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What’s in Speaking Part 4 (Discussion)? | B2 First (FCE)

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B2 First (FCE): Speaking - All Parts
B2 First (FCE): Speaking Part 4 - Format
B2 First (FCE): Speaking Part 4 - Speaking Questions
B2 First (FCE): Speaking Part 4 - FAQ 

B2 First (FCE): Speaking – All Parts

  1. Part 1 (Interview)
  2. Part 2 (Long turn)
  3. Part 3 (Collaborative task)
  4. Part 4 (Discussion)

B2 First (FCE): Speaking Part 4 – Format

Further discussion with the other candidate, guided by speaking 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 speaking 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 First (FCE): Speaking Part 4 – Speaking Questions

Below you will find sample speaking questions that may appear on the Cambridge exam:

  • 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?

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Speaking Practice (On-line)

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Use our base of questions/topics to prepare for your speaking exam

  • 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?

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B2 First (FCE): Speaking Part 4 – FAQ 

What do I have to practise?

Expressing and justifying opinions, agreeing and/or disagreeing.

How long do I have to speak?

4 minutes

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