4.3.1 Part 3: Two-way discussion
Length: 4-5 minutes
The questions in part three will be loosely connected to the topic that you spoke about in Part 2. They will become more and more complex and abstract as you go along. You will need to be able to express and justify your opinions, analyze, discuss and speculate on given subjects.
If your long turn was about a beautiful place to visit in your city, this section might begin by talking about beautiful places and the first question might be, “Do you think it’s important to maintain beautiful places in cities?”
The examiner will speak more with you in this section and may challenge your opinions to see how well you are able to converse about abstract ideas versus the personal topics contained in Parts 1 and 2.
4.3.2 Tips for doing well in Part 3:
- Support and extend your answers. State your opinions clearly and provide examples and reasoning as you talk.
You do not have to believe your opinion, or you might not have one, so turn to what you think others are saying about the subject and create a line of reasoning from that.
Remember the more you say, the more you show how you can use English to communicate.
- Avoid long pauses. It is okay to pause to think but don’t let too much time pass without speaking.
It is good to have some fillers or stalling phrases that will give you time to formulate your answer. Phrases like, “That’s an excellent question . . .”, “Where should I start, let me see . . .”, “I need a couple of seconds to think about that but . . .”
- Ask for clarification. Be sure you understand the question before you answer so that your response is relevant. It’s okay to say something like - “I’m sorry, can you please repeat that?”, or “If I understand you correctly, you want to know . . . “, or “Do you mean . . .?”
- Paraphrase or explain what you are trying to say instead of giving up if you forget a word in English. If you forget the word for “iron”, for example, you could say, “the tool you use to take the wrinkles out of your clothing, you know, it heats up and you press it on the material, oh yes, it’s called an iron”. You will be rewarded for finding ways to express what you are thinking and penalized if you just say that you don’t know how to say it.
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