SKILLS: Tips for the oral exam
Do you make a point of teaching your students vocational vocabulary?
Then we suggest you advise them to impress external examiners by consciously using it on the oral exam.
You can find lists of relevant vocational terms for each vocational programme in SKILLS Ressursbank and in the links below.
The exams are just around the corner. Here are two useful tips to share with your students.
Interpret the task correctly
Anne Marie Torp, from Asker vgs., put together this popular course in 2016, and it is just as relevant today. Its main aim is to make students aware of what the exam tasks require them to do. The course includes explainations of the most frequently used instructional words and a step-by-step guide on how to interpret the exam task.
This material has been made with a 1,5-hour lesson in mind.
Answering the exam task Vg1 (PPT)
Answering the exam task Vg1 course (Word doc.)
Answering the exam task Vg2 (PPT)
Answering the exam task Vg2 course (Word doc.)
Answering the exam task Form (Word doc.)
PS: The courses for vg1 and vg2 are identical, but the tasks and examples are different.
Revise your text
Students are likely to benefit greatly from looking through their texts several times on the exam, with a different revision focus each time. The text below is from E2, our textbook for International English, but is equally useful for vg1 students.
Download the text from E2 (page 292-293) here (PDF)
Good luck with your exams!
December is always busy! Do you have your term tests ready?
We have suggestions for tests based on all seven editions of SKILLS. You find them in “SKILLS Ressursbank Lærer, under “General Resources”.
The tests are made by Gro Lokøy. Her TIP students at Sola vgs had the test last week. “There is enough work for a double lesson. Nearly all my students worked until the very end”, Gro says.
We hope our suggestions come in handy. Feel free to edit and share with your colleagues!
Midterm exams are fast approaching! Do your students know how to interpret the tasks?
English teacher Anne Marie Torp, from Asker vgs, has put together a useful course to make students more aware of what the exam tasks require them to do. The course includes explanations of the most frequently used instructional words and a step-by-step guide to interpreting the exam task. Continue reading
Bronia Hamilton teaches English for vocational students, and is engaged in “FYR” as a resource person in Oslo. Here you will find her tips on how to make the oral exam more relevant – or more focused on vocational skills.
Tips for the oral exam