Part One – Introduction
[The examiner asks the candidate about him/herself, his/her home, work or studies and other familiar topics.]
Q. What is your full name?
A. Thank you for the question. My full name is Jahn Nicholas. You can call me John.
Q. Can I see your ID, please?
A. Yes, sure. Here it is.
Q. Can you tell me more about your hometown? Is it a countryside or a big city?
A. I am from Woodlands in Singapore. Woodland is a modern city in the north region in Singapore. This is a residential city filled with modern architecture and also connected to some of the parts of Malaysia. The city is also famous for the gardens, playgrounds, eateries etc.
Q. What do you like or dislike about it? And How long have you been living there?
A. I like the natural views of the city most. I dislike the traffic congestion and large industries in this city. I have been living here for over 15 years. My parents migrated here from Hong Kong in 2002 and since then we have been living here.
Q. Do you work or study?
A. I am a student at the undergraduate level at a local university.
Q. Do you like walking? Why/ why not?
A. Yes, I do like walking and there are a good number of reasons. Walking is a very good exercise and it helps to keep people fit. Besides, there are some other health benefits of walking as well.
Q. Where do you prefer to walk, in the country or the city? Why?
A. I like to walk in the countryside. In city areas, walking comfortably is not possible. There are numerous obstacles that may slow down the walking pace. And the public gardens are filled with crowds where someone cannot walk in peace. So, I prefer to walk in the country where I can walk comfortably.
Q. Would you like to increase your walking time in the future?
A. Yes, I will increase my walking time in future. At present, I walk for around 40 minutes a day and I have a plan to increase the time twice in the future.
Part 2 – Cue Card
[The topic for your talk will be written on a card which the examiner will hand you. Read it carefully and then make some brief notes.]
Talk about a place that you would like to visit.
You should say:
- where would you go
- what you will do there
- are you going there soon?
and explain why you want to visit this place.
[ 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.]
I would like to visit Greece and have long been planning to go there. This is a historical place and ordained with beautiful spots. The country is located in the European belt and shares its coastline with the Mediterranean. The exotic beaches of the country provide the best views as well. This is a smart candidate task card topic and I am feeling happy with this one in my share. I will answer the remaining questions in brief now.
There is a lot to do in this country. As it is said before, this is a country filled with historical importance, I would like to visit the places. I would pay a visit to Acropolis, museums, Delphi Ruins, and the other notable places. And I am eagerly waiting for spending some quality times on the white sandy beaches. I would also like to take part in the watersports in the beaches. Enjoying the sunset at the beach is my another plan.
I think I will not go there very soon. Actually, I am planning to spend the next summer vacation there. If I want, I can make a short trip to Greece but that would not be sufficient for me. I will not get entertained completely. It needs a long time to enjoy the beauty of the country. If there is a rush, the travellers are unable to enjoy the trips. So, I do not want any rush rather want to enjoy the place in a calm manner.
I want to visit Greece for some specific reasons. This is a nice place indeed and the islands of this country are also amazing. There are lots of places to see and tons of things to do. The locals are also cooperative and helpful to the tourists. Based on all the reasons, I want to visit Greece.
Part 3 – Two-way Discussion:
Reading and children:
Q. Why do you think people like to visit new places?
A. People like to explore different places and get acquainted with diverse cultures and customs. Visiting the same place over and over again goes against the basic nature of a tourist. Different places have different architects, landscapes and historical significance and people want to witness all of them. Moreover, visiting an entirely new place gives a kind of fulfilment and refreshment to the travellers.
Q. Why is travelling important for learning?
A. We read books to learn something new but travelling helps to widen our outlook and gives us the opportunity to witness something. When we see the things that we read on the books, our cognition level is enhanced. We try to match what we read with what we see and also try to find dissimilarities subconsciously. As a result, our real-life skills and knowledge are increased to a higher extent. So travelling is important for developing our perspective, learning new things and refreshing our mind.
Q. What type of places are popular among foreign tourists in your country?
A. Thank you for the question. Singapore is primarily an island and located near Malaysia. Despite being an island, a remarkable number of attractive places are located in this city and tourists across the world gather here to enjoy the beauties. People mostly like to visit the places with historical importance, natural beauties, luxurious resorts, beaches, shopping malls, open-air shops, street foods etc. Following the demands of the tourists, a substantial number of places have been modified and the tourists around the world get immense pleasure by visiting these spots. Some of the notable places are – Marina Bay Sands, Changi Chapel and Museum, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Flyer, Botanic Gardens, Chinatown, Arab Street and Little India among others. The Singapore Zoo is another such place that draws a huge crowd.
Q. How tourism has changed over the years?
A. Well, tourism has changed greatly over the years. Earlier, people used to visit the city for only business and shopping purposes. Tourism was not quite expanded so much in the past as it is in the present days. Earlier, tourism in Singapore was limited to visiting some shopping malls. People across the world visited here to get their shopping done marking various occasions. But now the scenario is quite opposite. People now love visiting the attractive places of this city. With the passage of time, tourism has developed gradually in Singapore. The government played a great role for uplifting tourism industry while the initiatives from the private sector also have some stake here.
Q. Do you think cheap air travel has positively affected the tourism industry? How?
A. A faster and convenient communication system is essential to visit distant tourist spots and when it is about visiting out of the border, people think carefully about the communication system. Luckily, the cheap air travel has had some positive impacts on the tourism industry in Singapore. Now people across the globe prefer to visit the city and definitely, cheap air travels attract a lot more people. Air travel is comfortable and comes with some other special benefits for the passengers. Booking air ticket is easier now and the travel agencies play the booking agents’ roles for the travellers. The number of domestic and international flights is also on the rise for the cheap ticket price and that has a direct relationship with the enhancement of tourism.
Q. What sort of places students should visit? Why?
This is a critical question to deal with. I think students should visit places with historical importance. They should pay a visit to museums, science galleries, and similar other places where they will learn something interesting. Besides, to increase their outlooks, they also should visit places with natural beauties. International travel may also help them to know about different cultures and customs that they can exercise in their real-life. But the places should come with ample scopes of learning. Visiting only theme parks, and beaches, in my opinion, is not expected from students and universities, old cities and tech valleys might be some great place for them.