Describe a job one of your grandparents did - Cue Card # 652

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

Describe a job one of your grandparents did.

You should say:

  • whose job it was
  • what job it was
  • how he/she carried out the job

and explain what you have learned from it.

[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:

My grandfather was a man of many “activities”- activities which were carried out for no specific reasons by a middle-aged man, or so at least I thought. But, as I grew a little older, I realized that the “activities” were some important “tasks” which were very much needed to keep our family function 'effectively' and 'efficiently'. I also realized that my grandfather was a “bread earner” for the joint family in which we were also a part. And, my grandfather was a school teacher.

There was every reason to believe that my grandfather loved his teaching profession as much as he loved (probably “caring” is the best word here) his young students. As far as I remember, my grandfather used to wake up very early in the morning every day to get ready to go to school with his bag full of books. A school bus would transport him to and from our house even though my father was very much in favour of dropping him at his work. I guess, he just loved his “freedom” of travelling on his own.

He would arrive at home at around 5:00 pm after finishing school works at 4:30 pm. He was a man of few words, but he would never forget to talk to us for a while before going to his little study room to prepare his lessons. I was pretty sure that my grandfather took his job very seriously as he would get little irritated if I ever entered his study room out of curiosity. His small study room was packed with many different kinds of books, and I only wondered how possibly he could have finished reading so many books all by himself!

Later on, of course, I had come to know that my grandfather was a very good teacher. In fact, I was told by my father that my grandfather had received the “best teacher’ awards a few times.
When my grandfather died, I was only about 13 years old. But whatever I had learnt from him by that age was enough to understand that he really cared for his family, and he didn’t want to be a burden on his family members. And, as a result, he wouldn’t want to stop working as long as he could despite my father’s request to do so.

Besides, my grandfather taught me how to help family even if it meant doing as little things as putting the glass back to its place. Then I also learnt from my grandfather how to be “serious” about my work/profession while also ensuring enough time for my family members.

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Mani Bhullar
It's very good.