Part 1-style questions
Examiner: Do you do any sports?
Loiuse: Not really … no … I always say I’m going to take up exercise and try to get into shape but I never seem to get started … I sometimes wonder whether I should get a personal trainer … someone who will sort out a fitness programme for me and make me train hard ….
- a fitness programme: a schedule of activities to keep fit
- to get into shape: to become fit
- a personal trainer: a sports coach that helps you on a one-to-one basis
- to take up exercise: to start doing exercise
- to train hard: to train with a lot of effort
Examiner: How do you spend a typical weekend?
Stella: I’m a big football fan and weekends always centre around a football match … I support FC Utrecht and have a season ticket so I go to most of the home games and quite a few of the away games too … I’m really looking forward to the new football season starting soon …
- a football fan: someone who likes football
- a football match: a game of football
- a football season: a period in the year when football is played
- a season ticket: a ticket that gives you entry to most of a team’s home games during the sporting year.
- an away game: a football match played in the opposing teams stadium
- a home game: a football match played in the teams own stadium
Examiner: Have you got any hobbies or interests?
Theo: Yes … I’m really keen on sports … I do judo once a week and play tennis in the summer … I think it’s really important to keep fit … it makes you feel good and energised for work and your studies ….
- to do judo: (not go or play)
- to keep fit: to stay in good physically condition
- to play tennis/football: (not do or go)
Part 2-style task
Describe a place you like going to in your leisure time. You should say:
- what this place is
- when you go there
- what you do there
- and say why you enjoy it there so much
Maurice: I’d like to talk about my local sports centre … it’s a place I spend a lot of time in … it’s a new building with all the latest sports facilities … I probably go there at least twice a week … sometimes more often … it’s a huge place … there’s an outdoor athletics track and some football pitches … I play football so I’m often out there … there are several indoor squash and tennis courts that I use occasionally … a big swimming pool … although I don’t use that very often … I’m not a very strong swimmer … there’s a gym … lots of things really … why do I enjoy going there … it’s just a really fun place to be … there’s a good social side to it all … you can enter competitions … meet up with other people who want to do the same sports … and because there are so many activities on offer it gets you interested in different things … for example I was listening to some people talking about training to run the marathon and I’ve decided I might even think about that … I go jogging a couple of times a week so it would give me something to aim for … so yes … the sports centre … that’s the place I really like to visit …
- a sports centre: a public building where people can do various sports
- sports facilities: the equipment and services needed to do a sport
- a football pitch: the surface on which you play football (as opposed to a stadium, which is the building)
- an athletics track: a running track
- a squash/tennis/badminton court: the surface where you play these sports
- a strong swimmer: a good swimmer
- a swimming pool: the place where you swim
- to go jogging: to run around the streets
- to run the marathon: to run a distance of 42.195 Kilometres
Part 3-style questions
Examiner: Should people be encouraged more to take up sport?
Alejandro: I think young people should be given the chance to discover which sport they might like … watching sport is sometimes a good way to get people started … not on TV but actually getting out … take athletics for example … they could go to an athletics meeting … there are so many different sports on show one might interest them …
- an athletics meeting: an event where various athletics sports are held
Examiner: Why do some people enjoy participating in sport more than others?
Florrie: That’s a good question … I suppose some people are more concerned about their health … they can’t stand the thought of being out of condition … other people might be driven to excel … they want to set records or get personal bests …
- to be out of condition: to not be physically fit
- a personal best: to achieve the best personal result so far in a sport
- to set a record: to achieve the best result in a sport
Examiner: Which sports do you think are best for people who aren’t used to physical activity?
Julie: Well … I think people like this should avoid strenuous exercise so things like circuit training are definitely out of the question … maybe just doing a brisk walk every day … or swimming is always a good way to get started …
- strenuous exercise: exercise that needs a lot of physical effort
- a brisk walk: a fast walk