IELTS Cue Card Sample 299 - Describe an idea you have for improving something at work or college

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

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

You should say:

  • What is it about
  • Where you got this idea
  • How difficult it would be to implement

and explain why you think this would improve the work place or college.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:
Since I am student and have never worked for a company, my idea is related to the college where I study. Engaging two teaching assistants for each class is an idea that would very positively improve the study environment and facility in our college/ university. It is a large college with more than seven thousand students. Each class has more than 40 students and not all of them are equally talented and focused to the lessons. So if the college authority arranges to enroll two promising and talented students who have the capability to manage the classes and assist the teachers to explain lessons to other students, would be a great aid for all the students who often struggle to understand the lessons but do not ask questions to the teachers. In fact that would be a great initiative by the college administration to help all the students with their lessons. I got the idea from a website of a renowned university that explained how they enroll teaching assistants and this process helps all the students of a class.

I do not think it would be very difficult to implement. The college authority needs to discuss this whole idea and then finally decide the process. That might require some administrative and decision level meeting. The extra budget that would be required would not be a big hassle for the college to support. So in my opinion I do not see any major obstacles to implement this idea.

From my experience I can say that only one-third of the whole students in a class can catch and fully understand the lectures delivered by the teachers. The remaining two-third students of a class neither understand the lessons nor ask questions to the teachers to explain things again. Many students do not ask the questions they have directly to the teachers and thus always remain as the back-benchers. If they get teaching assistants from their classmates, they would surely raise their questions to those TA and would be greatly benefitted. The overall study quality would improve and the results of the college would also improve dramatically.

Part 3 – Two-way discussion/ Detail discussion:

Ideas and Education:

Q. Some people think that education should be about memorizing the important ideas of the past. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

Q. Should education encourage students to develop and share their own ideas?

Q. How do you think teachers could help students to develop and share their own ideas?

Ideas in the workplace:

Q. Should employers encourage their workers to have new ideas about improving the company? Why?

Q. Do you think people sometimes dislike ideas just because they are new? Why? 

Q. What is more difficult: having new ideas or putting them into practice? Which is more important for a successful company?

Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:

1. Describe a positive idea you have.
2. Describe a change you would like to see in your work/ study place.
3. Describe a part-time job you have done.
4. Describe a suggestion you have to make your college/university a better place.
5. Describe something you have successfully implemented in your college.
6. Describe a success or achievement you have.


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