Part 2, b

Student A will open the discussion about pictures A and B and will invite Student B to take part in the conversation, using the guides given.

Look at pictures A and B and describe the jobs the two people are doing with your partner.


Picture A shows …

Yes, and picture B shows …

What difficulties do you think the person in picture B faces in her working day?

I imagine … (To partner) What’s your opinion? Also, I suppose …

Do you think the job in picture A is as glamorous and exciting as it looks?

It depends … (To partner) What do you think?

The best thing about it is … but … / Personally, I think that …

Which job is more rewarding? Why?

I would rather. … because … (To partner) Do you agree?

Yes, I do … because … / No, I don ‘t … because …

What personal qualities do you think are needed for each job?

I suppose that… (To partner) Can you think of anything else?
Yes, and also …

In your opinion, which job has better long-term career prospects?

In my opinion, … because … (To partner) What do you think?
Well, I think that …

Do you believe that earning a lot of money is more important than job satisfaction? Why?

It depends …

Yes, I agree … I No, I don’t agree. In my opinion, …

Useful words

personal satisfaction
long training
under pressure
a good figure

Now swap roles. Student B must open the discussion about pictures C and D and invite Student A to take part, using the guides given.

Look at pictures C and D with your partner and describe the jobs the two people are doing.


Picture C is a photograph of …

Yes, and picture D is a photograph of …

Which person do you think enjoys his job most?

I imagine that … because … (To partner) What’s your opinion?

Which job do you think is most stressful? Why?

I think that … (To partner) Do you agree? It depends …

Which occupation do you think requires the most training and experience?

I suppose … such as … I agree, but … like …

Do you think that you would enjoy an outdoor job or do you want to work in an office?

I would like … because … (To partner) What about you? Well, I think that … because …

C Conversational development

Expand your conversation with your partner using these questions as a guide. Take it in turns to answer the questions first.

Which of the four jobs would you prefer to do and why?

Well, I’d like … because …

Which job would you not like to do? Why?

I don’t like … much … so …

Would you like to work abroad? Why?

Well, I think …

How important is a knowledge of English for finding a job?

I suppose that …

Useful words

fresh air
bad weather
hard life
career prospects
mentally demanding

Further practice

Now ask and answer questions about the job you would like to do when you leave school, such as what extra training you need, what the job involves, why you want the job, if it’s difficult to get the job, which school subjects will be most useful to you, etc.

Part 2, (cont)

Discuss the following questions with your partner.

How often do you go on holiday?

Where do you usually go? What do you do?

Do you enjoy going on holiday? Why?

Have you ever had a holiday which you didn’t enjoy? What went wrong?

What would your ideal holiday be like?

Answer the following questions. You can discuss them with your partner.

Look at pictures A and B and describe the kind of holiday they represent.


Picture A shows … ; this is the kind of holiday where you … whereas picture B …

Which of the two holidays would you enjoy most? Why?

I think I’d enjoy … because …

Explain why you would not be so interested in the other kind of holiday.

Well, I’m not very keen on .. / I don’t particularly like …

Have you ever been on a holiday like the one shown in picture A or B? If so, what was it like?

I remember … It was (not) what I expected. .. First of all, … and then. ..

Why do you think holidays are important?

There are many reasons why. First of all, …

Pictures C and D

Now answer the questions without the help of introductory words. Try to think of phrases you have already been taught how to use.

If you’re not sure a/the best way to say something, use different words to explain it but keep talking.

Look at pictures C and D. Compare and contrast the two different types of holiday shown.

Which holiday looks more attractive to you? Why?

Have you ever been on a holiday like the kind shown in pictures C or D? Where? Did you enjoy the experience?

Do you think that holidays have to be expensive to be enjoyable?

Would you prefer to go on holiday with your friends or with your family?

Conversational development

Now begin a conversation with a partner and try to develop it using these questions. Remember to ask your partner questions and to invite them to speak. Use phrases and questions which you learnt in earlier units, such as ‘how about you?’, ‘don’t you agree?’, ‘what do you think?” ‘what’s your opinion ?” ,etc.

Do you prefer beach holidays or educational and cultural holidays? Why?

Do you prefer to be on a holiday where everything is done for you or where you have to look after yourself? Explain why.

Do you think that some holidays are more suitable for older people and others for younger people? Explain your answer.

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of tourism.

What can we learn from going on holiday abroad?

Useful words

luxury hotel
have to be strong/fit/brave
take risks
go sightseeing
learn about the past history
out in the open
doing things for yourselves
living together
free to do as you like
package tour
everything provided
told what to do

Remember that during the first part of the FCE oral examination the examiner will ask you about yourself. This unit concentrates on the possibility that you will be asked questions about leisure.

Discuss the following questions.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Are there any leisure activities that you would like to do but have never tried?
Are there any leisure activities which do not appeal to you at all? Explain why you don’t want to try them.
Why is it important to spend some time in the day relaxing?
Do you think that leisure activities have to be expensive to be enjoyable? Why (not)?

As you have learnt in earlier units, there will be four photographs at the oral interview. Each candidate will be asked questions about their own two photographs. You are not invited to have a discussion with the other candidate until you have both finished talking about the photographs which have been given to each of you.

Practise answering questions about the photographs in this unit on your own, without the help of a partner, as in the exam.

Pictures A and B
Look at pictures A and B. Compare and contrast the two leisure activities.

Picture A shows … but …

Which activity appeals to you most? Why?

I would rather … because …

What sort of person do you think would enjoy doing the leisure activity in picture B?

I suppose …

Do you prefer physically challenging or mentally creative leisure activities?

I prefer … , such as … , because …

Do you like outdoor leisure activities more than indoor ones? Why (not)?

I like … because … / I like both but I prefer …

How much time do you have to spend on your favourite leisure activity?

Well, it depends … / Sometimes I have … / Not as much as I’d like because …

Pictures C and D

Now answer the following questions about pictures C and D without the help of the suggested opening words. Try to remember the phrases you can use to make your answer sound more interesting. You still have the list of useful words to help you with your answer.

Look at pictures C and D. Compare and contrast the leisure activities shown.


Which free time activity appeals to you most? Why?

Do you prefer to spend your free time alone or with other people?

Do you prefer energetic or relaxing leisure activities? What is more important / emjoyable, to exercise the body or the mind?

How important is leisure time in your life? Why?

Would you be happy if life was all free time?

Useful words

take up a hobby
a break
from everyday routine
sport games
team activity
creative skill
do things together
part of a team
broadens the mind
by myself
team games
fond of
wouldn’t mind trying

Answer the following questions about pictures A and B. Try to think of things to say and remember to use the list of useful words to help you. The first three questions have introductory words to help you reply. Try to think of your own words when answering the last three questions.

Look at pictures A and B and describe the scene in each picture.


In the first picture there is … whereas …

The main/Another difference between picture A and picture B is that …

What personal qualities are needed for the sport in each picture?

I would imagine that … whereas …

Have you ever tried either of these sports? If not, would you like to try either of them?

I’ve tried … / I haven’t tried … but I’d love to … / I’m not keen on …

Do you prefer to take part just for fun or to compete with others? Why (not)?

Would you rather play in a team game or do something on your own?

What are the advantages of taking regular exercise?

Conversational development

Now try to develop a conversation with a partner. Remember to ask your partner questions, such as ‘what do you think?’, ‘do you agree?’, ‘what’s your opinion?’. Remember that you’re having a conversation, so don’t just answer the question as though it was only directed at you. Invite your partner to speak, too.

Do you think people play enough sport or take enough exercise?

How can people be encouraged to take more regular exercise?

Do you think that too much sport can be bad for your health? WhylHow?

Should the government give financial support to professional sports people? Why (not)?

Should dangerous sports be allowed?

Do you think sport is an important part of the school timetable? Why (not)?

Useful words

basketball player
excited fans
team spirit
team sports
physical fitness
national pride
positive attitude
time to think


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