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Lo que encontrarás aquí es una lista de temas que salieron en algún momento en los exámenes de la Escuela Oficial de Idiomas, nivel B1 (Intermediate Level). Esta lista de los “topics” está para darte una idea aproximada del tipo de preguntas a las que te enfrentarás.

En el examen seguramente tendrás entre 4 y 5 ideas en la hoja que te toque. Procura aportar ideas coherentes y terminadas para al menos 3 de esos puntos.

Bajo ningún concepto intentes escribir respuestas para cada uno e intentes memorizarlas. Primero, te llevará una eternidad y segundo, las respuestas que parezcan “memorizadas” se ven con mucha facilidad y se penalizan. Te harás un flaco favor.

Utiliza esta lista para aprender a improvisar. Es complicado y no es viable generalmente si has decidido empezar a prepararte el mes de antes (siempre depende del nivel del alumno, claro está). Por eso que es importante empezar con varios meses de tiempo.

Más adelante quiero crear un vídeo para ayudaros a crear esos monólogos, pero por ahora tienes todo este material para ayudarte.

Good luck, ladies and Gentlemen.

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Television and mass media

  • Programmes: reality shows, gossip programmes, documentaries, soap operas, cartoons, the news, weather forecast, sports programmes, music programmes, talk shows, dramas, sitcoms, series, serials, etc.)
  • Impact on people and children
  • Newspapers (tabloid vs broadsheets, magazines, daily newspapers, etc.) Online newspapers
  • Children and television. Violence and impact on children
  • Positive aspects vs negative aspects
  • Educational programmes on TV

Holidays 

  • Different kinds of holidays: package holiday, camping, guided tours, cruises
  • Favourite means of transport for holidays: own car, plane, train, etc.
  • People to go with: alone, family, friends, partner, etc.
  • Your last holiday
  • Your future holiday
  • Rural tourism (relaxing, nature, sports) vs urban tourism (sightseeing, monuments, museums)

Education 

  • Private education vs state education
  • Past education vs today’s education: What was school like for your parents? Is it very different from the education you have received/are receiving?
  • Your school days: favourite subjects, teachers, school, uniform, etc.
  • Technology in class: positive and negative aspects?
  • Lack of money for grants?

Sports

  • Sports you do and how often?
  • Children and sports. Sedentary life? Present and past, difference?
  • Your opinion on risky sports
  • Footballers: do they earn too much money?
  • The Olympic Games

Jobs

  • Describe your job. How long have you been doing it? What do you like about it?
  • Your ideal job.
  • Retirement age: the ideal age?
  • Dangerous jobs.
  • Your opinion on civil servants in Spain.

Technology

  • How has technology changed the world?
  • Past and present: comparison
  • I couldn’t live without my mobile. Do you agree with this statement?
  • E-books. Do you have one? Why (not)?
  • Technology in education. Positive and negative aspects?
  • Do children have too many gadgets?

Money

  • Social difference: rich and poor people?
  • The economic crisis. How is it affecting society?
  • What do you spend your money on?
  • Todays’ salaries. Is it possible to save money?
  • Do you give money to them? Why (not)?
  • Do you like it? Where do you like shopping?
  • Money corrupts people. Do you agree?

Music and books

  • Music you like and your favourite singer/ band
  • Your opinion on going to concerts
  • Do you like reading? What do you normally read?
  • Is reading good for children? Why (not)?
  • The best book you’ve ever read
  • A book you would never recommend
  • Books made into films. Which do you prefer, the book or the film?

Eating habits

  • You are what you eat. Do you agree with this statement?
  • Your favourite food.
  • Do you like fast food? How often do you have it?
  • Eating out, do you like it?
  • Children and obesity.
  • Organic food, too expensive?

The environment

  • What do you do to help the environment?
  • Do you recycle? What and how?
  • Temperatures are rising more and more. What’s the cause?
  • What can you do at home to save energy? 

Stereotypes

  • Are there any typical characteristics which you think describe the people from your country? Which ones?
  • Are people from different areas of your country similar / different in any way?
  • Do foreign people have any stereotypes about people from your country? Which ones? Do you think they are right?
  • What are the stereotypical ideas you have about people from other countries (United Kingdom, USA, France, Italy, China…)? Are they realistic?
  • Think about this sentence and comment on it: “People from different countries are not very different from each other”. Do you agree with it? Why? Why not 

Animals

  • Do you have any pets? If so, talk about it.
  • People sometimes abandon their pets. Talk about this.
  • Some people keep exotic and wild animals as pets, in apartments. What’s your opinion?
  • Fur coats, ivory decorative furniture, using animals for the cosmetic industry… How do you feel about this?
  • Keeping animals in captivity for our entertainment: zoos, circuses…Do we really need this?
  • Can animals help people in any way? How? Therapies with
    animals.

Parental relationships

  • Parents should be strict about what time their children come home.
  • Every child needs at least one brother or sister.
  • Children learn more from their parents than they do at school.
  • Everybody in the family should cooperate with the housework.
  • Children should work in their school holidays and earn money.
  • Children should leave the family house before 25.

Old age

  • How are elderly people treated in our society by the government / by other people?
  • What kind of problems do they have? What advantages can we find in old age?
  • Many of them live alone and feel lonely. Why? How can this problem be solved?
  • Homes for elderly people. What are their advantages and disadvantages?
  • How should we spend our time when we retire? How can we feel useful in society?
  • Your life when you are old. How do you imagine it?

Health (Stress)

  • Do you think stress is a problem in current society? How does it affect our lives?
  • Is everybody affected by it, even children? Give examples.
  • How can we avoid or relieve stress? Talk about different methods you can think of.
  • Are you stressed? What causes this feeling? What are the consequences for you?
  • How do you relax?

Music and books

  • What kind of music do you like? What is your favourite band or singer? Why?
  • What kind of music do you listen to in different situations, for example…
    …when you are sad? / …when you are happy?
    …when you want to relax? / … when you want to have fun?
  • Do you play any musical instruments? Can you sing? Do you like karaoke?
  • What kind of books do you like? Do you usually read novels / essays / poetry?
  • Is reading a good habit? Why? Why not? How can we encourage children to read?
  • What is your favourite book? Why? What book / books didn’t you like at all? Why?
  • What do you think about the books which have been made into films? Do you remember any?

Celebrities/ Admiration

  • Who is the person you most admire (artists, sportspeople, celebrities…)? Why?
  • Do you admire anybody in your family? Why? Do you admire any of your friends? Why?
  • Do you think it is necessary to admire your boyfriend / girlfriend to love him / her?
  • Do you admire any organization or group (NGOs, teams…)?
  • ‘Heroes and heroines are really normal people’. Do you agree with this sentence?
  • What do you admire most about yourself?

Fame

  • Nowadays, a lot of people want to become famous…and they want it really quickly!
  • Do you think that we have become obsessed with the concept of becoming an overnight celebrity? Are people who participate in contests like “Big Brother”, “Operación Triunfo”… really celebrities?
  • Being famous is a positive value in our current society.
  • I would love to be famous.
  • If I became a celebrity, I would…

Memories

  • Do you usually remember anniversaries or birthdays? Do you forget where you have left things? Are you a forgetful person or are you able to remember small details?
  • Have you ever used mnemonic techniques (strategies to remember things)? Which ones? Did they work?
  • What is the oldest memory that you have? Do you have any special memories from your childhood (good or bad)?
  • Do/did your parents tell you any memories from the times when they were children?
  • What are the ones which they tell/told you more often?
  • Do you think remembering things from the past is good/bad?

Speaking about yourself

  • How would you describe your character? What’s your sense of humour like?
  • How much attention do you pay to your appearance?
  • What is your job? / What are you studying? What’s your attitude to work?
  • What are your hobbies? What activities would you never take up?
  • What are your ideals in life? Do you have any ambitions?
  • Who are the most important people in your life? Why?
  • Which are the most important decisions you have made in your life?

Good manners

  • Young people should not call elderly people by their first names.
  • Men should open doors for women.
  • It is rude to check your phone while you’re talking to someone
  • It is rude to look at your watch when you are with people.
  • You shouldn’t talk too loudly if you are in a public place.
  • Cashiers should give customers their change into their hands.
  • People shouldn’t play loud music on their phones in public.
  • People should be considerate when talking on their mobiles on public transport.
  • You shouldn’t interrupt someone or talk at the same time when someone else is talking during a conversation.
  • Many people think that technology is making us ruder. What do you think?