Sample B1 Speaking Test: Education



hello my name is Merritt Kong and today I'm going to speak to you about education so question number one what was school like for your parents is it very different from the education you have received or are receiving I don't really remember speaking to my dad about that I know my dad probably went to college I'm not sure if he went to university and my mum I think she went to university I'm not sure if she finished but I would imagine that education was a lot stricter during my mom's time in my dad's time I know that back in those days they had the cane and so if you did something bad in class they would bring you to the front of the class and get the cane out and hit you on you're on this side of your hand and you'd probably be crying at the end of it I'm not entirely sure about what education is like in public schools nowadays in normal public schools or state schools because public schools are private schools in Britain but I think obviously technology is something that wasn't prevalent during my parents schooling I think nowadays education is a lot more technology-based there are a lot more resources to provide practical experience and the Internet has changed everything when I was at school I remember at secondary school they offered computer classes and I remember thinking why would anybody want to do computer classes and while computers and the internet have completely taken over number two what was your favorite subject at school why was there any subject you hate or hated so that's school I would have to say my favorite subject was design graphic design more specifically and actually I did really enjoy design technology CDT crafts design technology and I really enjoyed them because I mean that's what I ended up doing I ended up doing a degree in design and working in design for a period of time and I think a lot of the stuff that I do nowadays is greatly based on graphic design any subject that I hated it's difficult for me to think about any subjects that I hated I probably thought that religion re religious education was probably a waste of time I don't really remember enjoying the maths geography history I liked history that really interesting and that was a real eye-opener into things that have happened in the past yeah the only subject that springs to mind that I didn't really enjoy his religion now I wouldn't go as far as to say I hated it but I probably enjoyed it the least do you think physical education is important why or why not I think it's hugely important in places like America and Britain obesity is becoming a huge problem and it's ironic because most schools nowadays shouldn't say most but many schools are selling off their playgrounds and the playgrounds are being converted into parking spaces and children no longer have a place to play in a physical way and also technology has a role to play in this problem as well because children probably are more interested in checking their snapchat or Facebook instead of actually playing I remember when I had PE classes at school you know some people enjoyed it but some people were bored by it and I remember coming to school before school started early in the morning to play basketball or to play football and I played during the lunch break as well so I think physical education is important in my opinion I consider schools should prioritize keeping playgrounds for children to have a place to physically exert themselves are there any subjects that you miss into these school system cooking sewing Latin philosophy cooking classes actually I remember doing cooking classes they were quite good I learned how to make spaghetti bolognaise they're apple crumble I never had sewing but I think that would have been interesting because I sometimes do some sewing that in is it really useful obviously we don't really use it directly nowadays but a lot of current language stems from Latin philosophy I didn't have philosophy I would have loved to have had philosophy classes specifically classes that I miss I think I miss I know I don't really know if this is referring to if I miss it's a bit difficult because I'm not going to school at the moment so I don't know what kind of subjects are being taught but if I had to talk about a subject that I miss I would maybe say design or drama you know I didn't choose drama as my main subject nice cool I wish I did moving on strange questions they tried to black my way through it what are the good and bad points of Education nowadays I don't really have many good comments about education nowadays I think technology is taking over and I'm not really seeing current education embrace technology in an intuitive way that makes education a lot smoother for students good points technology is entering education slowly but surely well actually a bad point especially in Spain is that in state schools many classes have around 30 students and I think it's impossible to teach 30 students anything in detail good points I can't think of anything off the top of my head if we think about university education back in my day and definitely during my parents time university education was totally free and now it's become a business and in some ways maybe that's good because it means that maybe people who are serious about studying go to university but obviously at the same time it alienates a lot of other people who want to go to university but might not be in a financial position to go number six are computers going to replace books and notebooks why or why not I don't know maybe not in my lifetime but I think people are definitely reading less books a lot of book shops around the world have gone bankrupt Borders was one of the most famous book chains in Britain and after the iPad after the Kindle after Amazon emerged they started to disappear I think people are always going to love books though me personally I have very few books my girlfriend has quite a few I'm just looking at the shelves I think there's a love/hate relationship with books for me because physical books are a lot easier to navigate a lot easier to bookmark as well whereas digital books are a lot easier to carry because obviously you can have five hundred the sky's the limit really you can have as many books as you want on your computer or on your tablet in this case and it doesn't weigh anything but at the same time sometimes you'll spoil for choice when you have so many options to read you don't know where to start and also it's difficult to sometimes visualize what books you have on on the tablet as opposed to seeing the physical books but I think we live in a society nowadays where we like to travel we like to read when we're traveling and I think innovations in technology are going to make it easier for us to read in a digital format than in a physical format so maybe yeah one day computers and digital technology will replace books and things like that ok guys so that's the end of another intermediate monologue from 2010 I hope you got some useful information out of it and some inspiration for answering this type of topic yourself and if you enjoyed the video please don't forget to like it if you have any comments about good and bad points of Education please put them in the comments below keep practicing good luck with your exams and I'll see you in the next video you

17 thoughts on “Sample B1 Speaking Test: Education

  1. Can somebody tell me who passed b1 test resently or any useful information about this test plz guide me …

  2. Woow I'm feel very impressive after read it. It is very interesting this topic and your vocabulary is perfect. This year I am studying for to pass the B1 exams in Spain and his videos are very useful. Congratulations!!

  3. I enjoy a lot with these kind of "fireworks", but I can't recognize the image! : ( Sorry! Is that really an apple crumble pie? LOL! Cute work!

  4. Hello Marek! Thanks for your videos, they are very useful. Tomorrow I have speaking exam B1, preparing it with your videos). Here you can find topics of B1 level: https://issuu.com/isabelcota/docs/int__oral_valencia_2010

  5. Creo que son de gran ayuda todos tus tutoriales y puedes añadir muchos más sobre aspectos como: houses and homes, politics and society, sport and health…

  6. hello and thank you for these fantastics videos. I am going to take the B1 exam (EOI). I would like to know if it is necessary to do an introduction before starting to answer the questions (Hello. My name is… I work as a… I am going to talk about… First I will talk about… Then… And I will conclude with…). THANKS

  7. I have 2nd b1 exam in three days and anyone in my classroom could talk this way… b1+++++ lvl ty for the video!!

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