1. Where did you grow up? (Rehearse to make your answers more productive)
Well, I was born in a medium-size city called Zhanjiang, and I spent my whole teenage life there. Although it’s not huge, it has a large population of approximately 10 million. As urbanised as some large cities in China, many international brands have found their places in the crowded streets of Zhanjiang. However, Zhanjiang’s increasing prosperity doesn’t seem to affect its image as a seashore city with less polluted air in general and wonderful scenery. I love my hometown because it features both a bustling city and a peaceful one.
(回答该问题时可以考虑以下细节内容来丰富语言: - what kind of city or town is it? – what is the most interesting area? – what kinds of jobs do people do there? – Do you think it is a good place to live? – why is it important for you? )
2. What was your favourite part of growing up?
My favourite part of growing up is being able to have lots of fun with my mates while learning knowledge necessary for an overseas life, especially the study of English. Apart from that, it is the recognition from teachers about my academic performance that gave me plenty of satisfaction.
3. What do you do for a living?
Well, I am studying towards my secondary teaching Master’s, and doing some private tutoring in the meantime. Not much elsewhere.
4. How did you get to where you are now?
If you refer to the life stage I am at, well, it’s continuous study and grabbing chances of being recognised through hard work.
5. What was your family like?
In my family, three generations live under the same roof. Although there are so many people, each of us gets on well with others.
6. Where did you go to high school?
I was educated at Zhanjiang No. 4 middle school in China for my junior and senior high schooling. I have lots of good memory from there.
7. What was your favourite part of high school?
Well, for me, I would say it’s having fun while learning. Besides, it’s getting recognized by classmates as a hardworking and excellent example, as well as being the teacher’s pick for questions and answers.
8. Where did you go to college?
I studied at a university in Guangzhou. I had loads of fun there when I initiated the educational movement of after-dinner English chat among students and became leader of the university’s musical instrument team.
9. What did you study in college?
I studied a wide range of subjects including management, international trade, international finance, college English, ideology and politics, business secretary, modern Chinese, etc. These subjects have covered many areas in business and management, however, I didn’t seem to master them quite well at the time of initial study. Now when I reflect back, I think it’s probably due to my lack of focus as a student and the exam-oriented education system in China.
10. What are you doing right now that you really enjoy doing?
I am really enjoying challenging myself as a language teacher and language learner, since that fits in well with my goal to help language learners in China, and maybe one day, the world’s language learners.
11. What brings you here?
I am here for a graduation function. I worked with some colleagues in a teacher education program. And now it’s the celebration moment.
12. What do you think about this party/event/get-together?
I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to get people with similar interests together. Each of us can learn a lot from others. And we can build long-term relationship into the future.
13. What’s your favourite movie right now?
My favourite movie right now is Breaking Through starred Sophia Aguiar and Jordan Rodrigues. Because it comes as a ground-breaking film that bridges the gap between film, music, dance and the internet. The story revolves around Casey Wright (Sophia Aguiar), a young dancer who is discovered on YouTube by the up-and-coming talent scout, Quinn (Jay Ellis). When Casey gets thrust into the modern world of internet celebrity and culture, she must find a way to balance her true identity with her online persona, or risk losing herself and everything she cares about.
14. Who is your favourite music artist?
Benxi is my favourite music artist at the moment. Benxi’s original name is Xiaochen Ma. She’s among the new generation of so-called “web-musicians”, who rose to stardom because of the home-made self-composed songs they uploaded on social media sites. Although I do not normally take seriously those non-mainstream singers, Benxi’s well-deserving of her popularity because she sings the most down-to-earth songs with lyrics that connect well with the minds of today’s youth. Her voice is innocent and uncomplicated, and most importantly of all, she sings with her signature baby voice texture. Some elements of that voice, together with the accompanying parts by her band, generate the most harmonious sound I have ever heard.
15. What is your favourite place to visit?
I’d like to visit Cambridge University, Oxford University in Britain and Harvard University in the United States. These are the places where the highest academic achievements tend to arise.
16. What are your plans for the weekend?
Well, it’s simple. Going to the beach for some relaxed moments, eating some delicious meals in great restaurants, and reading at the library quietly would give me a great deal of joy.
17. What is one thing you hope to do in the future?
One thing I hope to do in the future is to run my own language school for the benefits of all English learners in China. That’s what I have been making efforts towards. All my studies have connections with that very long-term goal. Once this goal is realized, I would be very glad since I can then tell my ancestors that I have at least done something beneficial to the mankind, rather than idling through my life without any value left to my future generations.
18. What do you see yourself in five years?
I will probably have a stable career in language education, be it at university or secondary school. I might lead my own business to the next step, a brand new and more prosperous one.
19. What is your dream job?
My dream job is to become a teacher or lecturer at a western school or university. There is considerable support for professional development along this career path, and it’s a very respectable profession that’s worth pursuing.
20. What are the top 3 places you wish you could visit someday? Why? (Same answers as question 15).