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Topics for speaking B2 & C1

SPEAKING
QUESTIONS FOR PART 1- VSTEP EXAMINATION
PART 1 :
People and relationship
1/ Who are closest to you in your family?
2/ If you have any brothers or sisters what things do you enjoy doing together?
3/ Who has had the greatest influence on your life so far?
4/ Do you have any close friends? What makes a good friend?
5/ How do you like to spend your time with your friends?
6/ Would you prefer to spend your free time with your family or with your friends? Why?
1/ What do you do to keep fit
2/ What sports do you play?
3/ Are you an active person in your free time? What sort of thing do you do
4/ Do you prefer to exercise with other people or on your own? Why?
5/ Do you have any unhealthy habits?
6/ Do you eat what you like or what is good for health
The media and entertainment
1/ What kind of music do you like best?
2/ Do you prefer listening to live music or recorded music?
3/ What kind of film do you like best?
4/ DO you prefer to watch films at the cinema or on video?

5/ Do you buy magazines or newspapers regularly?
6/ Do You play computer games? What do you think about computer games?
Hobbies
1/ What is your hobbies?
2/ Do you prefer action films or comedies?
3/ Do you often read books? Do you think it is important to read novels?
4/ What is your favourite song?
5/ What kind of TV programme do you like watching?
Technology
1/ How much time do you spend using a computer at work and at home?
2/ what do you use the internet for?
3/ Has the internet make your job/ studies easier?
4/ Do you think older people are scared of new technology?
5/ Do you think young children should have mobile phones?
Transport
1/ How do you usually get to work or school?
2/ How do people in your country get to where they want to go?
3/ Do you often take public transport?
4/ What is your preferred means of getting round?
5/ What means of transport do you use when you are in a hurry?
Youth
1/ Where did you grow up? Was that a good place to grow up?
2/ Do you miss anything about your childhood?
3/ Did you get on well with your parents?
4/ Did you ever get into trouble at home or school?
The world aound us


1/ How do you get about mostly? By bus/ by car/ by bicycle/ on foot. (
2/ Where do you do most of your shopping?
3/ Which of the following do you recycle regularly?
Studies and work
1/ What is the most interesting part of being a teacher?
2/ What’s the most difficult part of being a teacher?
3/ Would you say it is a good occupation?
QUESTIONS FOR PART 2- VSTEP EXAMINATION
Part 2/
Situation 1: Your friend is in his/ her early 30s. He or she is looking for the love of his/ her
life. What do you think the best way to find out the person he/ she loves- speed dating, online
dating/ dating service


Think about: - time consumed
- The person’ feeling
- The reliability of the information
Situation 2: Your mother has just retired. She is considering taking up something as a way
to keep fit. What do you think is best choice for her: going to the gym, jogging or doing
yoga?
Think about the cost/ the age of your mother/ how hard the activity
Situation 3: You are a student. It’s Saturday evening. You would like to enjoy an evening out
with some of your close friends. You want to have fun with friends but you don’t have much
money to spend. There are three suggested options: going to the cinema, eating out and
singing karaoke. Which do you think is the best choice?
Think about the cost, how much fun you have, the interest of your friends
Situation 4: Your friend, a university student, is planning to join a club at his university. He
is considering music club, reading club and movie club. In your opinion , which is the best
choice?
Situation 5: Someone is going to retire. He /she wants to take up a hobby. He/she is consid
ering piano lessons, swimming lessons. Or joining a yoga club. In your opinion, which is the
best choice?
Situation 6: Your friend has just pass the university entrance exam. He/ she has been given
some money for establishment. He is considering buying a mobile phone, a laptop, or a
digital camera. What do you think is the best choice?
Situation 7: Your friends, who are a group of students, are planning a trip from DN to HCM
city. They are considering travelling by train, by car or by plane. In your opinion, what is the
best choice
Situation 8: your friend is hired to look after a seven-year-old boy every Sunday evening
when his parents are away. She wants to make his evening interesting. She is considering
helping him with his homework, letting him watch his favourite TV programme, taking him
to a park nearby. In your opinion, which is the best choice?
Situation 8: A group of students from England are going to take a tour around your country
on their fieldtrip. They want to visit different landscapes, organise and enjoy some activities
with local people, They want to know more information about the weather in your country.
In your opinion, Which is the best season for them to carry out their plan? Summer, spring
or autumn


Situation 9: You have just graduated from college with a degree on English. You want to
apply a job in your local area. These are some jobs advertised on Employment centre
website: a language teacher in a local secondary school, a tourist guide for a travel agency, a
secretary for a foreign company. In your opinion, which is the best choice?
QUESTIONS FOR PART 3- VSTEP EXAMINATION
Topic 1: The important qualities of an ideal parent
Topic 2: How to cope with stress
Coping with stress:
Topic 3: What are the bad impacts of TV on children?
Bad impacts of TV on children:
Topic 4: Everyone needs to take up a hobby
Hobbies:
Topic 5: People change their hobbies over time
Changing hobbies:
Topic 6: The internet has made our life better
The internet
Topic 7: Computers have negative effects on our life.
Computers
Topic 8: What are the most serious transport problems in your country?
Transport problems:
Topic 9: Young and old people can learn from each other
Learning from each other:
PART 1 :
People and relationship
1/ Who are closest to you in your family? (mother/ beside/ appear in time/ supportive/
sympathize/ tolerant/ instead of complaining..)
2/ If you have any brothers or sisters what things do you enjoy doing together?
(play/ share sadness/happiness/ personal secrets/ do cooking/ go shopping..)
3/ Who has had the greatest influence on your life so far? (father/ strict/ determined/ good
advice/ more experience..)
4/ Do you have any close friends? What makes a good friend?
(yes/ my colleague/ lower secondary schoolunselfishness, trust, sympathy)
5/ How do you like to spend your time with your friends? (visit/ cook simple dishes/ have
some fun/ go out for a drink/ go shopping..)
6/ Would you prefer to spend your free time with your family or with your friends? Why?
(my family-working person/ friends=colleagues/ meet everyday -> spare time with family/
make parents happy/ show love/ concern to parents/ old/ alone)
7/ When you have trouble in life, who do you turn for help- family members or friends?
(depend- problems with family-husband/children-> parents/ sister/ more experience in family
life- proplems in working/school-> ask friends for advice)
8/ How important is your family to you?
(the most important/ was born/grew up/ closest relatives/ parents/ keep an eye on me/
sacrifice)
Health and fitness:


1/ What do you do to keep fit? (do morning exercise/ go jogging/ balance diet- nutritious
enough/ more vegetables/ fruits/ enough sleep)
2/ What sports do you play? (badminton/ in the afternoon/ son/ husband/ weekend /
neigbours)
3/ Are you an active person in your free time? What sort of thing do you do? (yes/ whenever
having spare time/ do housework/ do the gardening/ entertain/ play sports/ go out for a drink
with friends/ acquaintances)
4/ Do you prefer to exercise with other people or on your own? Why? (would rather/ other
people than on my own/ chat/ share experience/ be encouraged/ bored/ tired)
5/ Do you have any unhealthy habits? (stay up late/ eat much meat/ sugar/ lazy to do exercise
in winter)
6/ Do you eat what you like or what is good for health? (most of the cases/ eat what if good
for health- buy food/ decide nutritious/ healthy food/ sometimes / eat something I like)
The media and entertainment
1/ What kind of music do you like best? (really love lyrical music-spare time/ before
sleeping/ listen to some lyric songs from my computer or smart phone/ its gentle tone/make/
relaxed/ easy to fall into sleep/ I listen to Quang Le and Le Quyen songs almost everynight
2/ Do you prefer listening to live music or recorded music? ( I’d rather listen to recorded
music/b/c I can easily choose the song and the singer that I love/ live music/ available at
certain time/ recorded music/ listen whenever I want)
3/ What kind of film do you like best? (comedy/ young/ romantic film/ but/ bored/ take long
time to watch the end/ often has unhappy ending/ comedy is short/ funny/ relaxed/ reduce
stress )
4/ DO you prefer to watch films at the cinema or on video? (video-watch whereever and
whenever/ at my leisure/ no need for schedule arrangement/ cost less/mot pay for tickets/ sit
at home/ not go out/ avoid trouble/ traffic jam/ pick pocket…)
5/ Do you buy magazines or newspapers regularly? No- never bought any newspapers or
magazines/ read magazines/ newspaper/ school library/ gap period/ at home/ read
newspapers on the innternet/ my most favourite one / Dantri/ vn express)
6/ Do You play computer games? What do you think about computer games? (No, long time
ago / young/ single woman/ play some times/ have children/ never think of computer games/
waste of time and harmful/ better/ spend spare time/ reading newspapers/ do the
gardening…/set good example for my sons)
Hobbies
1/ What is your hobbies? ( One of the hobbies that I have pursued for over 5 years is doing
the gardening/ small garden/ at my leisure / plant vegatables/ flowers- some kinds of orchid/
take care of/ water every morning/..)
2/ Do you prefer action films or comedies? (comedies to action films- b/c really scared of
violent/ comedies/ funny/ keep my mind relaxed/ peaceful /it would be enjoyalbe/ pleasure/
to see comedies)
3/ Do you often read books? Do you think it is important to read novels? (NO, at present I
don’t read any books, but most of my free time I often read newspaper. However, I also love
novels. When I was young I often read some novels that taught me lots of things in life. SO I
think reading novels benefits us a large number of useful things)


4/ What is your favourite song? I’m interested in some folk songs, especially I really adore
the song named “Dan Sao Hau Giang” whenever/ listen/ gentle/ imagine /how peaceful the
Hau Giang land is/ blue sky/school of birds/ rice field/ river…beautiful sight/ feel great)
5/ What kind of TV programme do you like watching?(I keen on /News programme / quiz
show/ keep me updated with the information happening around the country and in the world/
quiz show brings me lots of knowledge/ academic/ social/ review sth / experience)
Technology
1/ How much time do you spend using a computer at work and at home? (sometimes / at
school/ two or three times a week/. B.c the school/inadequate/ projectors or TV for teaching
in class/ 4 T.V /r 24 classes./ However/at home/ most / preparation / teaching / work with a
computer /s preparing lesson plan/, updating sts’s record / seeking reference documents)
2/ what do you use the internet for? (various purposes/ ujpdating sts’ record/ send / receive
email/(exchange)/document/colleagues/ seeking reference documents/ learning english/
reading newspaper/seeking information/ chating with friends/ listen to music…)
3/ Has the internet make your job/ studies easier? (Yes/ not only my job but also other fields
of our lives are made easier and easier by the internet./ benefit/ ex: help/ prepare/ my lesson
plan/ whereever/ whenever/can/ with a computer connected to the internet/ especially/ do /
job/ better/ exchanging/ sharing/ experience/ with others colleagues/worldwide)
4/ Do you think older people are scared of new technology? (No/persuasive example/more
and more old people/ use cell phone/ smart phone / communicate with their friends/ retired
teachers/ parents/ keep in touch with/ old colleagues/ old classmates via social network/
facebook…)
5/ Do you think young children should have mobile phones? (yes/ vital/case/ connect/
parents/ urgent situation or / keep in touch with /parents/away from home/ however/ not
mature enough/the older/ parents/ keep an eye on them/ control/ direct/ use / right purposes/
necessary situation/ not misuse)
Transport
1/ How do you usually get to work or school? (by motorbike/ house/ not very far/ the place/
working/about 300 metres/am used to going out by motorbike/ faster /more convenient)
2/ How do people in your country get to where they want to go? (most of pp in my
hometown go to and fro by motorbike/ some pp / low living standard/ go to market/ bikes/ a
few pp / high living standard/ businessmen/ rich officers/ go to work/ cars)
3/ Do you often take public transport? (recently/ I haven’t almost used public transport/ b.c/
always get car sickness when travelling by bus/car./ by my own motorbike/ even/travelling
for long distance/ DN/ Tky/ 50- 60 km)
4/ What is your preferred means of getting round? (would rather/ motorbike/ car sickness/
convenient/ better/ health)
5/ What means of transport do you use when you are in a hurry? (motorbike/ bus/ have to
wait/ proper schedule/ motorbike/ faster/ 60km/hour)
Youth
1/ Where did you grow up? Was that a good place to grow up? (countryside/ small village/
QS district/ West of Quangnam./ poor/ village/ but/ find/ quite good place/ quiet/ peaceful/
fresh air/ unpolluted environment/especially/ completely safe/ secure from crimes/ social
evils)


2/ Do you miss anything about your childhood? (sometimes/ interesting memories from my
childhood/ recalled / my mind/life now/ busy/ hard/ remember/ good days/ had/ still young/
that time/ spent time/ take care of / cows/ buffalos/field/quite peaceful/ play/ traditional
games/ really fantastic/ think of them/ everything seem / refresh / my mind)
3/ Did you get on well with your parents? (yes/ got on quite well with my parents/ we have
been living in harmony until now/ My sister/ I / obedient children/ my parents/ caring/
supportive/ a close-knit family)
4/ Did you ever get into trouble at home or school? ( think/ did/ rather well at school/
everything/ seemed to go smoothly at school/ but once/ found my life rather difficult when
my father got seriously ill/ was treated/ hospital/ very long time/ hardest days/ got over
everything/ after all)
The world aound us
1/ How do you get about mostly? By bus/ by car/ by bicycle/ on foot. (everyday /work/
motorbike/ not/ far/ home/ workplace/ find/ motorbike/ more convenient/ easy/ speedy/
besides/ some occasions/ have to travel far from home/ also/ use motorbike/ get carsick/
rarely travel by bus/ car)
2/ Where do you do most of your shopping? In an out-of-town hyppermarket -cua hang tu
phuc vu/ in local stores/ in the supermarket/ on the internet (most/ things/ food/ groceries/
some furniture/ necessary/ family/ bought/ local market/ b/c / no supermarket/ place/ living/
since the growth of the internet/ sometimes/ do some shopping online/ buy sth/ cosmetic/
clothes…, much convenient)
3/ Which of the following do you recycle regularly? Newspapers/ bottles/ aluminum cans/
none of these? (reuse/ bottles/ plastic boxes/ plant/ trees/ flowers/ vegetables)
Studies and work
1/ What is the most interesting part of being a teacher? (I find teaching job/ really fantastic/
convey knowledge to sts/ help/students/ children/ hometown/ English language/ long time
ago/ no one/ hometown/ speak English/ many/ communicate/ foreigners/ whenever/ vivit/ the
village/ consider/ the most ineresting part of being a teacher of English )
2/ What’s the most difficult part of being a teacher? (face some troubles/ teaching/ find/ most
challenging/ deal with/ mischievous/ neglect sts/ some sts/ lazy/ not have right sense of
responsibility/ studying/ play truant/ not follow/ school/ discipline/ not finish duty/ really
hard/ us/ take time/ control/ advise/ make/ go/ right way)
3/ Would you say it is a good occupation? (yes/ believe/ really good jobs/ for society/ help
bring knowledge/ sts/ for myself: stable job/ get enough money/ my expense/not very hard/
stay in door/ safe/ benefit a lot/ teaching children at home)
Part 2/
Situation 1: Your friend is in his/ her early 30s. He or she is looking for the love of his/ her
life. What do you think the best way to find out the person he/ she loves- speed dating, online
dating/ dating service
Think about: - time consumed
- The person’ feeling
- The reliability of the information
In this part I am required to consider the 3 options for my friends who is in his/ her early 30s
to find out the person she/ he love.
According to me, Dating service is the best choice because of the following reasons:


-reliable information about the person. The dating service has already known everything
about the person such as his/ her age /family/ status/ personality…
- time-saving- not spend time getting to know about the person
- right person- same family condition, status, occupation…
Considerating the other two options, I think Speed dating is not good can not have enough
information -> first impression might be inaccurate/wrong + meeting too many pp at the
same time might get my friend confused and not sure about who’s suitable.
For online dating, it is rather common nowadays but I think it is risky. What I mean is that
my friend is easy to be cheated because the person often gives some wrong information.
The person who is in picture is rarely the same as the person in real life in appearance.
After considerating the 3 options I decide to advise my friend to choose dating service as the
best way in term of reliable information and saving time.
Situation 2: Your mother has just retired. She is considering taking up something as a way
to keep fit. What do you think is best choice for her: going to the gym, jogging or doing
yoga?
Think about the cost/ the age of your mother/ how hard the activity
Doing yoga: suitable for retirement age- lot of free time, gentle exercise/Cheap- no
equipments, teacher ,no need for large space / Easy-not to be trained hard, can do at home by
following some online tutorials / good ways to prevent lot of diseases-reduce stress, sleep
well, prevent trouble with bones/ ankles, knees of the old
Going to the gym: Cost much, pay for equipment/, unaffordable/ Strong exercise-suitable for
the young/ Have to go out-traffic problems, not safe for the old
Go jogging: cheap but not suitable for the old- problems with knees, ankes/ Out door
acitities- suffer from weather-cold-disease/ not take regularly in winter-rain heavily
Situation 3: You are a student. It’s Saturday evening. You would like to enjoy an evening out
with some of your close friends. You want to have fun with friends but you don’t have much
money to spend. There are three suggested options: going to the cinema, eating out and
singing karaoke. Which do you think is the best choice?
Think about the cost, how much fun you have, the interest of your friends
Eating out is the best choice. – Most of us love eating out/ don’t have to prespare meal at
home/ can eat sth new/ sth we can not prepare at home.
- Not cost much if we choose to eat sth simple at a cheap foodstall
- Main purpose/ having some fun together/ during eating time/ lot of time /
talk/ lively chat/share interest/ experience/ study/ work/ family life/ try
delicious food
Going to the cinema: not suitable/ in term of having fun/ keep silence during the time we
keep watching films/ no time for chatting/ - expensive/ pay for tickets / - depend on the
chedule of the cinema- suitable for the young/The couples
Singing the karaoke: bad choice/ much noisy in karaoke room/ can’t talk or have fun
together/ bad at singing/ not interest in singing/ feel isolated/ much expensive/ more suitable
for the young- the teenagers
Situation 4: Your friend, a university student, is planning to join a club at his university. He
is considering music club, reading club and movie club. In your opinion , which is the best
choice?
Reading club: benefit him a lot in studying/ broaden knowledge/ both academic/ various
fields in life/ don’t depend on others/ read alone/ east to choose the book he loves/ share/


exchange books with others/ the participant/ young/ same age/ easy to exchange ideas/
experience in studying / campus life
Music club: about gifted subject/ require some good taste/ talent in music/ know to play
some kinds of instrument/ not helpful for students/ distract his study / cost much/ need lot of
instruments
Movie club: not bad/ help relaxed/ but/ can’t choose the film he likes/ depend on others
people in the club/ see the film/ not love/ bored/ keep watching film/ little time for
exchanging ideas/ experience with others/ romantic film/ violent films/ bad impact on his
study/ don’t think watching film gives hime more knowledge than reading book.
Situation 5: Someone is going to retire. He /she wants to take up a hobby. He/she is consid
ering piano lessons, swimming lessons. Or joining a yoga club. In your opinion, which is the
best choice?
Joining a yoga club: popular for the old/ make friends/ companions/ suitable for the old/
don’t have to train hard/ gentle movement/ easy to take up/ help treat some disease that the
old often suffer from/ easy to sleep/ very beneficial for the old people’s health/
Piano lessons: common to the young/ not for the old/ not play well/ hard/slow/ depend on the
gift/ talent of the person/ for long time sitting for practice/ problem with back/ bad for
physical health./ expensive- pay for many lessons
Swimming lesson: not good idea/ fit for the young/ require some skills/ train hard/ long time
under water/ cause some disease/ flu/ cold/ not good for the person’s health too./ better for
the young
Situation 6: Your friend has just pass the university entrance exam. He/ she has been given
some money for establishment. He is considering buying a mobile phone, a laptop, or a
digital camera. What do you think is the best choice?
Think about: How much it costs/ how useful it is/ How often he/she uses it
Buying a laptop: benefit a lots/ various purposes/ studying/ enteraining/ study: wifi/
available everywhere/ easy/ get access/ information/ do assignment/ type documents/
communicate/ friends/ relatives/ exchange/ share/ ideas/ experiences/ friends/ teacher/ via
email/ facebook. Entrertainment: relax/ hard studying days/ listen to music/ watching films/
read newspaper…/ also take photos/ record…
A mobile phone: -small screen/ harm his health/ eye problems/ short -sighted./ leave negative
effect on the brain// - portable  always with him/ disturb/ distract / study/ interupt his
attention in class/ interfere with other activities/ not have time for talking with friends/
family members/ spend time playing games/ checking notification form emails/ facebook all
the time too much interference
A digital camera: not good/ use / one purpose- taking photos/ not as useful for studying/
entertaining as a laptop.
 Advise friend/ a laptop/ b.c/ the most useful thing/ necessary means for a student in
this modern time
Situation 7: Your friends, who are a group of students, are planning a trip from DN to HCM
city. They are considering travelling by train, by car or by plane. In your opinion, what is the
best choice?
Think about: speed/ scenery/ cost/ convenient


By car: best choice: - time-saving/ with affordable price/ sometimes/ car/ fast/ get to the
destination the next morning/- comvenient: case/ want / visit/some interesting places / stop/
sightseeing/ tired/ stop for some food/ refreshment/ - affordable/ cheap for sts
By plane: though/faster/ too expensive/ pay for ticket/ - don’t have chance for sightseeing a
long the trip/- plane crash/ much more serious than other means of transport
By train: cheaper/ but/ too slow/ more one day to reach the destination/ - not interesting/
can’t stop for sightseeing/ - tired / can’t stop to refresh/ not convenient for students/ enjoy the
sight along the roads
 By car/ most convenient/ suitable for the students who don’t have much money/ save
money/ but/love experiencing sth interesting during the trip.
Situation 8: your friend is hired to look after a seven-year-old boy every Sunday evening
when his parents are away. She wants to make his evening interesting. She is considering
helping him with his homework, letting him watch his favourite TV programme, taking him
to a park nearby. In your opinion, which is the best choice?
Think about: Effect on health; potential danger, time and effort to put him
-Taking him to the park: enjoy fresh air/ help/ relax/ feel better after hard studying week/take part some outdoor activities/ jogging/ playing some sports/ may good / his health/ spirit/
improve/ ftness/- some fun activities with other children / park/ develop communicative
ability
- Helping him with his homework/ not suitable/ weekend evening/better/ do sth funny/
interesting/ to relax/ reduce study pressure/ doing homwork/ boring/ get tired soon
- Letting him watching his favourite TV programme: not good/ let/ boy/ watch TV/ passive/
less active/ lack of physical activities/ spending all day studying at school/-watching TV/
harmful/ his eye
 Taking the boy to the park/ most suitable for a child’s weekend evening/ quite useful/
both mental and physical health.
Situation 8: A group of students from England are going to take a tour around your country
on their fieldtrip. They want to visit different landscapes, organise and enjoy some activities
with local people, They want to know more information about the weather in your country.
In your opinion, Which is the best season for them to carry out their plan? Summer, spring
or autumn
-Spring is the best choice: - weather/ cool/ warm/ not too cold/ not too hot/ wonderful/ out
door activities/ fieldtrip/ -time/ trees/ flowers/ in blossom/ lots of spectacular scenery/
visitors/ make sightseeing tour/ - occasion/ celebrate New year/ the most important holiday/
VN/ many festivals/ held- Huong Pagoda festival/ Lim festival…/ best chance/ foreign
visitors/ enjoy varous activies/ welcome New year/ get to know more/ Vnamese culture
- Summer: so hot/sweating/ exhausted/ travelling/ under the sun/ get sunburnt/ not suitable
for outdoor activities/ time/ severe droughts/ occur/ lack of water/ some areas/ counntryside> difficult
- Autumn: rainy season/ start/ often rain/ late afternoon/ heavy rain/ violent lightening/
thunderstorm-> quite dangerous
=> Spring: best time for travelling/ sightseeing tour/ enjoy more interesting activities in VN
Situation 9: You have just graduated from college with a degree on English. You want to
apply a job in your local area. These are some jobs advertised on Employment centre
website: a language teacher in a local secondary school, a tourist guide for a travel agency, a
secretary for a foreign company. In your opinion, which is the best choice?


- A language teacher in a local secondary school: - stable job/ enough money/ expense/ at
local place/ - more time off school/ free time on regular basic/ summer holiday/ do lots of
thing/ more time for family/ have some extra classes/ earn extra income/ look after/ family/
simultaneously/- stay in door/ safe- not dangerous/ in comparison with other jobs/ experience in teaching children
- A tourist guide: physically demanding- always travel around the country/ need to be
healthy/- stay away from home/ often/ inconvenient/ not time/ family/ children/ old-aged
parents/ -regular trip / far distance/ dangerous/ case/ having accidents/
- Secretary: be under high work pressure/ loads of work everyday/ travel a lot/ go on
business/ boss/ manager/ away from home/ inconvenient/ - not stable job/ foreign company/
try/ best/ not well enough/ be sacked/ dismissed/ any time
=> teacher/ best/ in case/ need stable job/ time children/ old-aged parents
PART 3
Topic 1: The important qualities of an ideal parent
The important quality of an ideal parent:
1. Responsibility : take care of/keep an eye on/ provide/ material/ mental life/ earn
enough / support/ give/best condition/ live a healthy life/
2. Sympathy: understand/ feeling/ share emotion/ put ourselves in their position/
sympathize/ good advice/ difficult situation/ stand by…
3. Tolerance: mistakes/ something wrong/ calmly find out/ reasons/ general enough/
forgive/ direct/ right way./ help/ solve problems.
4. Own idea: good teacher: (parent/first teacher/ all you teach them /young/ nurture/their
upbringing/ teach your child in such a way that it will make them sensible enough to
deal with various situations in their life/ become good manner/ good citizen/ society
Follow up questions:
- Many mothers today work and are away from home all day. How does this
affect her and her family? (can not fulfill their roles as a housewife/ not have
time to do housework/ teach children..)
- Would it better for the family to have less money but have the mother at
home? (hard for mothers/ don’t think…/ both earn money/ better/ however/
mothers/ arrange suitable schedule/ fulfill their roles/ at home & in society)
- Why is the number of single mothers increasing nowadays? ( not want to be
commited to family life/ more freedom/partly influenced by Western culture)
Topic 2: How to cope with stress
Coping with stress:
1. Positive thingking : Nothing is important/ optimistic/ confident/ overcome problem/
keep calm- never get angry/ be tolerant to others’ mistakes/ take everything easy.
2. Healthy lifestyle: balance diet/ be smart in choosing food/ good habit in eating- rich
vitamine, less fat, avoid smoking, alcohol/ Regular exercise- train physical health/
have enough sleep.
3. Social engagement: social activities/ out door activities – join sport club, dancing club,
english club, take part in voluntary work/ do some charity work  chance to meet
different people…
4. Own idea: various kind of entertainment -take up some hobbies: music, dancing,
cooking , gardening, planting flowers . Ex:


Follow up questions:
- Do you think that would be dull without stress? (yes/life/ not interesting if
everything goes smoothly/ sad/tired/ dificult the value of happiness/
success/ ex: weather: hot/ cold/ warm)
- In what way does stress affect our health and life? (not know how to
balance/ life/reduce stress-> fail/ affect your work, your study, health, even
cause some serious disease- heart attack
- Some people blame modern life for increasing amount of stress we fuffer.
What is your point of view? (completely agree- Ex: children’s educationyears ago/ study less- half of the day: morning or afternoon
Topic 3: What are the bad impacts of TV on children?
Bad impacts of TV on children:
1. Violent behaviours : Watch violent scenes on TV action films => tend to grow
aggressive/ immitate violent action/ behave the same to their friends/ bad effects in
society
2. Poor eye sight: children/ spend long hours/time watching TV => eyes work hard =>
risk of getting some eye problems- short-sighted/nearsighted, especially when
watching in the dark.
3. Physical laziness: long hours watching TV => inadequate time for doing physical ex.
& outdoor activities (play sports)=> lazy, passive lifestyle => overweight / obese./
inactive
4. Own idea: study distraction-enjoy watching TV so much, not focus on study/ not have
enough time for prepare lesson/ homework/ => bad school record
(Social relationship: children don’t have time/don’t want to make friends OR don’t have
chances to communicate with friends and others. => communication skills don’t
develop. )
Follow up questions:
- Do you think TV is an effective baby sister? Good way to keep children from
doing sth risk / unsafe- sit still/ not bother others/ avoid falling down/ doing
sth dangerous for themselves/ but effective or not / that depends on the way
parents choose the programme they watch and the time they are allowed to
watch TV
- How important is watching TV in other language when you are studying that
language? (of great benefits/ keep practicing listening everyday/ easy to
acquire the language/ learn large number of vocabularies/ pronounce exactly/
improve listening skill)
- How important is it to keep up to date with news and current events?
( important to update current event/ news-> know what happen around the
country/ around the world/ the current trend in various fields/ economy/
policy/ education/ fashion…change their lifestyle/ working style/ direct
children to the right way that is suitable to current trend of the modern
society.)
Topic 4: Everyone needs to take up a hobby
Hobbies:
1. Relief from tress: music/ watching film/ fishing/ reduce stress/ pressure from hard
working/ studying/ refresh our mind/ good for mental life


2. Social interaction: playing sports/ travelling/ meet lots of different people/ share

ideas/ experience/ make many friends/ fellows/ improve communicative skills
3. Educational opportunities: reading books/ watching films/ collecting things- stamp/
books… / broaden knowledge/ academic/ areas in daily life/ benefit/ learning/
educating
4. Own idea: physical health improvement: (play sports/ improve health/ keep fit/ strong
body/ avoid diseases…
Topic 5: People change their hobbies over time
Changing hobbies:
1. Living standard: hard life/ poor/ play football/ watching films richer/ take up
expensive sports/ playing golf/ travelling/
2. Trend: - old days: collecting stamps as we often wrote letters as a means of
communication => now: the era of technologies -> collecting new models of mobile
phones (instead of stamps)
3. Age: Young : playing sports/ travelling/  older/ hobbies are not appropriate for our
age => change./ doing the gardening/ planting flowers/ raising birds/ chicken/ playing
yoga
4. Own idea: location: countryside: jogging/ fishing move to the city-change/ sport
club/ go to the gym/ take up some modern sports/ tennis/ baseball…
Follow up questions:
- What is the most popular hobby in your country? Do you think it will remain
popular in the future? (more and more people play sports. Especially
football, badminton- after working time / go to sport centre/ play football/
badminton…other kinds of sports/ for the old/ go jogging every morning to
improve their health/
Yes/ b/c the better standard of life is, the more people become concerned
with their health
- What are the social benefits of hobbies?(improve interaction between
people/ bring people closer/better people lives/ mental/ physical health)
- What is the balance between life and work like in your country? Will there
be changes in this balance in the future? (old day/ work/ earn for living/ not
have time for mental activities/ nowadays/ pay more attention to leisure
activities/ certainly/ there will be some changes/ b/c hobbies/ depend much
on living standard and social trend)
- Do you think it can be a disadvantage to have too much free time?(lazy/ less
active/ much money for entertainment)
Topic 6: The internet has made our life better
The internet:
1. Researching: good means/ fastest means/ get information/ necessary/ your research/ easy/
find some piece of news/ some pictures/ articles/ academic work. you need with a laptop/
computer/ a smart phone/ connected to the internet.
2. Entertaining: provides a variety of entertainment forms including music, movies, online
magazines/newspapers/ with a computer/smart phone connected to the internet/ enjoy/
various types of music/ films/ Ex: - Allows us to upload / create our own videos, photo
series, stories to share with others. E.g. we can blog, upload videos/ our great photos on
fb.


3. Communicating: the availabity of the internet/ easier and easier for us / communicate

with others/ Constantly stay in touch with friends and relatives/ family members when/
we/ away from home. E.g. via skyper/ messenger/ zalo/ talk face to face/ our friends/
family members who are from far distance/ -much more interesting than through a phone
number. - easily make friends / people around the country/ around the world/ exchange
emails /chat online with them.
4. Own idea: online shopping: bring chance for people to open online stores/ companies/considered/ easy/ faster way for sellẻrs to get access to their customers/ good/ convenient
way for customers / buy products .Ex: just a little time/ surfing on the net/ we /find the
items/ products we need/ products/ delivered/ home/ after a short time.
(educating: more and more e-learning/ distance courses appear/ internet/ accessible/
people/ learners/ take the course/ without have to move to other places/ convenient/
cheap/ don’t have to pay for transport/ tuition fee/ cheaper than direct courses.)
Topic 7: Computers have negative effects on our life.
Computers:
1. Health: overuse the computers poor eye sight-short sighted/body aches/ backache/
spine-related problems such as bone degeneration/disc herniation caused by long
stay(keeping staying for so long time) in front of a computer ) + less physical
activities/- obesity. These diseases are very common nowadays/especially people who
work with computers for long hours.
2. Employment: Carry our tasks that are used to done by human beings => many pp
become jobless. E.g. lots of workers are fired/dismissed by their factories/employers
when machines are operated by a computer
3. Relationship: long hours using computers, e.g. chatting, watching videos, playing
games online… => lack of social interaction/ not have time for talking with family
members/ neighbors-> family/ not close-knit as it used to be/ not have close
relationship in the neighborhood
4. Own Idea: personality: keep working/ enjoying the entertainment on the computers/
lack of social activities/ social interaction-> slow / less active/ passive/ isolated with
pp around/ cold-hearted/ aggressive
Follow up questions:
- What have been the most significant technological developments of recent
years? (computers/ internet/ everything/studying/ working/communicating/
made easier and easier by the internet/ keep pp worldwide closer and closer/
just stay/ home/ computers/ connected / internet/ know/ what happen/ around
the world/ in a few seconds)
- Does technology help workers or does it make their life more difficult?
(more helpful than / of course/ certain extent/ create some difficulties/
benefits outweigh the negatives/ help workers a lot/ dealing with difficult
jobs/ convenient/ communicating/ looking for a suitable jobs)
- Do you think we are too dependent on technology? (yes,this modern life/
depend on technology/ working/ studying/ communicating…/ but obvious/
necessary/ b/c technology/ make our better and better)
- Do you think that eventually technology will be able to solve every problem?
(No, I think so/ technology / ability/ do / a variety of things/ even most


difficult things/ discovering the space/universe/but it can not replace human/
it is human that control the technology / /not reverse)
Topic 8: What are the most serious transport problems in your country?
Transport problems:
1. Parking: Lack of parking space => pavements are occupied for parking => no space
for pedestrians
2. Traffic: busy traffic/ narrow streets => traffic jams often take place during rush hours
(after work/school /busy traffic => high risks of road accident/ some crossroads / not/
traffic lights/ dangerous for transport paticipants
3. Public transport: unsatisfactory: dirty, old facilities, no airconditioning, untimely,
careless drivers
4. Own idea: Route systems: not suitable for cars, just for motorbikes => more and more
cars, the infrastructures hardly/barely meet the needs -> traffic jams
(traffic participants/ citizens’ awareness/ most people don’t stop at traffic lights / they
wouldn’t follow the laws without the presence of the police => more risks of road
accident/ drunk/ driving)
Topic 9: How can transport problems be solved?
Solutions to transport problems:
1. Build more roads: some areas where/ population/ crowded/ towns/ big cities/ not
enough roads/ roads/ narrow/ variety/ types/ means of transport/ problems/ for the
government/ build more roads/ these places/ tackle/ traffic issues/ reduce traffic
accidents/ traffic jams/ rush hours
2. Build underground train lines:traffic/ some foreign countries like Singappore/
Korea/much better/ more underground train lines/ help/ solve/ traffic problems/
government/ build more underground railways/ offer more choices for people/ use/
public transport/ travelling to work.
3. Introduce tough environmental law: enact/Some strict laws / protect the environment /
E.g. offices/ factories/ implement/ rules/ citizens/ workers have to spend one day of
the week using public transport or cycling to work. Otherwise, they’ll get fined by
their companies/ offices./ a moun of vehicles/ streets/ be reduced
4. Own idea:offer more public transportation: provide/ more means of public transport/
with low prices/ high quality/ available/ streets/ workplaces/ schools/ factories/ all the
time/punctual/ people/ encouraged/ use/ public transport more often
(Keep the high tax / Increasing sales tax for buying a car / motorbkes=>pp wouldn’t
want to own a car/ motorbike/ but use public transport)
Follow up questions:
- In your opinion, in what ways can governments encourage people to use
public transports? (some ways/ government / foster/ pp use public
transportation/ but / one effective way is that/ provide cheap public means of
transports/ high quality/ modern facilities/ punctuality/ availability of public
transport/ help )
- Do you think public transport should be free? ( yes/ obviously the most
fantastic thing/ everybody/ chance/ share public transport/ with free public
transport/ most pp use/ it/ also afraid/ government/ not have enough budget/
this solution)


-

-

How do you think transport will change in the next ten years? ( it is difficult
to answer/ I personally think that/ next ten years/less pp will use cars and
motorbikes than they are today/ b.c human will be more concerned/worried
about the environment which is more and more serious these days)
Do you think we should spend more money on roads or railways? (yes, I
think it worth spending more money on building/ upgrading roads/ railways/
it/ one of the best ways/tackle/ transport problems)

Topic 9: Young and old people can learn from each other
Learning from each other:
1. Technology: young/ help / old/ catch up with new technology// modern devices/
working/ as wel as communication. Ex: the old/ learn/ how to use/ computer/ do /
work/ more effectively/ how to keep updated with new information/ share information/
other partner/ via google/ parents/ learn/ use/ smart phone/ communicate/ others/
quickly/ via social network.
2. Behaviour: the young/ learn/ behaviour/ the old/ the old/ set good example of good
social behaviour/ social etiquette/ the young/ follow/ e.g: parents/ grandparents/ teach/
children/ how/ behave/ the elder/ senior/ right ways/ the old/ benefit/from adopting
professional work styles frome younger people/ some changes/ differences/ working
relationship between the junior/ senior/ the old should adopt
3. History: important the old/ share/ the young/ history/ country/ the young/ earn about
past events/ what happened/ old time/ where/ they came from/ how/ they /have such
better life
4. Own idea: Experience: the old/ have more experience/ work/ life/ relationship…/ give
the young good advice/ idea/ eg: whenever/ meet difficulty/ trouble/ work/ family/
ask/ father/ the senior for help/ give / best way/ solve/ overcome/ problems/ mother/
teach/ me how/cook/ special dishes/ good taste.
Topic 10: Childhood is the best stage in one’s life
Childhood:
1. Learning new things: a child/ described/ “white/ clear piece of paper”- no knowledge/
no experience/ quite immature/ everything around/ completely/ new/ strange/ -> really
wonderful/ learn/ various things/ from nature/the surroundings/ academic knowladge.
2. No worry: may have main duties/ eating/ learning/ not have to worry about any
matters in life/ don’t care/ the work/ meal/ no need to think of how to earn
money/how to please other people / office/ neighborhood/ community/ how to deal
with difficult problems/ daily life
3. Being cared: always/ taken care of / the elders/ parents/ grandparents/ baby sister/ play
with toys/ kept an eye/ by s.o/ almost do nothing/ except/ eating/ sleeping/ fed /
washed/dressed/ every day/ parents…
4. Own idea: No work: many years ago/ some children/ do simple work / help/ parents/
nowadays/ most children/ especially/ cities/ town/ don’t have to do any things/ when/ a
baby/ looked after/ parents/ get older/ go / school/ study/ all day/ weekend/ taken/ s.w
for entertaining/ enjoy/ outdoor activities/. Obvious/ quite young/ no job/ suitable /
them/ that’s why/ law/ defined/children/ right/ be cared/ parents/ educated/ protected/
the elder/ not/ work


 B/c of the what/ mention above/Childhood/ considered/ the best time or stage/ people

have had in their life/
Follow up question:
1. Are children in your country gernerally well brought up? (most children/ taken care of/
well/ their family/ well- educated/ except/ some children/ live/ in the remote area/ not
have good condition/ enjoy/ childhood/ poor/ work/ when still young/don’t have fed
adequately/ not / have warm clothes/bad weather/ don’t have good education)
2. Is it important for children to have fun? (yes/ necessary/essential/ children/ have fun/
sth enjoyful/ their life/ beside/ studying/ b.c it / benefits/ a great deal/ mental/ physical
development)
3. At what age do children become adult? (depend/ each country/ VN/ adult/ when
enough/ 18 years old/ b.c/ full mental/ physical development/ get enough general
knowledge/ mature enough/ live on their own)
4. How does a person’s childhood influence what kind of adult he/ she becomes? ( basic/
background for a peson’s development/ both social/ physical/ e.g: goodparenting/
behave right way/ good manners/ grow up)
Topic 11: Individuals can take some actions to save our planet from climate change
Actions to save our planets:
1. Use public transport/ travel s.w: such as/ take the bus/ work/ take/ train/ go/ business
instead of driving a car-> reduce vehicles exhaust-> decrease air pollution
2. Plant more trees: some kinds of fruits/ flowers/ vegetables/ garden/ green trees/ along /
streets/ school/ - join planting campaign/ run by local community-> help prevent soild
erosion/ create more oxygen/ earth atmosphere
3. Recycle things/ reuse glass/ plastic bottles/ other purposes/ make full use of used
objects/ e.g: plastic boxes / used / planting vegetables/ flowers/ waste paper/ used /
post cards/posters in class
4. Own idea: reducing energy: using water sparingly, turn off all electric appliances/
unnecessary/ encourage/ children/ students/ others / use energy/ right way
(change our anti-environment habit: stop littering/ street/ beaches/ put/ rubbish/ proper
dustbins…)
Topic : People should read regularly
Nowadays/ young children are more interested in playing than reading books. As a result,
they often lack of necessary reading skills that are useful for their study.Therefore they
should be encouraged to read because of some reasons:.
1. Important way /gain knowledge : increase vocabulary/ ability/ getting infromation/
express /thoughts// memory capacity/ be enhanced/read/ get information day by day/
good habits.
2. Reduce stress: stressfull day/ funny story/ best choice.reading works better than any
other relaxation method.b/c their mind will be invited to an oher world that is free
3. The good way to learn a language: encounter new words/ context/ guess meaning of
the words without using dictionary/ learn grammar/ use language better/own speech/

VSTEP’S SPEAKING: ĐỊNH DẠNG ĐỀ VÀ HƯỚNG TIẾP CẬN
1. Định dạng đề thi:


Các phần
thi

Thời
gian

Định dạng đề
thi

Hướng tiếp cận
– Với các chủ đề
quen thuộc, các
bạn có thể trả lời
từ những trải
nghiệm thực tế
của bản thân.

Phần 1:
Tương tác
xã hội

2-3
phút

Trả lời 3-6 câu
hỏi về các chủ
đề quen thuộc,
gần gũi ( thói
quen, sở thích…)

– Đề bài là 1 tình
huống với 3 giải
pháp.

Phần 2:
Thảo luận
giải pháp

Phần 3:
Phát triển
chủ đề

3 -5
phút
4 phút

– Tuy nhiên, nhiều
bạn có xu hướng
trả lời quá ngắn và
đơn giản. Ngoài
việc trả lời trực tiếp
câu hỏi, các bạn
nên nêu thêm lí do
và một số ý liên
quan.
– Nên tận dụng tối
đa các dữ liệu từ
đề bài để có thể
lựa chọn ra giải
pháp phù hợp nhất
và đưa ra những lí
do thuyết phục
nhất.

– Nhiệm
vụ: chọn ra giải
pháp tốt
nhất trong 3
giải pháp đó và
phản biện các
giải pháp còn
lại.

– Đồng thời, đừng
quên phản biện 2
giải pháp còn lại.
Với phần 2 này,
bạn chủ yếu đưa ra
những mặt lợi và
mặt bất lợi của
từng giải pháp,
đem so sánh chúng
và đưa ra kết luận.

– Nhận
một topic
card có ghi
rõ chủ đề và

– Nên tận dụng
ngay các gợi ý có
sẵn để tiết kiệm
thời gian suy nghĩ


mà vẫn có ngay
một cấu trúc mạch
lạc để nói ( tuy
nhiên, nếu có một
ý tưởng hay, bạn
hoàn toàn có thể
đưa ra).
một số gợi ý.
– 1 phút chuẩn
bị + 2/3 phút để
trình bày về chủ
đề đã nêu.
-Sau đó, người
phỏng vấn tiếp
tục hỏi bạn về
một số câu hỏi
mở rộng khác
liên quan đến
vấn đề mà bạn
vừa trình bày.

-Các câu hỏi thảo
luận đòi hỏi cao
hơn một chút vì
chúng là phần mở
rộng, nâng cao vấn
đề. Dù gặp phải
một câu hỏi khó
thì thay vì im lặng,
bạn vẫn nên trả lời
bằng những gì bạn
biết. Vì không trả
lời đồng nghĩa với
việc bạn không ghi
thêm điểm nào.

2. Các tiêu chí chấm chung của một bài thi nói VSTEP:


Pronunciation: phát âm chính xác, nói có trọng âm, ngữ điệu.



Grammar: Sử dụng đúng ngữ pháp, tránh tối đa các lỗi cơ bản như
thì của động từ, chia động từ số ít/số nhiều…



Vocabulary:

+ Sử dụng “ related vocabulary” các từ vựng liên quan đến chủ đề
+ Thể hiện được một vốn từ phong phú bằng cách paraphrase, sử dụng
các “uncommon words” và một số collocations hoặc idioms.
Ví dụ: Một bài nói về Reading
Nouns:Short story, novel, a work of fiction, best-seller…
Verb: Scan, skim, flick through…
Adjectives: gripping, fictional, captivating…
Collocations: have a keen interest in…
Idioms: read up on = read about…




Fluency and coherence:

+ Nói trôi chảy, lưu loát, có thể ngập ngừng một vài chỗ nhưng không nên
ậm ừ hoặc ngừng lại quá lâu.
+ Sử dụng được các phương tiện liên kết để bài nói được mạch lạc và liên
kết với nhau.
Ví dụ: and/so/but/because,
addition,…

firstly/secondly/finally,

besides/in

Tuy nhiên các từ này đã quá quen thuộc, dễ gây cảm giác nhàm chán cho
người phỏng vấn nên bạn có thể vận dụng một số cách khác như:
As well as/since/therefore/as a result/nevertheless…
The first point I’d like to mention is that…
The next reason is….
On top of that,….
In a nutshell,…
3. Làm thế nào để đạt được các tiêu chí trên?


Luyện phát âm:

+ Chịu khó tra từ điển những từ chưa rõ cách phát âm
+ Tự ghi âm bài nói của mình và nghe lại
+ Xem phim với phụ đề tiếng Anh ( đặc biệt là các sitcoms)


Trau dồi vốn từ vựng, tìm cách diễn đạt khác thay cho những cấu
trúc quen thuộc. Khi học được một từ/cách diễn đạt mới thì nên áp
dụng ngay khi nói để tránh quên.



Tích cực, chủ động nói trong các giờ học tiếng Anh để tạo thói
quen nói thường xuyên cũng như tiếp thu được nhận xét của thầy cô
và bạn bè. Khi nói luôn chú ý sử dụng các phương tiện liên kết, nếu
sử dụng liên tục, dần dần nó sẽ trở thành “phản xạ tự nhiên” khi nói.

Summary: VSTEP Speaking part 1 & Useful speaking tips
I. Giới thiệu về thi nói phần 1
– Thi nói phần 1: Tương tác xã hội (Social interaction)


– Thời gian: 2 – 3 phút
– Số lượng câu hỏi phụ thuộc vào độ dài câu trả lời của thí sinh.
– Tiêu chí chấm điểm: Mức độ trôi chảy và mạch lạc, từ vựng, ngữ pháp đa
dạng và chính xác, phát âm, phát triển ý
II. Nội dung bài học
1. Về câu hỏi:

– Câu hỏi phần thi nói đầu tiên được chia thành 2 dạng cơ bản sau:


Câu hỏi nghi vấn (Yes/ No questions)

“Do you like playing sports?
“Are you good at remembering numbers?


Câu hỏi dung từ để hỏi (What, Why, When, How,…)

“What do you think is the most difficult problem of learning English?”
“When did you start learning English?”
2. Về câu trả lời

– Câu trả lời nên dài ít nhất 2 đến 3 câu và bao gồm kinh nghiệm hoặc
ý kiến cá nhân.
2.1. Chiến lược kéo dài câu trả lời
Có nhiều cách để kéo dài câu trả lời phần thi nói đầu tiên này. Hôm nay
chúng mình xin giới thiệu đến các bạn 2 cách dễ hiểu nhất đối với cả 2
dạng câu hỏi nêu trên.


Points – Reasons/ Examples/ Details

POINT


REASONS
EXAMPLES
DETAILS
Trong câu trả lời thí sinh nên chỉ thẳng quan điểm của mình ngay từ đầu,
theo sau đó thí sinh phải đưa ra lý do giải thích cho quan điểm hoặc thêm
1 vài chi tiết cần thiếtvào câu trả lời. Nói cách khác, thí sinh luôn phải ghi
nhớ câu hỏi “Tại sao…?” “Như thế nào…?” sau khi nêu rõ quan điểm của
mình.
VD: Câu hỏi: “Who usually does the cooking in your family?”
Trả lời:
+ Point: “Well, because I still live at home, so my mother does the
cooking most of the time.”
+ Reasons: “My mother is a housewife and therefore, she regards cooking
as her duty.
+ Details: That’s why she hardly let in the kitchen when I was small. But
now that I have grown up, my mother has decided to teach me cooking,
and so just occasionally we do the cooking together.”



Chia câu trả lời ra thành các trường hợp khác nhau

POINT
SITUATION A
SITUATION B


(SITUATION C)

Hôm nay chúng mình muốn làm rõ hơn về cách phát triển ý chia trường
hợp, một phương pháp còn khá mới mẻ với các bạn.
– Khi nhận được các câu hỏi như:
How often do you go to the cinema?
Where do you buy clothes?
When do you listen to music?
– Thông thường, mọi người có xu hướng trả lời trực tiếp như:
Maybe once a week…
In the New Department store…
In the evening before sleeping…
-Tuy nhiên, có một cách trả lời khác giúp bạn dễ dàng đưa ra một câu trả
lời dài hơn và thu hút giám khảo hơn, đó là chia các trường hợp khác
nhau.
Sample 1: How often do you go to the cinema?
“Well to be honest, I think I would say that it really depends. Like for
instance, if I have money, I will go to the cinema with my friends two or
three times a month to enjoy the latest blockbusters. You know that
cinema tickets are pretty expensive. Whereas in contrast, if I am
penniless, it’s likely that I will stay at home and watch movies on
television.”
Sample 2: Where would you go to buy flowers?
It would depend on the occasion or event, and who I was buying them
for. If it is just a small gift for someone and it isn’t a particularly special


event then I will probably pick some flowers up at the supermarket
because it is very convenient. If it is for an important event, or someone
really special, then I guess I will go to a florist where I can find something
a little different or out of the ordinary.
Các cấu trúc hữu ích :

Opening phrases

Well to be honest

Well in truth

“Depend” phrases

I would say that I really
depends

I guess it would depend on

Liking phrases

Like for instance,

Like more specifically

Conditional structures

If (situation A) … it will be
likely …

If (situation B)… I will
probably

Compare linking phrases to compare situation A and situation
B


Whereas in contrast …

Though, at the same time

3. Các lỗi thường mắc trong phần thi speaking part 1 VSTEP
Như các bạn có thể thấy, phần thi nói đầu tiên của kì thi VSTEP có tương
đối nhiều điểm tương đồng (về câu hỏi và câu trả lời, cách tạo câu trả lời).
Vì vậy chúng mình xin được tổng hợp ở đây 1 số lỗi cơ bản mà các thí sinh
thi nói IELTS phần 1 thường hay mắc phải.
Câu trả lời quá ngắn.
What kinds of food do you like to eat?
Fruit


Câu trả lời lạc đề.

Do you enjoy cooking?
I don’t eat much for breakfast or lunch. I usually have my main meal in
the evening


Câu trả lời hợp lý nhưng người nói không tận dụng được cơ
hội để nói thêm.

Why do some people avoid eating food they are not familiar with?
I am not altogether sure, but maybe they were brought up to only eat
what they know it’s safe.


Câu trả lời khó hiểu.

Do you have any plan affecting your work?
I have plans, yes certainly. I want to live in Canada or find a nice
apartment. On the other hand, it’s work, too.


Câu trả lời quá dài.

Do you think it’s important to visit other countries?


Umm….yes…hmm…maybe…people should go abroad…so that…they can
compare that country with their own.

There have been many technological developments in the 20th century, for example
in transport, telecommunications and health. What technological development do
you think has been the most important? How has it changed people's lives? Have all
the changes been positive?
Give reasons for your answer.
You should write at least 250 words.
Model Answer 1:
The 20th century has been the century of inventions and innovations. Fields like
transport, telecom, medical, education etc. all have seen the phenomenal
developments but one of the significant revolutions in the technology is the internet.
The internet has changed the landscape of human life to an unimaginable level. The
computer has made this planet just like a global village and created millions of
employment opportunities.
Firstly, the computer has transformed this planet into one family. Everyone who
wants information regarding anything can access through the internet in just a
matter of seconds regardless of his place and location. You can view of information,
lifestyle, population and other geographical information of any country in the world.
For instance, if I want to compare the top universities of the world it would hardly
take a minute which would otherwise be not possible without this blessing. It is
evident that the internet has shrunken this world like one home in which everyone is
a family member.
Secondly, the internet has created job opportunities for millions of people. Work
options have been created in the form of web designing, web hosting, online product
sales, software development and hundreds more which cannot be listed here. For


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