Part 1- Introduction and interview
[This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview. ]
Examiner: Good afternoon. How are you?
Answer: Good afternoon. I am doing fine. Thank you.
Examiner: How old are you?
Answer: I am 19 years old. In this coming December, I will turn to 20.
Examiner: What is your full name?
Answer: My full name is “Fang Hua” but my friends and family call me simply “Hua”.
Examiner: Does your name have any special meaning?
Answer: Yes, it has a special meaning. The first part of my name, which is “Fang”, suggests “a pleasant smell” while the second part “Hua” refers to “prosperity”. Interestingly, “Fang” also means a long, sharp tooth, according to the dictionary, which is not relevant to my first name.
Examiner: Is your name important to you?
Answer: Definitely, my name is important to me and it has a special appeal to me and my family. It is a tradition for a family in my country to choose meaningful names for their children. I guess my name is something I listen many times a day. This very name represents my identity and I guess everyone’s name is important to him or her.
Examiner: What do you do for a living?
Answer: Currently, I am a college student and I am dependant on my family for my expenses. My father is an engineer while my mother is a homemaker. At present, I am trying to get a part-time job but I have not got a suitable job for me yet. I have applied for some part-time jobs and hopefully, I will be able to manage one soon.
Examiner: Is getting this part-time job important to you?
Answer: Well, at this stage, I need to have a part-time job and in fact, I am looking for a suitable one. Frankly speaking, I want to gain some job experience and earn some money to support my expenses. Please wish me luck!
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Part 2 – Individual long turn (Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card)
Describe a character or person who was your childhood hero.
You should say:
- who he/she was
- is he/she still your hero
- why you consider him/her your childhood hero
and say what his/her influences was on you as a child.
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]
I used to watch the television series George Shrinks and it had a great impression on me in my childhood. In fact, George, the little hero, of this series became my real-life model. He was a little boy but his life was filled with adventures. He moved from one place to another with the car that his father invented. Interestingly, the Zooper car could take different other shapes like a submarine of a helicopter. And the activities he took part in were really amazing. This is an interesting cue card task for me and it reminds me of my childhood. The remaining answers are here.
George was my hero for his adventurous nature. In my childhood, I was also a young girl who wanted to have an adventure. But unluckily, I did not have the chance to take part in. My parents did not allow me to get out of home activities fearing that I might get injured or harmed. But George was accompanied by his father and had many adventures in his life. So, he became my hero.
No, I do not consider George as a hero anymore. In fact, I have become matured and the ideas have changed. The things George took part in were suitable for children only. And as an adult, they do not attract me anymore. Actually, the appeal of that show is for the kids only and I am not interested. My taste has changed and I do not watch the animation movies or attracted with any children’s series.
I used to play like George. I also regretted the Zooper car. Once I dreamt of having a car like that Zooper car which was made by George’s father. Moreover, his encounters with the robotic aliens and other people also amazed me. I tried to follow him in my everyday life.
More Ideas to talk about this Cue Card topic:
Cue Card Topic: Describe a character or person who was your childhood hero.
1. I loved Batman so much in my childhood. He was my childhood hero and still, he is. I loved him for his outstanding performance and obviously liked the gadgets he used. The car was outstanding too. I was highly influenced by his attitudes and followed him in my real-life as well.
2. I cannot remember if I had missed any of the episodes of MacGyver series in my childhood. The man was my idol then and I still admire him in my 30s. He improvised the way to get rid of different obstacles that attracted me the most. Watching the series, I tried to solve problems as the way he did. In fact, I was influenced by his special skills.
3. Chacha Chaudhary was my childhood idol. He was a comic character and I also admired his associate, Sabu, a giant-like figure from a different planet but I cannot grant him as a hero in my present life. I considered him as a hero because he had some outstanding ways to deal with problems and protect himself and his family. As a child, I used to exercise my skills of analyzing everything and I was highly influenced by Chacha Chaudhary.
4. I admired Captain Jack Sparrow very much and he was my childhood hero. He is still my idol in my heart and often I try to follow him. His way of speaking, attitude while dealing with self-created troubles, unlimited freedom etc. were the key attraction. I tried to take my attires like him and often used a scarf on my head. He is still an influential character among many children and teenagers.
5. After watching several movies of Indiana Jones, I fall in love with this guy in my childhood. Still, I consider this character as my hero for some reasons. I admired the adventures undertaken by this character in different parts of the world to unearth the treasures. His way of talks, witty replies and actions – all were my favourite. I turned inquisitive in nature after meeting with Indiana Jones.
6. Clint Eastwood was my childhood hero. I have seen several movies starred by this tall-figure. He is still my hero in my personal life. I try to talk the way he used to talk in the movies. His way of action, swinging the guns and taking fast gunshots were amazing. So, I was fond of him. Following his style, after being influenced by his movies in my childhood, I asked dad to bring two toy guns for me and I played with them.
7. When I was a child, I watched a movie of Michelle Yeoh, a Malaysian actress. She is still my childhood hero for some reasons. I have enjoyed several other movies and got curious about her personal life. Basically, I admired this woman for her special stunts in the movies and those were really commendable. In my childhood, I was deeply influenced by her character and I used to follow her stunt moves but I do not know why I failed to recreate them!
Part 3 -Details Discussion
Q. What happens when young people lack good role models?
A. Thank you for this great question. Numerous problems can occur when young people do not have any role model to follow. They lack a sense of morality and courtesy because there is no one to offer advice and proper guidelines. Passing time in unproductive activities becomes more prevalent among them as a result. But if they had some role models, they could follow their traits and become good citizens. Basically, the role models influence young people in becoming passionate about creative activities and learning good habits.
Q. Do you agree that you should never meet your heroes? Why?
A. Well, I do not agree with the statement that we should avoid meeting our heroes in real life. Heroes occupy some emotional spaces in our mind and we admire them so much. Meeting with them help us know more about them. At least it allows us to talk to them for a while and take photos with them to make the moment remarkable. Additionally, our heroes often offer useful advice and become our inspiration in life which drive us to do even better in life. Therefore, I think that meeting someone’s hero in real life is important unless the hero is a fictitious character like the superman, whom, of course, we can never meet or talk to.
Q. Why our childhood heroes are different from our adulthood heroes?
A. Childhood is often the best part of our life and it is filled with magic, innocence and unbound possibilities and dreams. Children, in most of the cases, are attracted to superhero characters and live in a world full of fantasy and dream. So, when a hero, in a movie or a comic book, saves the world from an impending disaster, children think this is the most important task to do and in their subconscious minds want to become like them. There is nothing wrong with it but the innocence often fades away with the harsh reality in our adulthood and we tend to favour more real-life heroes than fictitious ones.
In the process of becoming a responsible adult, a great change takes place in our mental faculty. We start analyzing everything based on reality and thus often find ourself in a position where the fantasies are long gone and we become less interested in our childhood heroes who exist only in a dream world. We start to realise how hard our parents work to make us happy, how important our teachers are in our lives, how many significant challenges a successful entrepreneur or businessman has to take or how talented our favourite singers, actors or writers are. And as a result, we start idolising them.
Q. How our real-life heroes are different from heroes from comics and movies?
A. Well, heroes in comic books and movies have extraordinary powers and can easily finish many daunting tasks. They jump off the mountains, defeat any villain, save the innocent people and the world, and can even fly or return from death. Anything the writer or producer can imagine is possible by those heroes.
But real-life heroes are simply human, like the rest of us. They have limitations and they have to struggle to achieve their success.
They are our heroes because we admire them and revere their talents and deeds. Sometimes, our old and fragile parents are our heroes because we love them and appreciate their dedication for us, and oftentimes successful writers, sportsmen, actors, politicians or entrepreneurs are our real-life heroes because of their remarkable yet humanly possible actions, achievements or good conducts.
Q. Do you think musicians and athletes can become a good role model for young people? Why?/ Why not?
A. Yes, musicians and athletes could be good role models for young people especially because they are talented, hard-working, dedicated and successful on the one hand, and are extremely popular among the young people on the other hand. In fact, becoming a successful sportsman or an artist is a remarkably challenging task. Someone needs to practise years after years to reach the ladder of success and when they do, they can inspire youths to take the same path if they are passionate about it. Some of them just have to restrain themselves from substance abuse and scandals. Good athletes and musicians have patience, talent and many other great qualities, and the young generation is ready to listen to their advice, tips and suggestions. So, if these athletes and musicians wish, they could play a good role for young people.
Q. How can parents become good role models for their children?
A. Most parents are already admired by their kids, and they, sooner or later, realise how hard their parents work to make them happy only to respect their parents even more. Besides, children have a natural tendency to mimic their parents and that’s why it is easier for parents to become role models for them. To become role models, parents just have to be kind in their words, spend time with them and practise morality. No one is prouder than a child who can tell everyone how honest his or her parents are and how much they love him/her. I believe that honest and caring parents who teach their children morality, prepare them to take challenges in life and inspire them to become good citizens would remain role models for their children for the rest of their life.