Read the prompt below. In 25 seconds, you must reply in your own words, as naturally and clearly as possible. You have 30 seconds to record your response. Your response will be sent together with your score report to the institutions selected by you. Please introduce yourself. For example, you could talk about one or more of the following:
You will hear some sentences. Please repeat each sentence exactly as you hear it. You will hear each sentence only once.
A You will hear a lecture. After listening to the lecture, please retell what you have just heard from the lecture in your own words. You will have 40 seconds to give your response.
Answer: I have been asked to speak today about the purpose of museums and I think that is something we often take for granted that we have museums and we need museums. But with so much information available now online people have access to whatever it is they want to know so I think we need to consider carefully just what it is that we expect of our museums today. What makes them relevant in the information age. Clearly we have got to move beyond the early twentieth century concept of a warehouse full of old remarkable untouchable objects. This warehouse idea does very little to inspire people. What museum professionals need to do what they should be doing is make their collections and programs work towards the purpose of education. So whether that mean having more hands on exhibits becoming involved with other community organizations they should be doing whatever it takes to them. And in that way they can be instruments of social change. If they have knowledge and understanding of the people who visit and the people they want to come and visit they can take this as a starting point for providing exhibitions and services that are relevant to people’s lives.
B You will hear a lecture. After listening to the lecture, please retell what you have just heard from the lecture in your own words. You will have 40 seconds to give your response.
Answer: I suppose more and more people are starting to see graffiti as a form of art. Now there are still many who would beg to differ and they would point to the destructive scribblings that we see on our bus shelters and our public buildings. These often take the form of tags which are fancy scribble like versions of someone’s name or nick name. Tags generally have no aesthetic appeal and they are the scourge of the high street shopkeeper in many a town. I can certainly see where the shopkeepers and property owners are coming from. But the fact is graffiti has been around for a very long time indeed. People left their mark on cave walls back in prehistoric times and it has been found too on ancient monuments in Egypt and Rome. But new York style graffiti which is really the forerunner of a lot of the graffiti that is getting done now new York graffiti took off in the late 1960s. That is when the advent of the spraycan allowed the humble tag to evolve into more complex styles. In the mid to late 70s subway trains became the new forum for graffiti artists to display their skills. For many young people it became a medium to express their disillusionment with a system from which they felt excluded. Now of course the art establishment embraces graffiti artists and some of these artists have actually taken on cult status.
You will hear some questions. Please give a simple and short Answer to each one. Often just one or a few words is enough.