SPEAKING – PART 2 + 3 A Leisure Centre
Các em ơi cô Nhã lại cung cấp cho các em thêm một chủ đề rất quen thuộc trong phần thi nói của IELTS nhé.
Em hãy học những cấu trúc hay được in đậm (tra cứu từ điển với những từ /cấu trúc mới để nắm được cách phát âm và cách sử dụng). Sau đó hãy trả lời các câu hỏi nhưng cũng nhưng không học thuộc lòng câu trả lời mà hãy trả lời theo cách của em. Em nên làm việc nhóm với một bạn khác để bạn đóng vai trò làm giám khảo hỏi em những câu hỏi dưới đây hoặc cả hai cùng thảo luận những câu hỏi trong phần này. Dùng lại được một số cấu trúc hay mà em học được từ bài mẫu khi có thể. Em nên dùng lại các cấu trúc này càng nhiều tốt khi giao tiếp bằng tiếng Anh để có thể thực sự dùng được chúng sau này trong nói và viết. Chúc em học và nói thành thạo về chủ đề này J.
Nếu cần tìm bạn ghép nhóm để học em có thể gọi về số 0917511052 để được trợ giúp. Các anh chị trợ giảng sẽ tìm nhóm học cho em. (Cô Nhã)
Describe a leisure centre you often go to. You should say:
what it is and when you go there
what facilities it has
what you do there
and explain why you like this place.
One leisure centre that I really enjoyed going to was located in …... It was in ….. actually. It was in a hotel and it was quite nice.
One of the facilities that I enjoyed using was the swimming pool. It was indoors and heated and very relaxing. There was also a bowling alley, which along with bowling had some nice shuffleboard tables that were clean and not too busy. The restaurant was quite nice with good food and wonderful service. I loved to go to the Karaoke bar that they had there and sing to my heart's content. I even practiced some English songs like, "Sounds of Silence" and "My Heart will go on" from the movie Titanic. If I felt tired after studying or working all week, I would go to the massage center and after just an hour there I felt on top of the world. Then of course there was the Jacuzzi and the sauna—to just lay back and let the heat and the water take away the pressures and tension out of this world. Some nights at the restaurant, they would have floor shows with dancing and singing. If I wanted to go out and meet someone, or just enjoy a drink, I would go to the disco that they had there and boogie to the wee hours of the morning.
1. How do Vietnamese people like to relax?
I think that one of the most common ways that Vietnamese people like to relax is to go out to a restaurant with their friends or family and enjoy a good meal together. Another way to relax for them is to simply go out for a walk and enjoy the evening or morning atmosphere. It's an excellent way to relieve stress. Vietnamese also like to read books and the youth enjoy going to Internet cafés and playing computers games.
2. Do you think most Vietnamese people lead a healthy lifestyle nowadays?
To be honest it seems to me that we don't lead a very healthy lifestyle. We work a lot, are under stress and often have to travel on crowded buses or subways. Sometimes the Vietnamese men in particular drink a little too much and end up with health problems. The way that we eat is not so good, with many foods being fried with a lot of oil.
3. What do Vietnamese people think about daily exercise? Is it considered important?
If you ever go by a health club and see all the sophisticated machinery there, one of the most outstanding things you will notice is that it is almost empty. Most Vietnamese people just don't use that equipment, they don't consider it very important. Now of course things are changing a bit and you do see some Vietnamese people out jogging or working out, but it is a slow change. With the younger generation exercise is changing, as you will see lots of young guys out on the basketball court for hours on end.
Leisure and Work
4. Do you think employers should provide recreational facilities for their employees?
It would be a good idea to do this. It would increase productivity because it would increase stamina and mental alertness. Exercise is good for you and sometimes people working just get weary sitting at their desks for hours. The employers don't have to provide facilities but it would be in their best interests to do so and help to lift the spirits of their employees.
5. Should employees be paid overtime for working on the weekend?
Well if they didn't get paid there might be a mini revolution. The weekends are very special to most people and to have to work is a sacrifice as it is, and not to get paid would add insult to injury. On the other side of the coin, if the reason that they are working is they didn't get the work done during the week, then they should come in of their own accord to finish this work, and the company shouldn't have to pay for this.
6. How do you think a person can find a balance between the time spent at work and the time spent on leisure?
They say, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Well the same holds true in reverse: all play and no work makes Jack a very poor boy. Each has to be in its own place, a time to work and a time to enjoy life. Even if you enjoy your work you should pull yourself away from it in order to have the proper balance in your life. Sometimes you just have to stop whatever you are doing, whether work or play, and do the opposite to have a healthy life. Many people these days are literally dying of over work, while other people are wandering around day after day with nothing to do. It is a tough thing to do, but you have to discipline yourself to work and then play.
Cô Nhã (thạc sĩ chuyên ngành giảng dạy ngôn ngữ tại đại học Queensland, Australia), giáo viên Đại học Ngoại ngữ đã có kinh nghiệm dạy IELTS hơn 20 năm. Cùng với nhóm giáo viên của Đại học Ngoại ngữ trong những năm qua cô đã giảng dạy cho hàng ngàn học sinh, sinh viên, người đi làm. Rất nhiều trong số này đã đạt được 7.5 đến 8.5 trong kỳ thi IELTS.