Examiner: Where is your home town?
Me: I grew up in Lahore which is the capital of Pakistani province of Punjab. It is one of the major cities of Pakistan and it is famous for its cultural diversity and variety of food. It also has many historical places constructed in the Mughal era.
Examiner: Do you like your hometown?
Me: Yes, I love it, mainly because I grew up there and I am familiar with everything. I remember I used to buy a lot of cakes from the bakery near my house. I loved to go for a walk in the park in front of my house.
Examiner: Do you often visit your hometown?
Me: Yes, I visit once a year, I enjoy meeting my friends and relatives. The warm welcome, the excitement and the love felt there compels me to go there every year. Actually, I also miss the food; the taste of traditional Lahori food is unmatched by any other dish I have tasted so far.
Examiner: What is your hometown like?
Me: It is a huge town. I love it because you can see the hustle and bustle even at 1 am in the morning if you go for a walk in the town. Now they have built a lot of malls and shopping centers making everything accessible.There are a lot of shops on either sides of the main road so everything is within reach.
Examiner: What is the oldest place in your hometown?
Me: Well, I'm not quite sure, but I believe in the north of Lahore is an area called Kot Khwaja Saeed; there is an ancient monument called Hujra Meer Mahdi. It was basically a prayer area during the Sultanate era. People used to gather there for Eid prayers and major festivals.
Examiner: What is there for a foreigner to see or do in your hometown?
Me: Ah, there is so much to do for tourists... for instance, they can visit the historical places like the Shalamar Gardens, the Lahore Fort, the Badshahi mosque and the historical monuments such as the Minar-e-Pakistan. There are many different restaurants which are famous for their traditional cuisines for example Butt karahi and the Food street is one of the famous tourist attractions.
Examiner: How could your home town be improved?
Me: Well, the government is taking many initiatives for the improvement of local transport service, recreational spots and building dams to curb the electricity crisis which the entire country is facing for quite some time.
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The learner's ability to pronounce words shared by the people of a particular country or region of the language they are learning.
Good effort at accent. Quite close to that of a native speaker
Excellent effort at accent. Extremely close to that of a native speaker.
Limited effort at accent. Definitely a non-native speaker
The learner's ability to speak continuously by chunking and linking words together. For example, instead of saying very slowly, "I - am - poor. I - have - no - money" like a robot, a fluent speaker would say, "I'm poor because I don't have any money."
Speech is relatively smooth; some hesitation and unevenness caused by rephrasing and searching for words
Smooth and fluid speech; few to no hesitations; no attempts to search for words; volume is excellent
Speech is frequently hesitant with some sentences left uncompleted
The learner's ability to understand the relative emphasis that may be given to certain syllables in a word, or to certain words in a phrase or sentence
Able to identify and produce correct intonation, word stress and rhythm patterns with 50-90% accuracy.
Able to identify and produce correct intonation, word stress and rhythm patterns with 90-100% accuracy.
Able to identify and produce correct intonation, word stress and rhythm patterns with < 50% accuracy
The learners' ability to enunciate the various consonants, consonant blends, vowels, and vowel blends in words, words linked together, and words in sentences.
The pronunciation contained some individual word pronunciation errors. Around 3-4 errors
The pronunciation is exceptional and mirrors a native speaker. Shows a clear understanding of word stress and intonation. Only 0-2 errors
The pronunciation is inconsistent and made it difficult to understand. 5 or more errors