CELPIP Speaking Task 7: Expressing Opinions
1. In the age of laptops and iPads, Do you think Handwriting is still important?
Handwriting has remained an integral part of our lives; however, in the age of laptops and iPads, it is losing significance due to modern devices with incredibly comfortable features. With handwriting, the process becomes tedious. On the contrary, contemporary devices have features like voice typing; the writing process becomes straightforward.
Moreover, the handwriting varies from person to person, so in some cases, it is not easy for a third party to decipher what you have written. It isn’t the case that if you type it on a laptop, it is easy for another person to comprehend it because it looks the same.
Furthermore, in case you want to convert your content into images or videos with typed content, it becomes straightforward, whereas in the case of handwritten content, first you need to digitalize it, so in the modern scenario, the process of putting forward your content to handwriting has become cumbersome that is why it is losing its sheen.
2. Do you think dictionaries are useful for learning a language? Explain your reasons.
There is no denying this conviction that dictionaries’ are and will remain integral to learning a language because we must focus on words to understand any language correctly. For that, the best medium is a dictionary because, in that, we can find the synonyms and antonyms of a particular word, and we come to know about the parts of speech, whether that word is a noun, a verb, or an adjective, so this way we can differentiate.
Moreover, when we communicate, we come across new words, and we do not know the meaning of them, so the easiest way to get information about such material is a dictionary because asking your teachers or your parents is a lengthy process, sometimes they are not available, and sometimes even they don’t know the meanings.
So, with dictionaries, the learning process becomes straightforward. Moreover, dictionaries have changed with time because they have also evolved; these days, we have online dictionaries.
So, at the click of a button, we have access to billions of words, so the knowledge at our disposal increases when we use a dictionary. They are very integral to us, so their significance will remain.
3. Do you think computers will replace teachers in future? Explain your reasons.
Despite the availability of computers to provide significant information, machines cannot replace teachers. While computers may be interactive to some extent, they cannot match the invaluable support teachers provide for the holistic development and paradigm shift in a learner’s performance.
It is indisputable that computers hold vast amounts of information on every topic, accessible to students with a single click in various formats such as web pages, audio, video, and images. However, the personal touch of a teacher is irreplaceable. Teachers specialize in specific subjects and can easily comprehend students’ needs. They can also adapt the teaching module to cater to students who may be struggling or emotionally distressed. In contrast, computers cannot adapt to students’ emotions as they lack emotions.
Computers may provide general answers to struggling learners, but teachers can profoundly impact their performance due to their experience in handling students and conflicts related to them. Therefore, teachers will rely on computers to obtain information in the future, but learners will continue to depend on their teachers due to their implicit faith in them.
4. Do you think democracy is the best form of government? Explain your reasons.
There are various forms of government, like dictatorship, monarchy, and democracy. In my opinion, democracy is the best form of government because, in other forms, the central focus is not the welfare of the people. Moreover, the general public has little say in the working system. In a democracy, the people are the ones who select their representatives and take action on their behalf.
This process changes every five years because those who are the heads are questioned after every five years in the form of elections, so those people who do not do their job correctly fail to come in the next term. The public has the power to choose the representative of their choice, or, moreover, in this setup, anyone who wishes to be in the government can work hard and work for the welfare of the people. By winning their confidence, he can become a part of the government.
Moreover, the general public has this right to challenge the government’s decisions, which is impossible in dictatorship and monarchy. So, in my opinion, democracy is the best form of government, and all nations must adopt it.
5. Do you think cinemas will close in the future? Explain your reasons.
Cinemas have been a popular source of entertainment for people over the last century. However, with changing times, cinemas may not survive in the future. The primary reason for this is people’s busy schedules today. With intense competition and the need to work harder to earn a living, people have less time to spare.
It makes it challenging for them to go to the cinema amidst traffic congestion. Technology has improved dramatically, and people can now enjoy various entertainment options at home. They can have a home theatre and access their favourite movies on OTT platforms. Furthermore, the cost of going to the cinema has increased significantly due to the high fees charged by film stars, resulting in increased ticket prices.
It makes it difficult for the general public to afford to watch movies with their families. As a result, the trend is changing, and cinemas may not be financially viable to continue operating.
Therefore, in the coming years, we might see cinemas cease to exist.