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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 36

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 English. 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.

 

Is it a good idea for people to do these things when they want to learn English?

  • listen to English music
  • watch English language films
  • have conversations in English
  • read English blogs on the internet
  • go on trips to English speaking countries

 

Now, talk to each other about what you need to do to learn English effectively.

……………………………………………………………………………………….

Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which is the most important thing to do when you are learning English.

……………………………………………………………………………………….

Thank you.

 

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

  • How long have you been learning English?
  • What do you like and dislike about learning English?
  • Some people say that anyone can learn English with practice. Do you agree?
  • Some people think that learning English is easier as a child. What do you think?
  • Will English be useful for you in the future?
  • How often do you use your English?

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