IELTS Speaking Test # 109

IELTS Speaking Test # 109

Part 1 - Introduction & Interview

[This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview. In the interview, the examiner asks the candidate about his/her home, work or studies and other familiar topics.]

Q.  Are there many animals or birds where you live? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: Yes, we do have many animals and birds where I live mainly because my country has great nature with many forests, trees and lakes where birds and animals can live peacefully. Besides, we take aggressive and effective measures to ensure that animals and birds are able to maintain their natural habitats.

Q.  How often do you watch programmes or read articles about wild animals? [Why?]
Answer: Yes, I do watch such programmes, especially on “Animal Planet” TV channel, and read articles about wild animals frequently. It doesn’t only allow me to appreciate the beauty and majesty of the unique nature around us, which I have never seen before, but also helps me to remain in a more relaxed and comfortable state of mind.

Q.  Have you ever been to a zoo or a wildlife park? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: Yes, I have gone to visit a zoo or wildlife park several times mainly because it allowed me to remain close to the mother nature. Besides, visiting a zoological garden or wildlife park allowed me to see new animals which I had no knowledge about before. Without being in a zoo or wildlife park, we can not understand many activities of our favourite animals and birds and that's why these places are so popular among people.

Q.  Would you like to have a job working with animals? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: As much as I like to remain close to mother nature, I wouldn’t exactly like to have a job that involves working with animals mainly because it might put my health and life in danger, especially, when working with “large” and “ferocious” animals. Of course, I wouldn’t mind having a job that involves working with “birds” because they are adorable and virtually cause no harms to humans.
 

Part 2 - Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card

[The topic for your talk will be written on a card which the examiner will hand over to you. Read it carefully and then make some brief notes.]

Describe a website you use a lot that helps you a lot in your work or studies. 

You should say:

  • what the website is
  • how often you use the website
  • what information the website gives you

and explain how your work or studies would change if this website didn't exist.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

[Examiner: All right? Remember you have one to two minutes for this, so don't worry if I stop you. I'll tell you when the time is up. Can you start speaking now, please?]

Model Answer:
The number of websites which I genuinely like to visit from time to time in order to gather information for my study purposes is large. But today, I would like to talk about one website that remarkably helps me a lot more than the others.

"Wikipedia" (https://en.wikipedia.org) is what I am talking about. This website provides an array of information in the forms of articles virtually on all kinds of subjects from history to anthropology to space science and anything in between. Many visitors come to Wikipedia to acquire knowledge while many others come to share their valuable knowledge. One of the best things about this website is that there always are other links towards the ends of most articles for other articles of interest, relevant external websites and pages and reference material. Besides, all articles on this website are being updated and edited continuously by a large number of “editors” from diverse backgrounds, and therefore, information received on this website is always extensive and reliable for the knowledge seekers.

If this website didn’t exist, I would not be able to write many of my term papers at my university. Besides, as a business student, I have to do a lot of case studies on different companies and their business policies, and I wouldn’t exactly be able to finish those case studies properly without the help of this great website. Finally, this website also helps me in gathering accurate data and information in preparing and delivering my PowerPoint presentation, which involves displaying the improvement/profit graphs of some giant corporation in the world, in front of the class.
 

Part 3 - Detailed discussion:

Discussion topic: "The internet"

Q.  Why do some people find the internet addictive?
Answer: Many people find the internet addictive because there are just too many interesting things going on the internet. On the internet, people can sell and buy things, watch movies, play games, listen to music, make friends, read interesting news/articles and many other things. Besides, the greatest thing about this internet is that people can actually do all these things together at the same time! Now, how many things are there in this world which allow people to do so many things at the same time! Moreover, for some people, the internet is an exit way from their reality and that's why they are always online.

Q.  What would the world be like without the internet?
Answer: That's an interesting question! Well, without the internet, our world would be very much like a “deaf, blind and dumb” person who couldn’t see and listen to anything, and the world would stand “still”. Without the internet, our communication would suffer very badly, collection of data and information would be very difficult, buying and selling things from the comfort of home would be virtually impossible, and we would need our video and audio cassettes back again to see movies and listen to music. Finally, we would also need to wait a few weeks (instead of just a few seconds) to send our special family pictures to the loved ones if we didn’t have internet, and the list goes on. I personally feel that, if we never had invented and used the internet, we would have been okay to go on. But if the internet technology is taken away from us now, the civilisation will find it surprisingly difficult to go on and prosper.

Q.  Do you think that the way people use the internet may change in the future?
Answer: Yes, I do think that the way people use the internet may change in the future as it would allow us to be more aware of our world around us and behaviour because of the use of “Artificial Intelligence”. Besides, with the help of the internet, information sharing would be so much ingrained in daily lives that we won’t even “notice” it. Then, it is also possible that we would also be “encouraged” to wear “devices” which would help us “detect” the risk of any danger or diseases in advance.  On a negative side, chances are that there won’t be any “privacy” in future, and the bad guys will probably have many new tools to make our life “miserable”.  Finally, we will mostly use our voice commands to do things online and have an Artificial Intelligence-based personal assistant to tell us the information we need to hear and learn.

Discussion topic: "Social media websites"

Q.  What are the ways that social media can be used for positive purposes?
Answer: Social media can be used in several ways for positive purposes. First, it can help us make friends and develop a better understanding of each other, in a world full of hatred and animosity, even though we live a world apart from each other. Besides, social media can facilitate fast, personalized and easy communication among friends and families, no matter where we live in the world. Moreover, social media helps spread the news of suffering and distress among the people very fast since millions of people use social media every day so that we can take necessary steps to help the suffering people. Finally, businesses can promote their products on social media while employers can find suitable candidates for their companies from social media websites.

Q.  Why do some individuals post highly negative comments about other people on social media?
Answer: Well, in my humble opinion, people post highly negative comments about other people on social media primarily because they have low ‘self-esteem’, and they are afraid to do it in public. Besides, social media is a virtual world, and anybody can pretend to be “anybody” there to express their ‘frustration’ and ‘anger’ easily. Besides, communication and conversations on social media are not exactly strictly “regulated” the way it is on the print media, radio and TV channels which makes it even easier for people to post negative comments.

Q.  Do you think that companies' main form of advertising will be via social media in the future?
Answer: Yes, I do think that many companies would use social media as their main media form of advertising in the future primarily because it offers the opportunity to reach a huge number of prospective customers almost instantly. After all, social media like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram are visited by billions of people every day. Besides, advertising on social media usually costs relatively lower than advertising on TV and other print media. Finally, with the use of massive data processing and analytical power of “Artificial Intelligence”, incorporated in the social media, companies can take their advertising techniques to a new level unlike anything else which we have seen so far.

 
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