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Speaking Part I

Examinator

Good morning (or good afternoon). I’m your examinator and here is my assistant who is going to mark you. I’m going to ask you some information: about you, your family and your hobbies. Who wants to start?

Candidate 1 What’s your name ? How old are you ? Have you got brothers and sisters and how many ? Where do you live ? What do you like to do during in your spare time?

Candidate 2 What’s your name ? When were you born ? What is your phone number ? What are your hobbies ? Can you spell me the word “explain” ?


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Speaking Part II

Examinator

Now, here are two texts in English. One is about penguins and the second one about WWF. You’ve got 30 seconds to read on your own and 1’30 to read it aloud.

Penguins It is often funny to watch penguins on land because their bodies look fat and uncomfortable. But in the water it is very different. Penguins stopped flying and began to live in the water about fifty million years ago, and their bodies have slowly changed. Now the water moves easily over their bodies, and this means they can travel very fast; as much as twenty-four kilometres per hour. They can also travel a long way. Emperor penguins, for example, can stay at sea for a month and travel almost 1,600 kilometres. They are very good at diving, too. Scientists have studied Emperor penguins, and these birds can stay under water for as much as eleven minutes at a time, and can dive down 540 metres. Penguin eyes can see very well, both in the air and in the water, and they have heavy bones that help them to dive down deep.

WWF WWF is an organization that works for the environment all over the world. It began when a group of scientists became worried about the wildlife in Africa. Sir Julian Huxley and other scientists visiting Africa in the 1960s saw that large numbers of animals were dying. They were afraid that the same problem was happening in other places in the world, too. When WWF began in 1961 its job was to save life on Earth by saving the environment. WWF used the picture of a panda as its symbol, because everybody knows this animal with big black eyes. Now WWF is more than forty years old, and it uses its money to help save the environment and wildlife all over the world. WWF works to save species that are in danger, protect rivers and seas, protect forests, protect the environment from dangers like pesticides and changes in weather.


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Speaking Part III

Examinator

Now, here are two texts in French. One is about "médiathèque Louis Aragon" and the second one about "La gare TGV du Mans". You’ve got 30 seconds to read on your own and 1’30 to read it aloud.

La médiathèque Louis Aragon du Mans La médiathèque Louis Aragon, située à deux pas de la Place de la République, a été inaugurée en mars 1988. Elle a été implantée dans un bâtiment préexistant dont la surface dépasse les 7000 m². Seules 4000 m² sont mises à la disposition du grand public. Le fond possède environ 600 000 ouvrages. Il est possible d’emprunter des livres, des bandes dessinées, des disques compacts, des magazines et même des logiciels éducatifs. La médiathèque a su profiter de sa position centrale dans la ville du Mans et attire chaque année toujours plus d’adhérents. Toutes les générations s’y retrouvent et il n’est pas rare que certaines écoles primaires participent aux activités proposées par la médiathèque comme ceux du premier mercredi de chaque mois. Grâce à cet esprit d’ouverture, la médiathèque Louis Aragon a réussi à créer un lieu convivial.

La gare TGV du Mans "C’est le train de votre époque. Ca bouge au Mans, vous avez fait vos preuves, ses habitants ont la réputation de comprendre les besoins du futur avant les autres." C’est en ces termes que Monsieur François Mitterrand inaugure le mardi 16 mai 1989 l’arrivée du Train à Grande Vitesse au Mans. Pourtant, il aura fallut attendre deux ans pour que ce rêve devienne réalité. Rêve dans le sens que la Ville du Mans se trouve aujourd’hui à moins d’une heure de Paris, de Rennes, de Tours et d’Angers. C’est sur la ligne Le Mans-Paris Montparnasse, par exemple, qu’a été battu le record de vitesse en 1990. Le train atteignit les 515,30 km/h. Pour les possesseurs de la carte 12-25 ans, il est possible de voyager à prix réduits. (Un trajet Le Mans-Paris Montparnasse ne coûte que 14,20 euros si l’on prend son billet en avance).


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Speaking Part IV Examinator

Now, here are two pictures. The first one is linked with the weather and the second one is about a person. Who wants to start ? Ok, you’ve got one minute to talk about that picture.

Candidate 1


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Speaking Part IV

Candidate 2


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Speaking Part V Examinator

Now, in this part, you will have to agree on an activity the teacher asks you to organize for the birthday of your classmate. Just talk together. The examinator will not intervene during your conversation. You’ve got three minutes to reach an agreement.

B.I.C.L.E  

Hi ! How are you keeping ?

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