IELTS Speaking Part 2&3 #15 Describe an English lesson that you enjoyed

Describe an English lesson that you enjoyed You should say:
When it was What it was about What happened?
And explain why you liked it

Sample answer:

Well, I would like to share with you about a really pleasant experience in an English class I had in my university. During one of our grammar lessons, the regular teacher was sick so the school had to send a substitute teacher to cover her place. And Thomas Hall, the one who took care of our class that day, delivered an amazing lecture in English about how he thinks we all should learn languages through watching films.

Throughout two hours, he explained to us the process of learning a language and how films can serve as an effective way to immerse in a language. Basic elements like vocabulary and grammar can be easily absorbed if we focus on dialogs on a TV show. So in the long run, our overall language skills can be improved. This helps us learn any languages effortlessly in a short period of time. At first, we all were skeptical about the ideas he introduced, however, after watching a short video to practice and doing a trial test, we were all convinced that learning by movie was not hard at all and we could apply this to enhance our performance at school.

I enjoyed this lesson so much because I find it particularly effective to me. I always felt demotivated when learning by the traditional methods and my results were not desirable. But when I tried learning English by using my favorite movies, you know what?
My English got better and better and very soon I am able to remember thousands of new words and write really complicated essays. Now, I even proudly say that I have mastered the English language.

Follow-up questions:

  1. What do you think of children learning a foreign language?
    I think it’s a great idea especially for children. I myself had to start learning English more fluently while in my university to go for my Master’s degree in the UK. If I had started as a child like my nephew I wouldn’t have had to put in so many hours now as an adult. Everyone knows that children grasp foreign languages much easier than adults.
  2. Some students hate to learn foreign languages, what can teachers do to develop their interest?
    Stop focusing on grammar and focus more on the spoken language which may be somewhat different than learning strictly from text books. Grammar for most people is boring and This turns off many people from studying a language especially in China and other countries that rely heavily on grammar and reading for their classes. Teachers should speak more of the foreign language they are teaching to make it more fun. Then the learners can understand some common phrases and idioms much faster and have a lot more fun with the new language they are learning.
  3. Some people travel for learning a foreign language, what do you think?
    I think it can be beneficial if you have enough money to visit a country that has native speakers of the chosen language that you want to learn. The problem is that it is costly and unless you are a student going to a university in that country the cost is hard to justify. If you are a student perhaps learning in the UK and your target language is English then it’s a great idea. You will get to know the pronunciation, slang, common phrases etc. much faster than studying it in your home country
  4. What’s the best way to learn a foreign language?
    I think the best way to learn a foreign language is to learn from a native speaker if you have some of the basics of the language you want to learn. What is common nowadays is to learn a foreign language from a native speaker online. This is efficient because you don’t have to visit a school and travel 30 or more minutes in each direction. This save a lot of time and the cost of learning the target foreign language is considerably cheaper than face to face classes at a school specializing in that language. You just need to find an online native speaker that suits you well and understands you and you understand him/her well enough to have long term classes.
  5. Why can some people learn languages fast while others learn slowly?
    A lot has to do with age and whether the person is a male or female. It is well known that children learn foreign languages much faster than adults. Another factor is that girls/women’s brains are slightly different and they can usually grasp foreign languages faster than guys. And lastly, the person learning the language must be somewhat motivated to learn that language. If a person has no desire to do it they will learn the language very slowly if at all.
  6. Does one’s age affect their language learning?
    Of course! As the saying goes, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” goes along with older people learning a new language. Older people are somewhat set in their ways and find it harder to remember new vocabulary than younger people. Younger people especially children haven’t learned all of the vocabulary of their mother tongue so they compare the words they know in their own language and make it a synonym in the foreign language so it’s much easier for them to learn than older people.
  7. Other possible questions:
    Do you want to become a foreign language teacher in the future? Why?
    Why some people learn fast while others are slow?
    Do you think grammar is important when you learn a foreign language? Why?
    Why there are strong demands for language skills?
    Do you think foreigner should learn Vietnamese when they arrive to Vietnam?
    What kind of quality should language teacher have?
    Why people want to learn a foreign language?

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