IELTS Cue Card Sample 268 - Describe a course you took in your college or university

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

Describe a course you took in your college or university.

You should say:

  • What it was
  • When you took it
  • What you learned from this course

And explain why you took this course.

Model Answer:
‘Book Keeping & Banking’ was one of the most interesting courses I took in my university level and I thoroughly enjoyed this course. In fact I learned many new concepts and theory from this course that it helped me a lot throughout the remaining semesters. This was a mandatory course in the 3rd semester in my Bachelor of Business Administration studies and the courses on this subject lasted for four months. I was so interested in this course that later on I took 3 other courses in different semesters related to banking.

I learned the accounting concept of banking, how a bank is operated, how the banking transactions and accounting are maintained, how the central banks control the money supply of the market and many more concepts from this course. A practical session was included in this course and I learned some basic transaction processes of bankers from this lab sessions.

In my third semester this was a mandatory course and I had no alternatives other than taking this course. I came from Science background until my undergraduate course and that’s why I had no prior accounting course experience. I was bit dubious about this course in my university level as I did not know what it includes. But after I completed this course, I found myself very much interested in Banking procedure and automated banking. 

Tips for answering this cue card:

For this cue card you can talk about any course (be it academic or not) you took in your college or university. You should talk about a course that you actually enjoyed so that you can answer the questions fluently. You are free to pick any subject you like and the third question ‘what you learned from this course’ actually expect you to talk about the things you learned from this course.

For the final question ‘why you took this course’ might have two types of answers; one: it was a mandatory subject and you had no other choice but to enroll in it. Two: you had a passion and interest on this subject and that’s why you decided to take it.

State the name of the academic subject clearly (like: C programming language, Introduction to Business, Basic Accounting etc.). After that, tell the year and term/ semester when you took this course. If you can recall the year and month, also mention that.

Your ability to talk about this cue card would also help you to talk about the following cue cards:

1.  Describe a subject taught in your school.
2.  Describe one of your favourite subjects.
3.  Describe something you learned from college.
4.  Describe a subject taught in your university.  
5.  Talk about your favourite subject in high school.

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