Cover of the textbook Speakout Advanced Plus - Students' Book

The key answer of exercise 2

The key to exercise solutions in chapter 3.1 - Ready or not for the textbook Speakout Advanced Plus - Students' Book with authors Frances Eales and Steve Oakes from Pearson Education


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  2. Work in pairs. what did the speaker say about each statement in Exercise 1B? Listen again and decide if the speaker agrees (✓), disagrees (✗) or gives no specific answer (?).
  3. Work in pairs and discuss.



  1. ✗ Well, first of all, there are no tricks, really ...
  2. ✓ For example, these often refer to 'good organisation and communication skills'. Those are two different things but they're key, the ones you see mentioned the most. Another buzzword I've often seen is 'flexibility' ... that means the willingness to put your hand to anything, to muck in ...
  3. ✓ Not everyone is a fan of social networking but this is part of the literacy that's expected of employees, nowadays.
  4. ✓ If there's a problem with your digital footprint, inevitably it will come out at some point.
  5. ✗ The speaker says hard skills are 'not enough', she doesn't say hard skills are less important than 'soft skills', which is what statement 5 in Ex 1B says.
  6. ? She mentions skills ('But there are skills that a novice to the market can focus on in a CV') but not experience or track record, then later on implies that even a university student has experience in some relevant areas. So it's not 100 percent clear.
  7. ✗ She says to be proud but not play up.
  8. ? He gives no specific answer to either part of the statement (' ... it all depends on the job'): he neither agrees nor disagrees with the first part of the statement and he gives no answer to the second.


  1. Good organisation (skills), communication (skills), flexibility, a good team player, a proven track record, relevant experience.