IELTS Speaking
IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Science

IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Science

IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Science

  • Did you like studying science when you were at school? [Why/Why not?]
  • What do you remember about your science teachers at school?
  • How interested are you in science now? [Why/Why not?]
  • What do you think has been an important recent scientific development? [Why?]

Did you enjoy studying science when you were in school? [Why/Why not?]

I did enjoy studying science. It was very interesting and easy to understand the subject. There were a lot of experiments, especially in high school, which allowed us to move away from traditional classroom discussions. One of my favorite experiments was on electromagnetism, exploring how magnets work and conducting experiments on magnet extraction and condensation.

What do you remember about your science teachers in school?

We had several science teachers in the past. One of my favorite teachers was in my first and second year of high school. She taught biology and geoscience in a discussion-based manner. She would ask thought-provoking questions like “Why do you think this happens?” and encouraged active participation. Since we didn’t have internet access back then, we didn’t know the actual answers, so we provided our own notions. She would ask follow-up questions until we finally figured out the answers. Those were the classes that really stood out and were the highlight of my day. On the other hand, in my third year, there was a teacher I didn’t like. He seemed to have a know-it-all attitude and made students feel ignorant when they asked questions. Fortunately, he was replaced within two days. If he had been my teacher for the entire year, I would have disliked science even more.

How interested are you in science now? [Why/Why not?]

Currently, I’m not as interested in science as I used to be. I have a lot of responsibilities to juggle, such as work and family, so I don’t actively pursue science-related activities. If my daughter asks me questions about science, I can answer them, but I don’t have a personal interest in exploring the subject further. It’s funny because in the past, I used to be excited to watch shows on the Discovery Channel, learning about scientific discoveries and how things were made. However, as I’ve grown older, I’ve lost that interest. It’s like I know about it, but it doesn’t have a significant impact on me, so I prefer watching mindless movies to relax, particularly science fiction or movies related to science and technology.

What do you think has been an important recent scientific development? [Why?]

I believe one of the significant recent scientific developments is the improvement of integrated circuits (IC) and transistors. As a computer technician by profession, I have studied basic electronics. I remember when transistors used to be quite large, but with the invention of microprocessors, they became smaller and smaller. Nowadays, a tiny chip can contain quadrillions of transistors. Additionally, the ongoing development of quantum computing is even more exciting. Quantum computers are significantly smaller compared to traditional transistors, and their potential for advanced computational power holds promise for the future. This is something that people can look forward to in the coming years.

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