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Listen to a short talk about the topic of cybercrime. Then, go to the Voxopop discussion and answer this question:

The speaker outlines some of the problems cybercrime can bring. Which do you think is the most damaging and why? Give reasons and details to support your answer.

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Speaking rubrics

The Speaking tasks are assessed by three criteria : Delivery, Language Use, Topic Development.

By Delivery, examiners understand it as pace and clarity of speech including pronunciation, rhythm, intonation, rate of speech, pause structure, and fluency.

Language Use covers range, precision, and effectiveness of grammatical and lexical features.

Topic Development has to do with completeness and overall coherence.

With that in mind, which of these features mark a full score response – 4 (FSR), and a low score response – 1 (LSR)?

few supporting details
clear point of view
well-supported reasons and explanations
ideas that progress smoothly and cohesively
hesitant and choppy presentation of ideas
little relevant content
small range of vocabulary
comfort with a variety of grammatical structures
unclear intended meaning
use of few grammatical structures
control of a wide range of vocabulary items
numerous pronunciation difficulties
clear intonation patterns
some minor grammatical problems
fragmented speech with long pauses
ease of presentation

Which area do you think you need to work most on?

Vocabulary – Freedom of Expression

Do you remember these words/expressions?

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Independent Writing – Taking something additional on a trip

#171 Imagine you are preparing for a trip. You plan to be away from home for a year. In addition to clothing and personal items, you can take one additional thing. What would you take and why? Use specific reasons and details to justify your answer.

How important is music in your life? (Independent Writing task)

Explain the importance of music in your life. Give reasons and examples to support your answer.

Independent Writing Task -Problems students face

#172 “When students move to a new school, they often face many problems. ¬†How can schools help students with their problems? Use specific reasons and examples to explain your answer.”