Fluency & Coherence

Speaker : 72
Gender : Male
IELTS Speaking Score : 8
IELTS Speaking Session: Part 3


E-examiner S-student Play
E: We’ve been talking about the first time you talk, talked a foreign language and I’m going to ask some questions related to this. Let’s begin with, first of all, learning languages. At what age do you think children should start learning a foreign language?
S: I think earlier the better. Maybe probably, maybe probably the moment they were born, they should, they should learn a new language, but not through some formal edu… not through some formal schooling method, but through immersive method. For example, if I got a baby of my own, I would have told f… like, I would have told, I would have told the the caregivers, or the nannies to, to speak to my babies, s in En, in English, so that they would not feel like, they would not feel like, they wou, like, they wou, they would not alienate the language, they would not feel that this is something that it’s, they’re, they’re not familiar with. So, I would say probably the moment they, they are born, they can… they, they should learn a new language through immersive method.

E: So, in your opinion, which skill is more important, speaking or writing?
S: Writing. To me, it’s writing. Because we’re, because I’m living in Hong Kong, and people speak Cantonese, but the documents are written in English. I think it depends, because, d, I live in Hong Kong. This is not a English-speaking city but it heavily relies on English. So, I would say that speaking part is not important, but the writing part, communication part, it’s… like, the writing part it’s very important so... I was choose writing because it’s the only useful, like, it’s the most useful aspect of English that has been used in Hong Kong.

E: Do you think that people still need to learn foreign languages?
S: Yeah. S, people still need to learn foreign languages because we are living in a globalized world. And a lot of s, the knowledge, for example, if you are, if you want to become a university student, you have to learn foreign language which is English. And if you, and if you wanna go, if you wanna go on, if you wanna go to a trip, for example, a trip to Spain, a trip to France, you have to learn Spanish and France, or Mexico yeah, right? And I think that learning foreign languages is useful. And also, it expands your cultural knowledge and makes you less close-minded or narrow-minded, you know. It… So that you won’t lose touch with the, with the global world.

E: OK. Thank you. In your opinion, do you think that minority languages will disappear?
S: Minority languages will disappear. That’s because, because language… because there’s a power relation between languages too. For example, English is the dominant languages. Sorry, because English is the dominant la, language out of all existing languages. And when a language that, that, that does not… this is not spoken by people, it becomes a dead language, right? For example Latin is a dead language because there’s no native speaker of Latin. So… I think minority languages are also facing the similar situation that because their languages have no value, have no, cannot be capitalized in this capitalistic world, so many people will stop using it or stop learning it because it’s not worth it. And then… So, as time goes by, this language will become extinct. So, I think yeah.

E: So, so, how can these languages be protected?
S: I think these languages can be protected, if it has been codified. For example, if we are trying to protect a minority language, we sh… we can send, we can send people to study the language, to document their uses, their grammar, their vocabulary, and then to make a dictionary, and then... and also to study the language in a scholarly environment. So that , so that I remember that their, these resources will be available for a lot of language enthusiast, and they can… And so that they can have learn these resources in a systemic way. So yeah, I think in order to protect a ne, minority language, it has to be codified.

E: Thank you very much. That is the end of the speaking test.


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