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Question Mark by Horia Varlan via Flickr (creative commons)

Question Mark by Horia Varlan via Flickr (creative commons)

I’ve had a lot of emailed questions and comments from students  who want to find out more about a specific lesson that they have read. If  you  want to find out more about a specific topic, please use Search by Tags . You can do this 2 ways:

  1. At the bottom of each post, there is a section that says Posted in: followed by a  list of tags (topics) that you can click on. This will bring you to all the posts that have been tagged for that topic. For example, if you want to know more about how to write introductions, click on the introductions tag.
  2. On the right side of the page of each post, you’ll see a box that says “Search by Tags” under a box that says “Check my essay”. This Search by Tags box is filled with tags (topics) of different sizes – the bigger the size of the word, the more posts there are under this tag. Click on a tag to see all the posts related to that topic.

If there are topics not covered, feel free to email me or comment and I’ll try my best to write a post on it.

Good luck everyone!

(If you see at the bottom of this post, I’ve tagged everything.)

Sample IELTS Speaking questions – Full Interview

Fotolia_39784345_XSAs you know, the IELTS Speaking session is divided into three parts. Here’s a sample of what you would expect to hear from the examiner. Of course, the number of questions they ask will depend on the time spent – they may ask less than the number asked below. Try to practice your own answers to these questions and record yourself. See where you can improve and try again.

Part 1 – Introduction & Interview (4 -5 minutes)

  1. Good morning. My name is Pearl. Can you tell me what your name is?
  2. And can you tell me where you’re from?
  3. Can I see your identification, please? {You give them your passport} … OK. Thank you, that’s fine.
  4. Now, in this first part, I’d like to ask you a few questions about yourself. Let’s talk about what you do. Do you work or are you a student?
  5. What kind of work do you do?
  6. And why did you choose this kind of work?
  7. What kind of work would you like to do in the future?
  8. Why?
  9. Now, let’s talk about the weekend. What do you usually do at the weekend?
  10. What do you think you’ll do next weekend?
  11. Do you enjoy your weekends now more than you did when you were a child?
  12. How important is it for you to relax at the end of the week?
  13. Let’s talk about music. What sort of music do you usually enjoy listening to?
  14. Has the kind of music you like changed over the years?
  15. Do you prefer listening to live music or recorded music?
  16. Why?

Part 2 – Individual Long Turn ( 3 -4 minutes)

  1. Thank you. Now, I’m going to give you a topic and I’d like you to talk about it for one to two minutes. Before you talk, you will have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes if you wish. Do you understand? Here’s some paper and a pencil to take notes. And here’s your topic. I’d like you to describe a special gift you gave to someone. 

Task Card given:

Describe a special gift you gave to someone.

You should say:

  • Who you gave it to
  • Where you got the gift from
  • When  and why you gave it to them

And explain why you feel it was special to give to them

  1. {One minute has passed} Now remember you  have one to two minutes for this, so don’t worry if I stop you. I’ll tell you when the time is up. Can you start speaking now please? { you speak for one – two minutes}
  2. (rounding off question) Do you enjoy giving gifts?
  3. Thank you. Can I have the booklet and paper back please?

Part 3 – Two-way Discussion (4 – 5 minutes)

  1. We’ve been talking about a special gift that you’ve given to someone. And I’d like to discuss with you one or two more general questions related to this. Let’s consider this first of all, giving gifts in families. What occasions do family members give gifts to others in your country?
  2. Do people spend a lot of money?
  3. So what sort of gifts do children give to adults in their families?
  4. Do you think adults appreciate gifts children made themselves more than gifts they’ve bought in a shop?
  5. So how important do you think it is for family members to give gifts to each other?
  6. Let’s move on now and talk about giving gifts in society in general. In what situations would people give gifts in business?
  7. So in your country, do you think companies spend a lot of money on gifts?
  8. So it’s important for the company. But what about gift-giving for the economy of the country in general. Is your country is buying gifts an important part of the economy do you think?
  9. Alright now some people say that it would be better for society if all the money that was spent on gifts was given to help poor people instead. What do you think about that?
  10. Thank you very much that is the end of the speaking test.

IELTS Speaking Topics – Personal Experiences

For Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test you will be given a  cue card with a topic to talk about for 1 – 2 minutes. You will have 1 minute to prepare.  After you talk, be ready to answer 1 or 2 follow-up questions from the interviewer.

The following speaking cue cards/topics are centered around describing personal experiences. Before you go into the IELTS interview, ”jog” your memory about significant experiences that have meaning to you  so that you won’t waste too much time in trying to remember an experience to talk about.

Sample Topics:

Describe a special occasion for which you arrived late.

You should say:

  • what occasion you were late for
  • when it happened
  • how you felt

and explain why you were late.

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Describe your first day in a new job or at college.

You should say:

  • what the job or course was
  • what you had expected before you started
  • what happened on the first day

and explain how you felt at the end of the day.

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Describe how you behaved in a stressful situation.

You should say:

  • what the situation was
  • how you behaved
  • how other people might have behaved

and explain how you felt about your behavior afterwards.

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Describe an important choice you had to make in your life.

You should say:

  • when you had to make this choice
  • what you had to choose between
  • whether you made a good choice

and explain how you felt when you were making this choice.

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Describe an occasion when you couldn’t pay for something you wanted.

You should say:

  • what you wanted to pay for
  • why you weren’t able to pay
  • what you did

and explain how you felt about the situation.

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Describe a party you particularly remember.

You should say:

  • why the party was held
  • who attended
  • what happened

and explain what made it memorable.

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Describe a difficult skill you learned successfully.

You should say:

  • what skill you learned and how it is difficult
  • when and where you learned it
  • why you learned it

and explain what helped you to learn it successfully.

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Describe a  job you have done.

You should say:

  • what the job involved
  • how you got the job
  • how long the job lasted

and explain how well you did the job.

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Describe the most frightening thing you have ever done.

You should say:

  • when and where you did this
  • what it was you did
  • why you did this

and explain why it was so frightening.

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Describe the most exciting thing you have ever done.

You should say:

  • when and where you did this
  • what it was you did
  • why you did it

and explain why it was so exciting.

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Describe an idea you had for improving something at work or college.

You should say:

  • when and where you had your idea
  • what your idea was
  • who you told about your idea

and explain why you thought your idea would make an improvement.

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Describe a competition (e.g. TV, college/work, or a sports competition) that you took part in.

You should say:

  • what kind of competition it was and how you found out about it
  • what you had to do
  • what the prizes were

and explain why you chose to take part in this competition.

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IELTS Speaking Topics – Things & Objects

shutterstock_65840998For Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test you will be given cue cards with a topic to talk about for 1 – 2 minutes. You will be given 1 minute to prepare. After you talk, be ready to answer 1 or 2 follow-up questions from the interviewer.

The following speaking cue cards/topics are centered around describing things. Before you go into the IELTS interview, ”jog” your memory about objects or things that have meaning to you  so that you won’t waste too much time in trying to remember  something to talk about.

Sample Topics:

Describe your favorite possession.

You should say:

  • what this is
  • when you obtained it
  • what it looks like

and explain why this item is important to you.

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Describe a book you enjoyed reading.

You should say:

  • what the book was
  • what it was about
  • when you read it

and explain why you enjoyed reading it.

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Describe an important letter you received.

You should say:

  • who the letter was from
  • what it was about
  • why it was important

and explain how you felt about it.

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Describe a children’s story that you know well.

You should say:

  • when you first heard it or read it
  • what the story is about
  • what you particularly liked about it

and explain why you think it became popular.

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Describe a photograph or piece of artwork that impressed you.

You should say:

  • what the photo/artwork looks like
  • when you saw this
  • who took the photograph or created the artwork

and explain why this photograph or artwork impressed you.

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Describe a logo that you think is effective.

You should say:

  • what brand or company the logo is used for
  • where you have seen the logo
  • what the logo looks like

and explain why you think it is effective.

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Describe the best present you have ever received.

You should say:

  • who gave it to you
  • when and why did you receive it
  • what was it and what does it look like

and explain what you liked best about it.

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Describe the best present you have given someone.

You should say:

  • who you gave it to
  • when and why you gave it to them
  • what it was and what it looks like

and explain why you chose this gift for that person.

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Describe an electronic device that you find useful.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • how you learned to use it
  • how long you have had it
and explain why you find this  electronic device  useful.

 

IELTS Speaking Topics – Places

For Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test you will be given cue cards with a topic to talk about for 1 – 2 minutes. You will be given 1 minute to prepare. After you talk, be ready to answer 1 or 2 follow-up questions from the interviewer.

The following speaking cue cards/topics are centered around describing places. Before you go into the IELTS interview, “jog” your memory about places you have visited or lived in or know of so that you won’t waste too much time in trying to remember a place to talk about.

Sample Topics:

Describe a place that you have lived in that you particularly liked.

You should say:

  • when you lived there
  • who you lived with
  • what was most memorable about this place

and explain why you liked living there.

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Describe a tourist attraction you have visited that you enjoyed.

You should say:

  • what the attraction was
  • when you visited it
  • what you saw and did there

and explain what you thought off it.

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Describe a tourist attraction you would like to visit.

You should say:

  • what the attraction is
  • what can do and see there
  • how you know about it

and explain why you would particularly like to go there.

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Describe the natural features of  an area or country that you know.

You should say:

  • which area you are going to describe
  • what natural features that area has
  • what the natural features look like

and explain how you feel about the natural features of that area.

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Describe your ideal study room.

You should say:

  • where it would be
  • what equipment and furniture it would contain
  • how it would be decorated

and explain why this is ideal for studying.

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Describe a city that you know well.

You should say:

  • how big the city is
  • what kind of buildings and landmarks it has
  • what transportation it has available

and explain what you particularly like or dislike about this city.

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