Cue Card Sample

You showed or taught a young person how to do something - Cue Card # 648

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

Describe a time when you showed or taught a young person how to do something.

You should say:

  • who this person was
  • what you have taught him/her
  • whether he/she learnt what you taught

and explain how you felt about teaching this young person.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer 1:

Well, he was my nephew and a young boy who was about 8 or 9 years old when I taught him something I thought was important to him. He was growing up and certainly wanted to do a lot of things in life, only to wake up to the “harsh” realities of life that things weren’t just as “easy” as he would have preferred. Still, of course, he just wished that he could actually learn to ride a bicycle on his own.

So, as a “well-wishing” uncle, I just “wished” for him, all the luck that I had in my “store”, but, unfortunately, it wasn’t just enough. He just kept running out of his luck, and I was also running out of my “patience”.  Therefore, I decided to “intervene”.

First, I explained a few “tricks” about holding a bicycle properly, followed by a “universal art” of how not to “cry” after “falling” on the ground with a bicycle on top. Then, of course, came the part where I taught our “future cycling hero” how to paddle properly while maintaining the body balance at the same time. However, it was one of those situations where one would get to say “it is easy to say but difficult to do” kind of things, and my “struggling” nephew figured that out as well.

So, despite my best efforts and “universally accepted” cycling techniques, my good nephew kept failing and “falling”.  The “war” of keeping the cycle standstill on the ground, while paddling it, had continued for almost a week in this way with me, of course, occasionally “jumping” on it to display the “art and science” of riding a bicycle to encourage my nephew.

Finally, my hard work as well as that of my nephew’s paid off, and my “student” was well on his way to grab a pack of cookies for me from one of the local shops by riding his bicycle without falling even once.

When the “moment of success” finally had arrived, my nephew was just ecstatic as if he was flying on the moon with his bicycle. Needless to say, I was also very happy to see my nephew succeed. In fact, it was a great feeling to be able to teach someone to succeed in a difficult task and provide him/her with the much-needed confidence that one deserves. Besides, the very thought of my nephew, sharing his story of learning to ride a bicycle with his friends/family after he grows up, where I played an “important” role, was just gratifying and fulfilling. Finally, it was after this cycling lesson for my nephew, that I realized how important it was for us adults to teach new things to our young ones because if we don’t, who else will?!


Model Answer 2:

A memorable experience of teaching a young person something occurred when I helped my neighbour's daughter, Lily, learn how to play the guitar. Lily, who was eleven years old at the time, had expressed interest in learning the instrument after seeing her favourite musicians perform on stage.

I offered to give her guitar lessons, knowing that I could share my passion for music and help her embark on her musical journey. We started by selecting a suitable beginner's guitar for her and ensuring it was properly tuned.

During our first lesson, I introduced Lily to the basic parts of the guitar and taught her how to hold it correctly. We then moved on to learning the fundamental chords, starting with simple ones like G, C, and D. I demonstrated each chord slowly, guiding her fingers to the correct positions on the fretboard.

As Lily practised strumming and transitioning between chords, I provided encouragement and constructive feedback to help her improve. Despite initial challenges, she remained determined and motivated, eager to overcome any obstacles in her path to mastering the guitar.

Over the course of several lessons, Lily made remarkable progress, gradually gaining confidence in her abilities. She diligently practised between our sessions, dedicating herself to honing her skills and mastering new techniques.

Witnessing Lily's growth and passion for music was incredibly rewarding. Seeing her face light up with joy as she successfully played her favourite songs on the guitar filled me with a sense of pride and fulfilment. Moreover, our shared musical journey fostered a strong bond between us, deepening our friendship and creating lasting memories that we both cherish.

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