IELTS Cue Card Sample 259 - Describe something which is produced in your country

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

Describe something which is produced in your country (e.g. food, a handicraft item, or a car).

You should say:

  • what it is
  • what it is used for
  • how it is made/produced

and explain why your country produces it.


Model Answer 1:

People in Bangladesh, my native country, engage in producing different kinds of things for their livelihoods, ranging from food products to clothing items to electronics. However, today, I would like to talk about a handicraft item which arguably is indigenous to Bangladesh only.

The name of this product is called “Nakshi Kantha”. The term “Nakshi” has been derived from the word “Naksha” which means an array of colourful patterns and designs, and “Kantha” means “patched cloth” on which many gorgeous looking “Naksha” is made.

Anyway, this “Nakshi Kantha” lineage can be traced back to a time when rural women in greater Bangla (including today’s Bangladesh and parts of today’s India) engaged in this form of craft, not necessarily because they wanted to create some kinds of 'art', but out of everyday need. Even though this Nakshi Kantha essentially is a heritage product of Bangladesh, they are prized by many Europeans and Americans today because of their stunning looks.

Even though in the beginning, the sole purpose of the Nakshi Kantha was to be used only as a quilt, but, with the passage of time, they became so popular that it was incorporated into many things, including everyday wear, such as the sari (a single piece of unstitched drape or garment which is used by the women in the Indian subcontinent), Kurtis (a loose collarless shirt which is worn in many regions of South Asia), tablecloths and decorative wall hangings. However, even though, these "Kanthas" are used for multi-purposes today, they serve primarily as bed pallets and light wraps. The small Kanthas are used as swaddling clothes for babies in rural areas of Bangladesh also. And, these “special” quilts are made by putting three to seven layers of colourful saris one over another and then sew them with the simple running stitch.

Anyway, Bangladesh produces this particular handicraft item because the country wants to preserve it as a national heritage. Besides, they don’t only help employ a substantial number of unskilled women workers in my country, but also help earn a significant amount of foreign currency since these Kanthas are adored by many foreigners.


Model Answer 2:

We produce a lot of products which we consume or export in other countries and among those products sports items are very famous. In our country, we produce fine quality game products like football, cricket bats, stamps and jersey. The cricket bats which are produced in our country are used in many cricket playing countries as well as by the big events of ICC.

The cricket bats are created from fine quality wood and some very professional and experienced people work on that. The woods are first collected and dried to omit the water portion from it. Then the wood is cut in a shape similar to a cricket bat structure. After the structure is given, the bat is then shaped and fine-tuned to produce a good quality bat. Some mechanical help is needed to give the bats good shapes and to make it flawless. After that, the bats are covered with grippers and other stickers.

Cricket is a popular game in our country and the materials and expertise which are required to produce those bats are available in our country. A large number of people have acquired the knowledge to produce this fine quality bats and as there is a very good demand for those bats both in our country and in other cricket playing countries, we produce those bats. 


Part 3 – Two-way discussion:

Food Production:

Q. What are some of the main food products ("foods") that your country produces?

Q. What are some food products that come from different parts of your country?

Q. What widely consumed food products are mainly imported into your country?

Q. Do you think it's important that a country is self-sufficient in food?

Other Products /International Trade:

Q. Besides food and the product you mentioned earlier, what else is made in your country?

Q. Do you think the globalisation of industry and commerce is a good thing?

Q. Do you think every country should make everything it needs or should it import some things?

Q. What are the disadvantages of a country producing everything it needs?


Similar Cue Card Topics

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

  1. Describe something that your country exports.
  2. Describe something produced or grown in your country.
  3. Describe an important crop or export item in your country.
  4. Describe a valuable product produced in your country.
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