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3.4 Speaking Part 4
In this part the students talk about subjects related to the images we used in part 3.
Let's look at a typical example:
We are asked a general question which we have to discuss with a partner:
Do you think playing board games is sport?
We can use a lot of the ideas we looked at in part 2 here:
A - Would you like to start or shall I?
B - You can start if you like.
A - OK, well even though sitting down to play a board game may not look very sporty, I think board games can be very competitive and that is the same as normal sports. Do you see what I mean?
B - Yes I do, and I think you make a good point, but even though playing board games may be competitive, the idea of doing sport is to get fit, and sitting down to play a board game won't get you fit. What do you think?
A - I think what you say is interesting, but there are many other sports which don't get you fit, like motor racing. Even though getting fit is an important part of sport, there are many other kinds of sport, like archery or bowling.
B - Alright, you make a good point. As you say there are many sports where the players are not fit, so maybe games like chess could be sports. I am happy to accept your point of view.
A - I can also see that even though chess may be a sport, it can't be compared to running a marathon or playing rugby.
NOTE: In all these joint speaking exercises, the examiners are interested in how you communicate with your partner, not only how good your English is. So you need to make an effort to exchange ideas, to agree, and to disagree.
If you think about a game of tennis, the examiner wants to see a good game where both players play well, not how well one player serves.
That means if your partner is having a problem, you get more marks by helping himor her by suggesting an answer or a word, than by showing how good your level is.