This B2 First sample question for part 3 of the speaking paper is all about the environment, and specifically related to young people. In part 3 of the speaking paper it is important for candidates to be able to take part in a discussion with their partner. They will be marked on how well they communicate and interact with their partner so should practice different ways of asking for their partners opinion, agreeing or disagreeing and responding to what their partners has said.
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:
“Which are the best two things to get young people interested in environmental issues?”
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.
In my opinion I think that nowadays celebrities are very important in getting children interested in the environment. Because of the internet and social media young people are much more connected with celebrities in the past and many young people look up to them, so if they see their favourite singer or actor talking about the environment or doing things to help the environment then it will encourage them to do the same. Would you agree?
I would probably say that TV isn’t going to have a big impact because I don’t think young people watch that much TV nowadays. I think that most children and teenagers nowadays are playing computer games or on social media so anything on the TV wouldn’t really…well, I suppose they wouldn’t watch it. I think education as school is probably a better way, don’t you think?
Well, personally I think we can rule out TV and workshops. I would definitely say celebrities are the best way to get young people interested, so then for me it would be a choice between school and outdoor activities. What’s your take?