TOEIC lesson 21: Computers

Directions

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over a type-3 question from TOEIC speaking test. Read the following question out loud and give your answer in your own words first.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will answer three questions. For each question, begin responding immediately. No preparation time is provided. You will have 15 seconds to respond to Question 4 and 5 and 30 seconds to respond to Question 6.

Question 4

Imagine that a French marketing firm is doing research in your country. You have agreed to participate in a telephone interview about computers.

How long do you use your personal or work computer each day?

Brainstorm

How did you do? Use the following pointers as a guideline to refine your answer.

  1. How to answer questions that start with “How long…?”
    • More/less than 3 hours a day (=per day)
    • All day
    • e.g. I spend more than 3 hours using the Internet on my computer during the week.

Directions

Let’s try another one. Read the following question out loud and give your answer in your own words first. You get 15 seconds, starting immediately.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will answer three questions. For each question, begin responding immediately. No preparation time is provided. You will have 15 seconds to respond to Question 4 and 5 and 30 seconds to respond to Question 6.

Question 5

What is the most important feature you look for when you purchase a computer?

Brainstorm

How did you do? Use the following pointers as a guideline to refine your answer.

  1. How to answer questions that start with “What is the most important feature…?”
    • I think… … is the most important feature. And explain why.
      • Brands and models of computers
      • Price
      • System specs
    • e.g. I think brand and model of the computer is the most important feature when I buy a new computer.

Directions

Let’s try another one. Read the following question out loud and give your answer in your own words first. You get 30 seconds, starting immediately.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will answer three questions. For each question, begin responding immediately. No preparation time is provided. You will have 15 seconds to respond to Question 4 and 5 and 30 seconds to respond to Question 6.

Question 6

What do you spend most of your time doing on the computer?

Brainstorm

How did you do? Use the following pointers as a guideline to refine your answer.

  1. How to answer ‘What do you spend…’ questions
    • I spend most of my time on computer….
      • Writing and designing for work
      • Watching movies and downloading musics
      • Playing online games
    • e.g. I spend most of my time on my computer writing and designing for work. 

Sample Answer

Reading great sample answers is one way to improve. Go over the sample answer with your tutor. Ask questions if you have any.

Sample Answer

Q4: As a working professional, I spend at least 6 hours a day on my computer on weekdays. However, on weekends, I spend about an hour or two a day, watching movies and playing games.

Q5: I think brand and model of the computer is the most important feature when I buy a new computer. As a graphic designer, I am used to the Mac interface, so I usually get the latest model of Macbook with maximum spec.

Q6: I spend most of my time on computer writing and designing for work and personal projects. When I am at home after work or on the weekends, I watch movies on Netflix and listen to music on Spotify. Of course, I use my computer to do practical things such as checking emails, online banking, browsing the web.

Further Study

Got more time? Here is a list of common vocab words related to the text you studied today. Go over each one with your tutor.

Additional Expressions

usage (n) the amount of something that is used
e.g. efforts to reduce water/energy usage
feature (n) an interesting or important part, quality, ability, etc.
e.g. This camera has several features that make it easy to use.
purchase (v) buy
e.g. He purchased a new suit for a hundred dollars.
spec (n) a detailed description of work to be done or materials to be used in a project; specification
e.g. technical/design specs
interface (n) a system that is used for operating a computer
e.g. The software has a user interface that’s easy to operate.
browse (v) use a browser to find and look at information on the Internet
e.g. browse the Web/Internet
~ a day (idiom) per day
e.g. You should brush his teeth three times a day.
Netflix (n) a global provider of streaming films and television series
e.g. Netflix has more than 24 million subscribers.
online banking (n) an electronic payment system that enables customers of a bank to conduct financial transactions online
e.g. I cant remember my online banking password.
the web (n) World Wide Web
e.g. I spent the afternoon surfing the Web.
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