Part 1 – sample questions
- How much free time do you have per week?
- How do you like to relax at the end of the day?
- What kinds of things do you enjoy doing at the weekends?
- Do you have any plans for next weekend?
- Do you prefer to spend your free time alone or with other people?
- Do you have enough free time to do all the things you enjoy?
- What would you do if you had more free time?
Part 2 – sample task card
Describe a leisure activity you like doing in your free time.
You should say:
- what kind of activity it is
- how often you do it
- what equipment you need to do it
and explain why you enjoy doing it.
Part 3 – sample questions
- What kind of free-time activities are typical in your country?
- Have there been any recent changes in the types of leisure activities that people find popular?
- Do you agree that it’s important for people of different ages to do leisure activities together?
- In your opinion, who is responsible for encouraging children to take up different leisure pursuits?
- Do you think people have less time for leisure activities now compared to the past?
- Do you think that technology has changed the types of leisure activities we enjoy these days?
Outdoor Leisure Activities
- to play / practise / do sport(s)
- to go rambling / hiking / trekking
- to go running/ jogging
- to go for a walk / stroll
- to go cycling
- to go fishing
- to go horse riding
- to go surfing / sailing
- to go rollerblading / iceskating / skateboarding
- to go canoeing / kayaking
- to go skiing / snowboarding
- to hang out / meet up with friends
- to eat out / go to restaurants or cafes
Indoor Leisure Activities
- to go to the gym / keep fit / do exercise
- do yoga / pilates / aerobics
- do martial arts (karate/judo/taekwondo)
- to go swimming
- to go to the cinema / theatre / shopping mall/centre
- to listen to music
- to watch TV / films
- to read books / novels / newspapers / magazines
- to play computer/video games
- to surf/browse the internet
- to play a musical instrument
- to sing in a choir
- to go dancing (ballet / tap / ballroom / hip-hop / freestyle / latin)
- to cook / bake
- to play board games / do puzzles
- to sew / knit
- to draw / paint / do crafts
Useful filler expressions
- I suppose / I guess...
- Let me think / see...
- Well, I would say…
- I’m not sure, but…
- You know what I mean
- You know, like...
- I don’t know/I'm not sure exactly, but…
Do you agree that it’s important for people of different ages to do leisure activities together?
Um … well … I think in some cases it could be important for people of different ages to do leisure activities together. For example, parents or even grandparents can enjoy doing fun things with their children or grandchildren, like, you know, things that don’t require a lot of physical ability such as playing games, reading or cooking. I guess that sometimes it is very important for older people to do things with younger ones, especially more difficult skills that need to be taught like … I don’t know … martial arts or playing a musical instrument.