Frequently asked questions
How many images do I need for the Individual Oral?
It depends on the number of students taking your class:
Up to 10 students: 5 stimuli total (1 from each theme)
From 20 to 40 students: 10 stimuli total (2 from each theme)
What can be a "visual stimulus" for the IO?
It may be one of the following:
Poster (Any language that naturally appears on the image should be minimal and must be in the target language. It must not provide vocabulary and structures that would give a student an unfair advantage)
How do I choose my visual stimuli?
An effective visual stimulus is one that:
is clearly relevant to one of the five themes in the course
is culturally relevant to the target language
offers opportunities for students to demonstrate their international-mindedness
offers sufficient visual text for students to describe a scene or situation
allows the student to offer a personal interpretation
enables the teacher to lead the student in a wider conversation
is relevant and of interest to the student’s age group
Can students take notes during their preparation-supervised time?
During this preparation time, the student may not have access to course materials, class notes, dictionaries (in any form), computers, mobile phones or other IT equipment. The student must be given a blank sheet of paper on which to take brief working notes (a maximum of 10 bullet points). These notes may be used for reference only and must not be read aloud as a prepared speech.
What is the length of the listening texts?
In the new listening comprehension component the students will be exposed to three different audio passages.
How many times do students get to listen to the three audio passages during listening comprehension?
From "Instructions to candidates" from Ab Initio Specimen paper (first exam 2020)
Must the visual stimulus be given a caption?
No, the visual stimulus must simply be labelled in the target language only with the name of the theme to which it belongs.