful eating. Instead of cutting out all your favorite foods, try to eat them in moderation. Fill half your plate with vegetables, a quarter with lean protein, and a quarter with whole grains.

Reasons: Portion control helps prevent overeating and promotes a balanced diet. Mindful eating can help you enjoy your food more and recognize when you're full, reducing the chances of overeating.

Empathy: I understand that losing weight can be challenging, but making gradual changes can lead to sustainable results. I'm proud of you for taking this step towards a healthier lifestyle.

4. A Friend Who Wants to Start a Plant-Based Diet

Introduction: Hey [Friend's Name], I heard you’re thinking about starting a plant-based diet. That’s a wonderful decision!

Specific Advice: Start by incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet gradually. Focus on a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Ensure you’re getting enough protein from sources like beans, lentils, and tofu.

Reasons: A plant-based diet can be rich in nutrients and beneficial for overall health. Gradually incorporating plant-based meals helps your body adjust and makes the transition easier. Adequate protein intake is essential for maintaining muscle mass and overall health.

Empathy: Switching to a plant-based diet can seem overwhelming at first, but taking it step by step can make it more manageable. I’m here to support you on this journey.

5. A Neighbor Concerned About Their Child’s Nutrition

Introduction: Hi [Neighbor's Name], I know you’re concerned about your child’s nutrition. It’s great that you’re focusing on this important aspect of their health.

Specific Advice: Encourage your child to eat a variety of foods from all the food groups. Make meals fun by involving them in the cooking process and trying new recipes together. Offer healthy snacks like fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain crackers instead of sugary treats.

Reasons: A varied diet ensures your child gets all the necessary nutrients for growth and development. Involving them in cooking can make them more interested in healthy foods. Healthy snacks help maintain their energy levels and provide essential nutrients.

Empathy: I know getting kids to eat healthily can be a challenge, but making it fun and involving them in the process can make a big difference. You’re doing a great job taking care of their health!

Key Points to Include:

  • Identify the Problem: Clearly state the issue your friend is facing.

  • Offer Specific Advice: Provide clear and actionable advice.

  • Provide Reasons: Explain why your advice would be beneficial.

  • Empathy: Show understanding of your friend’s situation.

Additional Sample Questions:

  1. Your friend wants to improve their English skills. What advice would you give?

  2. A coworker is feeling overwhelmed with their workload. What would you suggest they do to manage their stress?

  3. Your sibling is considering studying abroad. What advice would you give them?

  4. A friend is planning to start their own business but is unsure about the risks. What advice would you offer?

  5. Your neighbor wants to start a garden but has no experience. What tips would you give?



 


Task 2: Talking About a Personal Experience


Key Points to Include:

  • Introduction: Briefly introduce the experience.

  • Details: Describe who was involved, what happened, where, and when.

  • Emotions: Share your feelings during the experience.

  • Outcome: Explain the result or what you learned.

  • Conclusion: Summarize the significance of the experience.



1. Describe a Time When You Made a Significant Change to Your Diet

Introduction: Last year, I decided to make a significant change to my diet to improve my overall health.

Details: This decision came after a routine check-up where my doctor advised me to lower my cholesterol levels. I began by cutting out processed foods and incorporating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into my meals. I also started cooking more at home to have better control over the ingredients I was consuming.

Emotions: Initially, it was challenging to give up some of my favorite comfort foods, but I soon felt more energetic and healthier. I was motivated by the noticeable improvements in my well-being.

Outcome: After a few months, my cholesterol levels dropped significantly, and I even lost some weight. The changes I made not only improved my health but also introduced me to a variety of new and delicious recipes.

Conclusion: This experience taught me the importance of a balanced diet and how small changes can lead to significant health benefits.


2. Talk About a Time When You Helped Someone Improve Their Eating Habits

Introduction: A few years ago, I helped my younger brother improve his eating habits.

Details: My brother had a habit of eating fast food and sugary snacks, which affected his health and energy levels. I decided to help him by creating a meal plan that included healthier options. We started grocery shopping together, focusing on fresh produce and whole foods. I also taught him how to cook simple and nutritious meals.

Emotions: I felt a sense of responsibility and determination to help my brother develop better eating habits. It was rewarding to see him become more interested in cooking and nutrition.

Outcome: Over time, my brother's eating habits improved, and he reported feeling more energetic and focused. He even began experimenting with new recipes and ingredients on his own.

Conclusion: Helping my brother was a fulfilling experience, and it reinforced the idea that positive changes in diet can greatly impact one’s health and lifestyle.


3. Describe a Time When You Attended a Nutrition Workshop

Introduction: Last summer, I attended a nutrition workshop that significantly influenced my approach to healthy eating.

Details: The workshop was organized by a local health club and featured a nutritionist who spoke about balanced diets, portion control, and the benefits of various food groups. We participated in interactive sessions where we learned to read food labels, prepare healthy meals, and understand the importance of hydration.

Emotions: I felt excited and eager to learn more about nutrition. The hands-on activities were particularly engaging, and I enjoyed interacting with others who shared my interest in healthy living.

Outcome: After the workshop, I applied what I learned to my daily routine. I started planning my meals more carefully, paying attention to portion sizes, and ensuring I included a variety of nutrients. I noticed improvements in my energy levels and overall health.

Conclusion: This workshop was a valuable experience that deepened my understanding of nutrition and encouraged me to make lasting changes to my diet.


4. Talk About a Time When You Tried a New Diet

Introduction: A couple of years ago, I decided to try a new diet called the Mediterranean diet.

Details: I had read about the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and healthy fats like olive oil. I started incorporating more of these foods into my meals, replacing red meat with fish and poultry, and using herbs and spices for flavor instead of salt.

Emotions: At first, I was skeptical about whether I could stick to this new way of eating, but I soon found that I enjoyed the flavors and variety of the diet. It was exciting to experiment with new recipes and ingredients.

Outcome: After a few months, I felt more energetic and noticed an improvement in my digestion. My overall health markers, like cholesterol levels, also improved. The diet became a sustainable and enjoyable part of my lifestyle.

Conclusion: Trying the Mediterranean diet was a positive change for me, and it showed me the benefits of eating a balanced, nutrient-rich diet.


5. Describe an Experience Where You Learned About the Importance of Nutrition

Introduction: In college, I took a course on nutrition that profoundly impacted my understanding of healthy eating.

Details: The course covered various topics, including the role of different nutrients, dietary guidelines, and the relationship between diet and chronic diseases. We had assignments that required us to track our food intake and analyze it based on nutritional standards.

Emotions: I was fascinated by the science behind nutrition and motivated to apply this knowledge to my daily life. The course was both eye-opening and empowering.

Outcome: As a result of this course, I made several changes to my diet, such as increasing my intake of fruits and vegetables, reducing sugary snacks, and choosing whole grains over refined ones. These changes led to better overall health and well-being.

Conclusion: This experience highlighted the importance of nutrition in maintaining health and inspired me to continue learning and applying healthy eating principles in my life.


Other questions:


  1. Describe a time when you successfully completed a challenging project. What was the project, and how did you handle it?

  2. Talk about a time when you had to make a significant sacrifice. What did you sacrifice, and why?

  3. Describe a time when you tried something new and unexpected. What was it, and how did it turn out?

  4. Talk about a time when you had to work as part of a team. What was your role, and what was the outcome?

  5. Describe a time when you visited a place that left a lasting impression on you. Why was it memorable?

Additional Sample Questions:

  1. Describe a time when you participated in a community event. What was the event, and what was your role?

  2. Talk about a time you received excellent customer service. Where were you, and what made it stand out?

  3. Describe a time when you had to learn a new skill for a job. What was the skill, and how did you learn it?

  4. Talk about a time when you had to give a public presentation. How did you prepare, and how did it go?

  5. Describe an experience where you had to navigate a cultural difference. What happened, and what did you learn?



Task 3: Describing a Scene


Describe a busy marketplace scene. What do you see, hear, and smell?





Describe a peaceful park in the early morning. What is happening around you?






Look at the picture of a beach. Describe what the people are doing and the overall atmosphere.





Describe a scene from a lively city street at night. What activities are taking place?






Describe a classroom during a typical school day. What are the students and teacher doing?






Key Points to Include:

  • Overall Description: Provide a general overview of the scene.

  • Details: Describe specific elements (people, objects, activities).

  • Emotions and Atmosphere: Convey the mood or atmosphere of the scene.

  • Spatial Relationships: Explain where things are located relative to each other.

Additional Sample Questions:

  1. Describe a scene at a busy airport. What are the people doing?

  2. Describe a scene at a family picnic. What activities are taking place?

  3. Describe a scene at a music festival. What is happening around you?


Task 4: Making Predictions

  1. You see a picture of a family packing up their car for a trip. What do you think will happen next?

  2. You are shown a picture of a stormy sky and people running for cover. Predict what will happen in the next few minutes.

  3. Look at a picture of a person nervously waiting in a doctor's office. What do you think will happen next?

  4. You see a picture of children playing near a construction site. Predict what might happen and why.

  5. Look at a picture of a couple arguing in a restaurant. What do you think will happen next?

Key Points to Include:

  • Observation: Describe what you see in the picture.

  • Prediction: Make a logical guess about what might happen next.

  • Reasoning: Explain why you think that will happen.

Additional Sample Questions:

  1. You see a picture of a child holding a broken toy. What do you think will happen next?

  2. Look at a picture of a crowded bus with people trying to board. Predict what might happen.

  3. You see a picture of a family setting up a campsite. What do you think they will do next?

  4. Look at a picture of students taking an exam. Predict what might happen after the exam.

  5. You see a picture of a chef preparing food in a busy kitchen. What do you think will happen next?


Task 5: Comparing and Persuading

  1. Your friend is deciding between two job offers. Compare the benefits of both jobs and persuade them to choose one.

  2. Compare two vacation destinations: a tropical beach and a mountain resort. Persuade your friend to choose one for the next holiday.

  3. Compare the advantages of buying a car versus taking public transportation. Persuade a friend to choose the better option.

  4. Your family is deciding between renovating their current home and buying a new one. Compare both options and persuade them to choose one.

  5. Compare two smartphones based on features and cost. Persuade your friend to buy the one you think is better.

Key Points to Include:

  • Introduction: State the two options you are comparing.

  • Comparison: Highlight the differences and similarities.

  • Persuasion: Choose one option and provide reasons to support your choice.

  • Conclusion: Summarize your argument.

Additional Sample Questions:

  1. Compare two methods of transportation: driving a car versus riding a bicycle. Persuade your friend to choose one.

  2. Compare living in a big city versus a small town. Persuade your friend to move to one.

  3. Compare two online learning platforms. Persuade your friend to use one of them.

  4. Compare two types of exercise: yoga and running. Persuade your friend to try one.

  5. Compare two vacation activities: sightseeing tours versus relaxing on the beach. Persuade your friend to choose one.


Task 6: Dealing with a Difficult Situation

  1. You’ve noticed a coworker has been stealing office supplies. How would you handle this situation?

  2. A friend has been gossiping about you behind your back. How would you address this issue with them?

  3. Your roommate is constantly playing loud music late at night, disrupting your sleep. How would you deal with this?

  4. You have to break the news to your team that a project deadline has been moved up. How would you handle this?

  5. Your neighbor’s dog is frequently barking late at night, disturbing your sleep. How would you approach your neighbor about this issue?

Key Points to Include:

  • Description: Clearly describe the difficult situation.

  • Options: Discuss the possible ways to handle the situation.

  • Decision: Explain your chosen course of action.

  • Reasoning: Provide reasons for your choice.

Additional Sample Questions:

  1. You have a disagreement with a close friend. How would you resolve it?

  2. Your project team members are not contributing equally. How would you address this issue?

  3. You receive incorrect change at a store. How would you handle this situation?

  4. Your neighbor's loud music is disturbing your sleep. What would you do?

  5. You’ve been offered a promotion, but it requires moving to a new city. How would you decide?


Task 7: Expressing Opinions

  1. Do you think students should be required to wear uniforms in school? Why or why not?

  2. In your opinion, should governments spend more money on space exploration or public healthcare? Explain your reasoning.

  3. At what age do you think young adults should start living independently? Provide reasons for your answer.

  4. Do you believe that social media has a positive or negative impact on society? Why?

  5. Should employers allow flexible working hours? Give your opinion and reasons.

Key Points to Include:

  • Introduction: State your opinion clearly.

  • Supporting Points: Provide reasons and examples to support your opinion.

  • Conclusion: Summarize your opinion and reasons.

Additional Sample Questions:

  1. Do you think it is better to rent or buy a home? Why?

  2. Should schools incorporate more technology in the classroom? Explain your viewpoint.

  3. Do you believe that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity? Why or why not?

  4. Should public transportation be free for everyone? Give reasons for your opinion.

  5. Do you think people should work from home permanently? Why or why not?



Task 8: Describing an Unusual Situation

  1. Describe an unusual building you saw while traveling. What did it look like, and why was it unusual?

  2. You saw a very strange vehicle on the road that looked like a combination of a car and a boat. Describe it to a friend.

  3. You found an oddly shaped fruit at the market. Describe its appearance and how it differs from typical fruits.

  4. Describe a strange costume you saw at a festival. What made it stand out?

  5. You encountered a peculiar machine in a museum that no one seemed to understand. Describe what it looked like and how people reacted to it.

Key Points to Include:

  • Description: Describe the unusual situation in detail.

  • Context: Explain why it is unusual.

  • Reaction: Describe your or others’ reactions to the situation.

  • Conclusion: Summarize the overall impact of the situation.

Additional Sample Questions:

  1. Describe a time when you saw an unusual animal. What made it unusual?

  2. Describe an odd piece of artwork you saw in a gallery. Why was it unusual?

  3. Talk about a time you experienced strange weather. What happened?

  4. Describe a time when you received a surprising gift. What was it, and why was it surprising?

  5. Describe an unusual event you witnessed at a public place. What happened?


By thoroughly preparing with these detailed questions and key points, you can improve your ability to respond effectively and confidently during the CELPIP Speaking Test.



 


Time Allotted Tips


In the CELPIP Speaking Test, each task, typically allows you:

  • 30 seconds to prepare your response.

  • 60 seconds to record your response.


Key Points

Focus on Clarity and Coherence:

  • Ensure your story is easy to follow with a clear beginning, middle, and end.

Use Descriptive Details:

  • Include specific details about who, what, where, when, and how to make your story vivid.

Express Emotions:

  • Describe your feelings and reactions to personalize your story.

Practice Fluency:

  • Speak naturally and avoid long pauses. Practice to improve your fluency and pace.

Check Your Grammar:

  • Use correct grammar and varied sentence structures.

Stay on Topic:

  • Make sure your response is relevant to the question and doesn’t go off on tangents.



 





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