IELTS Speaking Sample Script – 3

Examiner:                Hello, my name is Julia.
Mohammed:            Hello
Examiner:                Can you tell me your full name please?
Mohammed:            Mohammed Abdul Mohammed
Examiner:                Right … and should I call you Mohammed?
Mohammed:            Sure.


Examiner:                Right Mohammed. Can I see your ID Card please?
Mohammed:            Here …. You go …
Examiner:                Thank you very much.
Mohammed:            Your welcome.
Examiner:                For the first part of the test, I would like to ask you some questions  
  about your country. Do you live in the city or the country?
Mohammed:            I live in the city.
Examiner:                ….All right…. And what are some good things about where you
 live.
Mohammed:            Er … I live in a nice neighbourhood. … Very  green … it’s er … not much    
                                     people. It’s quiet and very laid back and I like it.
Examiner:                OK. And with  more people moving to the city, what has happened to the countryside where you are from?
Mohammed:            I think there were result of less farming … less rural life.
And … most likely will decrease the production of crops. And er on the other hand, cities will be more crowded and that will cause … er … more pollution.
Examiner:                OK. Now I’d like to talk about health. Is health important to you?
Mohammed:            Yes. Definitely.
Examiner:                Why?
Mohammed:            Why because er … so I can live a long life … erm er … I hate feeling pain.  Plus in addition to that I guess, if your healthy you will be more productive 
Examiner:                OK. And what is a major health concern in your country?
Mohammed:            Er … I can state er heart disease, heart problems, the stress, diabetes, aids. On the other side, there is a lot of people, they don’t have health insurance and that … that’s a big concern.
Examiner:                And what can be done about it?
Mohammed:            Well I think if your … if people can avoid poor diets, start working out regularly, I mean exercise, in a regular way, and … and avoid stress as well, avoiding stress and plus I think the government on the other side should provide health insurance for all the people.
Examiner:                OK, I am going to give you a topic now. You have one minute to make notes. Here’s some paper and a pen …  Here’s the topic:
                                    People collect many things. What do you like to collect?
Examiner:                Right, you have 1 to 2 minutes to speak. Please begin now and I will tell you when to stop.
Mohammed:            OK. … Well, I like to collect handicraft, because you can tell a lot about the different countries I have been to … it tells a lot also about the place that it originates from. I like the colours, I like the art  … that manifest in the archives.
Also erm … I think … It gives me a good feeling to have the art and the handicrafts around me and … and make my world a lot better. Plus, I am so into art and I like the way most of the handicrafts are made. And also make me learn a lot about the countries. And I enjoy collecting them.
Examiner:                OK. Do your friends collect some other things?
Mohammed:            Not really … most of them collect foreign currency, postal stamps, and er … photographs.
Examiner:                Ok. We have been talking about collecting things. I’d like to ask you two more general questions about collecting. The first one. Do you think people collected the same things in the past?
Mohammed:            Erm, I doubt it because erm . I think the …  the people mentality or interest is changing.  I can see that y’know, a lot of people collect CDs, DVDs. While in the past people didn’t have that option.
Examiner:                OK, and do you think the things that we collect now and more valuable than the things that people collected in the past?
Mohammed:            Erm …  I don’t think so. I think people in the past used to collect valuable stuff, like, for example:… expensive rugs, carpets, gold …  and most likely nowadays you can see like some people collect, as I said before Cds and DVDs and that .. things like that So in the past people used to collect more valuable stuff.
Examiner:                So, we’ve been talking about collecting and values. Do you think people’s values are changing?
Mohammed:            Er do you mean exactly like er … social values?
Examiner:                Sure
Mohammed:            Er yes, Well I can say that er for example … er the era of my grandfather, people used to value a lot their family compared to the time we are living in where money is … can be very important. And at that time er for example y’know, people would considered camels as. Er a great … a great … asset as something that they own. And now people are like shifting to cars and  must y’know … if you don’t have BMW or a Cayenne or something like that er … you’re not really er … in!
Examiner:                OK.
Mohammed:            I would say.
Examiner:                OK, now, do you think that the changes are for the good of society or not?
Mohammed:            Er . . well I can … say it’s a bit of both., good and bad. A good things in that people are in the mentality of nowadays … working harder, producing more, the economies,  normal people can get rich fast and life is getting easier in terms of accommodations and stuff like that. But , … on the other hand stress is invading peoples lives, y’know, causing them health problems and more of that they don’t spend much time with their family … compared to people … long time ago and … er that’s  er … a big draw back.
Examiner:                Thanks this is the end of the speaking test.
Mohammed:            Your welcome

IELTS Speaking Sample Script – 2

Good Afternoon. My name is Darrell. Could you tell me your full name please?
My name is Shi-in Lee.

And what should I call you?
You can call me Shi-in please.



Thank you. Do you work or are you a student?
I work. I do interpreting and translation.
Oh. Can you tell me about your job?
Well, there are different types of um interpreting. There is medical interpreting, and there’s legal interpreting, business interpreting, and conference interpreting etc. And they are all very different and you get to meet different types of people. Um, it’s very rewarding because you are helping people who doesn’t have much English and you get paid for you job as well. So you get to learn a lot about current issues, and at the same time, you get a lot of headaches too, because you get to hear a lot of problems from your clients. So it’s a very interesting job, and I’m enjoying it still, after seventeen years.
And err, when is the busiest time in your job?
I can’t say that um…my busiest you know at a certain time of the year, it’s very hard to predict so I really can’t say – say around, well Summer is the busiest time of the year, or winter is the busiest or, I really can’t say that a certain time of the year is the busiest.
And if you could change your job, what would you prefer to do?
Sometimes umm, although I’m working and I’m helping people and without an interpreter I guess nothing much can happen, because there won’t be any communication, proper communication between you know, two parties. But then again, interpreters are not supposed to give an opinion. So you are left with the feeling that you are not contributing at all towards the result of the session. So if I changed my job I think I would pick something which is completely different from interpreting and where I can actually contribute towards the result of the discussion. So that’s what I might do in the future, you never know.
What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?
Well actually, I like all sorts of music. My husband says I have Catholic tastes in music. So I like classical music, of course, because I played piano when I was a little girl. Actually, not just as a little girl, I still play. So I like classical music, and I like jazz, blues, you know, even heavy metal. Whatever is good I can appreciate it.
Do you play a musical instrument?
Yes I play piano and I play a little bit of violin as well.
And what musical instruments do most people play in your home country?
Um in Korea, I think most girls from a proper family would play at least one musical instrument and which is normally piano. So, a lot of girls would you know, start playing piano when they are five or say seven. And I started playing piano when I was six I think.
If you can play a musical instrument, does this help you to enjoy music more?
Yes and no. In some ways it makes you, I guess take more interest in music and when you listen to the music you know how to appreciate it properly.
But then again if you get to hear certain pieces of music on the radio which you’ve played before, straight away you find yourself sort of analysing the performer. So you really can’t relax, so it’s sort of- it’s not maybe enjoyable as much. It suddenly, it becomes a chore; your mind is at work, analysing and assessing the performance. So I guess yes and no.

Thank you. Now I’d like you to speak for one or two minutes on a topic. You have one minute to plan your answer. Here is a pencil and paper to make notes. Here is your topic: I’d like you to describe your favourite teacher.
Thank you. Can you start speaking now please? You have one to two minutes. I will tell you when the time is up.
My favourite teacher, um, his name is Kwan Sing Pak. He was my English teacher when I was in High school in
Korea. You know in Korea, all the English teachers are basically Korean. Umm..he was my teacher um, for two years, um Year eleven and Year twelve. You know the girls of that age um they normally like teachers, you know good looking, with the looks, with good sense of humour and- and all. But this specific teacher was not physically attractive at all. He was rather, not terribly good looking. (I’m sorry to be saying this). But I really adored this teacher because um, I guess to start with I loved studying languages and he was teaching English and I really loved learning English from him. And he was very passionate about his job, teaching, and he was actually enjoying it, and I could tell he was enjoying it. He had good teaching skills. He encouraged and nearly coerced, you know, contribution from the students.
And you could actually be quite sure sitting in his class that when you give answers, how silly they might sound, you would never be laughed at or anything. So you were feeling quite free to have a conversational discussion with the teacher or other students in the class. And what was also quite special about him was that he had good sense of humour, much so much so that you only remember his jokes when actually you have the test paper in front of you and you look at all the questions and you couldn’t remember the answers but his jokes only!

Thank you. And did other students also like this teacher?
Oh yes. Yep. Most of the students just loved this teacher. He was very popular.
So we’ve been talking about teaching. I’d like to ask you some questions about teaching and education. What are the qualities of a good teacher?
I should say a good teacher is one who always is well prepared for the class. And I guess if the person has a good sense of humour that would help because, you know, boring, ah, session, nobody would sit in the class, you know, hours after hours.
And what differences in teaching styles have you experienced with different teachers?
Some teachers can be very knowledgeable. I could tell that the person had a lot of knowledge and experience and everything. But the person just didn’t have the skills to convey all that to the students. And so the rendering was really boring and everybody was just falling asleep, whereas some teachers they knew how to pass that down to the teachers somehow and the session was completely enjoyable.
Should teachers use discipline in the classroom?
Coming from where I, um, am, I think yes, teachers should discipline students. In Korea, students would respect the teachers. My mum’s generation was more so, and my mum had to say one day, she thought teachers don’t eat, don’t go to the toilet, they are demi-Gods and wouldn’t even step on the shadow of the teacher, because you respect the teacher so much. But I don’t think same kind of respect is here and students sometimes misbehave during class hours and I just find it hard to understand. There is not enough respect for the teachers and also for the learning itself.
And can students learn from computers?
I guess yes and no. I see my children, they’re sitting in front of the computer sometimes writing their essays and getting information through the net. In that case, I guess comps can be educational and helpful. But sometimes I see my son sitting in front of the computer hours after hours doing you know, video games. I don’t think in that case computers are educational or healthy.
Can you describe the education system in your home country?
In some ways it is quite similar to the Australian education system. The only difference I can tell straightaway is that Kindergarten is not part of the primary school education in Korea whereas here, we start from kindergarten. And three years we call it junior high. And then three years high school, and then four years, normally four years, we call it university education, tertiary education. So I don’t think there is big difference between two systems.
When should children start formal schooling?
Formal schooling, I guess it starts in Australia from the age of five whereas in Korea, from six? I don’t know, sometimes when I see little K students looking a little bit tired, makes me wonder whether they’re a bit too young to be starting schooling at that age. But, I really have no idea.
Has education changed since your parents’ day? You know, in the last twenty-five years?
I think it’s changed a lot, although I can’t say that I understand what education was like when my mum and dad, when they were in school. But definitely, well I’m talking about the Korean situation, in Korea, you have to study many many more subjects than your father or your mother would have, you know, in the past. And you use like different equipment, like computer and things, all these audio-visual teaching material. I guess in that way education has changed a lot.
Ok thank you. That is the end of the speaking test.

IELTS Speaking Sample Script – 1

Good afternoon, my name is Anna. Could you tell me your full name please?
Roberto Rossi.
What should I call you?



Robert.
Thank you. Do you work, or are you a student?
I’m a student.
Can you tell me about your studies?
Um well, uh my studies are in relation to cultures in the world. Uh When I was- when I was young, my father used to travel a lot and used to come back home, giving me a picture of a very vast world where people used to live and think and behave in different ways. So in comparison to what I used to study in geography, the world seemed to be a lot more interesting to go and- and explore. So as soon as I got rid of all that and I finished school I decided to uh go and experience uh first-hand what it really means to live in direct contact with a different culture. So I ended up looking for the most traditional and isolated cultures in the world at that time a few years ago, and uh I decided to go and live as one of the local people; which I did for a period of time. So that experience really changed my life and made me understand also, a lot better, what I wanted to study umm at University.
What is your favourite subject?
Anthropology, and social anthropology in particular. So in reality what I do, is I go back to one of these places where I’ve been in the past and I- and I see in what way the society changes as the rest of the world changes, and uh in what way it is affected by the outside world. So I ended up learning the language and I and I ended up understanding probably a lot more what really goes on in uh- in uh the inside of a person who lives in a little dot in the middle of the ocean, and all he or she knows is that and that is the universe- in comparison to us, um being sort of constantly bombarded by- by a lot more information.
What is your study plan?
I’m starting to and- I’m thinking of furthering my studies by doing a Masters and perhaps a PhD. I’m very interested in following umm what I started already. And err, and err, again, not only from my professional point of view, but also for a personal point of view I think it is very important to do things combined together, and what we learn and understand in life can really be of help to other people if we- umm if we develop it to a certain extent.
Thank you. Do you have any hobbies or interests?
Oh yes, a number of them. I like to umm read a lot, and I also like to play soccer. Um But err, I can say that lately, unfortunately, I don’t much time to do either of them.
What hobbies are popular with young boys and girls in your country?
Well, young boys and girls mm like to interact and meet and have a good time together. So, we start generally since we very young by meeting at the end of the day when we get out of school at the local bar or corn- corner in the area where we live in the square and in the same area with lots of other people, older and younger than us. And uh hobbies generally for the young boys umm are sport and socialising and dancing. And same for the girls, except that the girls are certainly a lot more into fashion and umm dancing.
Do people usually continue their hobbies when they get older?
When they can, they do. Generally that depends on what kind of commitments they are involved to and uh with, and if they can afford, only also in terms of time uh in what they like to do.
Thank you. Now I’d like to ask you to speak one-to two minutes on a topic. You have one minute to plan your answer.
Topic: Describe a movie, which made a strong impression on you.
Well um, the name of the film is [inaudible]. It is actually a very famous movie. It won the Oscar in 1989. And um…it’s a movie about the story of a kid who grows up in a small village in Sicily. And we can see very clearly through the film uh in what way the community influence him, and uh also his first love story with a local girl and how much they affect his life. So it’s actually a movie in retrospective because it goes back, and uh he tries to get in touch with the same girl. And by doing that, you basically revisit the most important part or his life. Parts. And uh, it is really showing us in what ways all these things really affect all us. How much we keep on dreaming, and how much we keep on hoping in our lives; especially when we can’t leave- err what we really wish and desire to leave, especially when it comes to emotional things.
And uh it’s a film that ah is also based on a true story, and um I think um the public can really feel that. So it’s also shot in a very, very good way and we can see
Sicily through 50 years of life. And from the end of the Second World War to today, which is also more or less perhaps, you know, the period of time of my life, of my father’s life. Anyway, the main actors in the film are [unknown] and the famous actor who I don’t remember.
Thank you. Do you go to the movies often?
Yes, yes, most often as I can. I really like films, especially the European movies – French, Italian, and English. I really like the way they represent the- the European culture.
Thank you. Now I’d like to ask you a few more questions about films and movies. Are films popular where you come from?
Yes, they are very popular. Actually, cinema and movies is a big industry in Italy. And uh it has been the second major industry in the world in terms of films uh in the 50’s, so you have probably seen yourself a number of Italian movies. But uh, actually, it is a particular kind of way of making films and uh they still remain very popular. Yes.
Do you think people are going to the cinema more these days compared with 25 years ago?
Umm…No, I don’t think so. I think that today TV and videos and DVDs actually have replaced often what people used to go only going to the theatre. A few years ago when I was younger, I remember, there were a lot of people going to the cinemas and it was packed, and the same movie was left there for weeks and weeks and weeks where now normally, a show in the same cinema for a lot less.
What films are popular with young people these days?
We have in Italy a very strong American influence and as well, so a lot of American movies, and a lot of high-tech movies with special effects. And uh but at the same time we also keep maintaining a kind of our own genre and some Italian movies they never get to the overseas market, they also remain- become very popular in Italy.
Do peoples taste in films change as they get older?
I think so; I think so- I think movies also a little mirror of how we change in life, what interests us and what we see in them. And um ah, as you know, in our 20s we are perhaps a little more romantic and we like certain kinds of movies, and then perhaps we like to think a bit more about our life… and we see different kinds of films.
Has technology made a difference in the quality of modern films?
I think so, yes, a big difference. Um the effects now seem to really suck you in when you see a movie. And the way the film edited, they also keep your attention a lot better than in the past. You can see the way that they are put together, and also the sound quality is a lot better, and umm I think there’s been certainly, technologically speaking, a big improvement there.
How will technology be used to improve films in the future?
Well, ah I am not an expert but I think that if we will ever get 3-D movies, ah or movies in 3-D, ah we will uh find ourselves even more immersed in what uh for only at the moment only our eyes and our ears can see in two dimensions.
Why have the forms of popular entertainment changed over the years?
Because the society has changed a lot. And now uh we seem to be rushing all the time, and we want to consume everything a lot faster. So I think every form- form of entertainment is also reflecting that kind of very fast, quick way of ah wanting something different, and wanting something very quickly and ah…yes.
Will people still go to the cinema in the future?
I hope so. I don’t know, but I think there will be people that, like today, like to see not only the new movie but also the old movie because it represents what they have seen what they were younger and what they and also what they were dreaming at that time and I think that remains within us all our life.
Thank you, that is the end of the speaking test.

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