Tips for Cue – Card
Cue Card is one of the most complex tasks which require intensive practice. Task Response, Grammatical accuracy, Vocabulary, and Pronunciation play an integral part in this speaking task.
There are different ways to improve Cue Card:
1) Work on the Fluency
Non – native English speakers find it difficult to express their views easily and articulately. They must indulge in speaking activities, for instance, joining toastmaster clubs will definitely enhance their skills.
2) Expanding the Vocabulary usage
Vocabulary, undoubtedly, elevate the speaking efficiency, however, memorizing the words can be sometimes a Herculean task. The words which need to be imbibed in mind would take time. Learning new words through segregating it according to the group would help.
For instance: Friend – Affable, Friendly, Affectionate, Companion, Benefactor
3) Presence of Mind
While Speaking during Cue card one should be attentive and prompt. Questions would be based on hypothetical incidents, which require the presence of mind.
For instance: Describe an accident which you recently witnessed.
Not every person can spot an accident, but the candidate needs to use the presence of mind. Once the Cue card is given to the candidate cannot be replaced with any other Cue card.
Describe an accident which you recently witnessed
You should say: Where it happened?
How it happened?
How it affected you?
The most traumatic accident that I have ever seen is the one that I witnessed near (…say the name of the place…) while a train smashed a passing bus. I saw the accident almost 4 years back and yet I can remember the event clearly.
I was on my way to home from the capital city that I’m currently residing in. There is a train pass/cross on the road and our bus stopped at the signal. I was busy reading a magazine on the bus and all of a sudden I heard a loud crashing sound and I looked through the window. What I saw was unbelievable- the quickly passing train has hit a bus that was trying to pass the train road. The bus had been thrown away like a toy and we could hear the unbearable screaming of victims.
Lots of people have gathered the place and the train was passing slowly. People became speechless on the effect of the devastating accident. I could see people were trying to help the wounded people and 2-3 ambulances reached there after 15 minutes. The bus driver was blamed for the incident and I heard that he was dead too. We could not move on from the place as a huge jam occurred. The wounded people were moved to nearby hospitals and medical centres and the dead people were placed in a nearby field. The entire place became a gloomy area and people mourned on the event. I started feeling sick and tried to help the wounded people.
I have witnessed more than 30 people were lying dead and their relatives were crying and mourning heavily and left the place after 8/9 hours and could not think anything else. The whole event occurred in a few minutes and the effect was devastating. I had spent nearly 2 weeks in a hallucination and thought a lot about the people who died there and about their relatives.
As per the above example: The candidate might not have seen the accident but he/she has made a story in order to speak for the Cue Card. Hence, efficient speaking of Cue card depends on so many factors which need to be considered while practising.