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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 32

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 families. 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 families to spend their weekends doing these things together?

  • going to the theatre
  • going to museums
  • spending time outdoors
  • going on holidays
  • learning how to do new things 

 

Now, talk to each other about the different types of activities that families can spend their weekends doing together.

……………………………………………………………………………………….

Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which is the best activity for families to spend their weekends doing together.

……………………………………………………………………………………….

Thank you.

 

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

  • Is it important to get on well with your family?
  • Some people can’t find enough time to spend time with their families. Why can this happen?
  • Do most families have fun spending time together?
  • Is it easy to find something that everyone likes doing when they spend time together?
  • Why is it important for families to build bonds that will create good memories for the future?

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