Speaking: Part 3

In part 3 you’ll have a discussion with the examiner.

The questions you’ll get link to the part 2 topic in some way, but you need to think about society in general, not just about yourself.

In this part of the exam you need to give extended answers. A suggestion is that each answer should be between 6 to 8 sentences in length (around 40 seconds).

Remember, you can’t write anything down in this part of the exam – you need to organise your ideas in your head. This can be difficult after you’ve used so much energy giving answers in part 1 and part 2.

One way to help you give your extended answer is to use the following structure:

  1. Introduction: Introduce your answer (sometimes you can answer/paraphrase the question)
  2. Detail: Give some detail
  3. More detail/An example: My students often find it easier to think of an example than trying to give more detail
  4. End your question: Round off your question – you can paraphrase your introduction

Your introduction could be 1 sentence, your ending could also be 1 sentence. That means you can give 2-3 sentences for both the detail and example.

Tip: Use this structure as you continue to practice for the exam. Write down key words and phrases, but avoid writing full sentences – in the exam you can’t write anything down here anyway!

Bonus tip: This structure is also useful for arranging your ideas in Task 2 of the writing exam.

Let’s take a look at this sample part 3 question:

Q. Is music from your country popular elsewhere?

Imagine that you’re from Korea – here’s an idea of what you could say:

Introduction – Thanks to the influence of Hallyu, or the Korean Wave, the world has become increasingly aware of Korean music.  (1 sentence)

  1. Detail – Korean pop or K-pop has become a genre in its own right and K-pop stars have a huge global following, especially in South-East Asia. These fans follow their idols on social media, liking and commenting on every video. Some die-hard supporters even learn the language and travel to Seoul to see their favourite artists live in concert. (3 sentences)
  2. More detail/an example – A prime example of the popularity of Korean music is the song “Gangnam Style” by Psy. This was a worldwide hit – it went viral on YouTube and was the first video to ever get more than 1 billion views – that in itself is quite an achievement. It’s a real earworm, and as cheesy as it is, it’s really contributed to raising the profile of our music in new markets. (3 sentences)
  3. End – I’d definitely agree that music from my country is popular abroad. (1 sentence)

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