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CELPIP Speaking Opinion

When you prepare your response to any of the CELPIP Speaking Tasks, your focus should be on speaking well, expressing yourself efficiently, and ticking the examiners boxes.

Your examiner will be looking at your organization, vocabulary, phrasing, sentence variety, grammar, and tenses.

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Read and Understand the Question

In task 7, the CELPIP speaking opinion question, you’re telling the examiner what you think about something. In many ways, this speaking task is very similar to the survey response in task 2 of the writing test.

In this task 7 sample response, we’ll be looking at a question that asks us our opinion about government funding.

The first thing you need to do is read and internalize the question.

Identify:

Who you are talking to. You’re talking to your examiner who is an unknown person with the power to give you a bad score and stop you from moving on with your life. That makes your examiner someone in authority, so the tone of your response should be formal.

What you are talking about. Make sure you understand the question and think about a couple of reasons that you’ll be able to use to justify your preference and show off your amazing vocabulary.

A typical opinion question looks like this:

Do you think governments should spend more on homeless people and relieving their issues than on space exploration?

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How to Organize your Response

Your response should have four parts.

Part 1 – Introduction

Part 2 – First main idea

part 3 – Second main idea

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How to Start your Response

When preparing for CELPIP Speaking Opinion question in Task 7, it is important that you understand how to formulate your introduction. Your introduction should paraphrase the question so that the examiner knows what you are talking about, and then identify the two main points that you intend to use to justify your preference.

As always, think about what you would say in your own language.

Your introduction might look like this:

In most of the western world today, a certain level of homelessness is inevitable regardless of how much of their budget governments allocate to it. I’m far from convinced that the problem is a financial one, and so I would not want to see any of the money that governments spend on space exploration diverted to deal with homelessness issues.

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How Long Should my Response Be?

As part of familiarizing yourself with the opinion question in CELPIP Speaking Task 7,  you need to know how long your response should be and how much time you have to talk about it.

You have about 30 seconds to prepare your response, and 90 seconds to talk about it.

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For more CELPIP Speaking Practice and topics for tasks 1-8, please take a look at our 30 speaking practice tests workbook with sample answers. 

Also available as a pdf E-book

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How to Approach your First Main Idea

With your introduction complete, the next thing you need to do is describe the problem. In this sample response, our first main idea is about the progress that space exploration has enabled. 

It might sound like this:

A great deal of progress has come out of the efforts made to explore space. These include many of our technological advances, much of our knowledge, and a great deal of our current access to global communication channels. Being able to fly across the world in a matter of hours, call home to let your loved ones know you’ve arrived safely, and read up on your destination’s history online, is all part of that progress.

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How to Approach your Second Main Idea

After we’ve described the benefits of spending money on space exploration, we can go on to our second main idea which is that  moving money from exploration to homelessness wouldn’t be an effective solution.

It might sound like this:

The speed of society’s advances would be severely hampered if money was diverted from space exploration to homelessness. Not only would progress be slowed, but it’s unlikely that the diversion would solve the bulk of homelessness problems.

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How to Approach your Conclusion

After our second main idea we’re ready to make a concluding remark. We don’t have much time left, but it’s important that we tell the examiner we’ve finished our response.  

It’s critical that you finish this before your time runs out! 

Our conclusion might sound like this:

So, I think governments should continue with their current funding priorities.

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Your final response might sound like this:

In most of the western world today, a certain level of homelessness is inevitable, regardless of how much of their budget governments allocate to it. I’m far from convinced that the problem is a financial one, and so I would not want to see any of the money that governments spend on space exploration diverted to deal with homelessness issues.

A great deal of progress has come out of the efforts made to explore space. These include many of our technological advances, much of our knowledge, and a great deal of our current access to global communication channels. Being able to fly across the world in a matter of hours, call home to let your loved ones know you’ve arrived safely, and read up on your destination’s history online, is all part of that progress.

The speed of society’s advances would be severely hampered if money was diverted from space exploration to homelessness. Not only would progress be slowed, but it’s unlikely that the diversion would solve the bulk of homelessness problems.

So, I think governments should continue with their current funding priorities.

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