IELTS Speaking Part 3 Topic: Foreign Language & Sample Answers

IELTS Speaking Part 3 Topic Foreign Language & Sample Answers

The previous post covers IELTS Speaking Part 2 in 2017 – Topic: English lesson. In this post, we would like to put an emphasis on IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Language.

IELTS SPEAKING PART 3

  1. Have you learnt a foreign language? Why?

I’m actually studying two languages at the moment and it’s quite challenging and intriguing at the same time.  Since English is not my mother tongue, it’s the very first foreign language I’ve attempted to learn because of its widespread use and numerous benefits that come along. It’s the most spoken language for non-native speakers around the globe and is one of the most critical criteria companies look for when recruiting an employee, or at least that’s a reality in my country. Besides, acquiring a new language proves to have beneficial effects on your brain and personal development. You will be able to travel around with ease, gaining more priceless experience and building up your confidence when communicating with people.

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  • challenging (a): difficult in an interesting way that tests your ability
  • intriguing (a): very interesting because of being unusual or not having an obvious answer
  • widespread (a): existing or happening over a large area or among many people
  • criteria (n): a standard or principle by which something is judged, or with the help of which a decision is made
  • acquire (v): to gain something by your own efforts, ability or behaviour

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  1. Do you want to become a foreign language teacher in the future? Why?

That thought has crossed my mind once or twice but I’ve never visualized myself as a full-time teacher. A part-time job, yes. A professional one, not likely. Being a legitimate teacher in my country requires certain academic degrees and credentials to be able to convey knowledge and improvise in class. In my case, I’ve never attended any special training in teaching or have any pedagogical skills; therefore, I don’t have much confidence in handling difficult situations in class. Besides, you have to reach a high level of language proficiency to make sure that whatever you say is trustworthy and credible.

  • cross one’s mind (idiom): (of a thought) occur to one, especially transiently
  • visualize (v): to form a picture of somebody/something in your mind
  • legitimate (a): allowed and acceptable according to the law
  • credentials (n): the qualities, training or experience that make you suitable to do something
  • convey (v): to make ideas, feelings, etc. known to somebody
  • improvise (v): to make or do something using whatever is available, usually because you do not have what you really need
  • pedagogical (a): concerning teaching methods
  • proficiency (n): the ability to do something well because of training and practice
  • credible (a): that can be believed or trusted
  1. Why do some people learn fast while others are slow?

Each person has their own ways of obtaining new knowledge and their learning acquisition process functions differently as well. There are many reasons contributing to how fast a person can master a new skill such as the neural activity itself or some other objective factors. Research has shown that neural activity in quicker learners is somewhat different from slower ones, which leads to a difference in their learning speed. On the other hand, factors such as motivation, concentration, method and time also have profound impacts on efficiency. Unless one is highly motivated, focused and has the right tools and guidance, he won’t be able to learn anything fast enough.

  • obtain (v): to get something, especially by making an effort
  • contribute (v): to increase, improve or add to something
  1. Do you think grammar is important when you learn a foreign language? Why?

Of course, it is. Whether it’s grammar, vocabulary or pronunciation, it’s essential to pay equal attention to each of them to be able to master the language. However, at the very first stage of getting to know the language, grammar may not be a central focus since familiarizing yourself with the sound and pronunciation proves to be more effective. Once you get more comfortable and would like to communicate at a higher level, correct grammar will be critical since, without it, you can only utter broken sentences, which may or may not understandable but surely unprofessional.

  • familiarize (v): to learn about something or teach somebody about something, so that you/they start to understand it
  1. Why is there a strong demand for language skills?

The world has become more interconnected than ever and cross-border communication is not only a demand but also a determining factor in strengthening bonds among countries and people, economically and politically. Therefore, understanding each other’s, verbally or non-verbally, is crucial. Furthermore, languages are valuable assets when it comes to travelling and experiencing. If you are bilingual or multilingual, you can roam around other parts of the world with great ease and your whole journey will be transformed miraculously.

  • interconnected (a): having all constituent parts linked or connected
  • cross-border (a): involving activity across a border between two countries
  • asset (a): a person or thing that is valuable or useful to somebody/something
  • bilingual (a): able to speak two languages equally well
  • multilingual (a): speaking or using several different languages
  • roam (v): to walk or travel around an area without any definite aim or direction
  1. Do you think foreigner should learn your country’s language when they arrive there?

I think it’s obviously in their best interest to pick up a few basic words or phrases in a local language. Firstly, it is an interesting experience to try to communicate with the locals in their mother tongue. You may not get the words right, but that’s where the fun lies. Hence, people will find you more approachable and charismatic because of your efforts and sense of humour. Besides, since language is an integral part of any culture, you can develop a cultural sensitivity while studying their very means of communication.

  • in one’s best interest (idiom): for one’s benefit or advantage
  • approachable (a): friendly and easy to talk to; easy to understand
  • charismatic (a): exercising a compelling charm that inspires devotion in others
  • integral (a): is an essential part of something
  • cultural sensitivity (n): being aware that cultural differences and similarities between people exist without assigning them a value – positive or negative, better or worse, right or wrong
  1. What kind of quality should a language teacher have?

Not only a language teacher in particular but educators in other areas should have certain skills and knowledge to successfully inspire and instruct their students. First and foremost, of course, deep knowledge and great education matter. It’s often said that “a teacher is only as good as his knowledge is”. People may not need academic degrees or certificates in other jobs or industries, but in education and training, they are solid proof to verify your professional qualifications. Furthermore, communication skill also plays an essential role. If one is an articulate and persuasive speaker, he will be able to convey his lectures with better results. Last but not least, a good sense of humour may be of great help to grab students’ attention and interest.

  • instruct (v): to tell somebody to do something, especially in a formal or official way
  • verify (v): to check that something is true or accurate
  • articulate (a): (of a person) good at expressing ideas or feelings clearly in words
  • grab one’s attention: to cause one to become interested in something
  1. Why do people want to learn a foreign language?

Studying a foreign language is not only a hobby but also a trend in modern society due to some undeniable advantages. Speaking more than one language can open up a world of employment opportunities for job seekers, especially if that language is widely used in a business context. You will be able to work for not only local but global corporates as well with decent salaries. In addition, being bilingual or multilingual will help extend your social network worldwide. You can establish deep connections and cross-cultural friendships with foreign co-workers or local people while travelling. Finally, your brain will benefit greatly from the learning activity itself. Research has shown that studying another language will alter your grey matter which helps to increase your brainpower.

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