Cue Card Sample

Describe an experience you had as a member of a team - Cue Card # 724

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

Describe an experience you had as a member of a team.

You should say:

  • what type of team it is/was
  • who were the members of the team
  • what role you played in this team

and explain how being a member of this team is/was helpful to you.

[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 thought of myself as a good team player, and I have learnt it by playing different roles in different kinds of teams in the past. Today, I would like to share my experience as a team member of one of those teams.

I had this experience, as a team member, when I was attending my high school, and when I was a member of my high school debate team. By the way, apart from me, 3 other members of my high school were included in that debate team. Even though we were not of the same age, we managed to build up a good rapport among ourselves since we all knew about our roles and responsibilities in the team. Besides, we all knew our strengths and weaknesses as far as our individual contribution to the debate was concerned.

Now regarding my roles in the team - the captain of the debate team assigned me mainly to note down the critical and important points, discussed by the opposition debate team, for the purpose of refuting their arguments. Apart from that, I was also assigned to summarise my team’s case by listing different important points of all of my team members, including my points as well as that of my captain. Finally, I was also responsible for assisting my team captain in finding out the bad or controversial facts of the opposition debate team so that he could order the facts of our team in sequence in order to support the theme of our debate.

Well, being a team of that debate team has helped me greatly in my professional life by making me calm and confident during adverse conditions. Besides, it also has helped me learn how to separate facts from fiction without being biased. Needless to say, being a member of the debate team has also helped me become a reasonably confident public speaker. Finally, becoming a debate team member in the past has also taught me how to coordinate nicely with each other in a team setting without imposing my views on the other team members.


Model Answer 2:
Oh, that's a great topic, and I feel fortunate to be allowed to talk about an experience when I was a member of a team. Today, I'd like to share an experience from my university days when I was a member of an academic research team. This team comprised diverse individuals with distinct expertise, all working towards a common goal.

Our team was a research unit within the university's environmental science department. Comprising researchers, postgraduate students, and even a few undergraduates like myself, the team aimed to investigate the impact of urbanization on local biodiversity. The team's diversity was its strength, as it brought together individuals with backgrounds in biology, ecology, geography, and environmental policy.

As an undergraduate member, my role was primarily to assist in data collection, literature reviews, and basic analysis. While I didn't possess the depth of knowledge that some senior researchers had, my fresh perspective and enthusiasm injected a sense of curiosity into the team. I actively participated in field surveys, and data entry, and collaborated on research papers under the guidance of more experienced team members.

Being part of this research team was immensely beneficial for my academic and professional growth. I had the opportunity to learn from seasoned researchers, gaining practical insights into the intricacies of environmental research. Collaborating on projects and publications expanded my knowledge base and refined my research skills. Moreover, the experience allowed me to build a professional network that proved invaluable when pursuing further studies and career opportunities.

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