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IELTS Speaking Test: Part 2

 

Part 2 of the IELTS speaking exam consists of a prepared long answer (2 minutes plus 1 minute for preparation): Candidates are given a topic card and then given 1 minute to prepare a 2 minute answer. Topics include describing or commenting on a person, place, or movie. The examiner may ask 1 or 2 rounding-off questions at the end of this turn.

 

Speaking Unit 2: The long Turn  

 

 

 

Requirement  

Strategy

1~2 minute answer

(1 minute preparation), followed by a couple of questions

 

The examiner will hand you a card with a question and three sub questions on it. You have one minute to read the question and prepare your answer.

preparation

1. Identify key words in the question

2. Think about the tense required

3. Write down some key points

4. Write down some key vocabulary

 

Speaking

1. Use strong adjectives (fantastic!)

2. Speak with rhythm if possible

3. Try to avoid long pauses



 1. Read the question below and the then underline the key words.

 

 

Describe a place that you have visited that you particularly liked.

 

You should say:

a.    When you visited there? 

b.      Who you went with?

c.      What was most memorable?

And explain what you liked most about this place.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many possible ways of starting your answer, including:

I’d like to talk about a country called…

I’m going to talk about a city called…

A park that I found really interesting was…


 

2. Decide the place you will describe then write down some notes.

 

Place:San Francisco, USA

 

a.    When you went there?     For 6 months in1994

  1. Who you went with?        friend who is from Viet Nam  

vegetarian guy

brother was an artist

 

c. What was memorable?      There were many tourist attractions such as Fisherman’s wharf and Alcatraz Island

      

d. What you liked most         lots of different types people

good weather

lots of cool places to visit

great restaurants

relaxed lifestyle

 

 

3. Introduce your answer, paraphrasing the question, to show you clearly understand the question.

 

    I’d like to talk about San Francisco, because it’s a place I will never forget.

 

a. I went there in …..   

    

 

b. I went there with ………

    

 

c. The thing I remember most is (PRESENT TENSE) …

 

d. Some of the things I enjoyed were

 

I’d like to talk about San Francisco, because it’s a place I will never forget. I went there in 1994 for about six months. I went there with a friend of mine who is from Viet Nam. He is a vegetarian, so we couldn’t use any meat when we cooked. I also remember his brother who was a very talented artist. The thing I remember most about San Francisco is that there were many tourist attractions such as Fisherman’s wharf, which had lots of delicious seafood and sour dough bread; and Alcatraz Island, which used to be a prison for murders and other serious criminals. Some of the things I enjoyed most about San Francisco were the different types people, the good weather, the many different places and neighborhoods to visit. There were also many great restaurants and overall it is a very relaxed lifestyle there.


 

4. Read the question below and the then underline the key words.

 

 

Describe a historic place that you have visited that you particularly liked.

 

You should say:

a.      When you visited there? 

b.      Who you went with?

c.      What you saw there?

And explain what you liked most about this place.



     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    5. Decide on a place and then write down some notes.

     

     

    a. I went there in …..   

        

     

    b. I went there with ………

        

     

    c. Some of the things I saw were …

     

     

    d. The main thing that I enjoyed about this place is …..

     

     

     

     

     

    Describe your favorite place for shopping

    You should say:

    a.    When you go there 

    b.    Where it is located 

    c.    What you can buy there 

    And explain why you like it

     



     


     

    6. Adjectives:

     

    Adjectives make things more interesting. There is a difference between eating a nice dessert, and eating a bowl of the freshest, sweetest fruit, topped with a delicious chocolate sauce!

     

     

    Comparatives are used to compare

     

     

    Cheap

    Cheaper

    Cheapest

    Expensive

    More expensive

    Most expensive



     

     

     

    7. Modifiers

    To modify is to change. Modifiers can be weak or strong.

     

     

    Weak

    A little, sort of

    Strong

    Much, really, very, extremely



     

     

     

    8. Useful language to use in your speech
     

    Introductory phrases - when you start your talk:

    I want to talk about…

    I’d like to talk about…

    I’m going to talk about…

    I'm going to describe…

    What I'm going to talk about is…

     

    Developing phrases - when you want to expand your argument:

    First of all…

    Secondly,…

    Additionally,…

    Another thing…

    Another reason why…

    Furthermore…

     

    Background phrases - when you want to add some detail:

    At that time…

    It happened…

    It took place…

    It’s been going on for/since…

    It's near…

     

    Impression phrases - when you want to say something that made an impression on

    you:

    ... influenced me. 

    … affected me 

    … disturbed me 

    … had an effect on me 

    … impressed me 

    … motivated me 

    … moved me 

    … touched me deeply 

     

    Things you like phrases - when you want to describe or talk about things you like:

    I enjoy…

    I like… most of all

    I love doing...

     

     

     

    9. Answering rounding-off questions.

    You may be asked one or two questions at the end of your 2 minute speech. You can use this technique to answer them.

     

    1. Brief answer, repeating auxiliary verb

    2. Use the same tense

    3. If you are really stuck for an answer just say “Yes, I think so,” “No, I don’t think so”

     

     

     

    Answering follow up questions:

    You may be required to give a couple of short answers about your topic. Usually the best way to do this is to repeat the auxiliary verb. YOU MUST USE THE SAME TENSE!

     

    EXAMPLE 1: “­ Have you done this type of work before?”

                             “No, I haven’t.”

     

    EXAMPLE 2: “Do you know anyone who has”

                              “Yes, I do.”

     

     

     Sample Questions according to different topics

     

     

    PEOPLE: Individuals : Appearance / Personality / Hobbies / Relationship / My own feeling  

     

     

     

    Describe one of your neighbors

    • What is your neighbor like?
    • Do you like this neighbor?
    • When do you usually meet his neighbor?

    and say if this person is a good neighbor

     

    Describe a young person you admire.

    You could say:

    • who this person is
    • how long you have known them
    • what qualities they has

    and say why you admire them

     

    Describe someone you know who is a good teacher.

    You could say:

    • who this person is
    • how you know them 
    • what kinds of subjects they teach

    and explain why this person is good at teaching

     

    Describe an interesting person who you know.

    You could say:

    • who the person is
    • how you know this person
    • what sort of person this is

    and explain why you think this person does that is interesting

     


     

    PLACES  

     

    Buildings : Location / Exterior / Interior / Atmosphere / Service / My own feeling 

    Cities : Location / People / Food / Cityscape / Entertainment / My own feeling 

    Organization : History / Members / Location / Duty / Influence / My own feeling 

    Natural Beauty : Location / History / Visitors / Activities / My own feeling 

     

     

     

    Describe a house you have visited which you particularly liked.
    You could say:
    •     what kind of house it is
    •     why you visited the house
    •     how it is different to other houses you have visited
    and why you particularly liked it.
    Describe a Cafe you know.
    You could say:
    • where this cafe is
    • what type of drinks/food the cafe serves
    • how often you go to this cafe
    and explain why you would recommend this Cafe.
    Describe a hotel you have stayed in.
    You should say:
    • where it is
    • what facilities it has
    • when you stayed there
    and say whether you would recommend it to a friend

    Describe a shopping centre that you often go to.

    • Where is the shopping centre?
    • What do you buy there?
    • How often do you go to it?

    and explain why you choose to go that shopping centre

     

    Describe a country that you would like to travel to.

    You could say:

    • where this country is?
    • how you would travel there?
    • who you would go with?

    and explain what you like about this country.

     

    Describe a public building you know.

    You could say:

    • where this building is
    • what you can do in this building
    • how often you go to this building

    and explain why you went to this building.

     

    Describe a park you remember visiting.

    You could say:

    • where it is
    • what it looks like
    • what activities people do there

    and explain why you still remember it.

     

     

     


    Objects 

     

    Objects : How I got it / Exterior / Function / Price / another related object / My own feeling 

     

     

    Describe something expensive that you bought recently [not a computer]

    • What was it?
    • What does it look
    • How much did it cost?

    And explain why you bought it

     

    Describe an invention that is important in today’s society.

    You could say:

    • What is the invention?
    • What is it used for?
    • What are the advantages and disadvantages of the invention?

    and explain why you think this invention is so important

     

    Describe a book you read that you think is interesting

    You could say:

    • how you knew about this book
    • where you got this book from
    • what it is about

    and explain why you think this book is interesting.

     

    Describe an important letter or email that you received.

    You could say:

    • who wrote it
    • what the letter or email was about
    • how you felt about it

    and explain why it was important.

     

    Describe your favourite electronic gadget.

    You could say:

    • what it is
    • when you bought it
    • why you bought it

    and say why you like it so much.

     

     


     

    Activities 

     

    Leisure activities : What / Who / When / Why / My own feeling 

     

     

     

    Describe an activity you enjoy doing in your free time.

    You could say:

    • who you do this with
    • where you do it
    • why you do it

    and explain why you like to spend your free time this way.

     

    Describe a practical skill you have.

    You could say:

    • what the skill is
    • how often you use it
    • who taught it to you

    and explain why the skill is so practical

     

    Describe an advertisement you think is interesting.

    You could say:

    • what this advertisement is about
    • where you saw or heard this advertisement
    • what the contents of the advertisement are

    and explain why you think this advertisement is interesting

     

    Describe a sport you have enjoyed playing or watching

    You should say

    • where this sport is played
    • how the sport is played
    • what sort of people play this sport

    and explain what you like about this sport

     


     

    Experiences/The past  

     

    What / Why / When / Where / Who / My own feeling

     

     

    Describe a time when you had to be polite

    • What was the place?
    • What was the situation?
    • Who were the people involved?

    And explain why you had to be polite

    Describe an educational trip that you went on when you were in school.

    You could say:

    • who went with you
    • where you went
    • what you did there

    and explain what you learned on this trip.

     

    Describe a place you have visited where you learnt something.

    You could say:

    • who went with you
    • where you went
    • what you did there

    and explain what you learned at this place.

     

    Describe a recent news story that interested you.

    You could say:

    • how you heard about this news story
    • what the news was about
    • is this news positive or negative

    and explain why this news story was interesting to you.

     

    Describe an important decision that you might have to make in the future

    You could say:

    • what the decision will be about
    • how you will make your decision
    • what the results of the decision are likely to be

    and explain why it was important.