17-SPEAKING-PART 2+3-An Outdoor Activity

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SPEAKING – PART 2 + 3        An Outdoor Activity

An Outdoor Activity, lại thêm một chủ đề trong phần thi nói của IELTS mà cô Nhã cung cấp ở đây 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 An Outdoor Activity


Describe an outdoor activity that you like doing.

You should say:

what this activity is

when you do it

where you do it

and explain why you like it.

I really enjoy running. Not the fast sprinting kind of run, but rather the more drawn-out jogging kind of run.

I usually like to run when the weather is warm but not too hot, because if it's too hot then I'll be sweating like a camel, and will be so thirsty and red from the heat that I can't function for about a half hour after that.

Somewhere between 21 and 28 degrees Celsius is a good temperature for running. I extremely dislike running on a track or in wide open spaces, because it makes me feel like I'm not getting anywhere. I think that the best place to run is on a smaller, not-so-busy street in a nice residential area. But if there isn't a place like that to run near my house, run anywhere—even on a track.

One reason that I enjoy running is it's faster than walking and cheaper than taking buses or taxis. Also, running is good for your health; the more you run the stronger your legs, back and lungs get. I also like the rush that you get when you push yourself farther than you've ever gone before, where you feel like collapsing and keep on running until you don't even feel your legs anymore and it's just mechanical.

Part 3

1. Would you say people spend more time outdoors today than they did, say, 20 years ago?

I don't really think so. Now with so many modern conveniences there's less need to work outdoors. There are so many offices and indoor jobs now that it's almost considered "low class" to do manual labor or work outside. Most middle-class working people do not get sufficient amounts of exercise, and as a result are weak and more prone to sickness.

2. Are there any outdoor activities that many people used to do but which most people don't do now?

One of the main ones that I can think of is walking. People still walk, but not in the same proportion that they used to years ago. Walking used to be the main source of travel, unless you could afford a horse, donkey, or mule. But now with cars, buses, and the Internet, people do a lot less walking to get to work, the store, or wherever they need to go.

3. What are the most popular outdoor activities in Vietnam?

Many Vietnamese enjoy playing badminton, riding bicycles, and walking. Some sports that have been adopted from other cultures are also popular, such as basketball, tennis, and track sports.

4. Do old and young people like doing the same kinds of activities outdoors?

It really depends on the people playing sports, because some old people are very fit and can keep up with the younger ones quite well. But for the most part old people generally don't exert themselves physically as much as the younger ones do. They'd much rather take a walk or play badminton than climb a mountain or play a full-court game of basketball.

5. What do you think are some of the differences between working outdoors, compared to say, working in an office?

If you're always indoors then you'll get weak and sick easier; whereas if you work outside then you're getting fresh air and sunshine, which are two things that everyone needs to stay healthy. If you're working outdoors, then you'll probably be much more physically fit and a whole lot stronger than if you're sitting at your desk all day. Of course if you don't have a balanced life then you’re bound to have complications, and if you don't spend at least a few hours on your computer every day you might not be able to sleep at night.

6. Do people in Vietnam prefer to work indoors or outdoors?

Most Vietnamese prefer working inside over working outside. They've had to work outdoors for so many years that it’s a relief to work inside. I think that a common mentality is that if you work outdoors you're low class and can't do anything-else. This might be true in some cases, but I'm not sure that it's true with everyone.

7. How do you think climate and the environment affect what activities people do outdoors?

If it's really cold then you can't do some of the things that you can when ifs really hot. If you try to play basketball the ball won't bounce so well because the cold makes it flat. That's why they have indoor basketball courts; they keep it warm so that the ball can bounce and the teams can play without freezing. In the cold climates you can skate, ski and snowboard, and in hot climates you can surf, swim, and play football or basketball.

8. What's Your Favorite Outdoor Activity?

-Well I don't know if it will beat boredom but for me I go fishing I when I can. It's relaxing, I can clear my mind and get fresh air. I can sit there for hours just holding that rod, doesn't matter if I don't catch anything.

-I play tennis. It is a good sport. You can play in a public place and there are cheap rackets too. You exercise, meet people, maintain your shape, and relax.  

- Scuba diving...you could see a whole new, different world down there, serene and yet invigorating for the busy mind. You could also join group activities that support cleaning the environment.     

-Backpacking, most definitely. Being one with nature is the best feeling in the world. You're away from all the hustle that you're faced with every day. It just gives you a break and refreshes everything that seems to overwhelm you during the average work week.




Trong nhiều năm qua, với khoá học IELTS và các chương trình tiếng Anh bổ trợ, cô Nhã (thạc sĩ chuyên ngành giảng dạy ngôn ngữ tại đại học Queensland, Australia) cùng với các giảng viên tiếng Anh của Đại học Ngoại ngữ, Đại học Quốc gia, Đại học Ngoại thương và các tổ chức giáo dục uy tín tại Hà Nội đã thắp lên đam mê học ngoại ngữ cho hàng ngàn học sinh, sinh viên, người đi làm. Rất nhiều trong số này đã đạt được 7.5 đến 8.5 trong các kỳ thi IELTS.

Ngoài ra với chương trình tiếng Anh cho học sinh cấp 2 được thiết kế hài hoà giữa ngữ pháp và bốn kỹ năng, trung tâm đã và đang giúp cho rất nhiều thế hệ học sinh có được niềm thích yêu tiếng Anh và khả năng sử dụng ngôn ngữ này ngày một tốt hơn.