How to prepare for the oral exams!
April 16, 2016
Preparing for the oral exams: 5 top tips
Oral exams can be daunting. Learning a language on paper can be systematic but when you are asked questions and have to respond to them verbally it can be unnerving. Here, we list five tips which will help you be prepared for your oral exam.
1. Ask your teacher
Although your teacher cannot give too much away, they should be able to indicate the topics that may come up in your oral exam.
Ask them for this information as it will help you to streamline your study. Also, ask them for advice on the specific areas they feel you need to work on.
2. Learn vocabulary
Learning the vocabulary of the topics you will be tested on is essential. You will not want to be asked for directions if only know family vocabulary. Compare and contrast your exercise books and match them with your text book; if your vocab is en pointe, this will definitely help your grade.
Many students are visual learners and this capacity can be extremely helpful when it comes to learning languages. Make yourself some flashcards with essential words and phrases that you can revise and be tested on regularly.
The more familiar you are with key words and phrases, the more prepared you are for the test.
Speaking a different language can be difficult and many of us shy away from pronunciation practice. You must practise by speaking: get someone to test you by asking you questions and responding in the language. With languages, practice really does make perfect.
5. Be confident
Mumbling or looking at your feet is not going to get you anywhere in an oral exam. Sitting up, smiling and speaking clearly will help how you speak and also how you are heard. Study hard and speak clearly; your confidence will shine through!