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IELTS General Training - Speaking Practice Test 3

There is no standard answer for Speaking exam so please use this as a reference

SPEAKING

Describe a museum or exhibition that you particularly enjoyed visiting.

You should say:

where the museum or exhibition is/was

who you went with

what you saw there

and explain why you enjoyed visiting this museum or exhibition.

Museums and education

 What benefits can schoolchildren gain from visiting museums?

- How do you think most children feel about visiting a museum? 

 Are museums more educational now than they were when your parents were young?

Examiner: We’ve been talking about a museum that you enjoyed visiting, and I'd like to discuss with you one or two more general questions related to this. Let’s consider first of ail museums and young people. What benefits can schoolchildren gain from visiting museums?

David: Oh. OK Urn, well, they can learn about the culture of their country or other countries you know ... about customs and the way people lived - what they wore, what they did and all that kind of thing. Museums are sometimes a bit expensive, but if the school pays, it’s OK, and there's such a lot to see. The displays can be really good.

Examiner: What benefits can schoolchildren gain from visiting museums?

Lin: I think the benefits are huge! First of all. they can experience things directly you know, they’re not in the classroom any more, they're in a different environment, and the exhibits seem much more real they see the actual objects, not just pictures of them. Another benefit is that, um, museums often have activities for children to participate in, so that they can learn about things like history, science, the world and so on...

Examiner: How do you think most children feel about visiting a museum?

David: I think they find them boring I don't think they really understand what museums are for they don't find them fun Like me - I used to prefer to play football If we had to go to a museum, I wasn't happy about that.

Examiner: How do you think most children feel about visiting a museum?

Lin: Well, I think some children enjoy looking at all the displays and exhibits ., because when you get inside a museum, it’s like going, into another world But I think there are also children who are too, um, restless to look at things And they see this big, old building and think that it can't be interesting or have anything that would entertain them

Examiner: Are museums more educational now than they were when your parents were young?

David: Well, in the past, there was nothing to do there. Because years ago, museums were in very old buildings and they were quiet and people weren't able to touch things.

Examiner: Are museums more educational now than they were when your parents were young?

Lin: I don't think there's any doubt that museums are much better at educating children now because, that’s what they are designed to do In the past I think museums had a different function, um, they were just places to keep ancient objects, like coins or pots, but now they're... well, there are many interactive displays.

Museums are sometimes a bit expensive, but if the school pays, it's OK, and there’s such a lot to see. 

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