Practice for part 3 of the speaking paper with this sample exam question all about working from home. Part 3 requires candidates to express their opinions clearly and engage in a discussion with their partner. So it is important that candidates are comfortable asking for opinions, agreeing, disagreeing and commenting on what other people say.
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 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 two things do you think are the most common reasons people choose to work from home?”
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 would say that a flexible schedule is one of the biggest reasons people choose to work from home. It gives them the ability to manage their work and home life much better. Don’t you think?
I think that working from home can be more productive, but it depends on the job and where you are working at home. For example if you have your own office at home then there will probably be much less distractions, but if you are working in the living room, and maybe you have children it would be very difficult to be more productive. So yeh, as for children, do you think they are a reason to work from home?
Well, I think they are all important reasons to work from home, but I would say that travel and a flexible schedule are the most common reasons people work from home. Do you agree?