Paper 3 - 4 Part A In this part you will have five minutes after you have been given the question to prepare your ideas and jot down some notes to help you remember what you want to say. Be careful not to write down too much as then you will not seem to be reading out something you have prepared. This is not allowed. The discussion must be as natural as possible. After the five minutes is up, you will hold a discussion with two or three other candidates. The discussion will last six minutes. A good performance involves correct pronunciation, suitable intonation, sensible body movement, clear ideas, attention to what other candidates are saying, contributions of a reasonable length (not one or two words only, nor long speeches), well-chosen vocabulary, good grammar, and appropriate use of conventional phrases, such as 'Excuse me', 'Can you please repeat that?', 'Let's move on', 'I agree' and so on. You need to choose one of the following lists of items you would wish to have with you on a tropical desert island. Discuss with your group which would be preferable and explain your choice. List 1 - torch with two spare batteries - 4 large bags of rice - book on survival - 4 hats - a radio receiver - sharp knife - fishing rod - mirror - first-aid kit - compass List 2 - 10 boxes of matches - large tent - 100 cans of tuna - mobile phone - pen and paper - axe - long rope - football - kite - 4 pairs of jeans You may want to talk about - usefulness of an item - how long an item will last - ways in which you will survive - anything else you think important Ideas to help you Note some ideas down and then see if you want to select any of the following to add to your list. List 1 torch: helpful for first nights and caves, but the batteries will soon run out rice: food, but is it possible to cook it? book: may have useful hints, advice on poisonous plants, etc hats: sun will probably be hot, useful, but can be made from banana leaves radio: cannot send signals, no lasting power source knife: useful for opening coconuts, etc fishing rod: can supply food on a long-term basis mirror: can be used to start fires on bright days first-aid kit: useful for cuts, etc compass: useful for finding directions and exploring island, but sun can also be used. List 2 matches: must keep dry, useful for starting fires for cooking tent: tropical climate will mean plenty of rain, may be good shelter tuna: food, but maybe fish is available; can the tins be opened? phone: any reception? Batteries? But there is a small chance of making contact. pen and paper: can keep a personal record and note passage of time axe: useful for cutting firewood rope: many possible uses: climbing, raft, crossing somewhere difficult, etc kite: some possibility for using as a signal if a ship passes football: recreation jeans: island life will be rough on clothes, spare set useful Discussion Strategy There is plenty of content there, but it needs some sort of organisation for you to move towards a decision. You could take it in turns to discuss items and award a score. As you are not allowed to write, keep the system simple, eg. 1 for little use, 2 for moderate, 3 for a lot. One of the group can then keep a score so you know which list is the more valuable. Survival Vocabulary shelter, cave, tree-house, water, stream, gather fruit, fish, hunt, explore, weapons, wild animals, snakes, dry, rescue, fire, cooking, diet Part B In this part the examiner will ask each candidate a question connected to the discussion. Sample questions: Which three items from either list would you choose? What item would you like that is not on either list? What would you fear most if you were on a desert island on your own? Answer the question with some comments. The fishing rod, axe and mirror. Food is the most important thing and if I can catch fish, get wood, build a fire and then light it, I can survive. I can also cut big leaves to build a shelter for myself. The fishing rod and mirror will not run out of power but will last for years, and so will the axe if I keep it sharp. A gun - I don't know how to use one but I think I could soon learn and then I could hunt and protect myself from anything dangerous. Or if I can have a good boat with an engine and plenty of fuel I would like to get far away from that island! The loneliness - I feel sad if I do not see my family or friends for a few hours so I would quickly go mad if I was all alone on an island. Even on a short bus ride I call someone for a chat on the phone. I would die without someone to talk to.