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Oral Examinations A in Modern Languages 2020

Part IA Option A

Information for Candidates

The oral examinations for Part IA/A will be on Friday 15 May and Saturday 16 May 2020 and will consist of two parts:

  1. reading aloud a passage taken from a text chosen by the examiners
  2. a conversation based either on the subject-matter of the text or on a prescribed topic announced by the Examiners on the first day of the Full Easter Term: Tuesday 21 April 2020. 

For candidates in all languages except for Italian the oral examination will be based on a passage chosen by the examiners and will consist of:

Reading aloud: Examiners will indicate a section of the text for the candidate to read in the examination room itself.

Conversation: The issues discussed will arise in the first instance from the text itself. The passages, which will be of not more than 300 words in length, will be available to candidates 15 minutes ahead of their scheduled interview with the examiners in a preparation room where an invigilator will be present. 

Dictionaries are not allowed in the preparation room.

Candidates may make notes on the paper. They will take this paper into the examination room and leave it with the Examiners before leaving the room.

For candidates in Italian the oral examination will be based on topics and will consist of the following:

Reading aloud: The reading passage, which will be of no more than 100 words in length, will be available to candidates 15 minutes ahead of their scheduled interview with the Examiners in a preparation room where an invigilator will be present.

Discussion of a topic and conversation: Candidates should prepare and be ready to discuss any one topic from the list announced by the examiners on the first day of full Easter Term. Candidates may bring brief notes (one sheet of A4 paper, key words only, no full text) into the exam, but must not read a prepared speech.

The Examiners will assess the candidates' pronunciation and intonation, accuracy, range of vocabulary and idiom, fluency and response. 

The total time for the examination will not exceed 15 minutes.

Full details of the schedule of interviews with examiners will be sent to Colleges well in advance of the examinations.

Please note that oral examinations for the Catalan papers (Sp6 and Sp10) will also be held on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May 2020.

October 2019