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Pedro Transcript – Parts 2 & 3

Examiner: Next, I’m going to give you a topic and I’d like you to talk about it for one or two minutes. Before you talk, you’ll have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes if you wish. Do you understand?

Pedro: Yes.

Examiner: Here’s some paper and a pen. And I’d like you to describe someone who works hard.

[The task card reads:]
You should say:
who this person is
what you know about this person’s work
what this person is going to achieve
and explain why you think this person works so hard.

[One minute preparation time]

Examiner: All right? Remember, you have one or two minutes, so don’t worry if I stop you. You can start now please.

Pedro: Ok, erm, I have er, a, a teacher that is my consit, constitu, constitional teacher. Er, he has a politic, er, political career, er, as well as he give me er, some lesons at university and um, probably he is going to achieve a few years later could be a, a prime minister or um, I don’t know, er, things like that. Erm, I think he’s very intelligent er, teacher, erm, I think, I think it’s all.

Examiner: Ok, and Pedro, do you, do you work hard?

Pedro: Yes, every day.

Examiner: Every day, ok.

Examiner: We’ve been talking about someone you know who works hard and I’d like to ask you some questions, some general questions related to this.

Examiner: Erm, let’s first of all consider the kinds of jobs, um, what jobs do you think are the hardest?

Pedro: The hardest … the teacher, the teacher, it’s very hard job, er, especially at university. It’s one of the most difficult jobs because they have day by day they have to study the, a lot of subjects to, to improve their skills as well, as a professional, erm, but other … a judge. I think it’s very difficult job because you, you’re giving, you’re giving some decisions (mm-mm) to, to, another people, erm, and we have another difficult jobs, er, such as, um, ok, I don’t know.

Examiner: Ok, and why do, why do some jobs require long periods of training?

Pedro: Because they, probably because they’re, that kind of jobs could be very difficult (mm-mm), so, because of that, to be a lawyer requires a lot of er, training (mm-mm) to improve our skills. (ok)

Examiner: Um, and some jobs require long hours. Do you think that’s right?

Pedro: That depends. If people want to be successful, professional in their careers I think it’s, it’s necessary to, to work hard and very hours (mm-mm) but job, I think it’s not everything. People have to be, should be time for their own, and for their family. (mm-mm, ok)

Examiner: Would you agree that pay is the greatest motivating factor for people in their work?

Pedro: Yes, of course, definitely, because if a company pays you, er, more money than that you weren’t expecting you’ll be more motivated, to, to be a successful professional and to, to give your, your ideas and to, to improve the, the company. (mm-mm)

Examiner: What other ways can employers, erm, effectively increase motivation?

Pedro: Social, social things, social. If you, if you are working with a good er, colleague, you could be more motivated because you discuss with, with him some ideas that could be great ideas to, for you to get forward than you, than you were at that moment. (ok)

Examiner: Thank you Pedro. That’s the end of the speaking test.

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