Purpose of the Qualification
LAMDA examinations in Using Spoken English are designed to develop the skills necessary for effective oral communication in English. These examinations will benefit native English speakers as well as those for whom English is a second language.
Broad Objectives of the Examinations
- Interpretation: Oral language skills
Learners who prepare themselves appropriately will develop:
To select, structure and shape subject matter into a coherent and concise oral presentation
To adapt language and use vocabulary appropriate to audience, purpose and situation in an oral context

- Technique: Communication skills
To build skills in projection
To match tonal register to audience, purpose and situation
To integrate body language, notes and visual aids where appropriate, to support the subject matter and engage the listener.

- Knowledge: Listening skills
To respond to questions
To create opportunities for others to contribute when appropriate
To support other speakers through appropriate non-verbal response.
Examination Content
General Notes and Regulations
For the purpose of these examinations a 'talk' is defined as a short address in an informal setting.
For the purpose of these examinations a 'conversation' is defined as a two-way exchange of ideas and opinions.
Talks should be directed towards an imagined audience of whom the examiner is part.
Any style or dialect of English is acceptable, as long as the learner's speech is easily intelligible to the examiner.
Notes may be used as an aide-memoire; they must not be read.
Learners should be aware that specific equipment or furniture e.g. flipcharts, overhead projectors etc, may not be available at LAMDA Public Centres.
Learners may perform the prepared elements of an examination in any order.
Live animals are not permitted in an examination room.