IELTS Speaking Preparation (Part 1)
Last Updated: Thursday, 28 July 2016 13:44
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IELTS Speaking Test: Issues You should know
The Speaking Sub-test takes between 11 and 14 minutes. The Sub-test consists of an interview with a trained examiner and is recorded on a tape recorder. However, this recording is made to assess the examiner and not the candidate.
There are 3 parts to the Speaking Sub-test:
Part 1: you answer questions about your home life or family life, work or study, your interests and other familiar topics of a general nature to reveal your background. (4-5 minutes).
Part 2: you are given exactly 1 minute to prepare yourself to talk about a particular topic. The instructions to guide your talk are written on a card given to you by the examiner. Your talk should last for 1 -2 minutes. The examiner will ask one or two questions at the end. (3-4 minutes - including preparation time of 1 minute).
Part 3: you have a discussion with the examiner based on themes connected to the topic given in Part 2. This part of the test requires discussion of more abstract ideas. (4-5 minutes) The interview is then closed and the Speaking Sub-test is completed. Most of the questions asked in the Sub-test are scripted; they come from a bank of questions prepared by the test authorities. These questions are being continually added to and updated.
The Speaking Sub-test Band Score is calculated from a comprehensive checklist of speaking skills in 4 distinct areas of ability:
» Fluency and Coherence
» Lexical Resource
» Grammatical Range and Accuracy
IELTS speaking Topics...
1. Introduce yourself.
2. Describe your hometown. What is special about it?
3. Compare your hometown with another town.
4. Describe your country’s education system. What is your attitude toward this system? Do you think it’s effective?
5. Describe the organisation you work for. Where is it? What does it do? What is your job function?
6. Describe the process of taking a job in your country.
7. Compare the role of men and women in your country.
8. What is 'brain drain'? What are the causes and effects of it?
9. Discuss why you would like to visit a particular country. When are you going to visit it and why?
10. Discuss the factors affecting people to have more or fewer children in your country.
11. Describe a traditional dish in your country. What are the ingredients?
12. Describe the traditional Architecture of your country. Is there something special about it?
13. Compare traditional houses with modern houses in your country.
14. Discuss why you like a special kind of book, music, sports, or film.
15. Give reasons why the divorce rate has or has not increased in your country.
16. Describe a traditional instrument in your country.
17. Describe an important festival in your country. When is it? What do people do then?
18. Describe the ethnic mix in your country.
19. Describe a traditional garment in your country.
20. What is your favourite colour? Why? What is the relationship between the colour of clothes and the personality of people? What is the relationship with mood?
21. Describe a historical place in your country. Where is it? What is special about it?
22. Talk about mass media, newspapers and their attractions for you.
23. Describe a traditional /children’s/international/card game.
24. Why do people play games?
25. What is your greatest wish/ one of your wishes?
26. What don’t you know about your future?
27. Why do people collect things? Do you collect anything?
28. Describe an invention before or after the computer. Should the governments support inventors? Why do inventors invent?
29. What is fashion? Do you follow fashion? Why do people follow fashion? How do people in your country follow fashion?
30. What is the process of obtaining a driving licence/passport etc. in your country?
31. Describe one of your photos. Where, when and with whom did you take it?
32. Describe the present situation of Tourism in your country. What is the future of Tourism there?
33. Name a book, film, or a piece of music that you like most and say why.
34. Describe IT or a data-bank system.
35. Why always women cook and men do not in your country? Which is a better cook, a man or a woman? 36. Compare your time with your parents’. What is the same and what has changed since then?
37. How has travelling changed since 100 years ago?
38. Describe your best holiday, party, event in your life. When was it, where and why?
39. Talk about the best present you have ever had in your life. When, why and who gave it to you?
40. In what occasions do people give presents in your country?
41. How do you choose a gift for your friends?
42. What do people do in different seasons in your country?
43. What do governments do in case of disasters? What should they do?
44. Talk about the most populated area in your country. Where is it? What is its population? Why is it so populated?
45. Describe a competition you have entered. What was your stand?
46. What is the role of public artworks?
47. Describe a city you have visited and impressed you so much. Why was it so impressive?
48. Compare eating habit of people in your country with other countries.
49. Compare a person who has been in a foreign country with someone who hasn’t.
50. What is capital punishment? Is it necessary to control crime?
51. What do you think will be the world’s greatest problem in 100 years time?
52. What do you think pastime and hobbies will be in 100 years time?
53. What do you know about the wildlife in your country? Who is responsible for its preservation?
54. What do you know about Global Warming? What is Greenhouse Effect?
55. Shopping: who does the shopping in your home? Do you go shopping? What have you found difficult in shopping?
56. Describe a child that you know. Who is he/she? Your relation, what does he/she like, and how has he/she influenced you?
57. School pressure on children. Is there any in your country? What can be done if there is?
58. What was the most interesting (impressing) period of time in your life? Describe it.
59. What do you think about children's school age? Advantages or disadvantages?
60. What time are children considered to be adults in your country?