Cue Card Sample

Local news that people in your locality are interested in - Cue Card # 728

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

Describe some local news that people in your locality are interested in.

You should say:

  • what the news is
  • how you know about this news
  • how the news involves your locality

and explain why people in your area are interested in the news.

[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 live in a rather quiet and small town, and nothing much really happens in it except some occasional bird watching (yes, many foreign birds visit it) and spending some lazy times in some local café and restaurants. Luckily, however, there is a local newspaper in my town for us to read, which provides us with local news about what happens in and around our town. So, today, I would like to talk about one such news which the local people are really interested in.

The news is about establishing a new train station in our little town, which the local people in my town had been demanding for, since the days of my childhood. Anyway, I would have missed this exciting news had one of my cousins not informed me about it. So, I immediately got a newspaper and started to read each and every word of the news, lest I miss something.

The news said many things about the future train station in my town, including how long it would take to build the train station, and how many trains would stop in that station. The news also highlighted the facts about how the local residents of my town would benefit from this railway station. In fact, many of us in our town believe that because of this train station, communication between our town and other major cities of my country would be easier, which would, in turn, increase the economic activities of our town. And, the more economic activities it has, the better would be the future employment opportunities. Besides, because of this new train station, people in my town would gain more than just economic development from the contact with the rest of the country.

Anyway, people in my area are interested in this news, mainly because they would not feel stuck in some isolated part of their country. Besides, they also feel that it would open up many doors of opportunities for them as far as their educational, cultural and economic developments are concerned. All in all, it is a piece of great news.


Model Answer 2:

Before I begin talking about this topic, I would like to thank you for the time and opportunity.  Well, in recent weeks, a piece of local news that has been a focal point of interest in our community revolves around the proposed construction of a new recreational park in our neighbourhood.

What the news is:
The local authorities announced plans for the establishment of a spacious recreational park to cater to the growing needs of our community. The park is intended to include amenities such as jogging tracks, play areas, and green spaces, making it a promising addition to our locality. It is indeed great news for all residents in our locality.

How you know about this news:
I first learned about this significant development through a community newsletter that is regularly distributed to residents. Additionally, the news gained traction on social media platforms, where residents actively shared and discussed the potential benefits of the upcoming park.

How the news involves your locality:
This news directly involves our locality as the proposed park is planned to be situated in a central area that currently serves as an underutilized plot of land. The local authorities have engaged in consultations with community leaders and residents to gather feedback and suggestions regarding the specific features and facilities that the park should encompass. Once this park is open to the general public, they would be immensely benefitted. 

And explain why people in your area are interested in the news:
The interest in this news is multifaceted. Firstly, the prospect of a new recreational park is seen as a positive development that would enhance the quality of life for residents. The additional green space is anticipated to provide a venue for relaxation, socialization, and outdoor activities, fostering a sense of community. Moreover, the involvement of residents in the planning process has instilled a collective enthusiasm and a shared sense of ownership for the project.

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