Monday, October 11, 2010

MUET-SPEAKING TEST TIPS

MUET

Useful Phrases For Speaking Test 1

What happens during a MUET Speaking Test (Paper 2)

· Enter the examination hall

· Check your identification with the examiner by presenting your identity card and your examination slip

· Sit down as instructed by the examiner (Candidate A,B,C or D)

· Read the question ONLY when you are allowed to do so. DO NOT write anything on the question paper

· You can ask the examiner if you do not understand your task ONLY after the one minute reading time

· You are given 2 minutes to prepare for your individual presentation (Task A). DO NOT discuss with other candidates

· Individual presentation (Task A) starts (2 minutes each) with Candidate A, followed by Candidate B, C and D.

· You are given 2 minutes to prepare for your group discussion (Task B). DO NOT discuss with other candidates

· Group discussion (Task B) starts. Anyone can start the discussion. You are given 10 minutes to discuss.

· Leave the examination room quietly. DO NOT take anything out of the examination room except your IC and exam slip.

Tips and Techniques

Preparation – 2 minutes

§ read the given situation carefully to ensure you understand the situation and task at hand

§ write down the key words and aspects you have to deal with in the situation

§ write down all your ideas using short notes or mind maps

§ DO NOT attempt to write down all you want to say

§ number or sequence your ideas in logical manner so that it shows good cohesion and maturity of thought

Individual Presentation

§ begin by greeting your audience

§ speak clearly and loud enough for those in the exam room to hear you

§ aim for grammatical accuracy and speak in complete sentences

§ if you get stuck, rephrase what you want to say in simple language. If still cannot continue, leave that idea and move on to the next point that you want to talk about

§ make eye contact with the examiner and other candidates

§ DO NOT read from the script

§ You are only allowed slight hand movements but do not go overboard

Group Discussions

§ Listen attentively

§ Remember to talk about the task at hand and DO NOT go out of point

§ Be a team player and DO NOT monopolise the discussion

§ Help, prompt and encourage others to contribute to the discussion

§ Show that you value what others had said by using appropriate expressions

§ If you disagree with someone, express your disagreement politely and give your reasons

§ Display your ability to manage a discussion by indicating, maintaining and concluding a discussion

When listening to others

§ listen attentively

§ take down short notes

§ DO NOT write everything that is being said

§ DO NOT do your own work

§ DO NOT interrupt the speaker or pass comments

§ Show interest in what your friends have to say by using appropriate body language like nodding your head

Useful Expressions

Various Expressions used in asking for and expressing opinions

Function

Expressions

Asking for an opinion

What’s your opinion on…

What do you think of…

What are your views on …

Do you have anything to add?

Don’t you think that…

Giving opinions

I believe that..

I am certain that..

I must say..

It is quite clear that..

I maintain that ..

I am sure that …

As far as I am concerned ..

I suppose . ..

From my point of view ..

In my opinion..

I think that…

I would say that …

It seems to me that …

I think it would be fair to say that …

I guess..

Agreement

Disagreement

Complete Agreement

I totally agree with you

I see your point of view

That’s true/right/brilliant

That’s good/splendid idea

True. I am glad you say that

Yes, I feel the same way. I agree

Yes, I’m sure you are right

Absolutely/ Definitely

I couldn’t agree with you more

Yes, I think that is a wonderful idea

Direct Disagreement

I’m sorry, I beg to differ

I absolutely disagree with you

I’m sorry but I have to disagree

I disagree

I am afraid that I don’t agree

I don’t think so

I don’t see your point

I don’t get it

Tentative Partial Agreement

I agree with you to a point

I agree with you to a certain extent

I think you are right but

You’ve got a point there but

Well, perhaps you are right

I agree that….but…

That may be so but

I will take that into considerations

Indirect Disagreement

Are you sure?

I could be wrong but

I see your point but I think it would be better if ..

Really?

Oh, I don’t know about that

I’m not sure about that

I do not think that is always true because

Some expressions used in making suggestions, recommendations and some possible responses.

Suggestion

Wouldn’t it be a good idea to

Shall we

I think we should

I feel that we should

Perhaps we could

Why don’t we

What about

How about

Let’s

It might be a good idea to

Have you ever thought of

Maybe we should

If I were you, I would

Don’t you think we should

Positive response

Yes, that’s a good idea

That would be nice

Okay

Negative response

I think that is out of the question

I can foresee problems

I’m not convinced that this will work

The suggestions will give rise to other problems

I’d rather not

No. I don’t really like the idea

No, I really don’t think so

Recommendation

I strongly recommend that

I strongly advise that

I propose that

I would like to put forward a proposal that

Positive response

I fully support

I am in favour of

I totally agree with

I approve of

I see no objection to that

I would certainly endorse

Negative response

I am totally opposed to the proposal

I think that is out of the question

I can foresee problems

I’m not convinced that this will work

This will give rise to other problems

Various expressions that may be used in persuading someone

Persuassive

expressions

Have you considered

Do you realize that

Don’t you think

Wouldn’t it be a good idea to

I wonder if you have thought of

Maybe you should consider

It would be in your own interest to

I can assure you that

You have no need to fear

I encourage you to

I am very sure there is no harm

I feel you should

I persuade you to

USEFUL PHRASES FOR MY SPEAKING TEST II

TASK A

You need to organize your speech so that there is a smooth glow of ideas.

INTRODUCTION

BODY

CONCLUSION

- Introduce topic

-Highlight main points of task

-Give definition (if any)

-Include major points and elaborate on them

-Talk about the most important point first

-Use transition signals to connect ideas

-Reinstate your opinion

-Summarize main points of the topic

-Give advice or recommendations

Some expressions you may use when presenting information.

INTRODUCTION

Let me enlighten you on

Today, I would like to talk on

I have been asked to talk on

I would like to begin by

The reason I am here is to talk about

BODY

I would like to mention briefly

I would like to comment on

There are several points I would like to make

My first point is

Firstly / First of all

To begin with

The next issue is

Furthermore/Moreover/ In addition

Let me give you an example

Let us consider

CONCLUSION

In general

All in all

In a nutshell

Let me conclude by saying

I would like to conclude by

Finally

TASK B

When managing a discussion, you will

- Thank people for coming and then start a discussion

- introduce the subject or problem

- have to invite people to speak

- need to encourage group participation

- close/ conclude the discussion

Some expressions that you can use in managing a discussion.

OPENING A DISCUSSION

Good morning, thank you for coming

Thank you all for coming

Thanks for being here

Shall we start?

Right, let’s begin

May I have your attention please

INTRODUCING A SUBJECT

First, let’s tackle the issue of

Today we are meeting to discuss

Let’s talk about the problem of

We’re here to talk about

MUET SPEAKING PRACTICE

A

· Good morning to the examiners and all my friends.

· Firstly, I would like to suggest …………….

· My main point is ……………….. (explain/give example)

· My next point is ……………….. (explain/give example)

· The next point I would like to make is ……………( )

· However / But / Nevertheless …………………. Etc

· I have mentioned earlier that ………………….

· Therefore / Thus / Hence …………………….. etc

· In short …………………………

· Thank you.

B

· Good morning …………………

· First of all, I propose ………………….

· The most important factor is ………………… (explain/give example)

· Next, let’s look at ……………………………. ( )

· Another suggestion is………………………( )

· However / But / Nevertheless …………………..etc

· Therefore / Thus / Hence / As a result …………………….etc

· Those are the suggestions …………..

· Thank you.

C

· Good morning…………..

· As a start, I would like to suggest …………………..

· It is important to …………………………(explain/give example)

· The next issue is ……………………….( )

· Another point I would like to emphasize is ……………( )

· However / But / Nevertheless …………..

· Therefore / Thus / Hence / As a result ……………….

· In summary, I would suggest ………….

· Thank you.

D

· Good morning ……….

· I would like to begin by suggesting ………………

· One important reason is ……………….(explain/give example)

· Next, I would like to highlight …………( )

· Moving on to my next point, which is ……….. ( )

· However / But / Nevertheless …………..

· Therefore / Thus / Hence / As a result ……………….

· As a conclusion, I would say…………..

· Thank you.

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot sir..

Anonymous said...

thanks so much sir..it's help me to improve my speaking...

fizah said...

thanks a lot for the useful tips. i really appreciate and feel grateful because i found this site. pray for me for this coming test.

Anonymous said...

thanks sir...
its very useful tips that i can learn and takes that as a good knowledge..
pray for me for this coming test b'coz i dun have confident to speaks to audiens..;)

NickNad said...

I got it. InsyaAllah i will do the best. Thanks sir for the some information of MUET

Anonymous said...

thanks a lot sir

Anonymous said...

really helpful...thank you..you were my last minute revision :)

Anonymous said...

Very helpful info you having here. Tomorrow is my MUET Speaking test. So, I'm practicing what's here. Hope can do well. Thank You Sir Kamal

Anonymous said...

thank you very for this usefull notes ! this will help me a lot !

Anonymous said...

Thank you..next week is my speaking test..wish me luck!on the other hand,does anyone know what kind of question will be on speaking test 2012 july session hehe

Fu Xian said...

Thank you a lot for the tips. Very useful!

Nur Aliya said...

thanx a lot cause give me some tips to do muet tomorrow..i'm so nervous right now..

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KHai said...

Salam sejahtera rakan2 semua...

Ada berita baik buat anda yang baru nak ambil peperiksaan MUET, yang GAGAL dan nak ambil semula, yang TAK PERNAH LULUS, yang nak memperbaiki band yang diperoleh dalam peperiksaan MUET yang lalu. Rakan saya Saudara Shamsul Ariffin telah menerbitkan sebuah panduan untuk lulus dalam peperiksaan MUET.

Jika anda berminat untuk mendapatkan panduan tersebut sila KLik Sini

Miranda Dawson said...

My muet examination is around the corner. These tips are very useful and will help a lot. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

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nukilan hati said...

thanks for these tips .its really usefull . again , thanks .

Anonymous said...

thank u so much sir..

Anonymous said...

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Hazwan Laa said...

Thanks, it's very helpful for my preparation to take MUET next week (^_^)

sivanisha said...

thank you so much sir..
i hope the tips is useful for me !

nadia :) said...

Tq sir

Anonymous said...

thank you sir. (Y)

Anonymous said...

very useful.. thank you very much.. =)

Min Min said...

Thank you sir for the tips written here.
I will take MUET test next week as a private candidates who's already left school & college for few years, thus, my English become worse.
I will use the tips during the test.

Anonymous said...

can we use wh question during MUET speaking test?

Anonymous said...

its been 2014 and im here looking up a tips for the sake of muet. thanks for tha information given may Allah swt bless you cikgukamal.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tips and enlightenment as I'm sitting for the speaking test next week. Having hard time as never had any first hand experience or mock test for this. And good luck to those who will be taking that this 20th Feb '14.

Anonymous said...

Thanks alot Cikgu.. got so much input here!! Wish me luck for tomorrow MUET speaking test..

Anonymous said...

thanks alot sir

Anonymous said...

Thank you. Having muet today!

Anonymous said...

Great!!! Thank you.

cik quy said...

thank you Cikgu Kamal for your information ;)

MOHD KAMAL MUSTAFFA said...

Hope those who will be sitting for June speaking test are able to speak excellently, fluently, or at least satisfactorily....
Don't Forget to practise speaking the English Language as much and as often as you can..

Anonymous said...

Thank you sir..you're short ideas and tips really helped me alot

Najiha Hadie said...

thanks a lot en.kamal..

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khairi azri said...

thanks alot...... its very useful tips and make me more confident