Part One – Introduction
Q. What’s your name?
Answer: Thank you for the question. I am Lilly Isabella. You can call me Isabella. This is what my friends call me.
Q. What nationality are you?
Answer: I am a German by born.
Q. What part of your country do you come from?
Answer: I am from Bavaria, a landlocked country located in the southwestern corner of Germany.
Q. What do you like about your studies?
Answer: I like the course outline and lectures in the class. In fact, the courses are well designed and the lectures are highly informative. I love to learn new things and history is my favourite subject.
Q. What do you like about learning English?
Answer: Well, English is an international language and learning English will alleviate me to a higher level. So, it is really important for my personal growth and also I like the way people use the language in their everyday life. I believe that a second language is always helpful and as an International language English opens a host of opportunities. This is the most widely used international language and skill in this language enhances the opportunity to communicate people from different countries.
Q. How often do you use English?
Answer: Uhh… I do not need to use English that much as the German language is widely used in my locality and the college I am studying in. However, I use it whenever I need to talk to a friend who is from a different country or whenever I go out of my country.
Part 2 – Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card
Describe a competition (or contest) that you took part in.
You should say:
- when the competition took place
- what you had to do
- how well you did in the competition
and explain how you felt about participating in that.
[ You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]
It was an inter-class debate competition that took place last week at the New European College and I took part in that. The competition began in the morning and ended by the noon. A huge number of information and theories have been discussed in the debate to battle with the opposition. The debate competition theme was about the impacts of climate change on the European continent and who is responsible for the problem. This is a great candidate task card for me and I am feeling lucky to have it. Here go the remaining answers.
I had to deliver a speech against the opponents in the competition and also had to present some counter logic against them. But the preparations for the speech was really difficult. I had to collect the information over climate change from various sources, and also had to cross-check the references as well. In fact, if I deliver any misinformation, it would be destructive for my team as I was the team leader.
I delivered a great speech. And finally, my team won the debate. Actually, I pointed out some of the key factors for environmental pollution and how that was having detrimental impacts on climate change. I also focused on some ordinary issues that my opponents did not consider at all while preparing their speeches and logic. My other team members also supported me and supplied with some minor information that I included in my final speech. It was a remarkable moment of my life to win the debate competition.
In the beginning, I felt nervous as it was the very first completion of my life. I was forced to take part here from my parents and college teachers. But I did not know that my logic and speeches would be helpful to win the competition. So, I was happy.
Part 3 – Two-way Discussion
Q. Do you enjoy entering competitions?
Answer: Yes, I enjoy entering into contests and prefer indoor sports competitions more than anything. These sort of contests enable us to assess our skill sets, and open opportunity to make new friends. And obviously, the target of winning the prises makes us bring out the best on us. Positive competitions like these are always helpful to honing our skills.
Q. Have you entered any other competitions?
Answer: Of course, I have entered into other competitions which were held in my college and school days. I can recall enlisting in chess competition, several other debate competitions.
Q. Are there any new hobbies that you would like to take up? Why?
Answer: I would like to learn to ride a bicycle. This is more than a hobby for me. And in fact, this is a really enjoyable thing and will keep me fit if I ride a bicycle regularly. Moreover, there are some other benefits of riding a bicycle. It also helps to reach distant places easily. So, I would be able to reach my college if I learn to ride it. It is rare that someone at my age cannot ride a bicycle and somehow I missed that part and would like to learn it as early as possible.
Q. Do you think children should compete with others in schools? Why/ Why not?
Answer: Well, I think children should take part in positive competitions with each other in school. Participation in competitive activities has some particular benefits. The competition, either in study or sports, help them become confident. And the confidence gained from the early part of life will help them deal with the adverse realities of life in future. Moreover, the competition among children also helps to raise some human qualities too. They become a team player and use their skills and smartness to get rid of obstacles.
Q. How can positive competition be helpful for young people?
Answer: Ummm… well, positive competitions have some advantages and they are proven to be helpful for young people indeed. Actually, a competition teaches a kid to learn skills to win. The competition also demands the best performance to win. Thus, they learn to give their best or try extremely hard. Increasing skills, learning to take risks, managing time, setting goals, adjusting with situations etc. are some of the positive aspects students learn from friendly competition. A positive competition nurture commitment and teamwork skill among the competitors. Thereby, young people should be encouraged to participate in competitions.
Q. It is believed by many that if we teach our children to compete with each other, they will do that for the rest of their life. Do you agree? Why/ Why not?
Answer: Some people believe that the competitive tendency remains throughout the life when children are taught to compete in early age. I do not think this is an accurate concept. Usually, parents or teachers try to grow a competitive attitude among children and this teaches them to be more skilled. They want the kids to be competitive and have the best things in them. Once they grow up, they start understanding the importance of excelling in every field in life.