PART 1: Exchange personal information
This part aims to prepare the candidate for phase 1 of the speaking test, which takes the form of an interview, with each candidate talking in turn to the examiner. This involves the candidate answering questions, responding to a comment or participating in an exchange or greeting.
Asking each other’s name (including spelling), hometown, occupation, hobbies
Further probing: describe your hometown (location, city, town, village) climate, population, etc.
Further probing: describe your occupation/ or major (if student), likes and dislikes about your occupation.
Further probing: asking each other about marital status/ with or without boy friend/girlfriend.
Asking for opinion on married/single life, which is better?
Further probing: asking each other about hobbies.
Suggested Answers and Note
1) What’s your registration number?
² My registration number is…
2) What’s your name?
How do you spell your name?
How do you spell your family name / surname / last name?
² My last name is…
² My given name is…, but my friends always call me…, my English name.
² You can call me…, if you like / wish.
3) Where are you from?
Would you say it’s a good place to live in?
Do you like living in…?
Where would you like rather live…or…?
Do you think it would be better to live in…or…? (Why?)
Houses are pricey in this area.
² Night life (exciting, dynamic)
² Local people
² Local government
² Job opportunities
² Resorts (skiing)
ü selling points
Suggested Answers and Note
4) Do you come from a large family or a small family?
Can you tell me a bit about…in your family?
² Extended family
² Nuclear family
5) Do you work or are you a student in…?
What do you do?
What do you study?
What’s your major?
What do you like most about your job?
What do you like most about your studies?
ü Major v.
I majored in… , and minored in…
² Ever since I was a child, I was interested in…
² Job Satisfaction
² Interesting & challenging
Training (career development)
Do you have much free time?
How do you spend your free time?
What do you do in your free time?
What’s your hobby?
Why do you like…?
Is there any particular reason why you enjoy…?
When did you first take up / start…
(Why did you start then?)
² Particular reason
² Cultivate a hobby
² It’s never too late to take a hobby.
² Outdoor activities:
Sports: tennis / golf / baseball / attend the gym / fitness center
ü Work out=exercise
² Recharge the battery:
Attend a training course
Read various books, for example…
² Chat online
(passive viewer) TV=one-eyed monster
ads (advertisement advert)
ü Educational programs
ü Amusement programs
² Music: classical / light/ pop / jazz / blues
² Fine arts
Abstract painting / oil painting
ü I am fond of traveling. Traveling is a good way of learning and a good way of communicating with other people.
ü No, I don’t have much free time, because so many wonderful courses are fixed.
ü I prefer doing exercises, (most of time) I’d like to attend the gym or go to the fitness centers. If time is enough, I’ll read various books.