Skills-Speaking Folder: Part 5 – Communication Activity

Instructions Part 5

* 40 seconds are allowed for preparation

1. Daily Life & Home

A reporter from a magazine is writing an article about improving life. He wants to find out your opinion about the good ways to improve life for people living in cities. He will ask you questions about:

  • Benefits of living in cities
  • The best place to live
  • Type of cities
  • Towns vs. cities
  • The best place to grow up

Question 1 of 5: What’s good about living in cities in your country? Why?

Question 2 of 5: Which is the best city for people to visit in your country? Why?

Question 3 of 5: Would you prefer to live in a modern city or a city with lots of history? Why?

Question 4 of 5: Are there advantages to living in a small town rather than in a big city?

Question 5 of 5: Do you think it is better for children to grow up in the city or in the countryside? Why?

2. People & Relationships

A reporter from a magazine is writing an article about the influence of friends. He wants to find out your opinion about if people are too easily influenced by their friends. He will ask you questions about:

  • Influence in what to buy
  • Influence over your thinking
  • Number of friends
  • Parents’ opinion
  • Media vs. friends’ influence

Question 1 of 5: Do you think that we always want to have the same things as our friends?

Question 2 of 5: Do you think we can be friends with people who have very different ideas and opinions from us?

Question 3 of 5: Do you think it is better to have only one or two friends or have a big group of friends? Why?

Question 4 of 5: How important do you think it is for parents to like their children’s friends?

Question 5 of 5: Do you think that the media influence us much more than our friends do? Why? / Why not?

3. Hobbies & Leisure

A reporter from a magazine is writing an article about boredom. He wants to find out your opinion about why it might be a good idea for people to change the way they spend their free time. He will ask you questions about:

  • Free time activities at weekends
  • Having fun with others
  • Company
  • Type of entertainment
  • Relaxing

Question 1 of 5: Should schools and colleges organise free time activities for students at weekends? Why? / Why not?

Question 2 of 5: Do you think it’s true that you will always enjoy yourself if you’re with other people? Why? / Why not?

Question 3 of 5: Do you think it is important to entertain yourself rather than expect other people to do it all the time?

Question 4 of 5: Is it a good idea to have a lot of different interests or just one or two? Why? / Why not?

Question 5 of 5: Do you think it is important to be busy all the time? Why? / Why not?

4. Entertainment & Media

A reporter from a magazine is writing an article about keeping up to date. He wants to find out your opinion about the importance of keeping up to date in the world. He will ask you questions about:

  • Social networking websites
  • Watching television
  • Our fast-changing world
  • The importance of changing
  • History and tradition

Question 1 of 5: Do you think that we spend too much time checking for updates on social networking websites? Why? / Why not?

Question 2 of 5: Do you think the best way to keep up to date with changes in the world is to watch television? Why? / Why not?

Question 3 of 5: Do you think that the world is changing so fast that we can’t keep up to date with everything? Why? / Why not?

Question 4 of 5: How important is it for people to have change in their lives?

Question 5 of 5: Do you think people these days are only interested in new things and ignore history and tradition? Why? / Why not?

5. Eating

A reporter from a magazine is writing an article about restaurants. He wants to find out your opinion about how restaurants can attract more customers. He will ask you questions about:

  • Interest in eating out
  • A matter of age
  • Local products
  • Unhealthy food
  • Waste of food

Question 1 of 5: Do you like to eat in restaurants? Why? / Why not?

Question 2 of 5: What differences are there between what young people and older people like to eat?

Question 3 of 5: Do you think we should try to eat food that is produced locally? Why? / Why not?

Question 4 of 5: Which food or drinks do you think are unhealthy? Why?

Question 5 of 5: Do you think we eat too much these days?

6. Shopping

A reporter from a magazine is writing an article about shopping. He wants to find out your opinion about the best way to buy. He will ask you questions about:

  • Where to buy
  • Consumerism
  • Shopping centres
  • Company when shopping
  • Shopping in your free time

Question 1 of 5: Do you think there will be no need for shops in the future because we’ll buy everything online?

Question 2 of 5: Do you think it’s true what we buy a lot of things we don’t really need these days? Why? / Why not?

Question 3 of 5: Do you think that out of town shopping centres are a good idea?

Question 4 of 5: Is it better to go shopping with friends or alone? Why? / Why not?

Question 5 of 5: Do you think shopping is a leisure activity nowadays? Why?

7. Health & Fitness

A reporter from a magazine is writing an article about keeping fit. He wants to find out your opinion about the importance of keeping fit and healthy. He will ask you questions about:

  • Staying fit with friends
  • Going to the gym
  • Living healthily
  • Keeping fit at school
  • Influence of ads

Question 1 of 5: What is the advantage of keeping fit with friends?

Question 2 of 5: Do you think it is a waste of time going to a gym because you can exercise outside for free?

Question 3 of 5: Is it possible to live healthily without spending a lot of money? Why? / Why not?

Question 4 of 5: Do you think it’s a school responsibility to help students keep fit?

Question 5 of 5: Do you think advertising makes people worry too much about keeping fit and how they look? Why? / Why not?

8. Career & Education

A reporter from a magazine is writing an article about independent learning. He wants to find out your opinion about whether it is a good idea to try and learn some thing without a teacher or not. He will ask you questions about:

  • Having an instructor around
  • Lifelong learning
  • Private lessons
  • Internet
  • Learning by doing

Question 1 of 5: Do you find it always better to have a teacher when you want to learn things? Why? / Why not?

Question 2 of 5: Do you think we should keep learning new things all our lives?

Question 3 of 5: Do you think it’s true that having a private lesson is better than having a lesson with other students? Why? / Why not?

Question 4 of 5: Do you think in future everyone will learn everything they need to know from the internet? Why? / Why not?

Question 5 of 5: Do you think that the only way we really learn things is by trying to do things and making mistakes?

9. Transport & Travel

A reporter from a magazine is writing an article about holiday at home. He wants to find out your opinion about spending your holidays in your own country instead of travelling to other countries. He will ask you questions about:

  • Places to visit
  • The reason to travel
  • Length of holidays
  • Variety of places
  • Speaking the local language

Question 1 of 5: Where do people in your country go on their holidays? Why do they like it there?

Question 2 of 5: Do you think holidays are for having fun, and not for learning about other cultures?

Question 3 of 5: Do you think it’s best to have one long holiday each year or several short ones? Why?

Question 4 of 5: Is it a good idea to go on holiday to the same place every year? Why? / Why not?

Question 5 of 5: Do you think it is important to speak the language of the country you are visiting? Why? / Why not?

10. The Natural World

A reporter from a magazine is writing an article about the environment. He wants to find out your opinion about the environment. He will ask you questions about:

  • Environment education
  • Means of transport
  • Free time in nature
  • Recycling
  • Care of the environment

Question 1 of 5: Did you learn about protecting the environment at school? Why? / Why not?

Question 2 of 5: Do you ever ride a bicycle? Why? / Why not?

Question 3 of 5: Do you like being in places with lots of trees? Why? / Why not?

Question 4 of 5: Would you like to recycle more things? Why? / Why not?

Question 5 of 5: Do you think people do enough to protect the environment? Why? / Why not?

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