This phase provides the opportunity for candidates to demonstrate their ability to initiate and take control over the interaction.
In addition to general functions such as requesting information, the
language functions listed for the particular grade should arise naturally from each task prompt. In this phase, the emphasis is placed upon the candidate’s ability to use functional language rather than upon the accurate use of the grammatical structures listed for the grade.
It is important that, once the examiner has set up the situation, the candidate takes responsibility for the interaction. The interaction will take the form of multiple turns, with the examiner’s turns being much shorter than those of the candidate.
The phase should last no more than four minutes. In this phase, the responsibility for maintaining the interaction is the candidate’s. If a candidate fails to initiate or to maintain the interaction of this phase, the examiner will not intervene and take control. In such a case, the phase will not extend to the fullfour minutes and the candidate’s performance will not be rated highly.