Here is a recent speaking test as reported by one of my students. I’ve included a photo from the bookshop that inspired Harry Potter which I visited last year in Porto. The bookshop was totally packed with travellers and they even charged an entrance fee. Could other bookshops learn from this one? What else could bookshops do to attract more customers?

Part 1

Topic: Current City (3 of these questions)

Where do you live?

What do you like about the city/town?

What could be improved about it?

Topic:Cooking (3 of these questions)

Do you like cooking?

What is your favourite thing to cook?

Do you prefer food from restaurants or home cooked food?

How often do you eat out?

Topic:Music

      Have you ever been to a concert? How was it?

       Who is the most popular musician in your country?

      How has music changed in your country in the past 20 years?

 

Part 2:

Describe the last book that you read

 

You should say:

When did you read it?

What is the book about?

Why did you read this book?

and explain whether you enjoyed it

Part 3: Reading

What type of books do people in your country like to read?

Do they prefer fiction or nonfiction?

Would you prefer to watch a movie based on a book or read the book?

Responsibility

Is it the responsibility of parents or teachers to educate children?

How can children be encouraged to read?

Should parents read books to set an example for their children?

Future of Books

Do you think paper books will one day be replaced by e-books?

Are libraries and bookshops important in the modern world?

               How can bookshops and libraries change so that they are successful in the future?

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