Part 1: Collecting things |
Part2/3: A creative person whose work you admire
In this part, the examiner asks you about yourself, your home, work or studies and other familiar topics.
Do you collect things?
No, now I don’t collect anything, because I am not very into any particular things. But when I was a kid, I used to collect stamps, because at that time, collecting stamps was the thing, so I was jumping on a bandwagon but later I did not find it interesting anymore.
Are there any things you keep from childhood?
I am afraid no, keeping something from childhood is just impossible for me, because I am not very organized, so basically, I am always losing my things or just forgetting where they are, so how can you expect a man like me to keep something from childhood?
Where do you usually keep things, you need?
There is no particular place, I mean I just find a spot to see whether there is enough space to keep things I need. I do admit my house looks messy and disorder, but for me, it is total OK as long as I can find what I want whenever necessary.
What kinds of things do people often like collecting?
I suppose all sorts, but most common ones are stamps, coins, pens and such like. But there is a very popular one among young generation – sneaker. You can always hear them talking about things like air jordan, yeezy, all shapes and sizes. they are crazy about the shoes, like the Lovers even are willing to wait outside the flagship store for up to ten hours, just hoping to get the newly released one.
Why do you think people collect certain objects?
It varies from person to person, some collectors do it because they want to make money, they may look for, say, antiques that they can buy cheaply and expect to sell them at a profit. Other people may do it for fun, like my friends has been collecting coins for many years, I suppose he can get a strong sense of personal fulfilment from doing so.
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 a creative person whose work you admire
You should say:
Who he/she is
How you knew him/her
What creative things he/she has done
And explain why you think he/she is creative
Speaking of creative people, I always think of artists and musicians first. So, I’d like to talk about an American singer-songwriter whose name is Bea Miller. About two years ago, one of my friends sang a beautiful song called Brand New Eyes at a New Year’s party that my class held. I really took a liking to that song and looked it up online right away. Then I found the original singer of it, Bea Miller. She’s only in her twenties but she definitely has great potential with her pop-rock career.
Normally, singers only have two or three good songs on an album at most, and their songs are mostly the same style. But Bea’s music is very diverse. I mean, every song she writes is unique but also catchy. I really admire her creativity in music.
As for why she’s so creative, I really have no idea, but one thing I know is that she loved making up stories when she was a child. And after she got into music, she found a new brilliant way to tell her stories. I have to say some people are just naturally good at what they do. Her creativity in writing songs is more like an amazing natural gift that she has, just like her calming singing voice. It’s not something you can get from practice.
Anyway, Bea is a very talented young lady. Now, there are still tons of people who don’t know her but I look forward to seeing her blow everyone away.
Part 3 In this part, the examiner asks you a few more detailed questions about the same topic.
Do you think you are a creative person?
Yes, I would say that overall, I’m a creative person. I’m always coming up with new ideas and new ways to do things, because I think that is a good way to keep work interesting. I also really like making art. It’s not my profession by any means, but it’s a really fun hobby and it helps me bring out my creative side more. Plus, I try to be creative with interior design, by adding new decor and furniture to my apartment to make it reflect my personality and creativity.
Is it good for children to learn arts? / Do drawing and music lessons in school help children develop creativity?
Yes, it’s great for children to study the arts. Children can definitely develop their creativity through activities like drawing and music lessons. Both of these activities teach children to express themselves in creative ways. With drawing, they can use their imagination to create pieces of art. When they take music lessons, they can use different parts of their brain to understand music and express themselves by playing a song. Through these activities, children can learn to see and interact with the world in new ways.
Do you think music education at school is suitable for all children?
Yes, I suppose that all children could benefit from at least a little music education. They don’t have to take music classes all throughout school, but they should at least have one class. I think that learning about music or learning to play an instrument is really beneficial for children’s development. It gets them to use their brain in a different way. Studying music has also been shown to improve children’s math skills.
What age should children start music lessons at school?
I think children should start music lessons when they’re six or seven. If they’re any younger, they might not be able to grasp the basic skills you need to play an instrument. But when they’re around that age, they can understand simple instructions and begin to read music notes on a page. Plus, if they keep at it, they’ll be able to become a strong player in a few years. That can help build their confidence.
What kinds of jobs require people to be creative?
Many jobs require you to be creative, and I would even argue that you can be creative no matter what your job is. Some jobs are very obviously creative, like being an artist or a writer. In those professions, your entire livelihood depends on how creative and original you can be. Some other examples are people who work in graphic design or marketing. They have to figure out creative ways to advertise a product. But if you work in a job where you have to do a lot of problem-solving, like as a manager or a business-owner, you also need a lot of creativity to succeed.
Do you think leaders need to have creative ability?
Yes, I would say that leaders need to be creative. This is because leaders need to take into account every single member of their team, and come up with ideas and solutions that work for them. This often requires the leader to think outside the box in order to come up with ideas that work for everyone. The more creative a leader can be, the more engaged’ and happy their team will be.