Cue Card Sample

Something you remember about your first day at a new school - Cue Card # 843

IELTS Speaking Part 2: Individual Long Run - 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 something you remember about your first day at a new school.

You should say:

  • where it was
  • how old you were then
  • what you remember

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:
Starting at a new school can be a bit daunting experience for anyone, especially for a young child. It's natural to feel anxious and excited at the same time. In this conversation, I would like to talk about my first day at a new school that I remember well.

I was around 10 years old when I first started attending a new school (which was, in fact, the second school in my life) after relocating to a different city called "Alberta" with my family. I studied till grade 3 in my previous school. This new school was located in a quiet suburban area and had a beautiful green campus.

On the first day, I remember waking up early and feeling a bit nervous. I had always attended my previous school up until then, and I was worried about making new friends and fitting in this new school. As I arrived at the school, I saw a group of students who were already chatting and laughing with each other. They seemed to have known each other for a while, which made me feel a little more nervous.

As I walked towards the classroom, I noticed that the other students were staring at me. I felt self-conscious and a little uncomfortable. However, when I entered the classroom, I was warmly welcomed by the teacher, who introduced me to the rest of the class. The students were friendly and made me feel at ease. They asked me a few questions about myself and where I was from.

Overall, my first day at the new school was a mixed experience. I was excited to explore my new surroundings and meet new people, but at the same time, I felt a bit anxious and out of place. However, as the day progressed, I began to feel more comfortable and confident. I realized that I had nothing to worry about; and that making new friends would take time.

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