BULATS- Speaking about your Training


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Published: 21st Feb 2011

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BULATS Speaking practice on the topic of training- Student A (Examiner)
Part One
After asking some general questions about your partner’s name and home(s), ask some of the 
questions about training below for about two minutes (because there is only one topic).

What did you study at university?

What training do people with your job usually do?

Are you planning to take any courses in the future?

Are you studying anything at the moment?

Did you have any training when you first joined your company? (What did you think of it?)

Part Two
Tell your partner “Choose one of the two topics on this worksheet to talk about for one minute. You 
have one minute to prepare what you are going to say. You can make notes to help you if you like” 
and hand them the Student B Worksheet to prepare. After one minute ask them “Which topic did 
you choose?” and prompt them to start speaking.  

Describe a course that you attended. 
You should say:

what it was about


what you did on the course


how it was assessed

Were you satisfied with the course? Give reasons for your answer
Describe a self-study book that you have used.
Please include:

why you chose that book


what things it included


how useful it was

And please say who you would recommend that book to and why. 

Stop your partner after one minute and ask one or two questions about what they said during their 
presentation, e.g. 
“You said… Do you think…?” or “Why do you think that…?”

Part Three
Tell your partner “Now we are going to have a conversation together. You are planning to organise 
a conference and I am someone who works for a conference centre. Ask me for some information 
about my conference centre, including the questions on this sheet.” Let your partner lead the 
conversation. Answer questions from your partner about the things below, or any other questions 
they ask. Use the information below and make up any answers which are not written there. 

The sizes of rooms that are available: One room for up to 250 people, seven rooms for up to 50 
people, and ten smaller meeting rooms
Equipment and catering available:  You only offer hot drinks and snacks, but can recommend 
outside caterers who can supply lunch buffets etc. 
Costs: Please make up your own answers

Then discuss this question with your partner: 
What makes a good conference? 

You can also give your opinion, but make sure that your partner does most of the speaking. Ask 
further questions on this topic if you need to. 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2011

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