Part One: Interview
Q. What is your name?
A. Hi, my name is Natalia Svetlova.
Q. Do you work or study?
A. Currently, I am studying and working as well.
Q. Is your profession popular in your country?
A. Well, yes, my profession is popular in Russia. Originally, I am from Russia. I am an accountant. And you can find many other successful accountants in Russia. This is a demanding and well-paid job in my country.
Q. Did you enjoy visiting museums when you were a child?
A. When I was a child, I really enjoyed visiting museums because it was interesting for me to see the real things from the past and read explanations what was it, to whom was it belong, what people did with some particular things in the past.
Q. When did you visit a museum last time?
A. Well, my last visit was during the last school holidays, in July 2015. I went there with my son to see the exhibition of dinosaurs.
Q. What books do children enjoy reading in your country?
A. In Russia, children enjoy reading different kinds of books. I think it depends on their age and gender. For example, boys under 5 years old prefer to read books about cars, whereas girls enjoy more to read stories about the princess. If we are talking about children from 7 to 17, most of the children read books that they have to read according to the school program such as history books, geography etc.
Part Two: Cue Card
Describe a project or a piece of work you did together with someone.
You should say:
- what it was
- what you have done
- why you have chosen this person to work with
and explain what you did to finish the project.
[ 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 take some notes to help you if you wish.]
Part Three: Discussion
Q. Do you think it is important to do something with another person?
A. Well, it depends on what are you doing. For example, if you are doing an individual assignment, it is necessary to do it on your one. If you have to do some group work, of course, it is essential to do it with another person.
Generally, I believe that cooperation is a great skill, that requires doing some activities with different people which teach us how successfully work in a team. In today’s highly competitive environment, it is essential to do something with another person, cooperate and work or even play in a team. At the end of the day, it will increase the value of both.
Q. Is it important for children to have subjects in school that include working with another person?
A. Yes, obviously, it is necessary. We are living in the world, which includes many people. Do we want or we don’t but we have to be able to work with different people. It is a requirement at schools, at universities and at work and actually everywhere.
At school children start to learn their general skills, which they will apply in the future and one of the most important skills is cooperation and work in a team.
Q. What subjects would those be?
A. It could be literature, a foreign language where children can talk to each other and have a dialogue. Also, it could be physical activity subjects as well. Group assignment could be given almost in all subjects including literature, History, Physics, Chemistry, Arts etc.
Q. How could businesses work together with schools or universities?
A. Businesses, schools or universities can cooperate together and help each other. For example, at school teachers can observe the achievement of different students and can recommend to the businesses if they are looking for an employee. Universities and businesses can be helpful to each other in the same way. Most students are looking for a job, while many companies are looking for right employees. They can cooperate and help each other through, for example, organising job opportunity events.
Q. How could wealthy countries help poor countries?
A. I think there are different ways to help. One of them is to organise special organisation that will help to some poor country. The employees and volunteers of this organisation will assist local people by donating clothes, organising free lunches, dinners for people who need help. Also, I think, it might be medical support. A wealthy country can send medicine to the poor countries. The wealthy countries can provide basic needs like education, treatment and shelter for the people of poor countries. They can take many infrastructure improvement related projects. They can provide research facilities and can open trade facilities to help the poor countries as well.
[ by – Natalia Svetlova ]