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This post offers English learners an example of collaborative task (Part 3) and the discussion (Part 4) that are in the B2 FIRST. These are the 3rd and 4th tasks in the speaking exam (HERE) that learners must carry out.

In this part of the exam the two candidates are to speak together about a situation for about two minutes. They should discuss the situation and take into account all of the 5 options provided. In the end they have about one minute to come to a conclusion (agree or disagree HERE). The way this exercise is assessed is simple (see the link for more details HERE).

The interlocutor will describe the task and then the candidates have about 15 seconds to look at the information, then the should debate the topic for about 2-3 minutes. The examiners are not involved in the task and the candidates are to interact independently until the examiner says “thank you”.

Example 17

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

I’d like you to imagine that you are talking about environmental issues. Here are some of the ideas you could be thinking about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.


How can we get more young people interested in environmental issues?


  • outings to the countryside
  • workshops
  • media campaigns
  • visits to museums
  • talks in schools and universities


Now, talk to each other about what would make more young people take an interest in the environment.


Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which is the most effective way to get young people to think about the environment.


Thank you.


Discuss these questions

  1. Some people think that you cannot look after the environment and have a good quality of life. What do you think?
  2. How do most people try to avoid contaminating the planet?
  3. Do you think most people care about our planet enough to try to save it?


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