101 CAE Part 1 Speaking Questions For Busy Teachers!

Help your students improve their speaking ability with the following questions. Speaking part 1 of the CAE exam can cover a wide range of topics. Use these example questions throughout the course, to make sure that they take the exam completely prepared for whatever subject they might throw!

Before any of the 101 examples, an examiner will probably select one or two questions from the following;

  • Where are you from?
  • What do you do here/there?
  • How long have you been studying English?
  • What do you enjoy the most about learning English?

And then start with these……

  • Do you consider yourself an empathetic person?
  • Do you care more about material or intellectual wealth? Why?
  • How is watching a film at the cinema different from watching it at home?
  • Do you always vote in your country’s elections? Why?/Why not?
  • Do you prefer to be with lots of people or alone?
  • After English, which language would you most like to learn?
  • Tell me about a book that you have read recently.
  • Which animal do you identify with the most? Why?
  • Tell me about an activity that you have always wanted to try.
  • When you are tired, what do you do to try and stay awake?
  • Do you get scared watching horror films?
  • Are you afraid of anything in particular?/Do you have any phobias?
  • Are you good at cooking? What do you like to make if you have lots of time?
  • Are you a creative person?
  • What kind of music do you like to listen to while relaxing?
  • Is there anything in your home town which ‘puts it on the map’?
  • Do you prefer giving or receiving gifts?
  • What is your weakness when it comes to food?
  • Which area of the world would you like to know more about?
  • Do you like to keep up to date with the latest news? Why?/why not?
  • Would you prefer a night out dancing, or a quiet dinner at home on a Saturday night?
  • Do you think that it’s important to always be learning new things?
  • Tell me about someone that you admire.
  • What is a regret that you have, something you would change if you could?
  • Which celebration do you like the most in your country? Why?
  • Tell me about a story you have seen in the news recently.
  • If you had the chance to live in another country, which would it be? Why?
  • What do you to feel better when you’re sad or demotivated?
  • Do you think that there are enough green spaces where you live?
  • What bad habit should you cut down on?
  • What is your favourite type of weather? Why?
  • Do you consider yourself a hard-working person? Are there things you could do to improve?
  • Are you a conscientious person?
  • What fashion trend do you dislike? Why?
  • Tell me about a story you have seen in the news recently.
  • Would you like to study anything just for interest? What would it be?
  • Do you like to play board games? Which ones?
  • Are you good at accepting criticism? Why/why not?
  • What sport are you good at? Is there a sport or game that you would like to try?
  • What is your favourite film? Why?
  • What do you think is your biggest weakness?
  • What is the most valuable piece of advice that you have ever been given?
  • Which celebrity would you most like to meet? Why?
  • Do you feel comfortable speaking on the phone in English? Why? Why not?
  • Would you like working with children? Why? Why not?
  • If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be? Why?
  • Do you prefer going to bed early or waking up late? Why?
  • Do you feel comfortable speaking in front of lots of people? Why? Why not?
  • What do you think is your biggest weakness?
  • What is the most valuable piece of advice that you have ever been given?
  • Which celebrity would you most like to meet? Why?
  • Do you feel comfortable speaking on the phone in English? Why? Why not?
  • Would you like working with children? Why? Why not?
  • If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be? Why?
  • Do you prefer going to bed early or waking up late? Why?
  • Do you feel comfortable speaking in front of lots of people? Why? Why not?
  • What weather do you like the most? Why?
  • Do you prefer late nights or early mornings? Why?
  • What is your signature dish?
  • Tell me about your best friend.
  • Do you consider yourself an honest person?
  • Would you prefer to be an employer or an employee? Why?
  • What qualities do you appreciate in other people?
  • What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
  • Do you believe in love at first sight? Why? Why not?
  • Are you an organised person?
  • Where would you go on your perfect holiday?
  • Tell me about your dream job.
  • Would you prefer to have a relaxing holiday or one with lots of activities?
  • Do you persevere with things? Or do you usually give up easily?
  • Do you have any bad habits?
  • Do you ever watch television or other things, in English? If so, what?
  • In there a lot of crime in the area where you live?
  • What is your favourite season of the year? Why?
  • Where you live, is live music common? Why do you think this is?
  • What do you like the least about your work / studies? Why?
  • Are you a patient person?
  • Do you have any allergies? If so, what are you allergic to?
  • What sport would you choose to watch on TV if you had to? Why?

Did you find this list useful? Share it with other busy teachers and let me know in the comments!

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