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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 33

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 leisure. 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 hard to have fun in your free time without spending a lot of money??

  • doing things with family
  • going out with friends
  • going on trips
  • spending time around the house
  • doing different sports

 

Now, talk to each other about the different types of activities that you can do on a small budget.

……………………………………………………………………………………….

Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which is the best activity to do with little money.

……………………………………………………………………………………….

Thank you.

 

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

  • What do you usually do when you want to spend some time alone?
  • Some people think it is nealy impossible to enjoy your leisure time without spending money. Do you agree?
  • Do you prefer spending your free time alone, with friends or with the family?
  • Are you keen on going out with friends on a night out?
  • What is the most enjoyable way to spend your leisure time?

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