A dialogue taken from a recent exam of the speaking test first b2.

FCE First Certificate Course Lesson 5

Dialogue lesson 5

Dialogue 5: Vocabulary and structures

As Susan mentioned that she had difficulty with describing the pictures in the exam, Gordon suggests working through this part with her, which Susan really appreciates. Gordon takes out 4 pictures from his briefcase and they begin.

GORDON: Ok Susan, so here we have five pictures. These pictures each contain a person in a very different situation. For now, I just want you to describe the people to me and tell me why you think they have chosen to wear the outfits which they have on.

SUSAN: Ok. So, picture 1 shows a man who is wearing a suit. He is standing in front of a room of other men who are sat around a big table, all in suits as well. Therefore, I would say he is a businessman. Perhaps he is giving a conference. Ok, let’s see. The man has grey hair which suggests he is quite old. The suit is black, he is wearing a white shirt and a black tie. And ummm, I don’t know what else to say.

GORDON: Not bad Susan! You gave a physical description by saying a little about what the man looks like and what he is wearing. You also talked about his position in the room and deduced what his situation could be from that. I also advise you to talk about his facial expression as well, so here’s another photo to describe with that in mind.

SUSAN: Ok so here I can see two men who appear to be wearing sporty clothes. One of them is standing up while they other is kneeling down, tying his shoelaces. The man who is kneeling is looking up at the other man and the other man is looking back at him. They are both laughing which suggests they are friends and are enjoying each other’s company. They are both wearing tracksuits and trainers, the standing guy is carrying a holdall, whereas the guy kneeling down has his holdall next to him on the floor. So, I can imagine that they are on their way to or from the gym. They both look about 25 years old. One of them is pale and blonde whereas the other is tanned with very dark hair. If I take a closer look at their faces, I see they are both wearing sunglasses, which suggests it is a sunny day. Um, yes that’s it.

GORDON: Much better Susan! You have described their physical appearance in more detail, have described what they are wearing. You have also described their facial expressions and said what you think this means about their relationship. Ok good, so here is another picture.

SUSAN: Well, this picture shows a man who is dressed up as a clown. He is wearing a red haired curly wig, long striped trousers with braces, a white shirt and an oversized bow tie. He is also wearing massive shoes which I presume is for comical effect and he has his face painted white with a huge red smile painted across the bottom half of his face. He is walking alone on the street, with one hand he appears to be pulling his pants up at the waist which suggests they are too baggy and don’t fit him. With the other hand he is looking at his watch with a worried facial expression, suggesting he is in a rush. It’s possible that he is on the way to a fancy dress party and is running late.

GORDON: Excellent answer Susan, you’re really getting the hang of it now.  Ok so here is the last one.

SUSAN: Right, so this picture shows a young girl, I would say she is about 16 or 17 years old. She is wearing a long dress which is boob tube style. It is detailed with sequins and pearls at the top of the dress then it has a belt at the waist. Below the belt, the dress flows down so it is loose and floaty. The dress is navy blue and looks very smart. She also appears to be wearing high heeled shoes. The girl is smiling and is standing with her hand on her hip, she is looking at the camera which means she is posing for a photograph. She looks very happy, I would guess that she is about to leave for a school dance, it could be her end of school prom, she looks the right age for that. The dress really suits her, she looks very pretty.

GORDON: Excellent Susan, by the end you had really grasped it. So you just need to remember that where descriptions are concerned, if you have a checklist of everything to include, you should be fine. The checklist should have; physical aspects, clothing, facial expressions, positions and relationships. Remember this and you should be fine, good luck!

Vocabulary lesson 5




to appreciate something

to be grateful for, to value


a briefcase

an attaché case, a satchel, a portfolio


an outfit

an ensemble, attire, set of clothes


to wear something

to dress in, to have on, to sport


a suit

an ensemble, attire, set of clothes


in form of

presented as, in a way


to give a conference

to give a formal meeting for discussion


let’s see

let me see


which suggests…

which indicates, leads to the belief…


I don’t know what else to say.

I am not inspired or lost for words.


to advise (verb) / to give advice (noun)

to give guidance, to offer suggestions / help, information, recommendations, guidelines


with that in mind

bearing that in mind


sporty clothes

casual clothing


to stand up

to get up (from)


to kneel down

to go down on one’s knees


to tie one’s shoelaces

to attach, to form a knot or bow with one’s shoelaces


to look up at something

to direct one’s gaze upwards


to look back

to direct one’s gaze backwards


to enjoy each other’s company

to like spending time with each other



brown or browner after exposure to the sun


to take a closer look at

to carry out a more thorough examination


physical appearance

the way that someone or something looks


in more detail

as regards every feature or aspect


facial expressions

making one’s thoughts or feelings known through facial gestures


to be dressed up as

to dress in a special costume for fun or as part of an entertainment


a clown

a comic entertainer



arranged in curls or curves


a wig

artificial hair made to cover the head


the waist

part of the human body below the ribs and above the hips


to pull up

to move upwards


to be in a rush

to be in a hurry


a fancy dress party

a costume party, a theme party


to get the hang of something

to learn how to do something



a small shiny disk sewn on clothing for decoration



a hard lustrous spherical mass


to flow

to hang loosely in a graceful manner


high-heeled shoes

shoes with a high heel



baggy, not tight, loose fitting



light and flimsy


to suit: this suits her

to go well with or enhance the figure of someone


Exam tips 5


Today’s Exam Tip is about Pronunciation: avoid mispronouncing these 40 commonly mispronounced words:












the desert

a dessert

to develop

to dine

a dinner

a draught

























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