Cue Card Sample

Describe a time when you helped a child - Cue Card # 831

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

[The topic for your talk will be written on a card which the examiner will hand over to you. Read it carefully and then make some brief notes.]

Describe a time when you helped a child.

You should say:

  • when it was
  • how you helped him/her
  • why you helped him/her

and explain how you felt about it.

[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.]

[Examiner: All right? Remember you have one to two minutes for this, so don't worry if I stop you. I'll tell you when the time is up. Can you start speaking now, please?]

Model Answer 1:

The child, I helped, is familiar to me, and, in fact, he lives in the same neighbourhood as me, and I see him pretty much every week, troubling the other children while playing with them at a nearby playground. In short, he was a “troublemaker”. Anyway, let me tell you what exactly happened. 

It was during the mid-day on a weekend, about a year ago, and nobody else was around, and I was just casually walking back to my home after buying some groceries. But, as I was walking, I heard a “whimpering” sound, coming from somewhere around me. So, I stopped for a while and tried to find the source of the whimpering sound. Then, I noticed that the sound was coming from above a tree, just about a hundred meters away from me. I cautiously approached the tree and saw that a 6/7-year-old boy was stuck high above that tree, and that boy was none other than the “brat” from my own neighbourhood. The boy was scared to death!

For a while, I just remained baffled, trying to find out what on earth that little boy was really trying to do so high above that tree!? And how on earth, he could possibly crawl up so high above that tree!? My question was immediately answered when the boy told me that he was trying to scare other kids from above the tree by hiding himself there, and now he just didn’t know how to get down. 

I understood the situation and immediately informed the emergency rescue service. Thankfully, they arrived quickly and helped the boy get down from that tree. By the way, I helped him because I just didn’t want that little boy to get sick from that “terrible fear of height”.

Anyway, after helping that child, I felt glad and relieved because I helped him avoid a fatal accident. Besides, I also felt that we shouldn’t really be mad with the unruly behaviours and activities of our children because they just don’t always know what is good and what is bad for them.

Sample Answer 2:

I have always believed that helping others is a rewarding experience that can bring joy and satisfaction to both the giver and the receiver. I am so lucky to be able to share an experience of an event with you when I helped a child who needed it badly. 

When it was:
It was a few months ago when I was at a local park in my neighbourhood. I went there to walk for a while as part of my everyday evening exercise routine.

How you helped him/her:
As I was walking around the park, I noticed a young child who seemed to be lost and confused. He was crying and calling out for his mother, but she was nowhere to be found. I approached him and asked him if he needed help. He told me his name and said that he couldn't find his mother. I immediately took him under my care and started looking for his mother.

Why you helped him/her:
I helped the child because I felt it was my responsibility to assist him to find his mother. Moreover, seeing the child alone and crying broke my heart, and I wanted to ensure his safety and well-being. I think in such a situation, helping the child who could not find his mother was the most important thing to do.

And explain how you felt about it:
I felt a sense of responsibility and fulfilment in helping the child. It was a small act of kindness, but it made a significant impact. Seeing the smile on his and his mother's faces when we finally found his mother was priceless, and it made me feel good about myself. Moreover, this experience taught me the value of community and the importance of looking out for one another.

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