Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. Newbie
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Apr 2017
    • Posts: 5
    #1

    Eiken 1 Speaking

    I teach English in a small rural town in Japan. My students are - at the highest level - intermediate standard. Now I have a young man who passed the written section of Eiken 1 earlier this year but failed the speaking section. Eiken 1 is an extremely difficult examination and apparently often native English speakers fail. Although I have a Masters in TESOL I am scratching my head at the difficult questions posed in this speaking test. The best help I have received so far has been through a teacher in Japan who also belong to `using English.com` - not sure whether he wants me to name him - but if he reads this - many thanks. Can anyone help me and this young Japanese man - he will be sitting the speaking test in June and will undoubtedly be having sleepless nights. Jack the Geordie in Japan.

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
    Moderator
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 47,342
    #2

    Re: Eiken 1 Speaking

    Welcome to the forum.

    Can you give us an example of the sort of questions that are causing so many problems, even for native speakers?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  3. Piscean's Avatar
    VIP Member
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Europe
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Jul 2015
    • Posts: 13,445
    #3

    Re: Eiken 1 Speaking

    https://www.usingenglish.com/files/p...g-practice.pdf

    Is this the type of thing you mean?

  4. Newbie
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Apr 2017
    • Posts: 5
    #4

    Re: Eiken 1 Speaking

    Yes - this was submitted by a member of our community. Many thanks to him.

    The student has 1 minute to read the question and 2 minutes to make the speech. This is followed by 4 minutes questioning by 2 examiners - one Japanese and the other a native speaker. Just try it yourself and see how difficult it is. Thanks Piscean.

  5. Newbie
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Apr 2017
    • Posts: 5
    #5

    Re: Eiken 1 Speaking

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    Can you give us an example of the sort of questions that are causing so many problems, even for native speakers?
    Thank you for the welcome.

    Sample:

    1.What role should the United Nations play in international politics?

    2. Do the rich have a responsibility to help the poor in society?

    3. Is tradition worth preserving?

    4. Should students be asked to evaluate their teachers?

    5. `Honesty is the best policy` - in all situations?

    Choose one of these in one minute and then speak for 2 minutes.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 04-Apr-2017 at 11:35. Reason: Fixed quote box

  6. emsr2d2's Avatar
    Moderator
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 47,342
    #6

    Re: Eiken 1 Speaking

    Given that your student won't know the questions in advance, the best thing you can do is keep getting him to do "on the fly" speeches. You give him a topic, he has one minute to prepare and then has to speak for two minutes. You'll have to pick really random topics! I don't envy him (or you).

    There are probably some stock sentences he will be able to use to take up a little bit of his time, though it will need not to be too obvious! He can start any speech with "This question is one which would prompt interesting debates. I'm pleased to have the opportunity to give you my thoughts on it" and end with "I hope you've enjoyed hearing my opinion on this top and thank you for listening". (I'm not familiar with the exam so it is possible that such openings and closings are discouraged because they would be deemed content-free time-fillers. If that's not the case, I'd be inclined to try it!)

    Can your student remember what topic he chose and what he said in the exam he failed? Did he get feedback?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  7. Newbie
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Apr 2017
    • Posts: 5
    #7

    Re: Eiken 1 Speaking

    emsr2D2

    Very good suggestions.

    I like your idea of prepared opening sentences and concluding sentences.
    We have to have some kind of pre-thought out framework on which he can build the 2 minutes.

    On reflection Eiken 1 is not only a test of English fluency but also of current political events, social science, economics and - intelligence.

    The young man is coming tomorrow and I will ask him about his exam topic and any feedback.

  8. Newbie
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Apr 2017
    • Posts: 5
    #8

    Re: Eiken 1 Speaking

    Quote Originally Posted by jackinkatsuura View Post

    The young man is coming tomorrow and I will ask him about his exam topic and any feedback.

    Further to the above:

    There were 5 questions to choose from.He could only remember two.

    1. Is globalization good for developing countries.

    2.

    3.

    4. Does media have influence on politics?

    5.

    He had one minute to choose and initially chose 1. but was not sure about the difference between `developing` and `developed` so chose 4.

    The two examiners gave no feedback. The American gave a pleasant smile.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 06-Apr-2017 at 14:35. Reason: Pruning quote,

  9. YAMATO2201's Avatar
    Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Dec 2016
    • Posts: 499
    #9

    Re: Eiken 1 Speaking

    Quote Originally Posted by jackinkatsuura View Post
    Can anyone help me and this young Japanese man - he will be sitting the speaking test in June and will undoubtedly be having sleepless nights.
    I've taken the Eiken 1 speaking test a few times. I suggest you consult several Japanese teachers of English.
    I am not a teacher. I am currently studying basic English grammar.

Similar Threads

  1. Eiken pre-1
    By languagelady in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 12-Oct-2016, 00:49
  2. went on speaking / has gone on speaking [go + ing]
    By alaaodeh in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-May-2013, 08:47
  3. [Essay] A speaking contest about Ha Long Bay (speaking compositions)
    By jody_weasley in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 30-Oct-2011, 02:27
  4. Commercially speaking Vs commercial speaking
    By Piak in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 19-Sep-2008, 11:28
  5. "averagely speaking" and "generally speaking"
    By sula54 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 22-Nov-2005, 15:45

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •