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LanguageCert Interlocutor Training - Test of English (LTE) Speaking

Prospective LanguageCert Interlocutors should complete the following steps:

  • Step 1 and Step 2: Familiarise oneself with the LTE Speaking exams. This should take approximately 1 hour.
  • Step 3: Watch a training webinar which lasts approximately 40 minutes.
  • Step 4: Complete the LTE Speaking exams Interlocutor Training Workbook. This is a 15-30-minute task.
  • Step 5: Prepare, conduct, and submit a mock interview. This should take 30 minutes to one hour (depending on the level chosen, the mock candidate, the reviewing required, and the quality of the recording).

All the relevant details regarding these steps are included below.

Step 1

Prospective Interlocutors are required to study at least one of the LTE Speaking exam practice papers to become familiar with the format and content of the LTE Speaking exams.

The LTE Speaking practice papers can be accessed here.

Sample interviews of specimen materials are also provided below.

LanguageCert LTE Mock Interview (Video)
LanguageCert LTE Mock Interview (Audio)

Step 2

Prospective LanguageCert Interlocutors are required to study the Guide for Interlocutors.

Step 3

Prospective Interlocutors are required to watch the following training webinar.

Watch our training webinar: LTE Speaking Interlocutor Training Presentation

Step 4

Prospective Interlocutors should complete the ‘Interlocutor Training Workbook’, a short online quiz. All answers to the quiz can be found in the Guide for Interlocutors or the CEFR document.

Please note: E-mail addresses are used to identify responses, so it is important that prospective Interlocutors enter the same e-mail in the quiz as the one they used in their application.

The quiz can be accessed here.

Step 5

All prospective Interlocutors should record and submit a mock interview. This recording will be used to assess their performance as an Interlocutor. It is important that prospective Interlocutors follow the procedure, as well as some useful tips included below, for recording and submitting a mock interview.

  • Select a volunteer to role-play the ‘candidate’ (their performance is not assessed).
  • Download an LTE Speaking practice paper and study the Interlocutor script.
    • Think of appropriate follow-up questions that may be required during Part 2 of the exam.
  • Prepare the exam space (paper, pencil/pen, recording equipment, timer) and make sure everything is working correctly.
    • Rehearse the exam with your volunteer.
    • Do not use a script for the mock candidate to read during the interview. It will feel unnatural, and you will not be able to demonstrate your full skills.
  • Record the mock interview using a suitable recording device (recordings made with mobile phones are acceptable).
    • Listen to the recording and, if you think either the interview or the quality of the recording is not satisfactory, re-record the interview until you are happy with it.
  • Email an audio file of the recording to interlocutors@peoplecert.org, referencing the exam name and the practice paper used (e.g., LTE Speaking, PP1). Audio files must be submitted in either .mp3, .m4a or .wma formats. The recorded interview must be sent as one audio file containing all three parts of the mock speaking exam.

Next Steps

Prospective LanguageCert Interlocutors who submit their recording receive a feedback form with comments via email within five working days. 

‘To standard’ recordings
Prospective Interlocutors whose recordings are ‘to standard’ will receive their Approved Interlocutor Certificate and an automated link to register their credentials on LanguageCert’s Exams platform.

‘Below standard’ recordings
Prospective Interlocutors whose recordings are ‘below standard’ will need to submit a different recording, taking into consideration the comments outlined in the feedback form.