Skills-Speaking Folder: Part 5 – Communication Activity Copy

Instructions Part 5

* 40 seconds are allowed for preparation

1. Daily Life & Home

A reporter from a magazine is writing an article about moving. He wants to find out your opinion about how different things might affect a person’s decision to move to another country. He will ask you questions about:

  • Experiences abroad
  • Benefits of living abroad for young people
  • Retirement
  • People’s character
  • Decision-making

Question 1 of 5: Do you think most people would like to experience life in another country? Why? / Why not?

Question 2 of 5: Do you think it’s a good idea to encourage young people to spend a few months living in another country? Why? / Why not?

Question 3 of 5: Why do you think sometimes older people decide to move to another country when they retire? Why / Why not?

Question 4 of 5: How much can a person’s character influence the decisions they make? Why?

Question 5 of 5: How easy do you think it is to make important decisions? Why?

2. People & Relationships

A reporter from a magazine is writing an article about things that annoy us. He wants to find out your opinion about why the different things that annoy people might have a great effect on their lives. He will ask you questions about:

  • Reasons to get angry
  • The pace of life
  • Learning how to control your mood
  • How to avoid losing your temper
  • Tolerance

Question 1 of 5: Why do you think some people lose their temper more often than others?

Question 2 of 5: Do you think the pace of life today makes it more likely for people to lose their temper? Why? / Why not?

Question 3 of 5: Do you think ‘anger management’ courses can be a good idea? Why? / Why not?

Question 4 of 5: Is it always better to show your feelings rather than hide them? Why? / Why not?

Question 5 of 5: Do you think we become less tolerant of other people’s behaviour as we get older? Why? / Why not?

3. Hobbies & Leisure

A reporter from a magazine is writing an article about doing adventurous activities. He wants to find out your opinion about how different things can affect people’s views on doing adventurous activities. He will ask you questions about:

  • Benefits of adventurous activities
  • Importance of doing activities in people’s spare time
  • Individual vs. group activities
  • Frequency of doing activities in your free time
  • Responsibilities

Question 1 of 5: What do you think people gain from doing adventurous activities?

Question 2 of 5: How important do you think it is for people to do different activities in their free time? Why?

Question 3 of 5: Do you think it’s better to do activities in groups rather than on your own? Why? / Why not?

Question 4 of 5: Are you the kind of person who prefers doing activities spontaneously? Why? / Why not?

Question 5 of 5: Why do you think sometimes activities can take over people’s lives and leave them no time for work and studies?

4. Entertainment & Media

A reporter from a magazine is writing an article about the influence of technology. He wants to find out your opinion about how technology impacts on different aspects of life. He will ask you questions about:

  • Technology in the future
  • People’s attitudes towards technology
  • The most influential technological development on society
  • Limits to technology use
  • Effects of technology in children’s learning

Question 1 of 5: How do you think technology will develop in the future? Why?

Question 2 of 5: How do the attitudes of older and younger generations towards technology differ? Why?

Question 3 of 5: Which technological development do you think has had the most positive effect on society? Why?

Question 4 of 5: Do you think parents should impose time limits on a child’s use of the computer? Why? / Why not?

Question 5 of 5: What effects do you think computer use has had on literacy? Why?

5. Eating

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

  • Interest in eating out
  • Food choice
  • Unhealthy products
  • Eating in or out
  • Waste of food

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

Question 2 of 5: Is it better to cook homemade food or to order fast food? Why?

Question 3 of 5: Which food or drinks do you think are unhealthy? Why?

Question 4 of 5: Do you prefer to get a takeaway or to eat out in restaurants ? Why?

Question 5 of 5: Do you think people eat too much nowadays? Why?

6. Shopping

A reporter from a magazine is writing an article about dressing code. He wants to find out your opinion about how important is it to have a dress code in different situations. He will ask you questions about:

  • How clothing reflect personality
  • Ways of dressing
  • Fashion designers and their influence
  • How you outfit affect your mood
  • The worth of investing in clothes

Question 1 of 5: How far do you think clothes reflect the personality of the person wearing them? Why?

Question 2 of 5: Given a choice, would you prefer to dress comfortably or smartly? Why?

Question 3 of 5: Do you think that fashion designers have too much influence over the way we dress? Why?

Question 4 of 5: Do you think it’s true that wearing different types of clothes can change our moods or the way we feel? Why? / Why not?

Question 5 of 5: In your opinion, is it important to spend a lot of money on clothes in order to look good? Why? / Why not?

7. Health & Fitness

A reporter from a magazine is writing an article about healthy life. He wants to find out your opinion about the different things that can contribute to a healthy life. He will ask you questions about:

  • Attitudes towards health
  • Availability of health care
  • Health at school
  • The relationship between health and holidays
  • The power of laughter

Question 1 of 5: Do you think we should just enjoy ourselves and not worry about our health? Why?

Question 2 of 5: Do you think health care should be freely available to everybody? Why?

Question 3 of 5: At what age do you think schools should start educating children about healthy things? Why?

Question 4 of 5: Do you think it’s good for our health to take regular holidays? Why? / Why not?

Question 5 of 5: Do you think that laughter is sometimes the best form of medicine? Why? / Why not?

8. Career & Education

A reporter from a magazine is writing an article about working together in a team. He wants to find out your opinion about how different things can affect the experience of working together in a team. He will ask you questions about:

  • Getting feedback
  • The benefits of collaboration
  • Social activities at work
  • The effect of success
  • Work-life balance

Question 1 of 5: Do you think that getting and giving feedback on each other’s work is always a good thing? Why? / Why not?

Question 2 of 5: Do you think that working in a team can produce better results than working individually? Why? / Why not?

Question 3 of 5: Do you think it benefits companies if they arrange social activities for their staff? Why? / Why not?

Question 4 of 5: Do you think people’s attitudes to work change as they become more successful? Why? / Why not?

Question 5 of 5: Do you think people will spend a longer or shorter time at work in the future? Why?

9. Transport & Travel

A reporter from a magazine is writing an article about planning a holiday. He wants to find out your opinion about why people might consider different things when planning a holiday. He will ask you questions about:

  • Importance of being on vacation
  • Type of destinations
  • Variety of holiday places
  • Planning in advance
  • Getting to know other cultures

Question 1 of 5: Do you think it’s important to take regular holidays? Why? / Why not?

Question 2 of 5: What are the benefits of having a holiday in your own country compared with travelling abroad? Why? / Why not?

Question 3 of 5: Why do you think some people return to the same place every year for their holiday? Why? / Why not?

Question 4 of 5: Do you think it’s a good idea for people to plan all the details of their holiday in advance? Why? / Why not?

Question 5 of 5: How important is it for people to experience the culture of the place they are visiting? Why? / Why not?

10. The Natural World

A reporter from a magazine is writing an article about the environmental issues. He wants to find out your opinion about how different environmental issues impact on people’s lives today. He will ask you questions about:

  • Awareness of environmental issues
  • Cycling from early ages
  • Rewarding recycling
  • Charity fundraising
  • Attitude towards problems

Question 1 of 5: Do you feel that people are fully aware of the environmental problems we face these days? Why? / Why not?

Question 2 of 5: Do you think it’s a good idea to encourage children to cycle from an early age? Why? / Why not?

Question 3 of 5: Do you think it would be a good idea to reward people for the amount of rubbish they recycle? Why? / Why not?

Question 4 of 5: How helpful do you think charities raise a lot of money for the environment? Why? / Why not?

Question 5 of 5: Do you think we should only live for today and not be concerned about the future? Why? / Why not?

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