B2 Workforce on the Move

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work, jobs, workforceRead this article about the workforce on the move for the B2 First Use of English Part 3 set at an upper intermediate level of English.

This B2 First Use of English Part 3 exercise consists of a text about the workforce on the move in which there are 8 gaps. Each gap represents a missing word or phrase.

Workforce on the Move

For questions, 1-8 read the text. Use the word given in capitals in the text to form a word that fits in the gap.

Developing countries are losing their essential personnel such as doctors, nurses, engineers to rich countries, and it seems that the trend is set to continue, if not to get worse.

Some people say this (1) (MOVE) of people around the world is not a new phenomenon, as migrant workers have always been attracted by the wider choice of (2) (EMPLOY) and more significant opportunity in major cities in their own countries and abroad. However, as the (3) (TECHNOLOGY) age has advanced and as richer countries find themselves with not enough workers to feed their (4) (DEVELOP), they have had to seek other parts of the world to find the necessary workforce. With the (5) (GLOBAL) of the world economy, many people feel that the process cannot be stopped.

Some people believe that measures should be taken to address this problem, by compensating poorer countries (6) (FINANCE) for the loss of (7) (INVEST) in people they have trained. Another measure would be for western countries to encourage people to stay in their own countries by funding large national projects.

It is difficult to restrict the movement of people around the world, and it is probably foolish to try to stop it, but there should be attempts made to redress the (8) (BALANCE).


 

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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.

In this part you talk to the examiner about yourself and your life, e.g. your name, school, interests and future plans.

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.

In this part you express ideas with your partner by looking at a discussion point that the examiner gives you.

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In this part, you focus on general aspects of a topic with the examiner or you may involve your partner.

This will be available soon.

In this part, you will hear people talking in eight different situations.

In this part, you will hear five people talking about different things.

In this part, you will hear an interview.

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.

 

Cambridge English Examinations:

Cambridge English exams are designed for learners at all levels from the pre-intermediate level Cambridge English: Key (KET) to the very advanced level Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE). These exams give candidates proof of their ability to use English in a wide variety of contexts, relevant to work, study and leisure activities.

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