- What do you think of robots?
I think robots can be very useful – they can carry out boring or repetitive tasks that humans do not want to do. If we had a robot to clean our home, then we could have more free time to indulge our hobbies or spend time with friends and family. We can also send robots to places where it’s inhospitable or dangerous for humans to go, for example deep in the ocean or into conflict zones.
- Do you think robots will be developed further?
Robots have already replaced humans in many sectors, and I think we will see this further expanding, for example in hospitality and medical care. Technology will continue to develop, specifically there will be significant developments in artificial intelligence. I believe that robots will become more intuitive but I don’t believe they will become more lifelike. Actually, I think they will be intentionally designed to keep them from resembling human beings, although I do still wonder if at some point they will rise up and try to take over!
- Do you want to be a popstar?
I wouldn’t want to be a popstar. While at first it might be fun to have fame and fortune, I think this would soon wear off. I think there is too much pressure on performers in the music industry and living under the constant scrutiny of the media would be incredibly stressful. I value my privacy, and I’d rather have a quiet life.
- Do you often go to the zoo?
I go to the zoo once in a blue moon. I don’t really enjoy the zoo in my hometown becuase it’s quite small and the animals look depressed. However, when I am overseas, I sometimes go to see exotic species up close. I went on a night safari at Singapore Zoo and saw some incredible creatures in their spacious enclosures.
- Do you want to travel to space?
If I had the opportunity to blast off into space, I’d love to – I’d be over the moon, literally! I’m a huge fan of sci-fi movies so I’d like to experience weightlessness and seeing our home planet from a different perspective would be incredible – really out of this world!
I was looking at some common part 1 exam questions with my students today.
This one – “Where are you from?” – comes up all the time.
We could, of course, answer the examiner in a few short words, but this is a speaking exam so let’s offer just a little bit more.
Think about the following:
- Which country are you from?
- Which city/town/village are you from?
- Where is that place located within your country?
- Where are you living now?
- Is your hometown famous for anything?Also think about the facilities your hometown has – shops, museums, restaurants, for example
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- Tell me about your first day at school?
I only have vague memories – it’s such a long time ago!
My primary school was an imposing, old building and I remember being quite intimidated by it. I also remember my teacher was strict and scary – she certainly frightened the life out of me. I remember crying because I didn’t want to stay there and I wanted to go home with my mum.
I had a very insightful lesson on education with my students .
There is an incredible amount pressure on them to perform well academically, with the main focus being on the university entrance exam. Their whole life seems to be focused on that one day. Students not only attend regular classes to get their compulsory education, but study for hours and hours after at private academies – on weekdays and at weekends – with parents forking out vast sums of money to support their child’s learning.
It’s all very different from my own school experience in Scotland.
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I used this PDF as a fun warmer activity for a lesson on accommodation – note the spelling – it’s frequently misspelt.
Looking at the pictures only, students discussed each type of housing in pairs. Some types were less familiar to them and they came up with some creative names.
Part 1 questions – sample answers
Q. Do you live in a flat or a house?
I used to live in an apartment in the city but when I got a new job my family moved to the countryside and we bought a newly built bungalow. I’ve lived in apartment buildings all my life so not having to walk up stairs or wait for a lift took a bit of getting used to. Everything is one level, it’s spacious and light, and even though we have neighbours on either side we’re not disturbed by them unlike in our old place.
Q. Do you like the area where you live?
1. I live in a very quiet residential neighbourhood, on the outskirts of a small farming town. There are a handful of convenience stores and cafés, but there isn’t much else in this neck of the woods. I have to drive to the next town for my weekly grocery shop. I am right next to the sea and I enjoy being able to take walks on the beach with my dog every day. The fresh sea air is very invigorating – I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
2. I live smack bang in the centre of the city – everything I need is on my doorstep – I’m spoilt for choice. It can be loud, especially at the weekends – that’s one downside for opting to live in such a prime location. I have triple glazing so I’m not bothered by it too much. It’s a stone’s throw from the subway station, so I’m able to get around very easily.
Saying how often you do something is very common in the speaking exam, especially in part one.
Think about the gym – how often do you go there?
Are you addicted to the gym and go there everyday, without fail? Maybe you work out regularly and go 2 or 3 times a week. Or just once a week. Perhaps you’re not quite as motivated so you go less often – twice a month, twice a year. Or maybe never…
Whatever your answer, we can use adverbs of frequency.
Let’s look at a couple of ways we can express this:
- adverbs of definite frequency
- adverbs of indefinite frequency
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In part one of the speaking test:
- Aim for answers that are 2 or 3 sentences in length (approximately 20 seconds)
- Use lots of description, a range of tenses, throw in an idiom or two
Let’s take a look at a couple of common part one questions:
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