- your studies
- future plans
- historical movies
- a book/magazine about healthy living
- healthy living/lifestyle
IELTS Speaking Test | Part 1
What is your full name?My name is...
Where are you from?I come from [city] in [name of region].
Do you work or study?I'm a student at the moment. In my final year at university.
What do you study?I’m studying to be an Aeronautical Engineer
Why did you choose this particular major?It’s something I’ve always been fascinated by, ever since I was a small child and had a toy airplane I used to play with. Then, later, I saw an amazing video about fighter jet planes and that’s when I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up. I wanted to become an engineer and work on designing airplanes and other aircraft.
What are you planning to do after graduating?I hope to go to Australia and study there for another two years and complete a special postgraduate research course.
Do you like history?I suppose so, it can be interesting sometimes, but it depends on the subject matter. I used to watch a lot of videos about old airplanes when I was younger and that was really fascinating. But there are other types of history programs which I don’t find very interesting, such as archaeological documentaries and things like that.
What did you think of the history classes you had at school?They were pretty standard, you know, all the basic stuff about the history of the country, important events, dates, and how the country evolved. We had quite a good history teacher, because she tried to make it as interesting as possible for all of the students.
Have you ever read a book/magazine about history?Only the ones we had to read at school. It’s not the sort of thing I would pick up and read just for fun, I prefer to read other types of articles.
Do you like historical movies that tell a true story?Yes, sometimes, they can be good. But not all of them; for example, I watched a movie called Bridge of Spies, with Tom Hanks, and it was a really well made movie, with lots of twists in the plot, and good acting, but it just wasn’t very exciting for me, I watched it because I wanted to see what happened, and because it was based on a true story back in the time of the cold war between the US and Russia. But, even though it was interesting, I didn’t enjoy it that much.
IELTS Speaking Test Part 2 | Healthy living
IELTS Speaking Test | Part 3 | Healthcare
How is healthcare promoted in your country?
Then you have ‘healthy’ marketing campaigns driven by the private sector, such as companies which have healthy products or health related products. This covers everything from food choices to exercise equipment and such like.
And then there are special interest groups such as charities and foundations which are focused on health. A lot of these create information-based campaigns to educate the public about certain aspects of health, based on new research data or findings related to health issues in a specific sector such as children, women, seniors, etc.
And of course, schools often get involved in promoting healthy issues to children through special projects or events.
What is the role of the government in promoting healthcare?
For example, at the moment there is a lot of government talk about problems related to obesity in the population, as this is predicted to have a big impact on the provision of health services both now and in the future.
The same has been done in the past regarding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption – when certain health issues reach a critical level they directly impact the provision of health services to the public, and so they become very public issues, and normally accompanied by some type of health education campaign to try and adjust people’s behavior.
What more do you think could be done to promote healthy living in your country?
Traditionally, there has been an attitude of going to the doctor to ‘get fixed’ once something is wrong – and less of a focus on maintaining good health as part of an overall healthy lifestyle which attempts to reduce health risks and avoid the need for medical intervention.
If people adopted more of a preventative maintenance mindset rather than ‘fix it when it’s broken’ attitude, it would make a big difference.
Change is happening though, and there’s generally a lot more awareness about some health issues now than in the past, so things are improving, but there always seems to be something new to worry about.
One of the most important things is to maintain people informed about health issues which come to light – such as how unhealthy many processed foods really are, which most people never consider, because they have been convinced over many years that the convenience factor of these foods was the most important thing. So more health education could help to make even more people aware of how to lead a healthier life – and therefore avoid many potential health problems.
How can individuals take more responsibility for their own health?
This can be seen already in countries like the USA and UK where they are already talking about drastically changing the way that health services are delivered to the population as a result of people living longer and the cost of treating an aging population becomes apparent.
So, basically everyone needs to look at the way they live; their diet, the level of exercise they do, and their general lifestyle, and try to reduce any risks there might be. For example, eating healthier and doing even light regular exercise can make a big difference to overall health, but more importantly can help people combat stress, which is the number one killer in certain age groups.
Everyone is an individual, but the advice which has been given for years, about a healthy balanced diet and exercise is true for everyone. Work life balance is also something else people need to be aware of – especially as nowadays patterns of work are rapidly changing and the divisions between work and life are becoming blurred thanks to technology, and so many people find it difficult to ‘switch off’ from work, even when they’re at home, which was not the case in the past. This can lead to mental exhaustion or overload, which has an impact on general health. So being aware, and learning how to cope with these issues is essential.