If you are planning to pursue a position abroad as a post-doc or a visiting scholar, you need to keep in mind that you may need to offer some type of proof of English Proficiency. One of several methods to prove your command of English is good, is by taking the IELTS Test.
IELTS stands for ‘International English Language Testing System’, and it is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. The speaking module is a key component of IELTS. It consist of a face-to-face interview between the test taker and an examiner, and it is divided into 3 sections. This time, we are going to be talking about Section 1.
v You will be asked questions about: home, family, work, studies, hobbies, reasons for taking IELTS, etc.
Example of Section 1
A: Kevin Powell – IELTS Examiner凯文. 鲍威尔 ——雅思考官
B: Anna Liu – Test Taker 刘安娜——考生
A: Good Morning. My name is Kevin Powell… Could tell me your full name and where you are from, please.
A: 早上好。我是凯文. 鲍威尔……您可以告诉我您的全名和来自哪里吗？
B: Good Morning. My name is Anna Liu. I’m from China.
A: Can I see your identification please.
B: Yes, sure. (Hands over her passport)
A: Thank you. Now in this first section let’s talk about what you do. So, do you work or are you a student?
B: I work as a researcher in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology at XXX University.
A: Why did you choose that job?
B: XXX University has a good ranking, it is also equipped with modern laboratories. In recent years, XXX University has undertaken several research projects for state science and technology. Most of these projects were supported by the National Science Foundation and various ministries and national enterprises. This motivated me to apply for this job 2 years ago. I’m glad I get to work there.
A: Do you plan to continue with your job in the future?
B: Yes. I plan to continue working there for at least one more year, which is the time I believe it will take me to finish my current research project. Afterwards I would like to pursue a post-doctoral position abroad.
A: Interesting. Where would like to go for your post-doc?
B: I would like to go to the US or the UK. Both countries are home to a great number of well-known academic institutions. Also, living in an English-speaking country will help me improve my command of English. Furthermore, I’ve never been outside of Asia before, and I would like to experience living in a western society.
A: Now, let’s talk about free time. Do you enjoy your weekends now more than you did when you were a child?
B: No. I enjoyed my weekends more when I was a child. As I am an adult, I have much more responsibilities than I did when I was in my childhood years. As a kid, I mostly spent my weekends playing with my sister and watching TV. Now, I mostly spend my weekends reviewing my work, as I am quite busy with a deadline for a paper.
A: How important is it for you to relax at the end of the week?
B: Well, it is important to me. I believe relaxing is key for clearing the mind. Although I do spend some time reviewing my work during the weekends, I often go out with friends to get lunch and catch up. And if I don’t have time to make plans with friends or family, I relax by myself reading a book or watching TV.