Trinity – Grade 9 – Temario

Examination format
Total examination time: 15 minutes

The examination consists of three assessed phases:

  1. Candidate-led discussion of a topic prepared by the candidate (up to 5 minutes)
  2. Interactive task (up to 4 minutes)
  3. Conversation on two subject areas selected by the examiner (up to 5 minutes).

Candidate performance
In addition to the items listed for the previous grades, the candidate is expected to demonstrate the following communicative skills and meet the language requirements listed below during the examination.

Communicative skills
In the Topic phase
w Show understanding of the examiner by responding appropriately
Communicate facts, ideas, opinions and attitudes about a chosen topic sustained across a series of extended turns
Maintain coherence and cohesion throughout the phase by organising the discourse
Highlight significant points
Paraphrase where necessary in order to maintain the discourse
Engage the examiner in discussion of the topic
Handle interruptions without undue effort by recapping and recovering
In the Interactive phase
Take control over the interaction
Maintain the discourse by asking for information and expanding on the responses obtained
Develop the discussion by encouraging comment and opinion from the examiner
Take, keep, give up and offer turns when appropriate to do so
Where appropriate to the individual task, include exponents of the language functions as listed opposite

In the Conversation phase
Show understanding of the examiner by responding appropriately
Take more responsibility for the maintenance of the interaction with the examiner
Follow up on comments from the examiner in order to develop the conversation
In case of a breakdown in communication, use paraphrasing and circumlocution

Language requirements
Language functions

  • Expressing abstract ideas
  • Expressing regrets, wishes and hopes
  • Expressing assumptions
  • Paraphrasing
  • Evaluating options
  • Hypothesising
  • Evaluating past actions or course of events


  • Mixed conditionals
  • Verbs followed by gerund and/or infinitive, e.g. forget, stop, go on, remember
  • More complex forms of the passive with modals
  • Should/must/might/could + perfect infinitive
  • Correct verb patterns after wish and hope


  • Vocabulary specific to the topic area
  • Vocabulary specific to the subject areas
  • Cohesive devices to recap and recover, e.g. as I was saying, anyway…
  • Hesitation fillers, e.g. I mean, you know
  • Stock phrases to gain time for thought and keep the turn, e.g. well, let me think…
  • Phrases and expressions relating to the language functions listed above


  • The correct pronunciation of vocabulary specific to the topic and subject areas
  • Rising and falling intonation for keeping, giving up and offering turns
    Stress and rhythm to highlight and emphasise main points and ideas
    Intonation and pitch to convey attitud

Subject areas for the Conversation phase
Two subject areas will be selected by the examiner from the list below.

  • Dreams and nightmares
  • Crime and punishment
  • Technology
  • Habits and obsessions
  • Global environmental issues
  • Design


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