Cambridge Proficiency Speaking Part Three on families and relationships

CPE Speaking Part Three Examiner’s script

“Now, in this part of the test you’re each going to talk on your own for about two minutes. You need to listen while your partner is speaking because you’ll be asked to comment afterwards.

So, (name of Candidate A) I’m going to give you a card with a question written on it and I’d like you to tell us what you think. There are also some ideas on the card for you to use if you like.

All right? Here is your card, and a copy for you (name of Candidate B).

Remember, you have about two minutes to talk before we join in.”

(After two minutes) “Thank you.”

“(Name of Candidate B) wh…/ how/ do/ are/ is/ should…?” (question about what Candidate A just said)

(Name of Candidate A) “What do you think?”/ “Do you agree?”/ “How about you?”

(After about one minute) “Thank you” (taking back the cards)

“Now, (name of Candidate B), it’s your turn to be given a question. Here is your card, and a copy for you (name of Candidate A).

Remember (name of Candidate B), you have about two minutes to tell us what you think, and there are some ideas on the card for you to use if you like. All right?”

(After two minutes) “Thank you.”

“(Name of Candidate A) wh…/ how/ do/ are/ is/ should…?” (question about what Candidate B just said)

(Name of Candidate B) “What do you think?”/ “Do you agree?”/ “How about you?”

(After about one minute) “Thank you” (taking back the cards)

“Now, to finish the test, we are going to talk about ‘families and relationships’ in general.”

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CPE Speaking Part Three prompt cards on families and relationships

Based on real CPE Speaking exam tasks

What helps people get on better with their families?

activities

attitudes

personality

 

How important is it to socialise with your colleagues?

communication

unwinding

team building

 

Is it better to pay children to do housework or just to make them do it?

getting the housework done well and efficiently

conflict

their future lives

 

What are the advantages and disadvantages of living near your parents?

supporting each other

conflict

dependence and independence

 

What can be gained by children moving away from home to go to university?

life skills

relationships

studying

 

How easy is it to get a group of people to work together smoothly?

team building

roles

rules

 

What part should a couple’s parents play in their marriage?

advice

practical help

finances

 

What are the most important qualities needed to be a good father?

character

attitudes

actions

 

 

 

 

Which is preferable in a family, each children having their own bedroom as soon as possible, or a child sharing a bedroom with someone else?

sharing

conflict

using the space in the house

 

How much influence does money have on people’s marriages and other romantic relationships?

choosing a partner

have a happy relationship

ending a relationship

 

Why is it important for people to get married instead of just living together?

the law

finances

society

 

What creates a successful relationship with a boss?

respect

management skills

company policies

 

Why do some people never have children?

beliefs

choices

circumstances

 

What responsibilities do grandparents have towards their grandchildren?

financial

practical

emotional

Write more tasks like those above, on the same or different topics, for example:

Major life events                                          The future                                       Nature

Food and drink                              Consumerism                  Music                  Decisions

Then test your partner or another group with them.

Ask each other questions about science from the list below.

At what age…?

Do … need to…?

Do you think it is true that…?

Do you think men and women…?

How can people…?

How do… benefit from…?

How important do you think… is?

In a global world, should…?

In the past,… Is this a good thing do you think?

In what ways do people need to…?

Is it better to… or…?

Is it easier to… or…?

Is it more important for children to… or…?

Is it more important for… to… or…?

Is it natural for… to…?

Is it sometimes good to…?

Should (all) children be expected to…?

Some people say that… What do you think?

Sometimes… What do you think about that?

Today,…  Is this a good thing in your view?

What can… learn from…?

What do you think is the best… for…?

What is the appeal of…?

What is the best way to…?

What makes some people…?

What role does… play in…?

What… has had the greatest impact on…?

Why are so many people interested in…?

Why can…?

Why do some people prefer not to…?

Would… be better if…?

Ask about any questions above which you couldn’t understand, couldn’t make questions out of, or couldn’t answer.

Ask each other questions about science from the list below.

At what age would you say it is best to leave home?

Do people need training in how to be parents?

Do you think it is true that leadership skills are innate and can’t be learnt?

How can people improve a bad relationship with their in-laws?

How do children benefit from helping out around the house?

How important do you think people’s extended families are nowadays?

In our hyper-connected world, are school friends as important as they once were?

In the past, people tended to live closer to their families. Was this a good thing, do you think?

In what ways do people need to change in order to have successful relationships at work?

Is it better to become a parent when you are still quite young or to wait until you are older?

Is it easier to find a life partner nowadays, or was it easier in the past?

Is it more important for young children to spend their free time with their friends or family?

Is it natural for teenagers to rebel against their parents?

Is it sometimes good for families to spend their vacations separately?

Should children be expected to buy some things with their own money?

Some people say that children should be forced to look after their parents when they get old. What do you think?

Sometimes people try to find alternatives to normal households such as multiple-family households. What do you think about that?

Today, more and more people are divorcing rather than continuing with unsatisfactory marriages. Is this a good thing in your view?

What can children learn from having siblings?

What do you think the best advice is for someone who has reached middle age without meeting “the right person”?

What is the appeal of having a big wedding?

What is the best way to make friends?

What makes some people better at mixing at parties than others?

What role could the government play in boosting the birth rate?

Why are so many people interested in the love lives of famous people?

Ask about any questions above which you can’t understand or couldn’t answer.

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