Help students prepare with the only official Online Speaking Practice
for Cambridge English: First (FCE)
- Students can use Cambridge ESOL's Online Speaking Practice to improve their speaking skills and feel more confident in their test.
- Students can use Online Speaking Practice on their own, but it is a much more powerful tool when used with you, their teacher.
- Students share their best recordings with you and you can assess their performance using our free assessment guide.
- You can send comments to your students to help them improve.
- Online Speaking Practice can be used several times during a course or at the end of a course as a mock exam.
- Students can buy a login for six months' access to Online Speaking Practice using PayPal or a debit/credit card.
- Teachers or centres can buy multiple logins for their classes using PayPal or a credit/debit card.
This is the only official Online Speaking Practice for Cambridge English: First (FCE). It gives students authentic, interactive preparation for their Speaking test.
Students can watch and listen to exam questions and tasks from a real Cambridge ESOL examiner, and then record their responses. They can record up to 10 attempts for each of the four parts of the Speaking test.
Students can then listen to their attempts and compare them with video sample answers, which have detailed examiner’s comments. There are also tips on how students can get the best result they can.
There is a 'Learn about the Speaking test' page containing video and text, which explains what happens in each part of the real Cambridge English: First (FCE) Speaking test and how candidates are assessed. There is also a video tutorial that explains how to use the Online Speaking Practice.
One of the main features of Online Speaking Practice is that students can share their best recordings online. You can then listen to their recordings and send them your comments.
There are many ways to use Cambridge ESOL's Online Speaking Practice as part of an exam preparation course. You may want to ask your students to do it near the end of the course as a 'mock exam', or you might want them to try it several times during the course, studying the sample answers and examiner's comments, receiving your feedback and improving their performance each time.
When a student shares their recordings with you, you will see a screen like this:
You can then listen to their recordings and send them your text or audio comment.
We strongly recommend that, before your students start using Online Speaking Practice, you speak to them and agree how many attempts they are going to share with you, when they will send them and when you will be able to give your comments.
Of course, your students will want feedback on their speaking, and it is important that your feedback reflects the way that speaking is assessed in the Cambridge English: First exam. Cambridge ESOL has developed a guide explaining how to assess speaking at this level (free registration required).
In Part 3, students need to record themselves together with a partner. Both people will speak into the same microphone, so there will only be one recording containing both students' voices. To make it easier to tell the difference between the two voices on the recording, you may want to pair students so that people with different-sounding voices take the test together, if possible.
For Cambridge ESOL examination centres
Go to CentreNet to find out how to receive a discount.
For Cambridge ESOL preparation centres
Go to the Preparation Centre Portal to find out how to receive a discount.
For other schools (not Cambridge ESOL centres)
First, create a free teacher's account. Then you can buy new student accounts for your students and pay securely via PayPal – each student login lasts six months from the first time it is used. When you buy new student accounts, these accounts are automatically linked to yours so they can share their recordings with you. After you have bought the new student accounts, you will be able to enter your students' email addresses so that they automatically receive their username and password. If you don't know your students' email addresses, you can just give them the login details yourself – they are in an email which you receive when you buy the new accounts.