Listen to this BBC news report about a recently published white paper on online harms. Take notes of the main points made in the report.
Then, relay this information to someone who hasn’t heard the report. Make sure you cover all the essential information they need to know.
Alternatively, if you’re training for ISE III (C1), listen and take notes to answer this question: What are the potential downsides of this paper? Refer them orally in no more than one minute. You can record yourself and then listen to yourself.
Once you have finished, you can check your answers against the transcript here.
What’s your take on the paper? Do you feel this kind of regulation is needed?
Can you think of further advantages or disadvantages? Do the advantages of such a regulation outweigh the drawbacks?
Should similar regulations be in place in the EU/in Spain? Why / why not?
In this handout there are some ideas to help you prepare your ISE III (C1) topic presentation (Structure, useful language, relevant aspects…). They can also be helpful to students at some EEOOII in Spain who are required to prepare a presentation as part of their C1 English test.
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In this video I explain these ideas, as well as provide you with useful language for your presentation:
In this Trinity College London video you can see a sample Speaking & Listening exam. The first part is the topic presentation. It might be useful to watch it to help you get an idea of what the exam is like, so you can get acquainted with it. You can start watching 28 seconds into the video.
A candidate taking a C1 English test is expected to show a broad range of complex structures to express, among other functions, deduction and inference. You can find below a list of expressions which can help you make your points clearer.
At B2 / C1 level, you may be required to either write a discursiveessay or come up with a discursive topic presentation, that is, a topic which presents two sides of the argument, that can be debated…You can read more about it, and about the difference between discursive and argumentative essays here.
By reading and / or listening to those materials, you will gain access to vocabulary and expressions you can use to discuss the topics, which will make your productions sound / read more cultured, as well as help you sustain your arguments in a clearer way.
Coherence and cohesion play a major role whenever you are writing. In fact, they tend to appear as main criteria in most rubrics for marking / assessing written output.
Both of these can be promoted through the proper use of linking words. In the files below you can find a selection of linking words, roughly arranged by communicative function, which could be used for writing tasks in English for levels B1-C1.