IELTS: Seasons, Cold Weather, Hot Weather, Climatic Conditions, School Subjects, Teaching Methods, Education System



Sample IELTS speaking exam from an IELTS interview in Pakistan

IELTS Speaking Test Pakistan | Part 1

What is your full name?

My name is...

Can I see your ID?

Yes, here's my passport

Do you work or study?

I work. I'm an accountant with a national firm based here in Islamabad.

Where are you from?

I was born in Faisalabad, that's where my family are originally from.

Can you describe the seasons in your country?

Yes, there are basically four different seasons in my country, winter, spring, summer and then the monsoon season. Winter is usually from December to February and it's typically cool and dry. Spring runs from march to May and is normally hot and dry and then comes the summer rainy season which lasts until around September and that is followed by the retreating monsoon season during October and November.

Do you like when it’s raining?

No, not really. It's a nice change from the heat of spring, but the rain brings many problems and makes daily life a little more difficult.I prefer the spring season personally, even though it can be very hot some days.

Do you like cold or hot weather?

I like warm or hot weather best. Ever since I was a child it's been my favorite season and I look forward to it every year after the winter.

Do you think there was a major change in climatic conditions recently?
There's been a lot of talk about it but I'm not sure if the changes have been more dramatic than in the past or we are just monitoring them better than we used to. History shows us that the Earth has gone through various different climatic changes and long periods of cold and hot weather. I think it's probably a natural weather cycle that takes place over a long period of time.

IELTS Speaking Test Pakistan | Part 2

Talk about your favorite subject at school/university.

You should say:
  • what was the subject?
  • what did you learn about?
  • why was it your favorite subject?




When I was at school my favorite class was Geography. I used to have an excellent teacher who made everything seem very interesting. I also enjoyed learning about many different things related to our lives such as where we live, how we are affected by weather, farming and other topics and how we can learn so much from rocks, trees and other items around us which can tell us about past events many thousands of years ago.

I can distinctly remember many lessons about agriculture and how it was developed in many different regions of the world. The difference between farming needs in different parts of the world and how the produce could be exported from one country to another.

I also remember learning about rock formations and how rivers can form valleys and erode rock, and the earth, over a long period of time and change the landscape. I thought it was fascinating at the time how you could learn so much about something which seemed to be so simple.

My Geography classes made me look at everything differently. What I had previously seen as just a river or rock became something much more interesting when I realized how much information it could tell us and how many different aspects there were to them.

Even now, I think I still look at things and think about what's beneath the surface, what's behind the visible parts, the parts we can't see or never think about. There's always so much more involved than what we can simply see everyday.

Really, I think it was my favorite subject at school because it dealt with real things. I mean, we learned about mountains, rivers, countries, populations, social migration and many other things like that. You can see these things in life, it all seemed relevant.

I can remember I didn't like Math much as a school subject because I couldn't relate it to everyday life. Solving all those mathematical problems didn't seem connected to real life.

Another reason I liked Geography as a subject was because, as I said, my teacher was great. She made everything seem interesting and had an excellent way of explaining things to her students. The time always seemed to fly past in those classes because they were so interesting.




IELTS Speaking Test Pakistan | Part 3


What do you think about new methods of teaching children?

They seem to be okay. I mean, teaching methodology continually evolves and changes to meet the needs of children and society. Today, children get to intereact more with the learning material. There is a lot more technology used in the classroom. And the chikldren are encouraged to discover through exploring the subject not just memorising facts the teacher tells them.

If you want to evaluate the newer methods, unfortunately it takes a long time because the results are not evident until much later after the children have grown up and probably entered the workforce. But it is important to constantly innovate and encourage children to become self-learners, so the current teaching methods being used seem somewhat better than those used in the past.


What are those methods?

As I mentioned, teachers depend a lot more on technology to help them present material. There are classrooms equipped with projectors, portable tablets and other technology which let children interact with the learning material in a better way.

There is also more emphasis on children working together in groups, and on projects regarding the topic being studies. This is more interesting than simply reading informtion from a textbook or listening to an explanation from the teacher.

The encouragement and motivation teachers give to students to develop their own skills and experiement with their creativity are also important factors which are much stronger now than in the past. The whole learning environment seems to have become one of discovery rather than simply receiving knowledge from the teacher. This is good I think.

Do you think the current education system will change in the future?

Yes, like everything else in life, education has changed since the past, and will continue to develop and evolve in the future. It is important that the education system meets the needs of society. The needs of society change over time, so it's only logical that education and teaching pedagogy, as well as other aspects of life, will also change accordingly to meet those changing demands.

Witht the advances in technology, it is possible that many more children will become home-schooled but through the state education system and not privately. This would make education more accessible for many children and reduce the need for increased infrastructure such as additional schools as the popualtion grows.

With the internet and collaborative tools, children could still work together in virtual classrooms. This would be a cheaper option for the government and would be more inline with the globalized working environment of today and the future in which many people do not always work in the same building as their colleagues.


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