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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 34

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 holidays. 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 to plan a trip in advance or decide what to do at the last minute?

  • having time to pack
  • finding cheap flights
  • taking the weather into account
  • finding accommodation
  • making arrangements with other people

 

Now, talk to each other about what you need to take into account when planning a trip.

……………………………………………………………………………………….

Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which is the most important thing to arrange in advance.

……………………………………………………………………………………….

Thank you.

 

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

  • Where do you usually spend your vacations?
  • What’s the best trip you have ever been on?
  • Some people prefer to travel with friends and family and others alone. Which do you prefer?
  • Is travel a priority for you?
  • Why is travelling abroad so popular nowadays?

 

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