Cue Card Sample

Describe a time when you disagreed with a decision - Cue Card # 835

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 disagreed with a decision someone made.

You should say:

  • when it was
  • what decision was made
  • who made this decision

and explain why you disagreed with this decision.

[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:

I think that disagreement is somewhat unavoidable both in our personal and professional life. In fact, I can’t think of a week or a month in my entire life, as an adult, when I haven’t disagreed with something or somebody just like I disagreed with a decision a few weeks ago. Let me describe what really happened.

It wasn’t some kind of disagreement on any kind of petty or small decisions; rather it was an important decision which was made by none other than my own father, and I had to disagree with his decision on some valid grounds. But before I tell you why I disagreed with him, let me tell you what decision it really was.

The decision was that he – my father that is – was going to sell his shop in a very busy market so that he could buy some kind of government bonds for future benefits and profits. As soon as I learned about his decision, I tried to convince him that it wasn’t exactly a good idea. But, my father was not the one to get convinced. Instead, he kept arguing that he wasn’t even earning, through renting it to some businessman, half of what he was supposed to earn. Besides, he also told me that the municipal tax on the shop was increased rather disproportionately, and as such, he was just struggling to pay such a high amount of tax money. Therefore, he just had no option but to sell out that shop and invest the money in government bonds if he really wanted to earn some extra money.

Well, I could very well understand his reasoning behind that decision, but I chose to disagree with him mainly because I considered that shop to be a very valuable property since it was located in a rather prime location. I disagreed with him also because I was, in principle, very much against selling any kind of property and keeping money in some kind of bank or as “cash” since such a practice would only result in the depreciation of the money.

Sample Answer 2:

In our lives, we often encounter situations where we disagree with the decisions made by someone else. It can be quite difficult to handle such situations, but it is essential to communicate our concerns in a respectful and constructive way. Here, I'd like to talk about a time when I disagreed with a decision made by my uncle and aunt for their daughter's education.

When it was:
It was about two years ago when my uncle and aunt were discussing their daughter's future plans. They had decided that their daughter should study Bachelor of Business Administration(BBA) after completing high school.

What decision was made:
My cousin was a creative person with a keen interest in fashion design. However, her parents thought that pursuing a degree in business administration would lead her to better job prospects and financial stability.

Who made this decision:
My uncle and aunt made this decision, and they were quite firm about it. They believed that studying BBA was the best option for their daughter and that she would excel in the field of business.

And explain why you disagreed with this decision: 
When I found out about their decision, I had a conversation with my cousin and realized that she was not happy with this choice. She was passionate about fashion design and had already started taking online courses in this field. I strongly felt that it was important for her to pursue her passion and follow her dreams. So, I decided to have a talk with my uncle and aunt about it.

During our conversation, I pointed out that their daughter was talented in fashion design and had already taken some courses in that field. I explained how important it was for her to follow her passion and that she would be more successful and happy if she pursued her interest. I am so glad that my uncle and aunt reconsidered their decision and supported their daughter's passion. It was a great learning experience for me as well, as I realized the importance of standing up for what we believe in and supporting our loved one's passions and dreams.


Part 3: Details Discussion.

Q. 1: In your opinion, what skills are necessary when making an important decision?
Q. 2: How can people improve their decision-making skills?
Q. 3: Who have the major influence on the decisions we make in our life? [Why?]

Q. 4: Do you think that parents should make important decisions for their children? [Why?/ Why not?]
Q. 5: Should parents allow their young children to decide on everyday matters, like which dresses to wear, and what food to eat? [Why?/ Why not?]
Q. 6: How do the decision-making process of children and adults vary? [Why?] 

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