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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 37

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 cycling. 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 are the advantages and disadvantages of getting around the city on a bike?

  • The cost
  • Safety concerns
  • Health and fitness
  • The time it takes
  • The environmental factors

 

Now, talk to each other about what the advantages of cycling around the city are. 

…………………………………………………………………………………

Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which is the greatest advantage of cycling around the city.

…………………………………………………………………………………

Thank you.

 

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

  • When did you learn how to ride a bile?
  • How often do you go cycling? 
  • Some people are against cyclists on the road. Why is that?
  • What are the health benefits of cycling? 
  • Why can cycling around the city be dangerous?

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