Part 1: Your major |
Part2/3: An important letter/e-mail you have received
In this part, the examiner asks you about yourself, your home, work or studies and other familiar topics.
What is your major?
I have a degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
Do you like your major, and why?
Yes, I do indeed. I wanted to learn English fluently ever since I was a child. So, being lucky enough to get accepted on this course was a dream come true for me. And I enjoyed the course thoroughly. And of course. I've reached my childhood dream now.
And what do you do at the moment?
At the moment I'm teaching English, both at an institute and also privately.
What do you like about your job?
Well, what I enjoy the most about my job, as I think most teachers would agree, is the sense of satisfaction, and gratification you get when your students learn what you're actually trying so hard, and they're trying so hard to. Nothing replaces that. I think, as a teacher. It's the most wonderful feeling.
Is there anything you dislike about your job?
Well, I wouldn't go as far to say dislike. But I find it quite frustrating sometimes if a student is lacking in concentration, or is not even interested in learning this language. You do come across people who are forced by parents, or think it's absolutely necessary to learn English, but don't really commit to it much as they could.
Trying to encourage these students, it is quite an ordeal. But it's not something I would hate my job for. It's something that's just an obstacle that I have to overcome as a teacher.
Would you like to have your own business one day?
Yes. actually. My ultimate dream would be to open an English Language institute, which would of course be for all ages and levels. This would probably not materialise for quite some time yet. But I am working my way towards reaching this goal.
Part 2 In this part, 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.
Describe an important letter/e-mail you have received.
You should say:
When you received the letter
Who sent you that letter
What it was about
and explain the reasons why it is important.
Well, it was about a year ago that I made an application to a very reputable university to pursue my studies in English.
I received a letter a few months back from the Head of the Department of Languages. This letter was of course one of the most important letters I've ever received in my life because not only did it confirm my place on that course, but it also offered me a full scholarship, which was the best news I could have got.
The only thing holding me back all these years was of course the question of funds, but now that is no longer the problem. The letter also mentioned when the course begins, and how to go about registering.
Part 3 In this part, the examiner asks you a few more detailed questions about the same topic.
What is the difference between a letter and an email?
Well, we can say the main difference is I suppose the speed in which we receive a letter as opposed to an email. Modem life probably necessitates speedier access to communication. So therefore, an email is much more convenient and less time-consuming.
How do you think internet has changed traditional letter writing?
Well, I think that it has a little bit of both. The internet facilitates the speed in which you can communicate important matters and personal matters with others. And also, it doesn't necessitate a person sitting down and writing a letter. and having to post it, and waiting for the time that it would take to deliver in order to get a reply. With the internet you can write a message and convey a certain thing within minutes, and receive a reply within minutes.
On the downside, l would have to say that an email lacks the emotion that maybe the sender is trying to convey. With letters you can perhaps tell a lot about its context because of the person's handwriting. It has a generally more personal touch to it, which I think is quite special. So. maybe emails are a good thing, but on special occasions for the people who matter to you, sending the occasional letter I think is a nice gesture.
Would post offices disappear in the next fifty years?
Well, I wouldn't be surprised if they did, or at least they were diminished in numbers greatly. The reason is that obviously people are relying more and more on the internet to communicate. But on the other hand, as is the case now, a lot of people around the world still don't have access to the internet, so I think it wouldn't altogether disappear. At the end of the day, you can't send a parcel, or a small package via the internet. So perhaps not entirely, but maybe you'd come across them a lot less often than you do now.