Speaking for B1 Level( đề 1-30) Code 1: Part 1: Topic 1: Holiday 1.What did you do on your last holiday? I went to the beach with my friends on my last holiday. The beach is beautiful and I had a great time there. 2. Who do you prefer spending your holiday with? I prefer spending my holiday with my friends. Travelling with the people who are at the same age with me makes me more comfortable. 3. Do you prefer going on holiday abroad? No, I don’t prefer going on holiday abroad because I don’t have enough money, I can’t use English very well. Topic2:TV programs 1.How many hours a day do you watch television? I often spend one hour a day watching television. At weekend I often watch all day because I have a lot of free time. 2.Which programs do you like? I like some English programs on Star World channel. By watching them, I can improve my English speaking and listening skill. 3.Do you prefer watching television alone or with other people? Why?
I prefer watching TV with my family because we can watch and share all the information and even discuss together to know more about the world. Part 2:If you won a lottery of 1 billon VND, what would you do with the money? Buy a new house Start a business Deposit the money in the bank If I won the lottery of 1 billion VND, I would buy a HOUSE because I am now living with my parents and I want to have an independent life. After I buy house, I have a stable life and start a business to earn money and send in the bank.
Code 2: Part 1: Topic 1: Birthday 1.When is your birthday? My birthday is on 29th February. 2.What do you usually do on your birthday? I usually invite my friends to my birthday. We have a small party to cheer it up and sing “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” song together. 3.What is your favorite family celebration? Why? There are many celebrations my family often have a year but my favorite one is TET celebration because we can meet together to chat, to talk and share what we have done last year and what we will do next year. Topic2: Public transportation 1.What is the best way to travel in your town/city? I live in a big city with crowded streets so the best way to travel in my city is by motorbikes. 2.What is the favorite means of transportation? My favorite means of transportation is motorbike because it’s faster than bicycle and small enough to go through narrow streets in my hometown. 3.Do you think people should use public transportation more? Why? I think people should use public transportation more because it is cheap, convenient and safe. Part 2:You have just received a sum of money from your father as a birthday present. How would you use the money? Saving up for the future Buying a laptop for the study Buying a fashionable smartphone If my father gives me a sum of money as a birthday present, I will buy a new laptop because it is easy to find information, documents and references for my study. I do not choose to save up for the future
or buy a fashionable smart phone because i think they are not necessary for me.
Code 3: Part 1: 2
Topic 1:Music 1.Do you like music? If yes, what kind of music do you like best? Why? Yes, I do, I like classical music because I feel so good and relaxed when I listen to this kind of music. 2.What is the most popular kind of music in your country? Pop music is the most popular kind of music in my country. 3.How is music good or not good for people? I think music is good for people because it can lead our souls. It is the reason why when you are happy or in trouble you always want to listen to music. Topic2: English 1.Did you learn English at secondary school? No, I didn’t. I started to learn English when I was at high school. 2.What do you think about how English is taught at school now? I think English is better taught at school now because there are so many teaching materials and equipment to support teaching. 3.In what ways has children much improved nowadays? Children nowadays learn English at very young ages that makes them more natural at learning English. As a result, their English, especially speaking is much better. Part 2: An optional subject will be added to the curriculum for secondary students in your city. Which do you think is the best option for secondary students? -
If I have the right to choose an optional subject to add to the curriculum for secondary students in my country, I will choose a swimming course because it is good for their health. I do not choose photograph and dancing because in my opinion they are not suitable for them. Code 4: Part 1: Topic1:Favorite places 1.Where do you usually go when you have spare time? When I have free time, I usually go shopping in the supermarket near my house. 3
2.Are there many interesting places where you live for people to go at weekends? Yes. There are. People can go to Cua Lo beach and Sen village. 3.In what way is café a great place for people to enjoy their free time? Café is a place where you can sit for a while with Internet connection and enjoy a cup of coffee while working on your computer. It is also a good place for people to enjoy themselvesor talking with friends about everything in life. Topic 2: Subjects at schools 1.What subject did you like most when you were at school? I like English most when I were at school. 2.Do you think English is a good subject for all students to learn at school? Why? I think English is a good subject for all of students at school because it’s an international language 3.Do you think students are learning too many subjects at school now? Yes, I do. Part 2: You are going to take your secondary school students to the cinema. What kind of film do you think it best for the students? -
I think a detective movie will be the best choice for the secondary students because they are curious soit’s a good way for them to learn how to think logically. I do not choose cartoon and action movies because I think they are not suitable for them. Code 5: Part 1: Topic 1: Hometown 1.Where do you come from? I come from Hai Duong. 2.Do you like living in your hometown? Yes, I do because people are very honest and friendly. 3.What is it famous for? 4
My hometown is famous for Thanh Ha litchi, it is very delicious and sweet. Topic 2: Career 1.What is your job? I’m a teacher of literature. 2.How long have been working? I have been working as a teacher of literature at my school for 6 years. 3.Why do you like your job? I love my job because I love children and the language Part 2: Your town plans to organize an Open Festival and many visitors will come. Which job below do you think would be most suitable for you? -
A tour guide
A traffic instructor
A master of ceremony
I think being a tour guide will be the most suitable job for me. I can speak English understand the history and events happening in the past so I can give information for visitors when necessary. I do not choose to be a traffic instructor or a master of ceremony because it is very hard for me. Code 6: Part 1: Topic 1: Hobby 1.What do you like doing in your free time? In free time, I often listen to music and watch TV. Sometimes, I go shopping with my friends or my husband. 2.Why do you like doing it? I like doing these things because listening to music, watching TV, and shopping make me feel comfortable and relaxed after a hard-working day 3.How much time do you spend doing that? It depends, I can’t say exactly but whenever I have free time, I do that. Topic2: English 1.Do you like English? 5
Yes, I do. 2.When did you start learning English? I started learning English when I was at High school. 3.How do you improve your English? I improve my English by watching TV, listening to music, reading English news and talking to foreiners. Part 2:which plan below will you choose for your family this weekend? -
Going to the cinema
Having meal in a restaurant
Going to the beach
This weekend I do not have free time, so I plan to have a dinner out in a restaurant. I do not choose to go to the cinema because I hate watching films. I will not go to the beach because Code 7: Part 1 Topic1: Hometown 1.When is the best time to come to your hometown? Why? The best time to my hometown is the summer. Because there are many beautiful beaches in my hometown. 2.What do you like best about your hometown? I like best about my hometown is the beautiful beaches. 3.Do you think your hometown is the best place to grow up? Why? Why not? Yes, I do, I think my hometown is the best place to grow up because the air here is fresh and the people-my neighbors are very friendly, the food is very delicious, it’s a good environment to grow up. Topic2: Friends 1.What does your best friend look like? My best friend is tall, she is beautiful with long black hair. 2.How did you meet your best friend? I met her 10 years ago. It was the first day at the university, we started talking and became friends when we sat next to each other in the class. 3.In your opinion, what is the best quality of a good friend?
In my opinion, to keep a good friendship, sharing is the best quality your best friends should have. You should be able to share each and everything with each other. Part 2: What will you advise your friend to do on his first date this weekend? -
Going to a restaurant
Going to the cinema
Going to a shopping mall
I think he should take his girlfriend to a restaurant to have a meal. They can talk and share the time while having meal. I don’t choose the other choices because they are not suitable for them. They can not talk and chat in the cinema. Shopping malls are so noisy for them to express their love. Code 8: Part 1: Topic1: Leisure time 1.What do you often in your free time? When I have free time, I often listen to music, watch TV or go shopping. 2.Have your leisure time activities changed since you were a child? Yes, they have. When I was a child I often played rope-skipping and played marbles, I think these games are still popular. Now, I often play football, watch TV, listen to music and sometimes play games on my computer or on the Internet. 3.Do you prefer to spend your leisure time alone or with other people? Why? I prefer to spend my leisure time alone listening to music because I love music. Topic2:Books 1.What kind of books do you like to read? I like fiction and romantic novels because they are very interesting to read. 2.Do you read the same kind of books now that you read 5 years ago? Yes, I do. I still read fiction and romantic novels now. 3.When do you think is the best time to read? Why? I think the best time to read is before going to bed because reading books makes us relaxed, comfortable and forgets a hard-working day. Part 2: Which present I the best for your parent’s wedding anniversary? 7
A wedding cake
A 3-days to the beach
An album of the whole family
My parents’ wedding anniversary is coming. I will choose to make them a wedding cake because I am good at it and they like eating cakes a lots. I do not choose a 3-days to the beach because it is expensive. I also do not choose an album of the whole family because my parents have already had it. Code 9: Part 1 Topic1: Social networks 1.Do you like social networks? Yes, I do. 2.What kind of social networks are you using now? If yes, why? The social networks which I am using now are Facebook, Email, chat voice…because they can bring me many benefits. 3.What is your advice for social network users? My advice for social network users is using suitable network if not it will make them get addicted. Topic 2: Fashion 1.How important is fashion to you? I think the fashion is very important not only me but also everyone because it makes us more beautiful, luxurious and elegant 2.What sort of clothes do you prefer to wear? I often like wearing dress, sometimes I prefer to wear jean and T-shirt . 3.Do you ever have to wear things you don’t really like? If so, when, and why? Yes, I do. I had to wear Kimono to take photographs for my wedding last year. I didn’t like wearing it because it was uncomfortable. Part 2: If you won the lottery of 1 bilion VND, what would you do with the money? -
Put all in a bank
Buy some valuable things like car, house, land
Give some to a charity organization and then travel around 8
If I won the lottery of 1 billion VND, I would buy a HOUSE because I am now living with my parents and I want to have an independent life. I do not choose the other choices because I am not very rich. Code 10 Part 1: Topic 1: Games and Sports 1.Do you take part in any outdoor sports regularly? No, I don’t. 2.Do you prefer to exercise alone or in a class? Why? In my opinion, I prefer to exercise in a class because doing exercises in a class withthe help of teacher and friends provides me with strong motivation to practise harder and better. 3.What do you think is the best type of exercise? Why? In my opinion, playing badminton is the best type of exercise because this sport is easy to play and it’s suitable to my ability. .
Speaking test 11 Let’s talk about rooms in your house Which room in your house do you like best? B1: I like the bedroom most because that is where I can relax after long working day B1: There are 5 rooms in my house including 2 bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom. My favourite room is a living room because this is a place where I can meet my friends and all my family members to chat and talk about all things in life. Examiner speaking: What do you like doing there? B1: Just lie on my bed watching TV or read books to take a rest Examiner speaking: Do you like having guests in your room? Why? Why not? B1: In fact I am not really like having guests in my personal room as I cannot do what I usually do. Now, let’s talk about sports Examiner speaking: Do you play any sports? You know, playing sports is very important to our life because it helps us to have good health and reduce stress after work. I often play badminton at my school after I finish my work in the afternoon. Examiner speaking: What sports do you enjoy watching? There are many kinds of sports that are often shown on TV everyday, but my favourite is watching football because it is the most popular sport all over the world. it is easy to play and suitable for both male and female. Examiner speaking: What sports do you enjoy playing? I like playing football, I often play it at weekends with my friends PART 2 Situation: Some of your friends are visiting you this weekend. You would like to do something fun with them. What will you do? There are THREE options for you to choose: Cook a meal together in your apartment. 9
Go to a local restaurant together. Take your friends out for sightseeing.
C1: I am a quite good cook so whenever my friends visit me, they always want to enjoy the food I prepare. Therefore I think we will cook a meal together in my apartment. Going to a local restaurant is also a good choice, but my friends usually prefer to stay at home so that we have more time together while still save money. I also like taking my friends out for sightseeing but the weather at this time of the year is not really beautiful, therefore I think I will choose the first option. Speaking test 12
Let’s talk about your reading habits Examiner speaking: Do you enjoy reading? Why? Why not? Examiner speaking: What types of books/magazines do you enjoy reading? Examiner speaking: Where do you prefer reading? Oh yes, I really love reading because it helps me relax after a hard-working day. when I want to relax I find a lot of novels especially romantic ones, bit of love with a happy ending. Now, let’s talk about your free time Examiner speaking: What do you like doing in your free time? I like playing football, reading a book or a novel, newspaper… Examiner speaking: Who do you enjoy spending your free time with? Certainly with my friends. Examiner speaking: Where would you prefer spending your free time? Indoor or outdoor? It depends on my mood really. After hard working, I just want to get home and read a book or something to relax but sometimes I like to go out and meet friends in the evening or play volleyball in a team at the weekend. Situation: You are about to study at university. Which of these is most important? There are THREE options for you to choose: Cost of the course Reputation of the university Distance from home C1:I will choose a university because of its reputation. A university which is well-known must have good teaching and learning. So I can enjoy good study environment. If the cost of the course is high, I will try to afford by doing some part-time job. Distance from home is not very importance because nowadays the traffic is much better, making travelling around easier and more convenient. Speaking 13: Let’s talk about ways of relaxing Examiner speaking: What do you do to relax? - I usually stay at home to read some fantasy cartoon books or something or only sleep to relax after a hard – working day. Examiner speaking: Where do you want to go to relax? - I and my friends always go to the cinema to enjoy new films at the weekends and after that we go to the cafeteria and discuss about this films. You know, it’s really good way to relax. Examiner speaking: Do you like relaxing on your own or with other people?
It depends on my mood really. After hard working, I just want to get home and read a book or something to relax but sometimes I like to go out and meet friends in the evening or play volleyball in a team at the weekend. Now, let’s talk about rooms at home Examiner speaking: Which is the most important room in your house? It’s definitely my living room. Examiner speaking: What make it important? Because when my friends come to see me, I can introduce to them a lot of family pictures with a lot of family events in the living room Examiner speaking: What do you do in the room
In my living room, I always watch TV with my family at the weekend evening.
Situation: Your university offers free courses for graduate students. Which would you choose? There are THREE options for you to choose: A time-management course. A public speaking course. A team work course. If I have a chance to join a free course that my university offers, a public speaking course and team work course are not my choice because when I study at university, presenting a project in front of my classmates and working in groups or teams are considered usual and regular tasks I have to perform, so they are very interesting and good but it is not as necessary as a time-management. I want to join this course because, to me, time is the most important and valuable property that people often waste for useless activities. How to manage and use the time effectively and efficiently during 24 hours is very necessary and if I can manage the time suitably, I can do any things successfully and perfectly. SPEAKING 14
Let’s talk about films Examiner speaking: Do you like films? Oh yes, I really like watching movies especially cartoon movies. Examiner speaking: What type of films do you like? As I said, I really like cartoon movies because it helps me to relax after working hard Examiner speaking: Who do you enjoy watching films with? I always watching film with my children because they are interested in cartoon movies like me. Now, let’s talk about mobile phones Examiner speaking: Do you use a mobile phone? Yes, of course. It’s one of the most important equipment to me. Examiner speaking: What are the good points of mobile phones? There are a lot of advantages of mobile phones. Firstly, it’s a good way to communicate with distant people. Secondly, mobile phone is very useful because you can access the internet, check your email or even listen to music or watch movie. Examiner speaking: What are the bad points of mobile phones? You know, nowadays there are a lot of people much depend on mobile phones. So I think it wastes a lot of time phoning and messaging on mobile phones and many people are wasting much money buying fashionable smart phone in order to satisfy their tendency’s demand or their interests. Moreover, the wave of mobile phone, according to statistics, is not good for our health if we use it continously and regularly. 11
Situation: A student wants to do a part-time job where he can practice his English. Which job would be best for him? There are THREE options for you to choose: A job at a souvenir shop A job at a travel agency A job at a take-away shop There are a lot of part time jobs for example student can work in a souvenir shop or a travel agency or a take-away shop… However, if he wants to practice his English, I think a job at travel agency is the best suitable for him. You know, working at travel agency, you can be a temporary guide in English. For example, guiding a group of Australian tourists visiting Hanoi, you can practice English to describe and present about Hanoi’s sightseeing… Speaking 15 Part 1: Let’s talk about sports. Examiner speaking:Do you prefer indoor or outdoor sports? Why? I like outdoor sports because it has more exciting atmosphere Examiner speaking: Which sports do you like best? Why? I like football because each match brings a lot of surprises Examiner speaking:Do you know why people like to play sports? It is good for their health and helps them feel relaxed Now, let’s talk about fast food. Examiner speaking: What kind of fast food do you like best? I like chicken best Examiner speaking: Is fast food good for your health? Why?/ Why not? Of course not I think. It is not organic food and may result in obesity Examiner speaking: In your opinion, why is fast food popular? it helps people save time. PART 2 Situation: Your friend is going on a long journey by train on his own. Which do you think is the best way to pass time on a long journey? There are THREE options for you to choose: Talking to other people Reading books Sleeping In my opinion, the best way to pass time on a long journey is to talk to other people. When talking you may forget everything around you and just focus on your chat. I don’t think that reading books is good because on a journey as our eyes may become tired. Moreover, we can get train-sick because of concentrating on reading. Sleeping is also a good way to pass the time but we cannot socialize with others while sleeping. So for me talking to other people is the best choice
SPEAKING 15 Let’s talk about sports. 1. Do you prefer indoor or outdoor sports? Why? To be honest, I prefer spending all my leisure time playing outdoor sports because outdoor activities will help me become more healthy, bring me be closer with nature and expand my relationships. 2. Which sports do you like best? Why? Football, of course, to me, this is the best team sport and it teaches me to be responsible and try my best for the whole team. 3. Do you know why people like to play sports? Well, I think people are keen on playing sports because it’s fun, it helps them to relax after a long day working and it’s great to enjoy the feeling of a winner. 4. What kind of fast food do you like best? To be honest, I’m not a fan of fast food. But I love hamburger. It is so tasty with a hunk of ground beef served between two pieces of bun-configured bread and a variety of toppings and condiments. 5. Is fast food good for your health? Not really, fast food contains large amounts of carbohydrates, added sugar, fats and salt. But I eat it anyway because it’s tasty and convenient. 6. In your opinion, why is fast food popular? Well, people now are so busy at work that they can hardly prepare a meal by themselves. That’s why fast food is much preferred. Not only does it taste good but it also helps people to save time and energy for other things. PART II: Situation: Your friend is going on a long journey by train on his own. Which do you think is the best way to pass time on a long journey? There are THREE options for you to choose: - Talking to other people - Reading books - Sleeping Part II: Talking: More positive experience about journey, makes new friends, more social, break out of your comfort zone, enjoy the journey more Sleeping: tired Reading book: tired Getting a long train on your own can be kind of tiring and boring; therefore, you may probably prefer to find something to do to pass the time. Talking to other people, reading books or sleeping are some options that, to some extent, are good to be chosen. As far as I’m concerned, I would rate communicating with others higher than either reading books or sleeping because of a number of its benefits. Firstly, in spite of just isolating yourself from others, talking will help you get more positive experience about your journey. It’s when you can share all about your life, your job or your ideas with a stranger. And in fact, we often feel comfortable to openly tell a person we’ve never met before our stories either the bad or good. By this, we can relieve our stress and become happier. By communicating, we can spice up our tedious moments on the train. 13
Besides, talking is prerequisite for a friendship to flourish. Obvious as it is, no friendship can be built in silence; and all of your friends were once strangers. Breaking out your comfort zone and starting a conversation with a stranger may probably bring you a soul mate that you’ve found for long. In contrast, sleeping and reading book are by far less favorable. Focusing hard on a book when the train is moving can cause and tiredness. The story conveyed will then be less appealing and barely completely understood. On the other hand, after sleeping during the whole long journey, you may feel weary to wake up with a possible pain in your head. The longer you remain apart from others, the less you can enjoy. In a nutshell, I think it is highly recommended that people open themselves to talk with other so that they can greatly relish their long journey on the train and make new friends and turn on their excitement.
. SPEAKING TEST 16 Let’s talk about your habits. Examiner speaking: What is your typical day like? I get up at 7 o’clock then go to work at 7:30. I will be ready at my own desk at about 8 o’clock. At 12, I often eat my lunch box prepared from home. After finishing work at 5 pm, I head home. I have dinner with my family at 7 pm. Before going to bed at 10 o’clock, I take a shower, watch TV and read my favorite book. What a boring day, isn’t it? Examiner speaking: Do you have any habits that annoy other people? I think my habit of keeping the TV volume a bit too loud annoys my family. They often shout “turn it down or I’ll break it!” at me. Examiner speaking: What do you usually do when you are upset? Sometimes I listen to upbeat music to cheer myself up, but sometimes I like to listening to sad songs that really suits my mood at that time. Examiner speaking: What’s the weather like today? Today it’s a bit too cold and windy. Elderly people and children can easily get sick these days. Examiner speaking: Do you prefer hot or cold weather? Why? I prefer cold weather to hot weather. Because in hot weather I feel very uncomfortable. I hate sweat. Moreover, in winter, my skin becomes prettier. I love winter fashion too. Examiner speaking: Could you recommend some activities to do in different kinds of weather? In hot weather, you can go swimming, play beach volleyball, or play in waterparks. While in cold weather, you can go to the gymnastics, go jogging and running in the morning. You can even go skating.
PART II: Situation: A group of people is planning a trip from Thai Nguyen to Ha Giang. Couldyou suggest the best means of transport? Which do you think is the best choice? There are THREE options for you to choose: - Train - Boat - Coach I choose coach because coach is safe, cheap and comfortable. The distance from Thai Nguyen to Ha Giang is about 250 km and it takes about 4.5 hours or 5 hours to travel. Going by coach is relaxing and the cheapest among the three options. You can even sightsee through the coach window. Moreover, you can reach almost exactly where you want to arrive at by coach because it is easy to travel in roads. Travelling by train is noisy and more costly and boats can give you seasickness which is really awful. More importantly, you have to take taxies or buses from train station or boat port if you want to reach the place.
SPEAKING TEST 17 Let’s talk about your cooking. Examiner speaking: Who does the cooking in your family? Everyday, my mother and I do the cooking in my family Examiner speaking: Do you think cooking is a task that only women should do?Why?/ Why not? In my opinion, cooking is a task that both men and women should do because the men should help the women cook whenever they are busy in their jobs or assist them for the family’s parties or celebrations Examiner speaking: Do you like cooking by yourself? Why?/ Why not? I strongly like cooking because it helps me to improve my own skills of cooking and I am very glad when I try my best to cook for meals for my family. I think all members in my family are also happy to enjoy them. Now, let’s talk about TV programs. Examiner speaking: What’s the worst TV programs you’ve ever seen? - I find TV programs very interesting and useful so I think they are not too bad. Examiner speaking: How much TV do you watch every day? - Because I am very busy in work so I don’t have much time to watch TV. I only wacth TV in the evening with my family. Examiner speaking: What are some advantages of watching TV? Nowadays, television has become the most popular media of human. There are many advantages of watching TV. At first, TV programs provide us with useful information about science, nature, society, entertainment, etc. Secondly, by watching TV, we can see many things happened all over the world. Finally, watching TV helps us relax after strained working hours.
PART II: Situation: Your brother is going to hold his wedding. He would like you to give advice on who should be invited. Which do you think is the best choice? There are THREE options for you to choose: - All acquaintances - Only close people - Only the ones that invited you to their weddings The answer: In my opinion, only inviting close people is the best choice for my brother’s wedding. As you can see, the wedding is seemed to be the most important event in life, therefore, inviting close people such as relatives, neighbors or close friends to the wedding has become a general rule. The presence of close people will make you happy from their congratulations and they may help you to prepare for your wedding. Two left choices are really unreasonable. Inviting all acquaintances may make your family confused. Your family can not control the number of guests invited to the party and accommodate them considerately. Inviting only the ones that invited you to their wedding makes your wedding no longer significant in the event that you don’t want to invite them for any reason. Moreover, there is a bad case that they come to the party as a duty or responsibility when they only give you an envelope with money and come back home. SPEAKING TEST 18 Let’s talk about money. Money 1.How much did you spend last week? As usual, I spend 300,000vnd per week. But last week, I had to buy a gift for my mother for her birthday. Therefore, the total amount of money I spent last week was 800,000vnd. 2.What do you spend most of your money on? I spend most of my money on books because I like reading. Each month, I use the considerable amount of money to buy some books of my favorite authors. 3.Can money buy happiness? Why?/ Why not? In my personal opinion, money cannot buy happiness. Money can buy things that make us feel good in the short time. Money just helps us cover our needs. For example, when we are hot and we need an ice cream, we can use money to get it, then we feel happy. However, when we don’t feel hot, eating an ice cream will not make us happy anymore. Shopping 1.What is your favorite place to shop? I like to go shopping at a small shop near my department because it takes me few minutes to go on foot and it has reasonable prices. 2.What was the last thing you bought for someone else? Where and why did you buy it? Last Saturday was my mother’s birthday. Because it’s winter, I bought her a wool scarf of a famous brand at the mall. It was blue, which was my mother’s favorite color. Having seen this gift, she was extremely happy. 3.Do you prefer going shopping on your own or going with other people? Why? I tend to go shopping with my friend especially whenever I go to buy clothes. We go window shopping before deciding what we buy. She is really an expert in shopping. She gave me a lot of useful advice. I am very excited to go shopping with her.
PART II: Situation: Your brother would like you to give him some advice on how to lose weight. Which do you think is the best choice? There are THREE options for you to choose: - Skip meals - Use drugs - Exercise regularly PART II The best way to lose weight is to exercise regularly. Firstly, doing exercises helps reduce belly fat and strengthen the muscles. Moreover, exercises allow more energy released and help us stronger and healthier. Jogging or going to the gym every day is the good method. Nowadays, some people often skip their meals or use drugs as the ways to lose weight. These are acceptable in a short time because they can have negative influences on our health. If people don’t eat any of three meals in a day, they tend to die of eating and therefore they can eat much more in the next meals without control. As a result, they become fatter. Using drugs can be able to affect negatively to center nervous system and social activities such as low thinking and memory, ineffective work, easy mistake making,… In conclusion, it is necessary to exercise every day to maintain a nice and healthy body.
SPEAKING TEST 19 Let’s talk about museum. Examiner speaking: Do you like visiting museums? If yes, how often do you visit museums? If no, why not? Examiner speaking: What are usually displayed in the museum where you live? Examiner speaking: How is visiting museum good or not good for young people? Now, let’s talk aboutspecial events of your country. Examiner speaking: What are important events of your country ? Examiner speaking: Can you name one or two things in common that people in your country celebrate all events? Examiner speaking: Do you think it is a good idea to celebrate all such events in the same way? PART II: Situation: An optional subject will be added to the curriculum for secondary students in your city. Which do you think is the best option for secondary students? THREE options are suggested: - cooking - swimming - sewing I will choose cooking because: + It helps them to cook for themselves + Children will know how hard their parents are to cook +cooking make them appreciate the food more I don’t choose swimming and sewing because: + It might be dangerous for children to do these
SPEAKING TEST 20 Let’s talk about secondary schools around where you live. Are there many secondary schools where you live? Yes there are. Exactly 3,my neighborhood is quite populous, so there are a lot of children. Therefore, there is a need for schools, especially secondary schools. And a new school is now being built, which will be a modern school in both facilities and teaching methods. What do these schools have in common? Well, they are all newly built and equipped with modern facilities, such as new desks and chairs, televisions, air-conditioners, projectors, and so on. In addition, the teachers are quite young but well trained. They are very lovely and enthusiastic. In what ways do you think schools play an important part in the Vietnamese educational system? Schools do play an important role in Vietnamese educational system. Schools provide talented people. As we all know, in Vietnam education mostly means schooling. We have kindergarten, primary schools, secondary schools, high schools, universities and colleges and even higher levels. Schools are the main source of talented personnel supply. Of course, there are many talented people who do not receive schooling, but the number of these people is too small. When did you start learning English? I started to learn English when I was young, exactly when I was in grade 3. I first had English lessons then. Do you think English is a good subject for students to learn at school? Why/ Why not? I think English is definitely a good subject for students to learn at school, and even the best. English has so many advantages and applications in future job and without English people will have a lot of difficulties in the current context of integration. Do you think that students are learning too many subjects at school now? Yes, I do. There are too many subjects that they have to take. Especially primary school students have to learn so many subjects, a lot of which I think are useless for them. And students need time for relax and playing, but entertainment time is quite out of their reach now. PART II: Situation: You are planning to take your students to participate in outdoor activities. Which do you think is the most suitable one for your students? THREE options of activities are suggested: - visiting the zoo - camping - drawing I am planning to take my students to participate in an outdoor activity and I plan to take them to the zoo. I know my students really like animals. Going to the zoo helps them to widen their knowledge and satisfy their interest. And I think Thu Le Zoo is quite suitable a place for us to go to. It is quite large with a lot of games for children to play. But most importantly, there are a lot of cages of animals which students cannot see at any other places. And my plan for that day is that we will start off in the morning, go around the zoo and sightsee and play games for about three hours, then at noon we leave the zoo for a restaurant for lunch. While having lunch, I will ask students to talk about their feelings after the trip. This is really necessary, giving them an opportunity to express themselves, talking about what they have learned from the trip, and especially enhancing their love
for nature and animals. I hope the trip will raise their awareness of protecting nature and animals and at the same time, provide them with interesting and enjoyable moments. SPEAKING TEST 21 Let’s talk about health. Examiner speaking: What do people where you live do to keep fit? They often play sport to keep fit. Examiner speaking: Do you think that they are practising in the right way? Yes, I do. Examiner speaking: In what ways is doing gyms good or not good for old people? Doing gym everyday enables older men and women to not only live longer, but also to extend their active involvement in all levels of society. Lots of older people use gyms and feel better for it. Doing gym is an effective intervention for improving physical functioning in older people, including improving strength and the performance of some simple and complex activities. It had a small but significant effect on improving physical ability and on reducing some pain on old people. In fact, gym is good but the elder should choose suitable type of exercise to their physical ability. Now, let’s talk about healthcare service where you live. Examiner speaking: What do people in your area usually do when they have health problems? People often talk to friends, family, and coworkers to find out the best doctor who can treat them, after that they go to see him/her for checking their health problems as well as asking for recommendations. Some others can check with their insurance plan for a list of doctors in the area. Then they go to a local hospital, medical center, or nearby medical school. Examiner speaking: Do you think that it is good to open private clinics ? In addition to public health care providers such as primary care doctors and hospitals, many private clinics offering specialized services also operate. I think that it is good to open private clinics because they typically offer services with reduced wait times compared to the public health care system. Moreover, in private hospitals your treatment is usually in a private room which has hotel type services such as TV, menu choices etc., at a time to suit you. Examiner speaking: What are the downsides of having too many private clinics? It makes more and more people confused about the private health care choices available to them. People tend to compare hospitals relative to infection rates, degrees of surgical success, and many other metrics. When we are able to do this, hospitals will be driven by quality, service, and cost — all of which will be necessary to compete. Therefore, too many private hospitals means that there is an open competitive market. We know what happens in this environment. There are winners and losers. As a result, many clinics with expensive and modern equipment will be closed which wastes a lot of money.
PART II: Situation: You are planning to take your secondary students to participate in outdoor activities. Which do you think are the most preferable to them? THREE options of dressing for girls are suggested: - uniforms - selected tops and shorts - skirts I think that selected tops and shorts and skirts are popular costumes that make students more active and dynamic but theyare not suitable male students. Uniforms may be the best choice because of the following reasons. The first reason is that uniforms highly appreciate the community. All the rich and the poor are the same. There is no difference and unequality between male and female. Moreover, when students put on uniforms they feel so proud of their school and have a sense of responsibility to keep their school’s reputation. Finally, uniforms make all students look more formal.
SPEAKING TEST 22 Now, the test begins. Let’s talk about happiness. Examiner speaking: What do you think happiness is? C1:It is difficult to define happiness and each person has his own opinion. For me, when thinking about happiness, I often remember a saying that “If I was in my perfect place, would someone else there make it better?”. Therefore, in my point of view it’s simple that the person who is always with you to share and to love whenever you need makes you happy! C2 : It is difficult to define happiness and each person has his own opinion. For me, happiness is that I can do whatever I want. Examiner speaking: Do you think that rich people are always happy? I don’t think that they are always happy because I think there are more important things than money in our life. Love is one of them. Although rich men can buy almost all things that they want, they can never purchase a good human relationship based on love. In particular, when they became elder people, if they are alone, they must feel miserable. In conclusion, I disagree that rich people are always happy. Examiner speaking: What do you do to make yourself happy? Happiness is so interesting and I would love to be happier. To make myself happy, I often spend time with my friends and family because I think that we are only happy when we have family and have friends and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends. Moreover, for me helping others with a smiling on lips can make us feel better since smiling is one way to reduce the stress caused by an upsetting situation. Alright. Thank you. Now, let’s talk about money. Examiner speaking: Do you think money is more important than any other aspects of life? Money is important because it means being able to give your children the best – the best education, the best health care, the best start in life. Of course, when it comes to kids, money can also greatly spoil them, so it’s up to wealthy parents to find a way to give their kids the best, while still teaching them the value of money and not giving them so much excess that their view on life is forever skewed. Examiner speaking: What would you do if you had a lot of money? Examiner speaking: What are the downsides of having too much money?
PART II: SOLUTION DISCUSSION (~4 mins) Situation: You are planning to take your students to participate in outdoor activities. Which do you think are the most preferable to them? THREE options of dressing for girls are suggested: - uniforms - selected tops and shorts - skirts SPEAKING TEST 23 Let’s talk about restaurants. Examiner speaking: Tell me about your favourite restaurant. Examiner speaking: What is your opinion of foreign food? Examiner speaking: Why do people like to eat out? People eat out for many reasons. Some people like to eat out because they do not like to cook and do the washing up on their own. Some people like to eat out because they can have food they do not know how to cook at home. People might go out to eat if they are in a hurry. At some restaurants, food is prepared quickly or comes already prepared and ready to eat. If a person does not have the time to cook a meal, he may go out to eat. Many people go out to eat for special occasions. If a person has a birthday, for example, she may invite her friends and family to a restaurant for a meal. By going out, the person and her friends can enjoy a birthday celebration without having to worry about preparing food or washing up. Now, let’s talk about relaxation Examiner speaking: What activities can people do to relax? Listening to your favorite song is one of the best ways to relax. Sometimes belting out the lyrics to a favorite tune makes everything seem all right and classical music can be especially relaxing right before bedtime. Talking to a friend is also a good way to reduce stress. When something’s really bothering you, it can help to share your feelings with a pal. In fact, more talkative folks tend to be happier in general. So people tend to go to a coworker or call a close family member and spill. Examiner speaking: Tell me about how you like to relax. Examiner speaking: In what ways can you relax without spending any money? Situation: You are planning a holiday and you will be staying in a hotel. You will decide which feature you consider to be the most important when choosing a hotel to stay in. There are THREE options for you to choose: - The location of the hotel. - The comfort of the hotel room. - Reasonable price. When having a holiday, your accommodation choice is very important because it can make or break your holidays. In my opinion, the location of the hotel is not very important because I will go by my private car so I can travel everywhere I want without any worrying about the distance. Costs are another important consideration here but I have affordability so I do not care about the price. I only want to make sure to check whether the hotel prices are all-inclusive or not. I consider the convenience of the hotel the most important when choosing a hotel to stay. Travelling, either by land or air, can be exhausting. So I would be looking forward to a comfortable and convenient stay when I arrive in my destination. Therefore, my hotel should have the amenities that would help me relax and unwind. Things like a cozy room, a soft bed, or a pool spa are a big plus. I can check these, as well as the type of
service they give, by reading reviews or guest testimonials on the Internet. Also, safety and security should not be overlooked when selecting accommodation. SPEAKING TEST 24 PART I: SOCIAL INTERACTION (~ 3 mins) Let’s talk about housework. Examiner speaking: How do you share housework in your family? ( nữ trả lời) In my family I often prepare meals and wash clothes while my husband does some technical work like repairing things. However sometimes when I am busy, my husband helps me to cook. ( nam trả lời) In my family my wife often prepares meals and washes clothes and I some technical work like repairing things. However sometimes when my wife is busy, I am willing to help her to cook. Examiner speaking: Do you think children should help with the housework? Yes, I totally agree that children should help their parents do the housework that are suitable with their ages Examiner speaking: What are some of the things that your family usually do together? We usually watch TV together in the evening. Sometimes at weekends we go out to eat in a restaurants or travel to some new places
Now, let’s talk about fashion. Examiner speaking: Do you try to follow the latest fashion? Not usually but sometimes in fact. Although I am not really fashionable, I think that I should keep up to date with new fashion to keep my image in other people’s eyes. Examiner speaking: What kind of clothes do you like to wear? in fact I like dress most as I think I look more attractive when wearing dress Examiner speaking: Which do you prefer, shopping in a small shop or a supermarket? In fact I like shopping in a supermarket more because I think it’s more convenient. There are lots of things in a supermarket so I can buy almost everything I want without having to travel to different places.
Part II: SOLUTION DISCUSSION (~4 mins)
Examiner speaking: Alright. Thank you. That is the end of Part I. Now let's move to Part II. In this part of the speaking test, you will be given a situation with THREE options. You have to choose ONE to argue on. You will have to say which option you will follow and explain why. You will also have to say why you haven't chosen the other two options. You have ONE minute to prepare your talk and TWO minutes to talk. Here is the situation.
Situation: You are giving a short talk on language learning. You will decide which activity is the best way to learn a new language. There are THREE options for you to choose:
- Join a class. - Self-study. - Talk to native speakers In learning a language, there are many different options such as joining a class, learning by oneself and talking to native speakers. In my opinion, talking to native speakers is the best way to acquire a new language. Communicating with native speakers can help people make sure whether they can make themselves understood. What is more, it is a great chance for language learners to practise their pronunciation and sharpen their communicating skills. Besides, having talks with foreigners can act as a motivation for language learners. Joining a class is also a good way but looking for a good classroom is not an easy job. Self-studying is necessary in language learning, however it is more suitable for language learners of high level than low level ones. All things considered, I believe that talking to native speakers is the best way to learn a language.
SCRIPT FOR SPEAKING TEST 25 LEVELS 3 – 5 PART I: SOCIAL INTERACTION (~ 3 mins) Let’s talk about friends. Examiner speaking: Could you tell me about your best friend? My best friend is Trọng. He’s a very good friend. He shares with me everything in life and gives me a lot of useful advice. Examiner speaking: What is important about a friend for you? I think a true friend is someone who understand me and I can trust, who share my happiness and my sorrow Examiner speaking: What kind of people do you like to spend time together with?
I would like to spend time with optimistic people as they seem to be happy all the time. Spending time with them makes me feel relaxed
Now, let’s talk about houses. Examiner speaking: Would you rather live in a big city or in the country? Why? I would like to live in a big city because it is very convenient. There are a lot more hospitals, schools, universities in big cities so we do not need to travel too far to get those services. Things are also more available in big cities than in the countryside so it’s easier to find what we need in the cities. Examiner speaking: Could you describe your house/flat and the rooms in it? My house is quite small with only two bedrooms and a living room. My bedroom is what I like best in my house because it has enough appliances such as TV, air conditioner, DVD player, computer which helps me deal with my job and entertain in my free time. Examiner speaking: Which is your favourite place at home and why? In fact my house has a small garden with a lot of flowers and this is the place I Iove most as looking at the flowers after coming back home help me release stress I get during the working day
Part II: SOLUTION DISCUSSION (~4 mins) Situation: You have been asked to give a presentation in your English class on a famous city. Decide which aspect you think is the most important one to focus on in your presentation. There are THREE options for you to choose:
- History of the city. - Tourist attractions in the city. - Famous citizens of the city. If I have to make a presentation about a famous city, I think my emphasis will be put on the tourist attractions of the city because it seems that this is the information that most listeners want to know. People are usually interested in the beautiful places in a city so that they can come when they have time. The history of the city is also important as it provides people with the knowledge that they may know little about, but it should be brief as history is not always interesting. I will not say much about famous citizens of the city except that one has special contribution to the city
SPEAKING TEST 26 Let’s talk about schools. Examiner speaking: What were your favourite subjects/lessons at school and why?
My favourite subject at school is English because my English teacher is the person I admire most and I want to be an English teacher like her. Examiner speaking: What is an ideal teacher like for you? I think an ideal teacher has to good qualification, good characteristic such as love teaching, love students, care about students… and especially be ready to further study to enhance their knowledge. Examiner speaking: What are some of the best memories of your school years? -I have a lot of best memories in high school. I took the first award for the singing contest and have a boyfriend after that. Now, let’s talk about jobs. Examiner speaking: Could you tell me about the job you would like to have in the future? I always want to be an English teacher like my mother. Examiner speaking: Would you like to be self-employed or an employee? Why? Actually I always want to be self –employed because I want to be independent and don’t be controlled by others. Examiner speaking: Have you ever had a summer job? If yes, could you tell me about it? / If no, would you like to have one this summer? Why/Why not? No, actually. I have never had a summer job. But maybe I try this summer because I heard that a part time job is very useful for the future job. Part II: SOLUTION DISCUSSION (~4 mins) Situation: Your local council has been allocated money to add one new entertainment facility to the community in your area. Decide which one you would choose. There are THREE options for you to choose: - A sports centre - A park with a lake. - A children’s playground. I think it should be a park with a beautiful lake because you know in my town there are a lot of private sport centres and a children’s playground. Firstly, having a park will make a town beautiful. Secondly, people can go there to relax or doing morning exercises or just to see a lake. SPEAKING TEST 27
Let’s talk about food. Examiner speaking: What do you normally have for your breakfast / lunch / dinner? I usually have hamburger for breakfast because it is easy to go fastfood store and take it instead of cooking at the kitchen. Examiner speaking: How healthy is your diet? My diet includes much vegetable and a little bit meat and I think it is healthy. Examiner speaking: Where do you like to eat? Why? I really love to have meal at home because I can eat with all of my family after a long day. Now, let’s talk about sports Examiner speaking: What do you do to keep fit? I always do a gym or go swimming to keep fit. Examiner speaking: How important is sport to your family members? Sport especially team sport is very important to my family members because it ‘s the time my family gather together and play sport to keep our heath better. Examiner speaking: What sports are you interested in? Why? I really enjoy swimming because it helps me to keep fit and relax after hard working.