IELTS Preparation Series 2, Episode 15: Astronomer
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Hello. I'm Margot Politis. Welcome to Study English IELTS preparation.
Today, we're going to talk about the IELTS speaking and reading tests.
The speaking test includes an interview, where you can be asked to talk about yourself, your
family, your job or maybe your studies.
But you won't have to answer any questions today. Instead, we're going to interview a
man called Perry Vlahos. He's an astronomer. By asking Perry a series of questions, we
can learn a bit more about what makes a good response.
Let's begin by asking Perry a typical part 1 type question.
Perry, can you tell us about yourself?
Well, currently I'm the Vice-President of the Astronomical Society of Victoria. Another
thing I do is the tours at the Melbourne Observatory, where a lot of people come in to get a look
through the telescopes and have been there for a long time - very historical instruments,
in some cases.
Perry answered the question very well. He gave detail in his answer.
He's the Vice-President of the Astronomical Society of Victoria, and he does tours at
the Melbourne Observatory.
Perry ordered points logically and he used linking words like currently, and another
Did you notice that he started his response with the word well?
He did this so he could have some time to think about his answer.
Sometimes people will use fillers like well, um or ah while they are thinking about what