B2 (FCE): What’s in the Speaking paper?
B2 (FCE): What’s in Part 4?
Further discussion with the other candidate, guided by questions from the examiner, about the topics or issues raised in the task in Part 3.
- Always give as full an answer as possible.
- Remember there are no right answers to any questions, so you only get judged on your use of language, not your opinions themselves.
- If you honestly do not know much about a particular question, you will not lose marks by being honest with the examiner and telling him/her so; however, always show off your English as much as possible when you have got something to say.
B2 (FCE): Example questions/topics
- Do you spend a lot of time watching television?
- What do you think about advertising on television; does it influence you?
- Do you think young people who watch a lot of violence on TV are more likely to be violent themselves?
- Why do you think watching television is such a popular pastime?
- Do people of different ages always have different interests?
- What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with your parents?
- When you go out with your friends, how do you decide what to do?
- Do you enjoy going on excursions with a large group or do you prefer going by yourself or with a friend?
- Do you think it is more difficult living in the countryside or in a big city? Why?
- Would it be easier for a foreign visitor to fit in a city or a village?
- Are there different social problems in cities and in the countryside? What are they?
- Where do you think most people will live in the future?
- Air travel is very bad for the environment; so, is it wrong to fly abroad for a holiday?
- Many plants and animals are going extinct. Is this a problem?
- Do you think individual action can save the environment?
- How is the climate likely to change in the future due to global warming?
- Do you think sport has an age limit, or should everyone be able to take part?
- In the sport world, is winning all that matters?
- Why do you think football fans so often become violent?
- Why do you think sports people feel the need to take performance-enhancing drugs?
- Why do you think there are regulations in place to control advertising?
- Do you think the media has a big impact on our everyday lives?
- Can you describe the most memorable advertisement you have seen?
- Have you ever bought something because of an advertisement that you saw?
- Why do you think it is beneficial for young people to engage in new activities?
- Can artistic or musical skills be learned or are they something people either can or cannot do?
- Should people try to learn things that are hard for them, or should they focus on what they are good at?
- Are you ever too old to learn something new?
- Do you think looking good is important? Why/why not?
- Do you think there is too much pressure on young people to look a certain way?
- What do you think about fashion and the fashion industry?
- Have you ever judged someone solely by their appearance and been incorrect?
- What do you think about internet access being restricted in some countries of the world?
- Are blogs, instant messaging and social networking sites threatening traditional face-to-face communication?
- Technology creates more problems than it solves. Do you agree or disagree?
- Can you think of an example of technology that should never have been created?
- How could the environment be improved in your city?
- Are open spaces and parks important for our cities? Why / why not?
- What can be done to make dangerous areas in a city safer?
- When lots of people move into the suburbs, how does this change a city centre?
- Do you think preserving a city’s history is important?
B2 (FCE): FAQ Speaking Part 4
What do I have to practise?
Expressing and justifying opinions, agreeing and/or disagreeing.
How long do I have to speak?