Here are some high-scoring Part 1 model answers for the Speaking Test that was shared by a student from India. The answers below show a good way to respond to these questions. You can find the answers in the other parts here: Part 2, Part 3.
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Part 1 (Interview)
1. Where do you live?
I currently live in Dubai, a bustling metropolis in the heart of United Arab Emirates. It’s a very nice place to live, with vibrant local culture, friendly people, and amazing food scene.
2. Do you like living there and why?
Yes, I do. The city has an abundance of skyscrapers, ports and beaches, and events that cater to all ages and interests. I have also found it to be a safe environment, where people from different backgrounds can live and thrive without fear of discrimination or prejudice.
3. Did you help your mother with housework when you were a child?
Well, growing up with two brothers, it was our responsibility to help our mother with the housework. I would help my mum with sweeping, dusting, washing dishes and doing laundry, and anything else that needed to be done.
4. How often do you do house chores now?
I still do house chores regularly, as I believe in maintaining a clean and organised living space. Most of the time, I try to get everything done on the weekends, but sometimes I may have to do something during the week.
5. Have you ever studied geography?
I remember studying it for the first time in elementary school, and after that I took various courses in geography on many occasions, in high school and university. We studied a wide range of topics, from climate change to landforms, and their connection to ecosystems and population patterns.
6. Are you interested in geography now?
If anything, my interest in geography has only increased, as I have become more aware of how important it is to understand the world around us. Geography gave me the tools to not only understand many concepts about the world, but also appreciate them.
7. Are there any particular landscapes or natural features that you like?
There are quite a few landscapes and natural features that I find fascinating. One of my favourites is the Grand Canyon in the United States, which is a wonder of natural engineering and has stunning views. Another example is the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, which is a diverse marine ecosystem, and a testament to the amazing biodiversity found in our planet’s oceans.
8. Would you travel to any country because of its geography?
Yes, I would! I would love to travel to New Zealand, which has everything from snowy mountains, to beautiful coastlines, to active volcanoes. Or else, if I wanted to learn more about climate change, I would go to Iceland, which is one of the most innovative countries regarding sustainability, conservation, and geoscience.
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