Cue Card Sample

Describe a crop you are familiar with - Cue Card # 788

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

Describe a crop you are familiar with.

You should say:

  • what crop it is
  • where and when it grows
  • how you know about it

and explain how useful it is.

[Instruction: 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, I live in the continent of Asia, and so, I don’t think that I am as familiar with other crops as “rice” since this particular crop is the main source of our carbohydrate requirements. So, I guess that I will go ahead and talk about this crop here as best as I can. And thank for you choosing this topic for me.

Now, while more than 90 per cent of the world’s total rice is grown in Asian countries, like China, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Japan, Pakistan, and various other countries of Southeast Asia, it also grows in parts of Europe, North America, South America and Australia. So, in essence, we can say that rice is very much like a “universal crop”, making it the staple food of almost 3.5 billion people around the world. 

Depending on where or in which parts of the world we are cultivating rice, even though it can grow pretty much throughout the entire year, rice basically is a top crop to grow in the monsoon or rainy season since it requires average temperatures of 25-26 degree Celsius and a minimum of 100 cm of rainfall. Besides, certain types of rice can grow during the dry season as well, providing that an effective irrigation system is in place to properly make the land wet. 

By the way, I don’t know about this crop just not only because it happens to be our main food, but also because I have learned a great deal about it through some TV programmes that talk greatly about agriculture and the farming situation in my country.

Again, rice is a highly useful crop. rice is a rich source of carbohydrates or the body's main fuel that can keep us energized. Then, brown rice is also an excellent source of many nutrients, including fibre, manganese, selenium, magnesium, and vitamin B. Besides, a thing called “rice bran”, the outer layer of rice is also used to make a type of healthy cooking oil. Finally, a byproduct of rice, called “rice straw”, is also used to feed cattle or animals, and to make paper and fertilizers.

Model Answer 2:

Wheat is one of the most important crops in the world and is widely grown in many parts of the world. It is a cereal grain that is part of the grass family and is grown primarily for its edible seeds, which are used to make flour for bread, pasta, cakes, and many other food items. For this speaking topic, I'd like to talk about this widely grown and used crop that I know about.

Wheat is grown in many countries with a temperate climate, such as the United States, Canada, Russia, Australia, and Europe, and is harvested in late summer or early autumn.

I have learned about wheat from my high school geography classes, where we studied about different crops and their importance in the world's economy. Wheat is a staple food for many people around the world, and its cultivation provides income and employment for millions of farmers and agricultural workers. The cultivation of wheat also plays a vital role in the sustainability of many countries, as it is often used as feed for livestock.

Wheat is a versatile crop that has many uses, making it one of the most important crops in the world. It is used not only for food but also for animal feed, biofuel, and even building materials. It is rich in nutrients such as protein, fibre, and vitamins and is an important source of energy for people of all ages. In addition, wheat has a long shelf life, which makes it ideal for storage and transportation, especially in areas where there is a shortage of food.

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