IELTS Cue Card Sample 249 - Describe an article you have recently read

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

Describe an article you have recently read in a magazine or a newspaper.

You should say:

  • what type of article it was
  • when you read it
  • where you read it from

and explain how you felt after reading the article.


Model Answer 1:

I love to read newspapers on a regular basis, not only because it allows me to remain updated with the latest news, but also because it allows me to read some informative and interesting articles on various important issues. Talking about articles, of course, I would like to talk about one of them which I have recently read.

The article talked about how my country would be able to meet the housing demands of the ever-increasing population of my country without causing deforestation and waste of cultivable land. Of course, I had read such articles in the past, but none of those really went on to describe the crisis and its solution in as details as this particular article which just read about a couple of weeks ago in one of the popular daily newspapers of my country.

Anyway, the article went to describing in details as to how rapidly our population has increased over the last 50 years or so, and yet no concrete and timely-policy has been adopted to deal with this problem. And, as a result, as the article put it, if this trend continues, our country won’t have enough land to produce necessary food for its population soon as more and more lands are being used to build houses and other infrastructures in a very unplanned manner. At the end of the article, the author of the article tried to provide some pragmatic solutions to the housing crisis of our country by providing enough raw data and evidence. Needless to say, I read the article a few times just to understand the danger and challenges that lie ahead of my country if we are not serious enough about this problem.

Anyway, after reading the article, the first thing that came to my mind was that our government needed some concerted efforts to come up with new and innovative ideas in building efficient houses without wasting too much land. Besides, I also felt that until some practical housing policies are in place, the newspapers and other media outlets should publish such articles more often to raise awareness among the people.


Sample Answer 2:

I usually read a newspaper daily and I also enjoy reading some technology and lifestyle related magazines. There are lots of interesting, thought-provoking and intriguing articles that I often enjoy and today I would like to talk about one such article that I recently read from a newspaper.

It was about 'the global warming & the environment changes' and how the humankind has contributed to this damage and finally, how to prevent it. This is not a new topic but the article I am talking about was written from a different perspective. It highlighted that changes that happened in the last decade and how these changes have already impacted our environment and life. I read this article 2-3 weeks ago and this was written by a famous environmental scientist and researchers.

I am a bit confused whether should I say it as a piece of bad news or good news since this is a research and statistical fact type article that showed the environmental changes in recent years, temperature rise all around the world, the impact of it in our lives and in other species, then it showed our ignorance about the severity of this danger and then finally some solutions to mitigate the problem. The first few parts were like bad news as they described how much we have already damaged the environment but the final part of the news/ article showed the light of hope and explained that we still have the opportunity to save ourselves from the disaster. Some of the solutions were proposed and that I consider being good news.

I have read numerous articles about the ozone layer, extinction of some species in the recent years, then the danger of health for the pollution and many more similar topics but this one was written in a different viewpoint and tried to explain that small changes in our perception and daily habit can save a lot. This article alerted us and then showed us our lack of awareness of the issue and then gave the hope of making positive changes. I felt like I have adopted a different perception of this triggering issue and felt the need to read more on the topic. The news helped me understand our immediate attention to a dire issue and how each of us can contribute to reducing the severity of this eminent problem.


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