Here are some high-scoring Part 3 model answers for the Speaking Test that was shared by a student from Nigeria. 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 conversations with strangers, and now, in the third part of the test, I would like to ask you a few more questions related to this.
1. Is there a difference between discussions with friends and strangers?
Yes, I think there is a fundamental difference between conversations with friends and conversations with strangers. When we talk to our friends, the conversation is usually more relaxed and we feel more comfortable, because we already have a bond of familiarity and trust. We can open up more freely to our friends, compared to talking to someone we don’t know. On the other hand, talking to someone you don’t know takes an effort to feel comfortable with each other, and find some common ground for conversation.
2. What do you think is a typical topic of discussion between strangers?
Well, I think this can range from light-hearted topics, such as hobbies or travel plans, to more serious issues, like news headlines or politics. Depending on how well two people get along, they may also discuss their families or past experiences that are relevant to current circumstances. It is also possible that strangers will touch on contentious topics, such as religion or government policies, if they feel strongly about them, or want to learn more about each other’s beliefs and opinions.
3. What do you think are the benefits of being able to have a conversation with a stranger?
Thinking about this, there could be several benefits. For starters, engaging in dialogue with people we just met can help break down barriers caused by shyness and awkwardness. Also, meaningful dialogue encourages us to become more open-minded towards different perspectives and new information, and it does that by exposing us to fresh ideas and viewpoints that we may not have encountered before.
4. During a debate, can people with contrary views come to an agreement?
From personal experience, people engaged in heated debates often find it difficult to agree when there are differences of opinion. When those differences are rooted deeply in ideology or history, agreeing becomes even harder. Still, I think it is possible to reach an understanding, if the opponents enter the debate well informed and willing to listen thoughtfully, instead of just trying to win over the other person’s point-of-view at any cost.
5. Do you think it is hard for motivational speakers to talk to strangers?
My guess would be that due to their vast experience coaching people and talking to large crowds, they probably don’t have much trouble speaking to new people. However, I do believe that they might face some challenges when speaking to unfamiliar audiences, because they need to create rapport quickly, if they want to deliver their message effectively.
6. What is a good way to overcome nervousness when giving a speech?
I wish I knew the answer to this. Unfortunately, public speaking is something that I have always struggled with. I’ve found that it helps to be well prepared. I make little cards with bullet points, and I practice my speech multiple times before I actually have to deliver it. Another trick that I’ve found useful in the past, is to focus on friendly faces in the crowd.
7. What type of personality is best suited, to become a public speaker?
Public speaking requires strong interpersonal skills and self-confidence, so people who are outgoing and energetic should be a good fit. I also think that anyone can become a public speaker, if they are passionate enough about the subject that they need to talk about.
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