This practice exam question for part 3 of the speaking paper is about losing weight. In this part of the exam it is very important to interact with your partner and show how well you can communicate in a discussion setting.
Speaking Paper Part 3: Phrases
Here are some useful phrases candidates can use to help them with this part of the exam:
When doing this practice question you should try by first giving your opinion, including reasons for you opinion, for each prompt. You should aim to spend around 2-3 minutes talking about all five prompts.
Further down the page you will see three different audios of your partner expressing their opinion and then asking you to speak. Listen carefully to what your partner says, comment on what they say where appropriate, express your agreement or disagreement about what they have said and finally give your own opinion.
Interaction Practice: Audio One
In the following audio you will listen to a person (your partner) speak about one of the prompts of the question, then will bring you into the conversation. They may ask things like “Do you agree?”, “What do you think?”, “What’s your opinion this?” or something similar.
You need to practice continuing the conversation after “your partner” brings you into the conversation. Try where possible to reference what your partner has said to show your agreement, disagreement or similarities to another prompt they may ask you to talk about.
Interaction Practice: Audio Two
You will hear a different person talk about one of the prompts in the question, and bring you into the conversation like in the previous audio.
Interaction Practice: Audio Three
The examiner has now asked you and your partner the following question:
“What is the most effective way to lose weight?”
You will hear your partner give their opinion about the decision question and then bring you into the conversation. Try and comment on what your partner has said and then give your own opinion.
I think the most common way is to go on a diet. I would say it is the easiest thing to implement into your lifestyle, because it doesn’t require any time, you just need be very motivated. What do you think?
I think running can be good like any exercise, but it really depends on the type of person you are and what you enjoy doing. If you like running then I think it’s a great way to lose weight, but if you are only doing it to lose weight and not because you enjoy it then you will probably give up after a while. What would you say about having a personal trainer?
I think the most effective way to lose weight is with a healthy balanced diet. If you are eating a good diet, then you will lose weight, but if you are just running or going to the gym and still eating bad food then it will still be difficult to lose weight. What would you say?