Nuestros profesores conocen de primera mano los tipos de exámenes orales de la EOI, así como los dos formatos de preguntas.

Para que tu preparación sea lo más acertada posible, trabajaremos con copias de exámenes anteriores. Te proporcionaremos temas de conversación para familiarizarte con el vocabulario específico, te ayudaremos a preparar argumentos a favor y en contra, a formular opiniones y a sugerir posibilidades.

Aquí tenéis los temas más comunes sobre los que debéis hablar entre 4-6 minutos, durante el monólogo.

  • Unemployment
  • Co-ops: cooperatives
  • Volunteer work: charities/NGOs (in Britain what we call in Spain «NGOs» are called «charities», too) – NGO = Non-governmental organizations
  • Working to live or living to work?
  • Alternative Work Arrangements: Teleworking, Flexible working: teleworking, flexible timetables, etc.
  • Work and Gender Issues or Motherhood/Fatherhood
  • Meaningful work
  • Education in Spain nowadays
  • Private and state-run education
  • The ICT Question
  • Adult education: university, Open Universities, EOI state-run language teaching
  • E-learning
  • Lifelong learning
  • Education in Spain nowadays
  • Privately-funded and state-run education (and private schools funded with public money)
  • Alternative medicine vs standard healthcare services
  • Campaigns for good quality housing at reasonable prices
  • Social issues linked to housing: living with parents forever, the homeless, flatsharing, buying/renting
  • The market: land speculation, prices of property (real estate), prices of rents
  • Types of housing options
  • Banking policies: mortgages and loans
  • Government policies to support housing for all
  • problems
  • measures
  • examples in Spain
  • consciousness raising on green matters

Your ideology won’t be assessed, just your English and your language skills in general

Talk about the situation of women in your country. [Similar topics: Social advancements in Spain]

  • How roles have changed for men and women
  • Job opportunities and salaries
  • Education
  • Violence against women (battered women, ill-treatment, abuse)
  • Motherhood
  • Housework
  • Types of family units
  • Women’s lifestyles
  • Origin of immigrants
  • Reasons for their coming to your country
  • Problems immigrants face
  • Support they find
  • Stereotypes about immigrants in your country
  • Clashes among the different communities in Spain
  • Collaboration, integration
  • Why people are homeless: family matters, debts, a deep sense of failure and self-destruction, death of ones loved ones, mental illness, unemployment, poverty…
  • What’s their life like: where you find them, what they are doing when you see them…, places they can go to (to spend the night or find some shelter, to get a proper meal, to get some clothes, social assistance)
  • Support/Assistance in your country: La Farola newspaper…
  • ICTs, blogs, email, the Net, social networks, forums, websites
  • As applied in lifelong learning
  • Daily life gadgets: mobiles, DVD players, mp3 players, etc.
Leisure Issues
Activities
Hobbies and Passions
In the past, only the wealthy could go on holidays. Nowadays everybody does. Speak about:

  • the need of holidays in today’s labor/labour system
  • holiday periods in your country
  • tourism and industry
  • common destinations in your country (national, international)
  • Pros and cons / Advantages and Disadvantages / Consequences and Drawbacks
  • Average age to leave the parents’ home in your country
  • Becoming independent and the Housing market
  • When things go wrong and you need to go back
  • Housing and lifestyles: flatsharing, squatting, traveling abroad…
  • How staying affects your relationship with your parents and your personal relations.
  • biological, cultural?
  • wars
  • gender violence
  • child abuse
  • racism
  • poverty
  • hooligans
  • cruelty to animals
  • polluting the earth
  • fixing the world
  • The news, driving and drinking
  • consciousness awareness campaigns in your country
  • state of the roads
  • speeding (speed limits), and other crimes (rules)
  • The Young and the Elderly
  • The Generation Gap
  • The Younger Generation
  • Middle-Aged People
  • Children
What to do, etc.

Places worthwhile visiting in your country

  • A world with no electricity
  • What would you do if you won the lottery?
  • What would you be like if you were a different sex?
  • What will you be like in 20 years, do you think?

La segunda parte del Speaking es un diálogo de 4-5 minutos (aproximadamente 2 mins por persona). Para que os hagáis una idea, es algo por el estilo:

Situation: Meeting someone on the plane to London/ NYC/ Toronto/ Sidney/ Johannesburg/ New Delhi.

Task: You are on the plane and you strike a conversation with the person sitting next to you.

Time: 4 or 5 minutes (about 2 min. each candidate in balanced interaction/turn-taking)

Candidate A
  • Introduce yourself, start the conversation
  • Explain what the purpose of your trip is (business trip)
  • Talk about the city or what you would like to do in the city
  • Try to see if you can meet Candidate B in that city to go out for a drink

Some ideas on language functions you can use: introducing yourself, giving information, asking for info, describing, making proposals/suggestions, giving reasons, checking if the other person understands you.

Candidate B
  • Wait for the other person to start the conversation
  • Talk about why you’re travelling there (a 7-day holiday)
  • Talk about the city or what you’d like to do there – include you’re going to visit a friend

Some ideas on language functions you can use: introducing yourself, giving information, asking for info, describing, making proposals/suggestions, giving reasons, checking if the other person understands you.