Part 1 Questions that were used in China from May to August, 2006




Summary of Part 1 Topics

1.       Your Home (your accommodation)

2.       Your work/studies

(Note that either Topic 1 or Topic 2 is compulsory.)

3.       Photographs

4.       Birds

5.       Dance

6.       Sport/Exercise

7.       Shopping

8.       Food/Cooking

9.       Music

10.   Friends


1.  Your Home (your accommodation)

§         What kind of housing/accommodation do you live in? [A house? A flat? (= an apartment) A dormitory?]

§         Do you like it? (Why?)

§         Could you describe it?

§         What kind of decorations does it (do the rooms) have?

§         Which is your favourite room? (Why?)

§         Which room does your family spend most of the time in?

§         What would you say is the best thing about your home?

§         Would you like to move to another place to live? (Why?)

§         What kind of housing is most popular in China?

§         In the future, what kind of place would you like to live in?

2.     Your work/studies 


§         What work do you do?

§         Would you say it's an interesting job? (why?)

§         Do you meet many interesting people in your work? Or: Are there many interesting people at your workplace?

§         How long have you been doing this job?

§         Why did you choose this job? *

§         Is your job a popular choice in China? *

§         Do you like your job? (Why?)

§         What is the biggest problem you have at work?

§         Is there anything you don’t like about your job? (What? Why?) *

§         Would you like to change your job?  Or: Are you planning to change your job in the near future? (Why?/Why not?)

§         Could you tell me something about your daily routine at work? *


§        What subject are you studying? (Or: What subject do you study?) (= What's your major?)


If you tell the examiner you are a high school student now, the question will be: What subjects are you studying? Or: What subjects do you study?

If you tell the examiner that have finished high school but have not yet gone to university, the question will be: What subjects were you studying? Or: What subjects did you study?

If you have graduated from a university or college, the question will be: What subject were you studying? Or: What subject did you study?

§         Why did you choose this subject?

§         Do you like your subject? (Why?) *

§         Would you say your school/university is a good one? (Why?)

§         Does your university specialize in any particular subject? * 

§         Why did you choose to attend your university/school (instead of choosing another one)?

§         What part of your school/university do you like best? (Why?)

3.     Photographs

§         Do you like to take photographs? (Why?)

§         What kind of photos do you like to take? (Why?)

§         Do you prefer to take photos yourself or to have other people take photos? (Why?)

§         How (why) did you become interested in photography? *

§         How do you keep your photos? 

§         Do you keep your photographs on your computer? *

§         When (= on what occasions) do you take photos? *

§         Is photography a popular hobby in China? *

§         Are there any photos on the walls of your home? *

§         Do you prefer to send postcards to people or to send photos that you took yourself? (Why?) (Or: As a  souvenir of a place that you visit, do you prefer to buy a postcard or take a photograph yourself?)

§         Do Chinese people like to visit photograph exhibitions? What kind of photos do they like to look at?

§         Do you think being a photographer would be a good job? (Why?/Why not?) *

4.     Birds

§         How do you feel about birds? (Why do you feel that way?)  

§         How do Chinese people feel about birds? *

§         Are there many birds near your home?

§         Have you seen many different kinds of birds? (near your home)

§ Do any birds have any particular significance in China? For example, does China have a national bird?

§ Do you think birds should be protected? (Why? / Why not? How can they be protected?)

§ Do Chinese people like raising (keeping) pet birds?

§ Have you ever raised (kept) a pet bird?

§         What did you feed it?

5.     Dance

§         Do you like to dance? (Why?/Why not?)

§         What kind of dancing do Chinese people like? (Unsure if that means, ‘like to watch’ or ‘like to perform’.)

§         When do Chinese people like to dance?

§         Does China have any traditional dances?

§         Is traditional dance still popular today in China? (Why?/Why not?)

§         Is there much difference between traditional dancing and modern dancing? (What?)

§         What kinds of dancing are popular with young people in China?

§         Do old people in China like the same kind of dancing as young people? (Why?/Why not?)

§         What do you think is the influence of dance on society?

6.    Sport/Exercise

§         What sports do you like? (Why?)

§         What sports are most popular in China?

§         Are boys and girls good at the same sports?

§         What sports do children prefer?

§         Do you like to do daily exercise? (Why?/Why not?)*

§         What are the advantages of doing regular exercise?

§         Where do people in China usually exercise?

§         What forms of exercise are most popular in China?

§         Why do you think people like (to participate in) sport?

§         Do you think primary school children should have sports classes at school? (Why?/Why not?)

7.     Shopping

§         Are there many shops near your home? (What kind?)

§         Do you like shopping? (Why?/Why not?)

§         Who usually does the shopping in your home?

§         How often do you buy something in a shop?

§         Do you have a regular time to go shopping?

§         What things do you usually buy when you go shopping?

§         Do you prefer shopping in small shops or big supermarkets and department stores? (Why?)

8.     Food/Cooking

§         Is food important to you? (Why?) *

§         What kinds of food do you particularly like? *

§         Is there any food you don’t like? (Why?) *

§         What kinds of food are most popular in China?  or, What kinds of food do Chinese people ( like to) eat?

§         Do you like cooking? (Why?/Why not?) *

§         Who usually does the cooking in your home?

§         Do you prefer to eat at home or in restaurants? (Why?) *  (What are the advantages of home cooking?)

§         Who do most Chinese people usually eat with? (Why?) *

§        Do you often eat with your family? or, Do Chinese people (or you) prefer to eat with family or with friends? (Why?)

§   Do you think it's important for people to eat with their family? (Why?)

9.     Music

§         What kinds of music do you like to listen to? *

§         What kinds of music are (most) popular in China?

§         Have you ever learned to play a musical instrument?

§         What musical instrument would you like to learn to play?

§         Is music an important subject at school in China?

§         When do children in China start to study music in school?

§         What benefits do children gain by studying music (learning a musical instrument) (in school)?

§         Which instrument do you think would be better to study - the piano or the violin? *

10.       Friends

§         Is friendship (= are friends) important to you? (Why?/Why not?)

§         Do you prefer to spend time with friends or spend time alone? (Why?) *

§         What kind of people do you like to have as friends?

§         Do you like to spend time with friends? (Why?)

§         What do you and your friends do together?

§         What do your friends think of you?* (Do your friends think that you are a good friend? Why?)

§         Are friends more important than family? (Why?)*

§         How do Chinese people make friends? (= where, in what situations, e.g. at school & at work.)*

§         Do adults and children make friends in the same way?*