Describe a seminar or rally - Cue Card # 323

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

Describe a seminar or rally in which you have participated in.

You should say:

  • what it was about
  • when you attended/ participated in it
  • what you did

and explain why you attended/participated in it.


Model Answer 1:
I never really attended any rally before. But, I have always taken a bit of extra interest in environmental issues, so when one of my friends asked me one day, about a couple of years ago from now, to participate in a rally to “save the environment” of our country, I just couldn’t refuse.

The rally was supposed to be started from the city centre, the city where I live, and would walk about 5/6 kilometres in order to raise awareness among the citizens of our city (and eventually the whole country) about the impending environmental disaster that our country was facing.

During the rally, we were also supposed to hand over little leaflets to the passing by residents on the roads and the streets. Anyway, the rally started in due time, at about 8 am, and we did everything in our rally as was planned. We even stopped at a few major points of the city and delivered some speeches with facts and information about the environmental degradation of cities and country. Of course, it was a long and exhausting walk, but the great thing was that people actually showed their interest in the very issue, we were trying to highlight in the rally, and some of them even joined us.

By the way, my friend was some kind of political leader who was in charge of encouraging people from his area to participate into the rally, and it was him who gave me a t-shirt and a cap with the “save the environment, save the earth” logo on them. So, in the end, I did thank him for the t-shirt and cap, as well as the opportunity to take part in the rally.

Anyway, I participated in the rally because I truly believed in environmental arguments that the rally was trying to promote. I participated in it also because it allowed me to meet a number of prominent academics, scientists and artists from my country who I had always admired.


Sample Answer 2:
A few months back I participated in a seminar that was conducted by the city council to create awareness among people so that they prudently use the water. It was probably the month of December and I was present in this seminar. In fact, one of my friends was an active member of the city welfare committee and he insisted me to join this seminar. This was mainly focused on requesting people to use water in a sensible way. The city authority was having a great problem regarding the unexpected increase of water demand and they found that more than 20% water can be saved if people use little senses and become aware of the great problems of the scarcity of water supply.

It was in the evening and was conducted in a large open field. There were around 400 people present in this seminar. The seminar started with the speech from the city counsellor and then other guests gave their speeches. Many interesting information and facts were presented on this seminar and it was so touchy that I promised myself that I would be very careful not to waste a single drop of water from now on.

I was mostly the listener of the great speeches given by the participants. I was sitting in the front row and watched the slides presented in the seminar. Then a rally was conducted in our neighbourhood and I walked with the people and hold a placard that said ‘Save water, save the future’.

I actually went there because of my friend’s request. But later on, I realised that it was a good seminar to attend and from this seminar I actually got the inspiration to attend such seminars and rallies. My overall experience in this seminar was pretty good.

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