IELTS Cue Card Sample 249 - Talk about an article you recently read in a magazine or in a newspaper

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Talk about an article you recently read in a magazine or in a newspaper.

You should say:

  • when you read it
  • what was it about
  • was it a good or bad news

and explain how you felt after reading the news.

Sample Answer:
I usually read a newspaper daily and I also enjoy reading some technology and lifestyle related magazines. There are lots of interesting, thought-provoking and intriguing articles that I often enjoy and today I would like to talk about one such article that I recently read from a newspaper.

It was about 'the global warming & the environment changes' and how the humankind has contributed to this damage and finally, how to prevent it. This is not a new topic but the article I am talking about was written in a different perspective. It highlighted that changes that happened in the last one decade and how these changes have already impacted our environment and life. I read this article 2-3 weeks ago and this was written by a famous environmental scientist and researchers.

I am bit confused whether should I say it as a bad news or good news since this is a research and statistical fact type article that showed the environmental changes in recent years, temperature rise all around the world, the impact of it in our lives and in other species, then it showed our ignorance about the severity of this danger and then finally some solutions to mitigate the problem. The first few parts were like bad news as they described how much we have already damaged the environment but the final part of the news/ article showed the light of hope and explained that we still have the opportunity to save ourselves from the disaster. Some of the solutions were proposed and that I consider being a good news.

I have read numerous articles about the ozone layer, extinction of some species in the recent years, then the danger of health for the pollution and many more similar topics but this one was written in a different viewpoint and tried to explain that small changes in our perception and daily habit can save a lot. This article alerted us and then showed us our lack of awareness of the issue and then gave the hope of making positive changes. I felt like I have adopted a different perception about this triggering issue and felt the need to read more on the topic. The news helped me understand our immediate attention to a dire issue and how each of us can contribute to reducing the severity of this eminent problem.


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