Here are some high-scoring Part 3 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 1, Part 2.
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Part 3 (Discussion)
We’ve been talking about outdoor activities, and now, in the third part of the test, I would like to ask you a few more questions related to this.
1. What types of outdoor activities are popular in your country?
Well, as you know, the Dubai landscape is dominated by desert and so sand boarding is a popular activity. Thrill seekers also enjoy navigating the dunes in a dune buggy or quad bike. Some people like camping in the desert, while others prefer waters sports. Cruises and boat trips are also popular, as well as fishing and hunting.
2. What are some of the benefits of participating in outdoor activities?
Spending time outdoors, away from the digital world and sedentary lifestyles, has many health benefits. Outdoor activities can improve cardiovascular health, boost immunity, and reduce stress and anxiety. Also, outdoor activities can foster a sense of connection with nature, appreciation for the environment, and conservation efforts.
3. Do you think younger people engage more in outdoor activities, compared to older people?
There is no clear-cut answer to this question. However, younger people tend to engage in more high-intensity outdoor activities, like extreme sports, and tend to prioritise recreational and social goals. In contrast, older people may focus on more leisurely pursuits and may have a higher motivation for health and fitness.
4. Is it more important for older people to do outdoor activities?
As we get older, our health tends to decline, and older people also usually fall into a rut by doing the same things every day. That is why it’s essential for them to get out and spend time in nature, since it improves both our mental and physical health.
5. Do you think it is important for people to embrace change? Why or why not?
Yes, I believe it’s essential, because change is a natural and inevitable part of life. Change can bring new opportunities, challenges, perspectives, and growth. Without change, life can become stagnant, monotonous, and unhealthy. By embracing change, people can develop resilience, learn to adapt more easily, and become more creative, which are crucial skills these days.
6. Do you think people are generally resistant to change? Why or why not?
Some people may resist change due to fear, uncertainty, and a desire for comfort and familiarity. Change can disrupt one’s sense of identity, routine, and stability, and that, in turn, can cause stress and anxiety. Additionally, some people may feel that they lack the skills or resources to cope with change, or feel that they have no control over external events. However, some people out there embrace change. They welcome it as an opportunity for growth, improvement, and excitement. The ability to deal with change effectively depends on the individual.
7. Who do you think finds it easier to deal with change, younger or older people?
As a young person, I find it easier to deal with change. But I am aware that as people get older, their worldview and lifestyle becomes more established, so it’s usually harder for them to adapt to new situations. Younger people are often more open-minded, and eager to take on new challenges, which makes them better equipped to adjust quickly. Additionally, we tend to have fewer commitments in our lives at a young age, and so there isn’t a great deal of adjustments to make when changes do happen.
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