B2 Drinking Water

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drinking waterRead an article about the importance of drinking water for the B2 First Use of English Part 2 which explains why all people should have a supply of clean water. The exercise is set at an Upper Intermediate Level of English.

This exercise consists of an article about the importance of drinking water in which there are 8 gaps. Each gap represents a missing word or phrase.

B2 Drinking Water

Fill in the missing words.

Water is an essential part of life. All plants and animals, including humans, contain a great deal (1) water. More (2) two-thirds of the human body is composed of water.

Without water, humans, animals and plants cannot survive. People cannot live (3) more than four days without water. However, they can stay alive much longer than that without food.

Water covers a large part of the earth. Indeed, there is much more water than land. Oceans and seas cover more than 70% of (4) surface of the earth.

Because water is so common (5) many parts of the world, we often take it for granted. Unfortunately, not everyone is so lucky. In many countries, (6) as East Africa, there is often a drought, which could lead to famine because crops die without water. Also, not all water is safe to drink (7) to the fact that it contains dangerous bacteria and harmful chemicals.

It is tragic (8) so many people do not have access to clean drinkable supply of water. The more prosperous governments of the world should offer aid to help poorer countries to provide a safe water supply.

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readingB2 First Use of English and Reading Section

You need to be able to understand a range of texts, including how they are organised and the opinions and attitudes expressed in them. The texts will be from sources familiar to you such as magazines, articles, fiction and advertisements, but targeted at the interests of students.

Students’ use of English will be tested by tasks which show how well they can control their grammar and vocabulary.

For this part, you practice vocabulary word-building by changing different words using a base word.

For this part, you practice how to understand the details of a text, including opinions and attitudes.

For this part, you practice how to understand the structure and follow the development of a text.

For this part, you practice how to find specific information in a text or texts.

writingB2 First Writing Section

You are required to produce two pieces of writing. The first piece is compulsory and will be an essay of 140-190 words. For the second, you can choose from an article, email/letter, essay, review or report (B2 First for schools the report is replaced with a story) of 140-190 words.

B2 First Listening and Speaking Section

Requires being able to follow and understand a range of familiar spoken materials, such as news programmes, public announcements and other sources, but targeted at the interests of the learners.

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In this part, you talk about two photos on your own which you have to compare for about 1 minute. After you have finished, your partner will be asked a short question about your photo. When your partner has spoken about their photos for about 1 minute, you will be asked a question about their photos.

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execisesEspecially helpful are exercises that are focussed on a theme or topic as these provide word retention practise so you can be confident to read, write, speak and listen successfully.


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