Practice for part 3 of the speaking paper in the B2 First (FCE) exam with this practice question all about studying abroad where you can practice expressing your opinion as well as “interacting” with your partner.
Part 3 of the speaking paper is the collaborative task where candidates need to discuss the question with their partner/s. Candidates will be marked not only on the content of what they say and how they express their opinion, but also on how well they communicate and interact with their partner.
Speaking Paper Part 3: Phrases
Check out the infographic below for some useful phrases that you can use to help you interact with your partner in the exam:
Below is a typical question that you might see in the exam. Firstly you should practice on your own expressing your opinion about each prompt. Try and give clear reasons for you opinion in each case. You should aim to spend around 2-3 minutes talking about all five prompts.
Further down the page you will see three different audios. These audios are of your partner expressing their opinion and then asking you to speak. You should 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 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 your partner 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 do you think is the most difficult problem students have when studying in a different country”
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.
Try and repeat this exercise as much as possible until you are comfortable and confident explaining your opinions and responding to your partner.
Well, I think not being able to speak or understand the language well would be a big problem, not only when studying, but also in day to day life. Would you agree?
I would say that being away from home, especially if it is for the first time, could be a big problem. You are in a different country, surrounded by people you don’t know and who may not speak your language, and I think it would be very difficult. So yeah, I think missing home could be a big problem. And with the language, well, what do you think about language?
For me I think missing home would be the biggest problem, but I suppose in general I guess the language could be the biggest problem, then again making friends is another big problem, so I’m not very sure to be honest. What would you say?