Monthly Archives: May 2013

TOPIC 6: SHOPPING CENTRES.

TOPIC 6: MALLS AND SHOPPING CENTRES

(Examen Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Zaragoza)shopping centres

Vocabulary and Brainstorming:

Vocabulary and Brainstorming.

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Answer:

Since few years back, we are seeing that malls and Shopping Centres are being more and more successful ways of purchasing in our lifestyle. They are huge buildings which are built on the outskirts or commercial areas of our cities. There, you can buy absolutely everything. A great variety of stores are there, in the same place, shops like: supermarkets, clothing stores, shoe shops… (and so on)… There, you can find a wide range of products, but specially you can pick up bargains because there are usually a lot of sales.

All products are well laid out, their window displays are very attractive, sometimes there are a pleasant music, a wide range of products, prices are clearly marked….Everything is thought to customers spend their money, and come back for their following shopping.

Some years ago, people used to buy in the little shops. People have everything at the doors of their houses. But now, many of Corner shops have closed.  Local shops could not compete with these malls.  And now, people do their shopping in this big shopping centres where they buy for the week, for a longer period.

Besides, you can have a lot of facilities to make you have your shopping easier.  They become a leisure centre. You can find cinemas, restaurants…. you can spend and enjoy all the day there, having a lunch, watching a movie, taking a coffee…. It is very common to see entire families spending the day there. It is considered as an outing. It is very important to have a free parking lot there. Besides, normally, these places also have a special place where you can leave your children attended by childminders while you do all your shopping, have sport facilities like ski slopes… (and so on)….

Malls are becoming in a successful way of spending your spare time. But, on the other hand, we are creating consumer societies. The most important advantage is that these malls create employments. But, in Today’s consumer society, malls and shopping centres are appearing as a fashionable way of shopping, and something, like unique to spend your free time, and these way of thinking can be dangerous.

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TOPIC 5: STRESS

 

TOPIC 5:  STRESS

 (Examen de la Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Las Palmas de Gran Canarias)

STRESS

VOCABULARY

Stressful_society (2)

 

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ANSWER:

The pressures of modern society can push stress to dangerously high levels. It’s becoming a very common problem in our everyday life. Even, It can get becoming in a terrible illness which can affect our lives.

There are a lot of situations which can cause stress. Although work is the major source of stress for many people, there are other ones like demanding studies, family troubles, noises, everyday responsabilities…that’s means the pace of modern life.  All of that can cause harmful physical effects, increase the risk of heart trouble, anxiety…. The most important thing is that you may know what level of stress you have, so that, you can get rid of your stress and you can have a nice and pleasant life.

Nowadays, there are a lot of quiet and relaxing methods which can overcome your level of stress. Do yoga or oriental exercises are fashionable methods, but there are other ones too, for example, start up satisfying activities relaxing hobbies… (and so on)… Besides, you can change your routine and wind down a bit.. so that you can be less stressed, also having a good laugh is a free way to relax, taking a break if you are run-down, trying  not to work quite so hard, hearing relaxing music…. (and so on). You can feel much more energetic after these methods of relaxation.

It’s not easy to make gradual changes in your lifestyle, but you can have long-term benefits  in your life. Changing your everyday behaviour, you can improve your health, because stress can become a horrible illness which will affect your life.

(This can give ideas to speak in your exam about 4/5 minutes).

TOPIC 3: LEARNING LANGUAGES

TOPIC: LEARNING LANGUAGES

Ejemplo de Examen de Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Pamplona (Imagen).

VOCABULARY:

English-speaking countries.
non-native speakers.
native-english speakers
Amusing teaching methods.
Proficient Speaker
Learning Style.
Attainable goals.

          
                 
                I am going to talk about the importance of learning languages and how teaching methods have been developed for last 50 years.
Nowadays, due to New Technologies, Global system, internet…. our society is changing more and more towards a global world, where can communicate with far away people, and so, learning languages is a must question. It’s absolutely necessary for us because of our growing international contacts with all the countries of the world.
               There are plenty of reasons why we should study foreign languages. In the first picture, we can see as a father encourage his son to learn languages. It’s very important learning any language since childhood, as a second language.
               Also, there are a lot of ways to learn languages. The second picture shows a new new method to learn Spanish. There are a wide range of ways: travelling abroad can get an enriching experience, get into their culture… besides, you can study through internet at home. On the web there are a lot of podcasts, video which can improve your pronunciation skills. On the other hand, if you have a chat room you can chat with foreign people. Internet is an useful tool to learn. The third picture express this idea. Besides, you should keep your traditional way of learning, with workbooks, cds… the grammar is essential to learn a language. Another suggestion would be watch tv in original version, read abroad press, keep in touch with abroad friends,…..(so on)….
               As far as I’m concerned learning foreign languages is very important nowadays, because we live in a global society. English is the most important language, because is the language of international business. Multinational Companies, Google, Microsoft… run their business in English.
               So that, people should communicate reasonably well in english. People in public life really ought to be able to speak fluent English. In this way, people would be more thoughtful to improve their English, Specially is a matter which happens in Spain. 

TOPIC 2: SOCIAL CHANGE

2 TOPIC: SOCIAL CHANGE


MONOLOGUE: SOCIALCHANGE (ESCUELA OFICIAL DE IDIOMAS DE CACERES)
What social changes have resulted from the increased mobility of people around the world?
·        Multicultural societies.
·        Opportunity.
·        Xenophobia.
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2 TOPIC: SOCIAL CHANGE
             Social changes have resulted from the increased mobility around the world. It’s a phenomenon which has happened throughout the history.
               People who lived in poor conditions have travelled to richest countries than their own, to be living in better conditions.
               Getting used to a new life, new language, new customes is very difficult and imply a long time of adaptation. This can create Multicultural societies, which can get a lot of advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage would be create a cultural diversity which all together could live in peace. It’s very important people open up their mind, encourage tolerance towards others ways of life…. So that, we can make the transition into a new society.
               People have to be willing to accept to other country’s people who coming to living with us. We can help them in order to create a much better society.
               On the other hand, there would be other disadvantages too. Sometimes they don’t adopt the culture of their new country. Ghettos and run-downs areas created to them. They live in it and they cannot integrate. So, it may appear xenophobia toward poorest migration, and it can develope in big riots and violent acts.
               As for the Opportunities. We live in a global society. At any time, the Company where you work can send you to work to other country. You and even your family have to be ready to this: open your mind, encourage to know other cultures, learning other languages….. you have to see the positive side and thinking it is an enriching experience.
               Apart from that, Governments have to get social measures in order to improving new housing to them, healt care to them, free classes to study the country’s language…
               As far as I’m concerned (I believe) that young people benefit greatly from living and working abroad. Living in a multicultural society enriches our lifes.Esquema (mapa mental) en Mindomo del topic Social Change:

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(Topic spoken in 3/4 minutes)