Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card Sample 270 - Describe a school where you studied when you were a child

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

Describe a school where you studied when you were a child.

You should say:

  • where the school was
  • when you went there
  • what the school and the teachers were like

and explain whether you enjoyed your time there.


Model Answer 1:

When I was attending an elementary school, I didn’t really know very much about how a school should have been. But, one thing is for sure that I really liked going to my elementary school as a child. So, I guess, I am going to go ahead and talk about my elementary school which I last attended about 20 years ago.

This elementary school, I attended, wasn’t exactly a very big school since it was located in a rather small town which didn’t probably have more than 15 or 20 thousand population. Back then, my whole family was living there since that was where my father’s job site was.

Anyway, even though it was a rather old school (from someone, back then, I heard that some famous landlord built that school on his private property about 150 years ago), it surprisingly looked very well-maintained. Of course, there were some cracks here and there on its buildings, but it still looked great in some vibrant light yellow colour. The school had about 7 or 8 buildings if I remember correctly, but they all were designed and lined in such a beautiful manner that they together formed a shape of half-moon crescent from a distance. Besides, the school also had a large pond with clear water in front of it, and a moderately large empty space which occasionally was used as a football stadium by us.

The teachers of the school were very friendly and passionate about teaching. By the way, our school had a dress code, but our good teachers would never admonish us for failing to stick with it. Most of our teachers were young in age, so it was really easy for us to relate to them.

Anyway, I really enjoyed my time in this elementary school, primarily because it had a rather laid-back and relaxed environment. Besides, since the school had a relatively small number of students, we all were like a family, and we pretty much all knew each other. What I also loved about the school the most is that the teachers there would make our lessons very interesting and enjoyable.


Sample Answer 2:

(…say your elementary/ primary school name…) was the first school I went to and this is the school I will always remember. The school was in the middle of my hometown just behind the city hall. The school was located beside a big park and a pond that gave it a nice view. I got admitted to this school when I was only 4 years old and because of that, everything was new to me. I had a very positive vision of the school, teachers, friends and I was very lucky to be in this school that taught me many important aspects of education and life.

I studied in this school for about 3 years and I enjoyed my time there a lot. The school was a nice place with a suitable environment for the kids. It was a 4 storied building of L shape and there were almost 200 students there. The teachers were very helpful and very friendly. I never found them in a rough mode with students. Managing and taking care of 200 students is not an easy task and to my surprise, the teachers were very dedicated and caring to do that perfectly.

They always treated us like their own children and there were numerous times we got gifts from them. They have helped us a lot to prepare for our study and also taught us about the values and ethics of life.

I enjoyed the environment of our school, especially the big garden, playground and canteen. I also enjoyed having such great teachers who were caring and good humans. In the break time, I used to play with my classmates and that’s something I will never forget. The childhood is magical and pleasant and for me, this became even happier because of the school I went to. 


Your ability to talk about this cue card topic would help you to talk about the following cue card topics as well:

1. Describe a place you went often in your childhood.
2. Describe a building in your school or college.
3. Describe a place you really liked in your childhood.
4. Describe a school or college you have visited.
5. Describe a place from your hometown.

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