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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 29

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 where people live. 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.

 

What things should people think about when choosing where to live?

  • jobs
  • public transport
  • entertainment
  • size of the property
  • who they live with

 

Now, talk to each other about what people need to consider when they are choosing where to live.

……………………………………………………………………………………….

Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which are the two most important things to take into account.

……………………………………………………………………………………….

Thank you.

 

Now, discuss these questions, in order, as appropriate:

  • Where is the best place to live in (your city/town)?
  • Some people live with their parents until they are in their 30s. What do you think about that?
  • Is it a good idea to live abroad at least once in your lifetime?
  • What can be difficult about sharing a house or flat?
  • Who would you live with if you could live with anyone?
  • Where would you most like to live in the world?

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