Bài viết giới thiệu Sample IELTS Speaking part 2 Describe a conversation topic that you were not interested in thuộc nhóm chủ đề describe an experience (miêu tả một trải nghiệm) kèm theo các từ vựng ghi điểm trong bài. Đây là một trong nhóm chủ đề phổ biến trong bài thi IELTS Speaking Part 2.
Describe a conversation topic that you were not interested in
You should say:
Who you talked with
When you had the conversation
What the topic was
And explain why you were not interested
IELTS Speaking sample:
I’d tell you about the most boring conversation I’ve ever engaged in.
So about 4 years ago, I applied for a teaching assistant position in ABC, a local language training center near my house. My goal back then was to find a suitable environment to gain some teaching experience, as I had developed a particular interest in this field. Before that I’ve tried my hand at being a tutor for high school students, so I was pretty confident that I had what it took to pursue a language teaching career.
I sent my CV to ABC and much to my surprise, they replied to me within only 4 days. I was exhilarated to hear the news and prepared everything carefully the night before the meeting. I chose what to wear, ironed the set of clothes to leave a good impression on the HR manager, and even put a notebook in my backpack in case I had to take important notes during the meeting.
But it was, sadly, all for nothing. I was expecting to be a part of a rewarding and challenging interview, but what I got were, in fact, a bunch of generic, pointless and even strangely irrelevant questions. The only part that had something to do with my English proficiency was a short test focusing on Receptive skills, and that’s it. The follow-up questions given by the HR manager, like I said, cover a wide range of topics, but most of them are about things like my studying schedule at university, my ability to learn things by heart, and my sense of humour. The interview doesn’t involve any meaningful exchange about teaching experience and mindset, which were supposed to be the core elements. The only good thing about this boring conversation was that it only lasted for roughly 15 minutes, but for me it felt like an eternity.
Từ vựng trong IELTS Speaking sample:
1. Exhilarated: thích thú, phấn khởi
2. To leave a good impression on someone: để lại một ấn tượng tốt cho ai đó
3. Impression /ɪmˈpreʃ.ən/ : Ấn tượng
Ví dụ: She leave a good impression on us.
4. A bunch of generic, pointless and even strangely irrelevant questions: một loạt các câu hỏi chung chung, vô nghĩa và thậm chí không liên quan một cách kỳ lạ
5. Generic /dʒəˈner.ɪk/ chung chung,
6. Pointless /ˈpɔɪnt.ləs/ vô nghĩa
7. Irrelevant /ɪˈrel.ə.vənt/ không liên quan
8. English proficiency: độ thành thạo tiếng Anh
9. Proficiency /prəˈfɪʃ.ən.si/ độ thành thạo
Ví dụ: Rules on ages and English proficiency will be relaxed
10. Receptive skills: kỹ năng tiếp nhận (trong tiếng Anh là kỹ năng nghe và đọc)
11. Receptive /rɪˈsep.tɪv/ : tiếp nhận
Ví dụ: They tapped into the productive and receptive skills of the learners.
12. Core elements: yếu tố then chốt
13. Elements /ˈel·ə·mənts/: yếu tố
14. Core /kɔːr/ :lõi,
Ví dụ: Core elements of performance evaluation.
IELTS Speaking Part 3 Sample
What topics do young people in Vietnam talk about?
Gợi ý: a common theme of the conversation (chủ đề chung của cuộc hội thoại)
Well, when young people hang out with their friends, they normally catch up on what each of them has been up to. I mean, all the things about their daily life such as work, family, finance, or idols can become a common theme of the conversation.
What's the difference between the topics popular now and those in the past?
Gợi ý: hot news spreading on the internet (tin nóng lan truyền trên internet), news related to celebrities, political issues (tin tức liên quan đến người nổi tiếng, các vấn đề chính trị)
Well, there have been some changes in the amount of news and information people get through years and therefore, the topic of their conversation has also changed. I think, nowadays, people tend to talk more about some hot news spreading on the internet, you know, kind of news related to celebrities, political issues or events happening around the world. Meanwhile, regarding time in the past, I guess people cared more about each other and they only discussed things that mattered to them about family, work, food and so on
How do you know if others are not interested in your conversation?
Gợi ý: positive responses (phản hồi tích cực), eager to know more (mong muốn biết thêm), be silent or just doing other tasks while listening (im lặng hoặc làm việc khác trong khi lắng nghe)
Well, I suppose that if a person is interested in what you’re saying, he/she will get excited and keep asking questions to continue the conversation. That shows their positive responses to your information and that they are eager to know more. Otherwise, they may be silent or just doing other tasks while listening as a sign. However, I would say that in some cases, it’s really hard to detect whether people are genuinely interested or they just do that for other reasons like motivating you, cheering you up.
What's the influence of modern technology, such as the internet and e-mails, on our communication?
Gợi ý: keep in touch with each other regardless of distance (giữ liên lạc với nhau bất kể khoảng cách), reduce the amount of face-to-face interaction (giảm các tương tác trực tiếp)
First, I must mention the positive impacts. You know, thanks to the advances of modern technology, people now can keep in touch with each other more quickly and easily regardless of distance. You see, I’m currently living halfway across the country from my parents but I can still contact them regularly by calling video via facebook. It's just like a face-to-face conversation. Having said that, depending too much on technology can reduce the amount of face-to-face interaction and eventually ruin their real-life relationships.