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 wouldn’t say that I enjoyed studying science; I simply had a good enough understanding to achieve decent grades and participate in class. However, I didn’t have a particular fondness for the subject.
What do you remember about your science teachers in school?
I had a high school teacher who rarely taught us anything. Instead, she would instruct us to copy the entire textbook into our notebooks. She believed that copying the textbook was an effective way to remember the information, and in our final test, we could refer to those notes for answers. Her logic was that since not all of us would become physicists, there was no need to memorize everything as long as we had a reference. She was definitely an unconventional teacher. Another teacher I had was in chemistry, and she was able to make chemistry more engaging. She integrated the subject well, and as a result, I started to appreciate it. Previously, memorizing the periodic table had been challenging, but with her approach, it became easier. It wasn’t just about memorization; it involved understanding concepts and practical applications. For example, we learned about how certain elements are used, their rarity, and their potential dangers. There was a story behind reviewing the periodic table.
How interested are you in science now? [Why/Why not?]
I would say my interest in science has decreased compared to when I was in primary and high school. The abundance of information available today might be a contributing factor. There is less appreciation for science because everything can be easily found on the internet. In the past, there were only a few books, so if you wanted to learn something, you had to conduct experiments yourself. Nowadays, you can simply look up experiments online, and it feels like a big spoiler. I believe it’s not just me; many people of my age have lost interest in science.
What do you think has been an important recent scientific development? [Why?]
Besides the advent of artificial intelligence, I think one of the significant scientific developments is the improvement in battery technology. In the past, batteries would only last a few hours at best, but now even smaller devices can hold a charge for a long time. They charge quickly and can last up to four hours or more. I remember when phones would only last around three hours with continuous use, but now, with Wi-Fi and all the features, they can still last for five hours or more. It’s truly amazing how science has managed to develop such advancements in battery technology.
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