In last week’s post, we looked at some of the more interesting ways we could introduce our part 2 speaking topic.
In this week’s entry, we are going to take a look at something that I find tends to be a little more overlooked… how to close your part 2 response.
In part 2 of the speaking test, you will be given a cue card, you will be allowed 60-seconds to prepare your answer and then you will need to talk for 1-2 minutes on that topic.
If, as many people do, you exceed the two minutes, the examiner will ask you to stop. If that does happen, don’t worry. It has no negative impact on your score.
However, if the examiner hasn’t stopped you but you feel like you have covered the topic and said everything you wanted to say on the matter, then it is wise to stop talking. If you try to keep talking, you risk becoming nervous and that’s when mistakes are made.
But how to stop?
If you just stop dead and there is still time to spare, the examiner may think that you have not finished your answer, and he/she might wait silently for you to continue… Awkward!
So, try ending your presentation with something natural. Here are a few suggestions:
I think that about covers everything.
Honestly, there’s not much more I can tell you about that.
So, that pretty much says it all.
And that’s everything, I’m afraid.
Good use of this method will give a definitive ending to your monologue, it will constructively fill a few extra seconds, and it will reduce some of the pressure.