Cue Card Sample

A country where you would like to work or stay in - Cue Card # 687

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

Describe a country where you would like to work or stay in for a short period of time.

You should say:

  • which country is this
  • what type of work you would do
  • how long you would like to work there

and explain why you would like to work in this country.

[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:
I have always considered the opportunity to work in a different country as a rare privilege, no matter whichever country it may be. But, if it ever comes to choosing a particular country to work in, I would certainly go for “Japan”.

Since my early university years, I have thought and learned of Japan as an ideal country to look for work opportunities for a number of reasons. But, before I go on to explain why I want to work in that country, I would like to say a few things to introduce this great country.

Japan is the world’s 4th largest island country, in East Asia, which encompasses more than 6850 islands in the Pacific Ocean. Being popularly known as “Nippon” or the "Land of the Rising Sun”, Japan also is the second largest “developed economy” and one of the most industrialized nations in the world. By the way, Japan is also one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world.

So, it is fair to assume that working opportunities in Japan is literally unlimited whether they want to work in manufacturing, mining and construction sectors, or service sectors. But, as far as I am concerned, I would like to work in the information technology (IT) sector as this great country has witnessed exponential growth in the demand for IT professionals over the last few decades. In fact, I have even learned how Japanese companies are trying to attract foreign workers in order to meet this demand.  So, if I ever get an opportunity to work in Japan, I would like to continue it for at least 3 years.

Anyway, I would like to work in Japan because it has a very good working culture, where everybody treats each other with great respect. Besides, working in a country like Japan would also allow me to gain valuable work experience and use it to further advance my career after coming back to work in my own country. Finally, I would like to work in this great country also because they have a very high salary structure.


Model Answer 2:

For this fascinating topic, I would like to talk about a country where I would love to work or stay for a short period of time to gain new experiences and broaden my horizons.

Which country is this:
The country that I have in mind is South Korea. It's a beautiful and culturally rich nation located in East Asia, known for its unique blend of tradition and modernity, stunning landscapes, fast trains, K-pop and technological advancements.

What type of work you would do:
During my time in South Korea, I would be interested in participating in a cultural exchange programme or working as an English language instructor. Teaching English to South Korean students would not only allow me to share my language skills but also immerse myself in the local culture, interact with people from diverse backgrounds, and gain valuable teaching experience.

How long you would like to work there:
Ideally, I would like to stay in South Korea for a period of six months to a year. This duration would provide me with ample time to explore different aspects of South Korean culture, learn the language, and fully immerse myself in the daily life and traditions of the country.

And explain why you would like to work in this country:
There are several reasons why I am drawn to the idea of working in South Korea. Firstly, I am fascinated by South Korean culture, art, and history, and I am eager to experience them firsthand. Working in South Korea would offer me the opportunity to delve deeper into the cultural nuances, customs, and traditions of the country.

Secondly, South Korea is renowned for its technological innovations and advancements in various fields such as robotics, consumer electronics, automobiles, engineering, and healthcare. As someone with an interest in technology and innovation, I am excited about the prospect of being in a country at the forefront of technological progress, where I can learn from industry leaders and gain insights into cutting-edge developments.

South Korea is a country that I would love to work or stay in for a short period of time. The opportunity to immerse myself in its rich culture, contribute to its education sector, and experience its technological advancements firsthand makes it an exciting prospect for personal and professional growth.

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