C1 ADVANCED COLLABORATIVE TASKS

The third part of the CAE exam is based on interaction with your partner. You need to focus on developing a simple, yet fluent conversation with your partner, in which, the examiner will assess your ability to “initiate and respond, develop a topic, negotiate an outcome”.

 

There are some simple things that you can do to make this part of the exam a lot easier:

  1. Practice question formation and ask all types of questions (short, full, negative, question tags)
  2. Context. If you give the situation a context it is much easier to discuss. Make the situation personal and act it out like a role-play.
  3. Hypothetical tenses. Use hypothetical grammar forms (2nd and 3rd conditional, wish, if only) to help develop the content.
  4. Make your points and give reasons for your answers. It is important to use examples like past experiences to reinforce your opinions.
  5. Disagree! At the beginning, it is much easier if you purposely disagree with your partner. See phrases for agreement and disagreement (HERE)

 

This part of the exam is informal. You can interrupt and use colloquial forms to make your points. Try to relax and enjoy this part of the exam. If it seems like a natural conversation with a friend, it will get a much better grade. This part of the exam is not concerned with accuracy, but interaction and fluency. You want the examiner to think that you speak English on a daily basis and that you enjoy using it.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:

Interactive communication

Interacts with ease, linking contributions to those of other speakers. Widens the scope of the interaction and negotiates towards an outcome. This means that the candidate can both interact with their partner and the interlocutor with ease. All factors contribute to this part of the evaluation, including body language, eagerness to speak and attitude. You must make sure that you have practiced the exam format and that you complete each task to the required level.

 

CHECK OUT OUR POST ON THE C1 ADVANCED SPEAKING EXAM (HERE)

 

HOW IT WORKS:

Discuss the situation with your partner for two minutes, then you will have one minute to give a conclusion. You should focus your attention on these grammar points: cleft sentencesconditionalsmodal verbswish and relative clauses

 

EXAM QUESTION:

Practice this question with a partner and try to come to a conclusion

 

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Here are some ideas for you to talk about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now. I’d like you to talk about life events

 

How far could these life events change a person’s way of life?

 

  • moving out of the family home
  • having a kid
  • starting a new job
  • going to university
  • making a new friend

 

Discuss the following questions, in order, as appropriate:

  1. Some people say that humans hate change. What do you think?
  2. Do you prefer to stick to the same activities or to mix it up?
  3. What is the most interesting event that changed your life for the better?
  4. What is the most dramatic event that changed your life for the worse?
  5. Who has had the biggest influence on the way you lead your life?

 

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EXAM QUESTION:

Practice this question with a partner and try to come to a conclusion

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Here are some ideas for you to talk about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now. I’d like you to talk about people’s career choices

 

How could these factors affect a person’s career choice?

 

  • Financial constraints
  • time
  • location
  • family values 
  • peer pressure

 

Discuss the following questions, in order, as appropriate:

  1. Some people say that money is all that matters in making a choice about your career. Would you agree?
  2. Do you let your friends and family influence your life decisions?
  3. Who has had the biggest impact on helping you to decide what you want to do for a living?
  4. How far do you agree that all jobs can be worthwhile of you do them well?
  5. Would you prefer to be good at a mediocre job or be mediocre at an important job?

 

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EXAM QUESTION:

Practice this question with a partner and try to come to a conclusion

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Here are some ideas for you to talk about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now. I’d like you to talk about relationships and family related issues

 

What kinds of issues might arise from cracks in these relationships?

 

  • Siblings
  • Housemates
  • Workmates
  • Neighbours
  • Parents and teenage offspring

 

Discuss the following questions, in order, as appropriate:

  1. Some people say that it is tough to work with friends or family. Do you have a similar opinion?
  2. Do you prefer spending time with friends or family when you want to have a good time?
  3. Your siblings are the most important people in your life and those that are most likely to stick by you during times of trouble. Has this been your experience?
  4. Your parents should guide you to make good decisions, not try to be your friends. Do you agree?
  5. Do you share the opinion that blood is thicker than water and your family is the most important thing in life?

 

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EXAM QUESTION:

Practice this question with a partner and try to come to a conclusion

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Here are some ideas for you to talk about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now. I’d like you to talk about what would make the world a better place

 

What might make the world a better place to live in for everyone?

 

  • Effective leadership
  • An end to world poverty and hunger
  • An end to war
  • Protecting endangered wildlife 
  • Scientific research

 

Discuss the following questions, in order, as appropriate:

  1. Some people seem to believe that war is necessary. Do you agree?
  2. Is our democratic political system broken and destined to failure?
  3. Who holds the key to making the world a better place?
  4. Most people seem to think that the world isn’t fair. What do you reckon?
  5. Would you prefer to conserve the environment or improve our quality of life?

 

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EXAM QUESTION:

Practice this question with a partner and try to come to a conclusion

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Here are some ideas for you to talk about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now. I’d like you to talk about human advancement and standard of living

 

How of these areas of our lives been improved by human progress and technological advancements?

 

  • Transportation
  • Energy production
  • Communication
  • Entertainment
  • Health and well-being

 

Discuss the following questions, in order, as appropriate:

  1. In which ways has technology made our lives easier?
  2. How far would you say that technology has made us negative and superficial?
  3. Some people say that humans are doomed as they cannot do anything in moderation. Do you agree?
  4. Do you think that the way we are communication nowadays is becoming trivial?
  5. Is it easier to keep amused nowadays than it was in the past?

 

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EXAM QUESTION:

Practice this question with a partner and try to come to a conclusion

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Here are some ideas for you to talk about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now. I’d like you to talk about consumerism and our possessions

 

Why might people see these things as essential possessions that they couldn’t do without?

 

  • Mobile/cell phone
  • Credit card
  • Computer
  • Private transportation (car)
  • Stylish clothing

 

Discuss the following questions, in order, as appropriate:

  1. For some reason, many people keep trying to buy happiness. Do you think this is possible?
  2. Would you prefer to have spare money or a loving family?
  3. Why are some people so obsessed with shopping and purchasing things they don’t need?
  4. What things would you struggle to live without?
  5. How can our attachment to possessions cause troubles in our personal relationships?

 

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Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Here are some ideas for you to talk about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now. I’d like you to talk about friendships

 

How effective are these ways of keeping in touch with friends?
  • Correspondents
  • Social Networks
  • Finding a hobby in common
  • Arranging events
  • Videocalls

 

Discuss the following questions, in order, as appropriate:

  • What makes keeping close friends so important?
  • Some people say you are lucky to have just a hand full of close friends in your life. What do you think?
  • Would you rather have plenty of friends or just a few close ones?
  • Why do some people value their friends over their family members?
  • What kinds of experiences are great for making friends?

 

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Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

Here are some ideas for you to talk about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now. I’d like you to talk about opportunity and chance

 

What do we need to stand a good chance of achieving our goals in life?
  • Luck
  • Confidence
  • Contacts
  • Perseverance
  • support

 

Discuss the following questions, in order, as appropriate:

  • Does luck exist or do we make our own luck?
  • Is there anything that you stand no chance of achieving?
  • Why is it so awkward to set goals in life?
  • Could you shed some light on what you dream to achieve in life?
  • How far do you agree with the belief that we control little in our life and everything happens for a reason?

 

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