TOEIC lesson 9: Mobile Phone

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 an American marketing firm is doing research in your country. You have agreed to participate in a telephone interview about cell phones.

How long do you keep your cell phone before getting a new one?

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…”
    • Around one year
    • Approximately six to eight months
    • Normally more than two years
    • Three years maximum
    • Minimum half a year
    • e.g. I normally keep my cell phone for 18 months before I change it.

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 do you use your cell phone for other than making or receiving calls?

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 do you use…for?”
    • Texting
    • Playing games
    • Setting alarm
    • Keeping a memo
    • Taking selfies
    • Snapchatting
    • e.g. I use my cell phone to go on to Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat mostly.

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 are some good or bad things about using a cellular phone?

Brainstorm

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

  1. Think of pros and cons of using a cellular phone.
    • (good) It connects me to my friends instantly
    • (good) It keeps me informed about what’s going on in the world
    • (bad) Using too much cellphone makes me less productive
    • (bad) I can’t focus on anything when I have my phone nearby
    • e.g.  The good thing about using a cell phone is that it makes communication super convenient, but the bad thing is that it can be a huge distraction. It all depends on how you use it.

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: In my case, I keep my cell phone until it becomes too slow to use, and that takes about two years. I don’t think I need to change my phone every time a new model comes out, but I get annoyed when the phone is too slow.

Q5: Besides making and receiving calls, my cell phone is like my personal secretary. I use it to schedule my appointments, birthdays, wedding anniversary, and to note other reminders. Additionally, I use my cell phone to listen to music and watch tv as well.

Q6: I think that there are more advantages to using cell phones. First of all, cell phones provide me with entertainment such as games and music, let me send messages, and give me an Internet connection. Secondly, I can communicate with anyone I want any time, any where. Finally, where there is an emergency situation, mobile phones are very useful. Most of all, I think getting internet access by using a cell phone is the best thing about using mobile phones.

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

set alarm (idiom)
e.g. She set the alarm for six o’clock.
user interface (n) visual part of computer application
e.g. Familiarize yourself with the user interface.
mobility (n) the quality of moving freely
e.g. He was a great football player known for his mobility on the field.
reception (n) used to describe how well or badly a radio, television, etc., is able to receive signals
e.g. My cell phone reception is terrible.
advantage (n) benefit, gain, profit
e.g. He lacked the advantages of an advanced education.
functionality (n) useful function within a computer program
e.g. a device with new functionalities
distract (v) to cause (someone) to stop paying attention to someone or something
e.g. He was distracted from his studies.
accessible (adj) easy to obtain or use
e.g. The information should be accessible to all.
gadget (n) (often) small electronic device
e.g. The kitchen is equipped with all the latest gadgets.
set reminder (idiom)
e.g. You can set reminders for yourself for TV shows you want to catch.
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