Examiner: Hello, my name is . . .. Can you tell me your name, please?
Candidate:My name is . . ..
Examiner: Can you show me your I.D., please! Thank you.
Examiner:First, I’d like to ask you a few general questions about yourself. Where do you live?
Candidate:I live in a small town called X, to the north-west of this city, about a 20-minute drive from here.
Examiner:Candidate:Do you work or study? Where do you work? / Where do you study?
Candidate:I’m studying medicine at the moment, at X university. It’s a six-year degree course, and I’m in my third year at the moment.
Examiner: What do you like doing in your free time? Do you have any hobbies?
Candidate:I don’t have much free time these days. It’s a busy time of the year, but when I do get a free minute to myself, I like to pick up a book or a magazine.
Examiner:Do you cook? How often do you cools?
Candidate:Hmm . . . I may be able to fry an egg if I’m starving, but no, I don’t cook much.I usually go out to restaurants and pubs or get a take-away.
Examiner:Now in this part, you need to talk about a topic for one minute. You can take a minute to make some notes before you speak. Here is a pencil and some paper for you, and the topic card. I would like you to talk about a city or a town you have enjoyed visiting.
(Candidate makes notes)
Examiner:Now, you have one minute to talk about the topic. I will tell you when to stop.
Candidate:The city I enjoyed visiting is X. I’ve been there several times. I have a very close friend who lives there, you see, so 1 try to visit the city every year or so. I was last there in December. There’s a lot to do there, lots of museums and the old town, which is a great place if you like that kind of architecture. The night life is really good, too; there are all sorts of music venues, like little jazz bars, all over the city. This time 1 stayed at my friend’s flat for five days. I only spent two days with my friend—he had to go away on business the day after I arrived, so I was left to explore the city on my own. The weather was not that great, but that didn’t stop me from going out and enjoying myself I went out every night and met lots o. . . interesting people, and even made a couple of new friends. I don’t speak the local language, but people are so friendly and easy- going there. Men I got lost downtown, a nice young couple helped me find my way back to the flat.
Examiner:Thank you. Would you like to visit the place again? Definitely! I’m going there again this August.
Candidate:Definitely! I’m going there again this August.
Examiner:Now in this part, I would like to ask you a few more general questions about the topic you’ve talked about. Do people travel more nowadays than they used to in the past?
Candidate:I think so. Travel has become much cheaper and faster than it used to be, say, 20 years ago. Nowadays you can get really cheap tickets from one of those budget airlines and in a few hours be in a different country or even on a different continent. In the past, it might have taken days or even months to travel the same distance. The tourism industry is huge and there is hardly any place left on the planet which you can’t get to. Even in this city, which is not a typical tourist destination, you can see lots of tourists, especially in summer.
Examiner:that can one learn from travelling to other countries?
Candidate:Well, lots of things, really. Different cultures, customs and traditions for example. Many people travel abroad to learn a foreign language, which can be much more exciting than learning from books. Those who enjoy visiting museums and galleries can learn a lot about the history and art of the country they are visiting. I personally like to visit parks and green places, and especially places like botanical gardens and zoos, to learn a bit about plant and animal life.
Examiner:What positive or negative elects does tourism have on a local economy?
Candidate:I think generally tourism is very beneficial for local economies in it creates many jobs for local people. Tourists travel with cash which they are ready to spend wherever they travel. There are some negative effects, though. For example, travelling thousands of miles in an airplane to get to a place where you want to spend only a few days is not exactly good for the environment.
Also large numbers of visitors can have a huge impact on the local environment, especially in places like national parks. It’s true that sustainable tourism is growing, but it is doing so at such a fast pace that it will stop becoming sustainable.
Examiner:Thank you. That’s the end of the rest.