Speaking part 3 - follow-up questions

After you are done with the ‘Cue Card/Candidate Task Card’, which is the second part of the speaking test, the examiner will move on and ask you some follow-up questions. These follow-up questions are mostly related to the cue card topic you were given. Follow-up questions, also known as ‘details discussion’ comprise the part three of the IELTS speaking test.

At a glance:
-  Speaking test – part 3 (Two-way discussion/ follow-up question/ details discussion).
-  Questions 4-7. Questions are mostly based on cue card topic/ candidate task card topic.
-  Time: 4-6 minutes.

Try to support your answers with examples and reasons. Also, give lengthy and comprehensive answers.

Leisure Activities:

1.  What type of leisure activities are popular in your country.
Well, the leisure and recreational activities in my country greatly vary based on the age group, economic and employment status, gender and location of people. However, watching TV, surfing the internet, walking in the park, reading daily newspapers and participating in sports like cricket and football are some very common past time activities of the people in my country.

To be more specific, teenagers and young people mostly like to watch TV programmes, use the internet and social networking sites like Facebook, play online games, sometimes collect stamps, and play outdoor games and sports while adults most of the time Watch TV, walk in the park and read newspapers. The choice of hobbies and leisure activities are quite different among the city-dwellers and villagers. For instance, a teenage boy in a city would mostly play a video game or chat with friends online in his free time, a teenager in a rural area, on the contrary, would be busy fishing or playing outdoor games.

How these activities vary are quite prominent in our country. Even I can feel that by just looking at the different members of my family.  While my younger brother loves to travel, my elder brother plays cricket. Two of my cousins collect stamps and coins while I mostly read books and magazines. My parents walk in the park and other family members mostly enjoy movies and other TV programmes.  

2.  Why it is important for people to have leisure activities?
I believe that leisure activities are quite important for us as these activities often define who we are, what we like and how we chose to spend our time. Furthermore, these activities refresh our mind, motivate us and help us reinvent ourselves. For instance, one of my cousins started taking painting classes as his hobby a few years back. Initially, it was a simple past time activity has was passionate about. Later on, he found that he had a great potential in painting and now he is a full-time artist. This is a real life example how a simple leisure activity can help us re-explore our hidden talent and passion.

Human, physically and psychologically, is not prepared to work stay idle all day long. They need a perfect schedule for working, relaxing, and enjoying their free time. Thus leisure activities help us enjoy our time, get refreshed, relax, and get recharged for working more. Interestingly, people who work very hard need more enjoyable free time activities. Otherwise, they will suffer from fatigue and get distracted soon. 

3.  Why are some leisure activities more popular than others?
It is quite natural that people would prefer some sorts of leisure activities than others. The preference and choice depend on the way someone has spent his childhood and how he was influenced by the other family members. Besides, it varies from country to country and sometimes even cities to cities. The history and socio-cultural background of a nation also influence the type of leisure activities people have. To cite an example, teenagers in some Asian countries often make kites and fly them while this is not the case in many western countries.

Personally, I believe that the leisure activities of people are often determined by the society they live in and their socio-economic status. Finally, some leisure activities are more common and popular due to their attractions and engagements.



1.  What are you studying?
I am studying Business Administration and my major is economics. I am in my fifth semester and now I am planning to transfer my credits to an Australian university.

2.  Why did you choose this particular course?
Honestly speaking, I did not have much choice about picking up a particular course in my university. I had always been a commerce major student and taking business administration as my bachelor course might have been a great decision, but that was not an open option for me. I took the admission test and the university authority offered this course to me. I was also offered to study finance but I chose business administration over this course.

However, if you ask me if the business administration was a good choice for me, I would say ‘yes’ without any slight hesitation.

3.  What job would you like when you have completed all your studies?
To be honest, I have not given any serious thought regarding my future career. I still need to complete my graduation and post-graduation degrees. However, my preference would be to work in an international NGO for the first 2-3 years after my studies and then move on to work in any large organisation where I’ll be able to use my knowledge and experience to further enhance my career. My ultimate objective would be to become an entrepreneur someday and besides own a charity organisation which will work for the less privileged children.  

4.  What are the differences between a private university and a public university? Which one do you prefer?
Well, as the name suggests, private universities are privately owned universities contrary to the government or state-owned public universities. Private universities are quite expensive and in many cases, offer a few selective courses. On the other hand, public universities are funded by the state and do not require a high tuition for the students. From my personal experience I can say that, public universities large campuses and a great number of students while the opposite is the case for private universities.

Which one do I prefer? Well, as a public university student I personally prefer a public university over a private university. However, I am quite broad-minded in terms of accepting some advantages of studying in a private university. For example, a student from a private university can complete his course in due time while this is not possible in many public universities.



1.  What types of programmes do you find funny on TV?
Personally, I do not watch TV that much though once this has been a great source of entertainment for me. On an average, I watch TV 5-10 hours in a week. I find reality TV shows, comedy TV series and celebrity talk shows quite funny and entertaining. TV series like ‘How I met your mother’, and ‘The big bang theory’ are very funny.

2.  What types of programme are most popular in your country? Why do you think this is the case?
Talk shows, news, and TV series are very popular among the TV viewers in my country. Based on a recent survey published online, talk shows and news analysis are rapidly gaining popularity. I believe that watching the news is quite popular in the whole world. It’s easy to watch, provides updates around us, informs us about the current events and entertain us. Unlike other programmes, we can start watching a news programme anytime and we do not need to pay a great deal of attention to grab the information or the theme of it. Similarly, talk shows give us insights of an event and let us know what experts have to say about an event. Sometimes people with opposite opinions and views sit together and analyse something from their viewpoints. Those sorts of programmes are both entertaining and informative and I guess this is the main reasons people in my country watch these programmes more than other programmes.

3.  What kind of things make you laugh? Why?
I guess this is a tough question to answer as I had to think really hard to come with an answer to this question. I think a good sense of humour, a funny joke, a funny activity of a child, a comedy movie, a serious attitude of a child, an activity or a pet or a funny childhood or adolescent memory make me laugh.  I love children, especially for their innocence. Sometimes the acts like adults and this is an enjoyable thing for most of the people. A good movie that has a funny storyline or funny characters makes me laugh as I seriously enjoy these types of movies. A sense of humour, an enjoyable and funny joke is also very refreshing and helps me laugh for a while.

4.   Do you like to make people laugh? How?
Definitely, I love to make people laugh. But that does not mean that I act like a joker or a clown or I try to make others laugh all the time. I sometimes tell a funny joke or story which often make others laugh. Besides, I sometimes mimic someone and that makes my friends laugh. For instance, we had a very funny neighbour and whenever I act like him in front of my friends, they all find it very funny and they laugh quite loudly. I am not sure if I have an acute sense of humour but I believe that this is an important quality to make others enjoy someone’s company and laugh a lot with his story and way of presenting a story or event. 

4.   Do you think it is important to have a sense of humour?
As I have just said, a sense of humour is a great quality for anyone and it attracts others to become friends with the person who has a great sense of humour. Having a sense of humour is a great skill and this quality puts someone stands out of the crowd. A good sense of humour also represents someone’s intelligence and wit.

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