FCE Speaking Activity

5 May, 2013

FCE Speaking Activity

This post focuses on a FCE speaking activity which is a great way to practice speaking with higher level teens and adults. It is especially good for practicing part 4 of the FCE speaking exam, but can also be used for any speaking practice with higher level students.

Activity Time: 5 mins +

Materials required: A copy of the printable. One card per student. View  / Download
Skills practiced: speaking, fluency
Level: Lower intermediate + adults and teens

 

Method 


1. Print a copy of the following printable opinion cards. Cut them up.

2. Put students into pairs or groups of three.

3. Tell the students that they are going to each receive an opinion card. Tell them that you are going to show them a statement and that you want them to talk about the statement and agree or disagree according to their card. Explain that they must talk in their groups for at least two minutes etc (this should be changed according to time and needs) and give a reason for their opinion.

4. For every statement, students change into new pairs and take a new opinion card.

Conversation Statements
  1. People are never satisfied with what they have.
  2. People should read only those books that are about real life.
  3. It is more important for students to study history.
  4. All students should be required to study art and music in secondary school.
  5. There is nothing that young people can teach older people.
  6. Sports are not important.
  7. Children should be required to help with household tasks as soon as they are able to do so. 
  8. Schools should allow students to study the subjects that students want to study.
  9. Personality is more important than beauty.
  10. Violence is necessary sometimes.
  11. Money is more important than love.
  12. Possession of drugs should require jail time.
  13. Actors are paid too much.
  14. Face-to-face communication is better than other types of communication.
  15. The best way to travel is in a group led by a tour guide.
Opinion cards
 

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

Agree Strongly

Ask the other person lots of questions

          

You don’t have a strong opinion on this subject

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

Agree Strongly

Ask the other person lots of questions

          

You don’t have a strong opinion on this subject
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DavidM

David has been teaching ESL for a number of years across Asia and Europe. He currently lives and works in Seville, Spain where he has been teaching for the past three years. He is currently studying an MA in Digital Technologies, Communication and Education in TESOL.

6 comments

  1. Thanks a lot. Actually I am going to do this activity in my FCE class today and see how it works.

  2. ESL Speaking
    says:

    I really enjoyed using this activity with my university students in Korea. Thank you for the idea.

  3. Yeahh! Definitely it will be really useful for teaching FCE level but doing the first steps, just starting ways of giving opinions to the students. Thank you so much for publishing this wonderful brilliant idea.

  4. Congratulations for publishing this wonderful and useful website for those students who are going to start doing their first steps for preparing for FCE international exams.

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