Part One: Interview:
[The examiner asks the candidates about him/ her homework, choices and studies and other familiar topics.]
Q. What kind of food do you enjoy eating?
A. I mostly like to eat homemade foods that include rice, fish, bread, vegetables, curry, sweetmeats, noodles, salads, Sandwiches and cheeses. Among restaurant and street foods I mostly like pizza, hamburger, fried fish and sushi.
Q. What are some kinds of food you never eat? Why?
A. There are some foods that I have tried once or twice and then never tried again since I did not like them at all. Food items that are on my hate list are bread rolls, banana pudding, kachumbari, Chicken bog and Steak and kidney pie. In fact, I did not like the taste of these items when I first tried them. Ever since those items were on my dislike list and I never tried them.
Q. Do you generally prefer to eat at home or at a restaurant? Why?
A. I usually prefer homemade foods. My mother is an excellent cook and I am concerned about the quality of foods we eat at outside. A modest meal in a quality restaurant is also very expensive in my city. For all these reasons I mostly prefer to eat home-made foods.
Q. What are some reasons that people eat at restaurants?
A. Social gathering, a variation of taste, different menu, fondness of exotic foods and access to ready-made foods are the main reason people eat in a restaurant. Eating in a restaurant offers a better environment, opportunity to meet people and to taste foods that are not usually cooked at home. Many people also eat at a restaurant to celebrate different events and to meet friends and relatives there.
Q. Describe a popular food in your country? Why do people like this food?
A. Soup is a very popular food item in my country. In fact, we have a rich tradition of serving a variety of soups to our guests. The ingredients are easy to purchase from nearby shops, it is easy to prepare and it is healthy. For all these reasons soup has become a very popular food item among people in my country.
PART 2 – Cue Card
Describe a teacher from your past that you remember.
You should say:
- what class the teacher taught you and how old you were
- What subject did he teach
- what the teacher’s special qualities and characteristics were
and explain why you remember this teacher.
[You will have one to two minutes to talk about this topic. You will have one minute to prepare what you are going to say]
Part 3: Details Discussion:
Q. What kind of person makes a good teacher?
A. First of all, the person who has the passion for teaching would naturally become a good teacher. It is true for any other profession as well. Then deep subject knowledge, patience, rhetoric power, ability to convince and argue, fine interaction quality and good behaviours are some key points to become a good teacher. A good teacher inspires pupils and set examples for them. Finally, a person with compassion, ability to understand others’ psychology often excels as a good teacher.
Q. Why people choose to become teachers?
A. For some people, it is their dream and passion to become a teacher. For others, it is just a job and they are teachers because they have not got any other better professions. For others, teaching is a noble profession and they never leave this profession even though they can switch their jobs. In many societies, people honour and respect those who are in the teaching profession and that is why many people choose to become teachers.
Q. Do you think education will change in the future? How?
A. Though the core value and norm of education will always remain the same – to enlighten people, the form and system of education change over time. In the future technology would be greatly used to teach, learn and assess students in educational institutes and distance learning would be very popular among students. More subjects would be introduced and more technical and technological subjects would emerge. Practical experience in studies would be given more priority in the near future.
The traditional classroom-based education would be replaced in some places with the computer and the Internet-based education system and more students would pursue their education from foreign universities and colleges than they do now.
Q. How does technology affect education?
A. Technology has already been adopted in many educational institutes as it makes the process of learning and teaching easier and more convenient. Technology will replace some traditional ways of teaching and would make online classes and online assessment more popular. Students can access to a vast amount of information related to their subjects through the internet and can read e-books.
The time required to take examination and classes has greatly reduced and teachers now connect to their students via the internet. Online courses, online teaching, online registration and certification have changed the way people used to study in the past.
In my opinion, technology offers a huge flexibility and advancement in education and we have already started accepting these benefits.
Q. Who do you should be responsible for teaching manners and good behaviour to young children – parents or teachers? Why?
A. Well, this is an interesting question. For some reason, I think family is the best place to learn good behaviours. In fact, it is the responsibility of parents to teach manners and good behaviours to their offspring. Before attending any academic institution, the children spend most of the time with their parents at home. So, I think this is the best time for them to learn good manners. And the teachers are responsible to nurture the manners to be used perfectly in the real-life situation. But if we rely on teachers alone, undoubtedly the young children will learn less than they are expected.
Q. What modern techniques teachers should teachers adopt to make the teaching more fun and intuitive, especially for children?
A. Ahhh… Everything is changing in this modern era and similarly, the traditional ways of teaching have lost its appeal to students. Hence, the teachers should focus on some other aspects to make teaching more fun for children. Replacing the textbooks with multimedia slides may be an interesting way. Addition of graphical images or audio-visual documentation of the text or to represent some topics or information may provide some better results in teaching. Adopting some recreational activities during the class hours may also have some good results. This way students will not feel bored, rather get interested in the classes.