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IELTS Speaking Test, Part 1 questions with model answers (Work + Libraries)

IELTS Model Speaking Answers Band 9, 2023

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. What kind of work do you do?

Well, I am a Software Engineer. In this role, I develop and maintain software applications that enable our customers to access our products and services.

2. Why do you like working for your company?

Honestly, working at my company is an incredibly rewarding experience because of the people-oriented environment we foster at the office. My colleagues and I hold each other accountable to deliver great results. Our leadership team is always available for questions or feedback, allowing everyone to feel supported even when things get tough.

3. Is your company good to its employees?

Absolutely! My employer continuously goes above and beyond to ensure all the employees are taken care of professionally and personally. Our compensation is fair and we work reasonable hours. We also have good healthcare benefits and a generous amount of vacation days.

4. Let’s talk about libraries. Do you use libraries often?

Yes, I use libraries quite often. They are a great source of knowledge, especially when I’m researching for an assignment or project. Libraries are also great places to relax and explore different topics without any pressure or expectations from others. On top of that, it’s a great way to get away from the distractions of home, such as TV, the Internet, and video games.

5. Are people in your country used to libraries?

Yes, in my country libraries have been around for as long as I can remember and are part of our cultural heritage. People refer to them fondly as ‘public palaces’ because they provide free access to knowledge no matter one’s background or financial situation.

6. Are children in your country using libraries a lot?

No, I don’t think so. This is mostly because of the ever-increasing digital technology always at their fingertips. Many children now use their phones or tablets to access to a whole world of information and entertainment, from movies on Netflix to music streaming services and virtual games. These devices offer ease of access and a wide variety of content that libraries can sometimes struggle to keep up with.

7. Do you think being a librarian is a tough job?

I guess it is, because it requires so much dedication. Librarians must always stay up-to-date on current trends regarding information technology. At the same time they need to make sure all patrons feel comfortable using their facilities, no matter their age group or intellectual level. It must take a lot of patience to help someone learn how to use the library’s resources, especially the digital ones, and they also have to provide quick service when asked to find something specific in the stacks!

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