Part One: Interview
Q. What is your full name?
A. My name is Elruz Rehimli but you can call me with my surname which is Rehimli.
Q. Where are you from?
A. I am from Azerbaijan.
Q. Tell me about the apartment that you live in.
A. I don’t live in an apartment. My family lives in a house. It is not a large house, but with a little yard, it is suitable for us. It is an L-shaped house with a nice garden in the backyard. We love to live here.
Q. Do you have plans to stay or you want to leave?
A. I don’t have a plan of leaving my house until I enter a university. After I get admitted to a university, I might need to move to a new city. Apart from that, I don’t have plans to move now.
Q. What you can see from the window of your house?
A. My house is two-storey building, so it is not too high. We can see the whole street once we look through our window. The people, small vehicles are common on the road. If we look farther we can see many high rising buildings as well.
Q. What kind of food do you like?
A. I like my country’s traditional food a lot, but Turkish food tastes delicious too.
Q. Can you easily find the ingredients for making this food in the market?
A. Yes, certainly. It is convenient enough to get both traditional and Turkish food ingredients in markets.
Q. Where do you eat your favourite food?
A. My favourite food is definitely is made by my mum. I love her meals and desserts. So I eat my favourite food with my family members at home.
Q. Were you helping your parents in cooking when you were a child?
A. To be honest, usually not at all, but when I noticed they were exhausted, I always tried to give a hand. But that’s only related to helping them but not directly in cooking.
Q. Did you cook? What did you cook?
A. Actually, I can’t cook many meals except breakfast. So I cooked scrambled eggs mostly.
Q. What kind of music do you listen to?
A. I usually listen to rap, traditional and pop music. I love pop most.
Q. Name one of your favourite music bands.
A. It is Qaya group. I like their music a lot. I often listen to their music and I have a good collection of their CDs.
Part Two: Cue Card
Describe a book that you have recently read.
You should say:
- what the books is
- who wrote the book
- what is the story of the book
and explain if it is a good book or not.
[ 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.]
Part Three: Two-way Discussion.
[ The examiner is now going to ask several discussion questions about the topic given in Cue Card. ]
Q. Would you recommend that book to anyone? Why?
A. Yes, definitely. This, is in my opinion, is one of the best books I have ever read and it was highly appreciated by the critiques and it has a very good rating. It has an important lesson and it is a fast paced book. So I would recommend this book as a must read.
Q. What types of books are popular among children and adults in your country?
A. Children mostly read academic books. Apart from that, they read fairy tales, detective books and adventurous stories mostly. On the other hand, the reading lists among adults vary a great deal ranging from romantic, political, historical, adventurous, horror etc.
Q. What are the impacts of modern life on reading?
A. I think modern life hasn’t influenced to the contrary of reading habits. It provided some other potential sources for reading. It is easy to purchase books, get detailed reviews and track the reading using the latest technology and book lovers are still present in our society as they were in the past generations. Some would say that we don’t have time to read books as we lead a busy life. But I won’t agree with that as I still see many people read books when they are waiting in the line, waiting for someone in a café. So interested readers always find times no matter how much busy they are.
Q. Between books or movies which one in better and why?
A. I like both books and movies. They are not alternative to each other. Rather they both have their own appealing. In terms of serious learning and knowledge books are better. In terms of visual presentation and entertainment and easy learning, movies are far better. While a book enhances the imagination and creativity of a reader, movies present events and stories more vividly. In my opinion, both are equally important and I personally like both of them.
Q. What are the problems faced by illiterate people in the society?
It is a big problem not to be able to read and write nowadays. In most of the cases, they are not socially respected. Without the education, they can’t enjoy the world known to the literate people. They need to rely on others for such matters including reading a letter written by a family member. They might be deceived easily as they never know what’s been written. They can’t write to their dearest person and can’t read the extraordinary stories others can read and enjoy.
[ by – Elruz Rehimli ]