CELPIP Speaking Unusual Situation

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CELPIP Speaking Unusual Situation

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 8, the CELPIP speaking unusual situation question, you’re talking to someone on the phone about a situation that you can both relate to. In this task it’s important to remember that you’re not just describing the picture as in task 3. Here, what is important is that you relate to the situation as a whole and use parts of the picture to add details.

In this task 8 sample response, we find ourselves in a service position at a lost and found and have to talk to a customer about her missing coat.

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

Identify:

Who you are talking to. In this sample response, you’re talking to a customer as a representative of your organization. That means you need to use very polite language … and that means the tone of your response should be formal!

What you are talking about. Make sure you understand the question and particularly the situation you are in.

A typical unusual situation question looks like this:

You have been asked to check the lost and found at work for a red jacket that one of your customers left behind.

Call your customer and provide her with a full and clear description of the three jackets you have found.
Ask her if any of them sound like hers. Make arrangements to reunite her with her jacket.

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How to Organize your Response

Your response should have three parts.

Part 1 – Introduction

Part 2 – Description

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How to Start your Response

When preparing for CELPIP Speaking unusual situation question in Task 8, it is important that you relate to the situation you are in and the person you are talking to.

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

Your introduction might look like this:

Hi, I understand you forgot your red coat when you were visiting our offices the other day. It’s getting pretty cold out, so I’m sure you’d like to have it back. I have three red coats here in the lost and found. Let me describe them to you, and then you can tell me if any of them sound like yours.

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How Long Should my Response Be?

As part of familiarizing yourself with the opinion question in CELPIP Speaking Task 8,  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 60 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 for test 1. 

Also available as a pdf E-book

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How to Approach your Description

With your introduction complete, the next thing you need to do for this question is describe the three coats. Since we’ve introduced the cold weather in our introduction, we’ll relate each of the coats to their level of warmth.

It might sound like this:

The first one is quite a warm one because it’s made from a heavy material. It’s a medium length coat with a zip from the bottom to the top. It has a hood and a fur trim as well as pockets.

The second one is more of a light-weight, short, leather jacket. It also has a zipper, but it doesn’t have any type of hood or even pockets.

The third one, a medium-length coat, is the most formal of the three because it has a collar, six black buttons and pockets, but it doesn’t seem particularly warm.

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How to Approach your Conclusion

After our our description, we’re ready to make a concluding remark. We’ll take this opportunity to relate to the situation and ask our customer about her preference for being reunited with her coat.  

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

Our conclusion might sound like this:

Do any of them sound like your coat? Would you like to pick it up, or would you like me to have it shipped to you?

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Your final response might sound like this:

Hi, I understand you forgot your red coat when you were visiting our offices the other day. It’s getting pretty cold out, so I’m sure you’d like to have it back. I have three red coats here in the lost and found. Let me describe them to you, and then you can tell me if any of them sound like yours.

The first one is quite a warm one because it’s made from a heavy material. It’s a medium length coat with a zip from the bottom to the top. It has a hood and a fur trim as well as pockets.

The second one is more of a light-weight, short, leather jacket. It also has a zipper, but it doesn’t have any type of hood or even pockets.

The third one, a medium-length coat, is the most formal of the three because it has a collar, six black buttons and pockets, but it doesn’t seem particularly warm.

Do any of them sound like your coat? Would you like to pick it up, or would you like me to have it shipped to you?

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