IELTS HOPECO Speaking Practice Test 8: Entertainment

8/20/2015 5:00:28 PM
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Part 1 

A. Cinema
  1. Do you like watching films?
  2. What kinds of films do you enjoy?
  3. Do you prefer watching films at home or at the cinema?
  4. Do people go to the cinema or the theatre in your home town?
  5. How often do you watch films / go the cinema?
  6. When was the last time you went to the cinema or the theatre? What did you see?
  7. When you were a child what kind of movies did you like to watch?
  8. Would you like to be in a film / play? Why / why not?
B. Television
  1. Do you watch much TV?
  2. When do you usually watch TV?
  3. Who do you normally watch TV with?
  4. What kinds of TV programmes do you like the most?
  5. Do you have a favourite TV programme at the moment?
  6. What TV programmes do you remember from your childhood?

Part 2

Describe a film you found interesting.

You should say:

  • when you saw this film
  • why you decided to see this film
  • what happened in the film
  • and explain why you found this film interesting.

Part 3

  1. Is the cinema a popular form of entertainment in your country?
  2. Which do you think is more enjoyable, watching films in the cinema or watching films at home?
  3. Do you think that films shown in cinemas should have an educational value?
  4. Is it important for governments to support film-making in their countries?
  5. Do you think the Internet has already had a big impact on the entertainment industry?
  6. In what ways do you think that entertainment media may develop in the future?

Useful Vocabulary

     A. Cinema (advantages)
  • the thrill of watching something on the big-screen
  • able to appreciate the cinematography
  • more exciting/intense atmosphere
  • can enjoy a night out with friends
  • big screen really brings the characters to life
  • the excitement of watching a premiere screening

   B. Watching TV (advantages)
  • can sit in the comfort of your own home
  • can invite your friends round
  • can choose what you want to watch
  • can watch a variety of programmes
  • can flick through the channels
  • can switch it off if you get bored

   C. Film-making
  • social responsibility to make educational/informative films
  • can get worldwide recognition
  • good media for reaching wide audiences
  • can deliver social messages
  • has high impact on the public
  • can bring widespread attention to social/world problems

   D. Technology & Entertainment (examples)
  • online gaming / games / gambling
  • computer game consoles (PlayStation / Wii)
  • downloading films / videos (YouTube)
  • social networking (Facebook / Twitter)
  • downloading music (iTunes)

Useful Linking Expressions

   A. Giving more exact information
  • in (actual) fact …
  • to be more exact …
  • actually …
  • to be more precise …
  • as a matter of fact …

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