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Skills for Life Entry 1-3 Speaking & Listening

Skills for Life Entry 1-3 Speaking & Listening Description

Paper Element Description
Paper Format There are two main phases in the Speaking & Listening mode.
Timing Entry 1 - 16-18 minutes; Entry 2 - 18-20 minutes; Entry 3 - 20-22 minutes.
Task Types Interview through personal or introductory questions; candidates ask each other questions on a familiar or personal topic (E1), candidates talk in turn for 1 minute on a personal or familiar topic (E2 and E3); candidates listen to two recordings and answer questions; candidates speak together on a topic thematically linked to the previous task.
Sources All Speaking and Listening tasks are designed to reflect the everyday experience of the English learner, and involve the candidates in familiar formal exchanges connected with education, training, work and social roles.
Answering Candidates answer questions put to them by the interlocutor and also engage in discussion with their partners.
Marks The assessor awards marks according to a standardised mark scheme.

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Skills for Life Entry 1-3 Speaking & Listening in Detail

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Entry 1 - Phase 1a, Interview and Phase 1b, Interaction
Task Type & Format Phase 1a: The interlocutor asks each candidate in turn simple personal questions designed to elicit factual information. Phase 1b: The candidates ask each other simple questions on a familiar topic. Only the questions are assessed.
Task Focus Assessment focus:
• listen and respond to spoken language, including simple narratives statements, questions and single-step instructions
• speak to communicate basic information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics.
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Entry 1 - Phase 2a, Listening
Task Type & Format Candidates listen to two short recordings and answer questions designed to test gist and detailed understanding of simple factual information. The questions are presented orally with a series of picture prompts.
Task Focus • listen and respond to spoken language, including simple narratives, statements, questions and single-step instructions.
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Entry 1 - Phase 2b, Discussion
Task Type & Format Candidates speak together on a simple topic thematically linked with the previous task and designed to elicit factual information, personal experience and (dis)likes. It is expected that prompting will be required from the interlocutor.
Task Focus • listen and respond to spoken language, including simple narratives, statements, questions and single-step instructions
• speak to communicate basic information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics
• engage in discussion with another person in a familiar situation about familiar topics.
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Entry 2 - Phase 1a, Interview and Phase 1b, Long turn
Task Type & Format Phase 1a: The interlocutor asks each candidate in turn straightforward personal questions designed to elicit factual information, personal experience, wishes and opinions.
Phase 1b: Candidates talk in turn for 1 minute on a personal topic, designed to elicit factual information and personal experience, before answering two questions prepared by their partner. The long turn, questions and responses are all assessed.
Task Focus • listen and respond to spoken language, including straightforward information, short narratives, explanations and instructions
• speak to communicate information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics
• engage in discussion with one or more people in a familiar situation, to establish shared understanding about familiar topics.
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Entry2 - Phase 2a, Listening
Task Type & Format Candidates listen to two longer recordings with more information to process than at Entry 1, and answer questions. These are designed to test gist, main points and detailed understanding of straightforward information. The questions are presented orally with a series of picture prompts.
Task Focus • listen and respond to spoken language, including straightforward information, short narratives, explanations and instructions.
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Entry 2 - Phase 2b, Discussion
Task Type & Format Candidates speak together on a straightforward topic thematically linked with the previous task and designed to elicit factual information, personal experience, opinion and justification. It is likely that some prompting will be required from the interlocutor.
Task Focus • listen and respond to spoken language, including straightforward information, short narratives, explanations and instructions
• speak to communicate information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics
• engage in discussion with one or more people in a familiar situation, to establish shared understanding about familiar topics.
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Entry 3 - Phase 1a, Interview and 1b, Long turn
Task Type & Format Phase 1a: The interlocutor asks each candidate introductory questions. Candidates are then given a task in which they ask each other questions on a given familiar topic, prompted where necessary to elicit factual information, personal experience, wishes and opinions.
Phase 1b: Candidates talk in turn for one and a half minutes on a familiar topic, designed to elicit factual information, personal experience, wishes and opinions, in a more demanding and less familiar context than in Entry 2. Each candidate will then answer three questions prepared by their partner. The long turn, questions and responses are all assessed.
Task Focus • listen and respond to spoken language, including straightforward information and narratives, and follow straightforward explanations and instructions, both face-to-face and on the telephone
• speak to communicate information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics, using appropriate formality, both face-to-face and on the telephone
• engage in discussion with one or more people in a familiar situation, making relevant points and responding to what others say to reach a shared understanding about familiar topics.
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Entry 3 - Phase 2a, Listening
Task Type & Format Candidates listen to two longer recordings with more complex information to process than at Entry 2, and answer questions. These are designed to test gist, main points and detailed understanding of information, tone of speaker, intention, etc. The questions are presented orally with a series of verbal prompts.
Task Focus • listen and respond to spoken language, including straightforward information and narratives, and follow straightforward explanations and instructions, both face-to-face and on the telephone.
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Entry 3 - Phase 2b, Discussion
Task Type & Format Candidates speak together on a topic thematically linked with the previous task. The context is more demanding than at Entry 2. The task is designed to elicit factual information, personal experience, opinion, justification and speculation. Little prompting should be required from the interlocutor.
Task Focus • listen and respond to spoken language, including straightforward information and narratives, and follow straightforward explanations and instructions, both face-to-face and on the telephone
• speak to communicate information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics, using appropriate formality, both face-to-face and on the telephone
• engage in discussion with one or more people in a familiar situation, making relevant points and responding to what others say to reach a shared understanding about familiar topics.
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