Grammatical Range & Accuracy

Speaker : 75
Gender : Male
IELTS Speaking Score : 9
IELTS Speaking Session: Part 1


E-examiner S-student Play
Slice 1 (0:00 - 0:50)
E: So, do you work or are you a student?
S: Well, this is a tricky question because I’m definitely a student but… but what I’m studying is something called PGDE which is s, which stands for postgraduate diploma in education, I think. So essentially is… I’m taking this course that is teacher training. So I’m kind of {lip smacking noise} studying but also working without being paid. But it’s very hands-on practical teaching that I have to do that is very similar to working, which is also what I’m doing now. Yeah.

(0:51 – 1:59)
E: Oh, what did you study?
S: What did I study? What did I… it depends {laughter} which past you are asking about. But… I, I suppose for my undergraduate studies, I did English and sociology. And this is why I’m going to become an English teacher. And in addition to majoring in English I also did sociology as a second major. So yeah and if, I think sociology kind of… is… is a perfect complement to my study in English because I’m…{lip smacking noise} studying… studying English at XXX. There are kind of two options, sort of two streams. If you will… One is kind of more literature focused and the other is more linguistics focused. And I kind of chose the l, literature path which is… it, it goes well with sociology because literature is essentially understanding human condition in fiction but sociology is understanding humanity in… in reality. So yeah, they go hand in hand. That’s what I did.

(2:05 – 3:10)
E: Now let’s move on to talk about picnics. Did you go on picnics when you were a child?
S: {trill} I think I hardly went on any picnics. Yeah, I mean like, first of all, Hong Kong is not exactly a picnic-friendly place because of the lack of open spaces and grass areas that you can s, sit on and have picnics. But I did have sort of, kind of picnics that I wouldn’t define as picnics when I was in England. Yeah, you… I m, I mean {laughter} you know, growing up in England, I spent a lot of time just hanging out with friends in the field, perhaps with some drinks and food, playing football and such. So yeah, th… so, I mean if you define picnic that way then I suppose that I did have a lot of picnics.

(3:13 – 3:49)
E: How often do you go on picnics now?
S: If you’re asking s, {laughter} specifically now, I would give you an kind of {lip smacking noise} a clear no because you know, as we all know, the pandemic is still going on with rising cases every day. It’s just safer to not go out at all if possible. So it’s an absolute zero if you ask me how often I go on picnics.

(3:53 – 5:30)
E: Oh, what is, what is the difference between having a picnic and cooking at home?
S: Well, I think the fir, the first thing that, the first thing that would k, that would be… sort of a nuisance to me would be {lip smacking noise} the temperature of the food because personally I, I love hot food. I prefer hot food over cold food any time of the, of, of the day, any day of the week. Hot food is just much better. I think that would be the main thing. And I suppose if you eat at home… a, as someone who lives in a village in Hong Kong, {lip smacking noise} I’m kind of always bitten by mosquitoes and I think that would be {laughter} kind of an, another major difference between cooking at home, preparing food at home and having picnics outs, in the open where you’re kind of vulnerable to all sorts of insects. I mean right now the temperature is cooler, so there aren’t as many annoying insects but as you know in Hong Kong, bu, most of the time it’s kind of hot and humid. So, I think that’s… that these are two major differences that I can think of right now, hot and cold food and insects. Yep.

(5:35 – 7:05)
E: Do people in your country like to go on picnics?
S: People in my country… well, if you define my country as – you know – China and Hong Kong, I would say no, judging by what I see on people’s Instagram. I see a lot of people going on hiking and other than that, there’s not much picnic. What I see more often is kind of girls posting pictures of them going t, to high teas at fancy hotels with, you know, these kind of towers full of cakes and tea with a fancy kind of, shall I say, posh lu, luxury background. That’s kind of more of a thing in Hong Kong. But picnic, picnic in the sense that, you know, … just sitting, lying on the grass, no, no, not so much I would have say. But I suppose nowadays we have {lip smacking noise}, I mean it’s been around for several years now that I see, s, massive open green area outside there, I think the, the government headquarters in Tamar. Yeah, and I think since then there’s been {lip smacking noise} kind of more people going on… going to picnics. Yeah… but I wouldn’t say it’s popular. It’s far from being popular. Yep.

(7:11 – 8:38)
E: Now let’s talk about sports. Sports, do you like sports?
S: Do I like sports? Again that would be asking… wf, whether you are asking now or in the past or what you mean by liking sport. But I will give you a simple yes. But I do like it but I don’t do it anymore because I kind of have this quite severe injury in my back. It’s called, there’re many names for it, but some call it a slipped disc or disc herniation. Basically, it’s like a bulging disc that’s pressing onto some of the nerves in my back so I have to be really careful with any physical exertion. But back in the days when I was at school I did almost every single sport my school had to offer so: football, basketball, volleyball, rugby, cricket. But I wasn’t fond of swimming. Yeah, I just, I was just never able to swim very well. Tha, that’s why I never did much of it. And also tennis, I just couldn’t get the…the swinging action correctly. So yes, I like sports. I love sports but I don’t… I hardly do any sports nowadays because of health issues.

(8:40 – 10:00)
E: What is your favorite sport?
S: What is my favorite sport? Back in the days, again, I keep, I keep talking about my past. I’m someone who likes talking about the past. Back in the days – yeah – if you ask me, I would… it would be basketball – definitely hands down. Fortunately, there was a boy named Adam Edwards. He was… he played for the kind of national youth team, I think, for England. So, he was just pretty much our star player and that kind of got all of us to be really motivated in playing basketball. We wo, we won pretty much every year in, in, in our s, in district. We were champion for almost, I think, five years in a roll. And yeah, that would be my sport back then. Yep and, nowadays, I don’t know if you’ve heard of esports so basically that’s kind of online competitive gaming, but I’m also kind of – I don’t know if you count that as a sport but if you ask me now, I would pick that. Coz I, I, I’ve watched quite a lot of those fixtures for me, yeah coz [it’s handy with the pandemic|it’s handy with the pandemic
(SUB – adverbial clause)|sfac, you can watch it in the comforts of your home. Yep, so basketball and competitive gaming.

Slice 2 (0:00 – 1:43)
E: Do you watch sports matches?
S: Well, like I said, I watch esports at home on my computer. I watch…oh, I watch much more than I would like myself to. But I watch League of Legends. I think that would be the game that literally everybody knows about. The less popular one in Hong Kong but it’s popular kind of internationally would be Overwatch. It’s like a first-person-shooting game. I also watch a lot of Starcraft. That’s a real-time strategy game. T, and… that’s pretty much else. And the, the thing with watching sports is that you have to pay to watch. So, I just kin, it’s just kind of a bit off-putting to me. But whenever there are f, matches that are broadcasted freely on free television, usually the world cup, the Olympics, then, I would just kind of watch, but I don’t follow it religiously. I just kind of… if I stumble upon it during dinner time or when I see my parents watching it, I might just join them for some family time. But other than that, yeah, I don’t watch much real sports anymore because you have to pay.


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