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The Speaking and listening module is a large part of the controlled assessment for GCSE English Language. You need to know what to expect and how to prepare.

Speaking and listening skills

To do well in speaking and listening you need to show you can adapt the way you speak to different situations. These can range from a formal speech on your own to a dramatic group role-play. You also need to show you can listen. This means answering questions on a presentation or responding, as an actor, to classmates in a group discussion or role-play.

The module will help you to practice speaking and listening skills needed beyond the classroom - for a job interview, for example.

This module is about coming up with the right information, in the right way, at the right time.

There are different kinds of tasks which you may be asked to do:

  • Present - usually give a speech made on your own
  • Discuss and listen - debate a topic as a pair or group
  • Role-play - create a dramatic situation in a pair or group

You will need to demonstrate different types of skills through these tasks:

  • Communicate and adapt language
  • Interact with and respond to others
  • Create and sustain a role


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