SPEAKING – PART 2 + 3 Busy Days
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)
Part 2 Busy Days
Describe a time when you are very busy.
You should say:
when this time is
what you do at this time
how you arrange your time
and explain how you feel after this busy time is over.
Usually at the end of the term, my teachers start giving me a bunch of homework to help' me prepare for the exam.
I have 6 classes: Vietnamese, math, science, history, geography and English, and each teacher gives me so much homework that by the end of the week I have a stack of papers that look the size of a small book. I must complete all this homework before the next week begins or I will face a penalty. So what else can I do but get busy and start burning the candle at both ends and burning the midnight oil until the work is done. It means forget about basketball and watching TV and even just fooling around with my friends. It means stinging eyes and large yawns during the day. It means brain overload for a while.
Now how do I feel when it is over? Well, how does a tree feel after a storm? How does a branch feel when the weight is gone? How does a bird sing after the rain? I know that 1 am getting a bit poetic, but actually it feels quite good to be relieved of this pressure. I like to go out in the sunshine and fresh air and just walk around to enjoy life for a while.
1 . Do you manage your time effectively?
It really depends on what I'm doing. If I'm in a lazy mood. I tend to do whatever first comes to mind, but when I am more active, I usually organize what I'm supposed to do by importance. Sadly more often than not I forget to organize my thoughts and end up wasting a lot of precious time. But I'm working on changing all that.
2. Do you like making detailed plans?
I don't usually make detailed plans for the work I'm doing, but I really like the outline method, where you just list the main points and
subpoints of your project. Then you can clearly see what you need to accomplish and how realistic your time frame needs to be. But for the most part I don't particularly like drawing detailed plans.
3. What are the advantages of making plans?
One advantage, like I said before, is that you can clearly see what it is you need to accomplish and better plan about how much time you need to accomplish it. Another advantage is that important details are less likely to be left out. Quite a few times I've had to go back and redo something that I was working on just because I overlooked a small but important detail, which in the end cost me a lot of extra time, and sometimes money. Thankfully I've been getting better at time management and have fewer problems than before
4. Do you use any special tools, such as a computer, to help you draw up plans?
Like I said, I'm an extremely lazy person, so I usually try to be as simple as I can when drawing up plans, usually use a sheet of paper and a pencil to write up whatever it is I'm planning. The only problem is that I often lose the paper and have to go hack and rewrite it. This is, in my opinion, a huge waste of time, so I've been thinking about using my computer to make my plans, and hopefully save time,.. and paper,
5. Do you keep a diary?
I've tried on several occasions to start a diary, but I usually forget about it after a week or so. I think I've started about seven diaries in my life time, and the longest one lasted for about 2 months. Diaries just don't seem to work for me, so I think I'll spend my time doing more profitable things, like playing my guitar. Maybe someday I'll start a diary and actually keep it but for now I think I'll just stay away from them,
6. Compare the way old people and young people spend their leisure time.
Many old people spend their leisure time indoors, sitting down, reading a book or resting; or they might go outside for a brisk walk in the evening. Many of them enjoy watching TV or knitting. Young people, on the other hand, enjoy a variety of things. Many do the same things I mentioned that old people do, but in my opinion there are many more options available if you are young. You can play sports, go clubbing all night, participate in extreme sports-like bungee jumping or sky diving—that might give an older person a heart attack.
7. Do people today have more leisure time than before?
I think that since modern appliances have cut down the amount of unnecessary physical work we need do, there is more time for leisure. You don't have to gather wood to make a fire, and you don't have to spend 1 or 2 hours lighting your fire. Cell phones and instant messaging make it possible to communicate immediately with your friends and associates, cutting back on time needed to wait for telegraphs or snail mail replies.
8. Do you think leisure time is important? (Why?)
Yes, I think that leisure time is very important. Like the saying goes, "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." If you're working nonstop and never take the time to let your hair down, you'll most likely get stressed out and even get sick. If I don't take some time to just relax a bit every week, I end up getting sick, and have to stay in bed for a few days. So in my opinion leisure time is vital to maintaining health and sanity.
9. How have leisure activities changed in Vietnam in the past few years?
Well, for one thing, many more Vietnamese, mostly young people, have been spending a lot more time on their computers, either playing games, studying, doing research and business, or any number of things. Before, if you wanted to relax, you just went for a walk, read a book, or played mahjong with friends. Now the possibilities are endless. Many people still relax in the traditional ways, but many more are finding new and different ways to spend their leisure time.
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.