IELTS Cue Card Sample 342 - Describe a thing you possess which is important to you

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

Describe a thing you possess which is important to you.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • what it can do
  • how you use it

and explain why it is important to you.

Model Answer 1:
Today I am going to tell you about an item I possess which is important to me.  I will tell you what it is, what it can do, how I use it and why it is important to me.

The item that is important to me is my laptop!  I am not very knowledgeable about technology, so I can’t tell you anything about its specifications.  However, I can tell you that it is very light and easy to carry around.  It has both a keyboard and a touch-screen and since starting my travels it has become my best friend!

My laptop has all the Microsoft office packages like Word and Power Point, it also has a big memory and can give me access to Skype and the Internet. I use my laptop every day for work.  It helps me professionally in my job as an English teacher because I can use it to devise lesson plans; carry out research on new topics; and keep up to date with news and issues of relevance to my area of work.  I also use my laptop every day for personal things.  I can contact my friends by email; chat to others using Skype – if there is a strong enough wi-fi connection – and I can save all my photos of this beautiful country that I am working in at the moment Vietnam, safely on my computer.

I am from England, before I came to Vietnam my employer said it would be really helpful if I could bring a laptop with me.  I was worried - ‘what if it gets broken’ or ‘what if it gets stolen’ I thought.  Now I am here I am so happy I brought it with me.  It helps me professionally to do my job well, and it helps me personally as I can communicate with friends, family and colleagues all over the world.

Did you know that when I was in my twenties computers and the internet did not even exist?  I would never have imagined that thirty years later this gadget ‘a laptop’ has become so important to me.  I wonder what gadgets will be invented in the next thirty years!

[ Written by - Lucy Marris | Careers Adviser (UK), TEFL teacher (Vietnam) ]

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

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