Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 250 - Describe an educational trip you went on

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

Describe an educational trip you went on from your school.

You should say:

  • where the trip was
  • what you did and what you learned
  • who went with you

and explain why it was important to you.


Model Answer 1:

I still remember the day when I took an educational trip for the first time as a student in 9th grade. Not to mention, of course, I was very much interested to take part in it as we, together with 40 students from my high school, were going to be taken to one of the biggest zoos in my country.

If I remember it correctly, 4 or 5 teachers visited with us in order to coordinate and supervise the trip. It was a fun trip that I still recall vividly even after so many years.

We started our journey at around 8:00 in the morning in two big rented buses. Even though it was a significantly long trip of almost 4 hours, we all felt like we arrived at the zoo soon because the trip itself was very much enjoyable for us. In fact, we all were signing in a chorus and cracking jokes at each other during the journey. Anyway, after arriving at the zoo, our teachers made us all stand in the line with a ticket in each of our hands and asked us to enter the zoo one by one in an orderly fashion even though we just couldn’t wait to enter the zoo as quickly as we could.

And then, we all finally entered inside the zoo, and we could see all kinds of animals from such close proximity. Tigers, deer, elephants, cheetahs, rhinos, zebras, otters, giraffes, impala, black bears, tapirs, hippos, lions as well many species of monkeys, chimpanzees, baboons and so on came our way and we watched them with excitement and amazement. I also saw crocodiles, peacocks along with other birds like Sarus crane and pond heron. We all took pictures with some of those beautiful animals and birds. We even offered them some food (with permission from the zoo authority) and the animals were so happy to eat them.

The trip was important for me because it taught me about many unknown things about how some of the animals, which we don’t see in our day to day life, actually live. Besides, it also taught me how the presence of these animals around us help preserve our environment and ecosystem around us, without which our earth would be a dull and dangerous place to live in.


Sample Answer 2:

When I was in grade six, our school authority arranged for an educational tour in the City Botanical Garden. I was excited to participate in it, and after I got my parent’s permission, I enrolled on the trip without making any delay. It was a trip to the largest botanical garden in our country called (…say a name…), and we were almost 30 students and 5-6 teachers on this exhilarating trip.

After we reached the botanical garden, which was very beautiful, I was very much enthralled to watch such a stunning place that seemed green all around us. The journey took 3-4 hours, and I enjoyed my visit a lot. The place was indeed very large, and there were several thousand trees, two small hills, lakes, playgrounds, beautifully adorned gardens, a picnic spot and many other amenities for the visitors. The large trees there gave us the impression of the woods, and I felt like we came to visit a large woods of mediaeval age. The teachers introduced us to several plants and flowers and there were many plants and flowers that I read or heard about but have never seen before. That was an amazing feeling.

We learned about the importance of forests in our ecosystem, our responsibility to make the world a better place for all the species and not just for humans and how our little acts can make the environment better. We also learned some medical and herbal aspects of many trees, and one of the teachers explained how the plants and their ingredients are still used to make life-saving medicines. The whole trip was educational and enjoyable at the same time.

This was a very important trip for me as I had the opportunity to visit such a beautiful place surrounded by green trees and flowers. I learned many things about the plants and their usefulness and it was so great. I also learned about the natural equilibrium and why we should maintain a greener environment for our own betterment. All these aspects made this tour important.


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