Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card Sample 76 - Describe something you plan/want to learn in the future

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

Describe something you plan/want to learn in the future.

You should say:

  •  what you plan/want to learn in the future
  •  why you want to learn it
  •  where and how you will learn it

and explain how learning this might help you.


Model Answer 1:
They say that there is no end to learning. In fact, there are so many things in this world to learn, but unfortunately, I neither have the time nor the money to do so. But, one thing, I really want to learn for sure, is the "Japanese" language.

By the way, I started to dream about learning the Japanese language since the time when my father had introduced me to a team of Japanese Agricultural experts about 10 years ago. By the way, my father (now a retired person) used to work as a senior official at a government office of my country as an agricultural expert that allowed him the opportunity to meet the same kind of professionals from many other countries in order to exchange their views and opinions on different agricultural issues.  

Anyway, after introducing me to those Japanese experts, my father whispered to me that the Japanese people have some of the most brilliant minds in the world, and we can learn a lot of things from them. My meeting with them was very brief, and my English was very poor back then, but still, I managed to figure out that they were very polite and civilized people in their behaviour. In fact, it was after that meeting that I started to make some pen friends from Japan and learn about their language and culture on and off. But, I knew that it was never going to be enough to learn a different language or culture. So, now I am also planning to enrol at a Japanese language school in the near future in addition to collecting some useful language videos from the Japanese cultural centre of my country.

Anyway, learning the Japanese language would help me to understand the culture, lifestyles and traditions of Japanese people which I have really admired since my childhood. Besides, it would also allow me to learn about some of their innovative ideas and incorporate them into our culture and working style. Finally, learning this great language would also allow me to have better employment opportunities since there are many successful Japanese companies all over the world.


Sample Answer 2:
I have a long desire to learn how to play the piano. Even after my desire and passion, I have not been able to learn it. If I ever get the time and opportunity to learn it, I would grab the chance.

I am not sure exactly when this passion grew in me, but I can guess it was something that came in my mind after I saw a foreign movie where an actor played this instrument. The movie was related to a musician's life and he mostly played the piano and sang songs.

In the movie, the actor played the piano 3-4 times and the quality of the music was really good. Possibly from that time, the passion started to grow in my mind. I work as a computer programmer and have no intention to do any serious type of music, but I want to learn to play the piano. If I get spare time and my schedule allows me, I will get admitted in a piano lesson in my city. Not many opportunities are there but I heard that there are 2/3 musicians who teach enthusiast people the piano for a high payment. I will probably get admitted to such a program and would keep learning.

I will need to save around $1000 to get admitted into the piano lesson and hopefully will have this amount at the end of next year. Then I will talk to the musicians who offer the lesson and would pick one to learn from. I'll allow me to be free at least 2 days in a week to participate in the lesson and I would practice at least for an hour daily. I know it takes a great determination, passion and talent to learn a creative thing like piano, but I believe, I will be able to achieve it.


Sample Answer 3:
I would say, I want to learn computer programming in the future. More specifically, I want to learn C# (C Sharp) and PHP which are two very common yet powerful programming languages. Besides, I want to enhance my skill in database programming so that I can combine those skills to develop great desktop and web-based software and applications.

I come from a commerce background and I have finished my undergraduate degree in business studies. During my 4th and 5th terms in the university, I got admitted to a computer training centre and learned the basics of computing and programming. At that time I was introduced to the C programming language and I found that being able to write codes to develop software is a great and unique skill. I found that I was coding very passionately at that time and I came to the decision that I would spend at least a year to learn computer programming. I want to learn it to enhance my skill, to get a job in the Information Technology field and to develop some great software. Without knowing these programming languages, I will not be able to develop those applications and software.

Though I have learned some basics of C programming language, there are still so many things that I do not know about programming. As computerisation is a must in every field of work, I want to prepare myself for this in advance. I need to learn more about programming to meet the great demands of the application of the computer.  

I have decided to get admitted to a large IT training institute in our city and I would get enrolled in programming language courses. Besides, I would invest a great deal of my personal time to practise and would take help from the Internet to become an advanced programmer. Online video tutorials and podcasts on learning to code would make things easier for me, I believe.  

As I have already told, I want to build up my career in Information Technology related field and without learning those programming languages, it would be quite impossible for me. I want to develop some great software and make a great contribution to this field. Honestly, I am quite ready to dedicate my time and effort to achieve this. 


Tips for talking about this Cue Card Topic:

For this cue card topic, you can talk about any skill, subject lesson, a technical and artistic skill you want to learn in future. The list of things that you may talk about for this cue card can be:

1. Plan to learn how to play a musical instrument like guitar, drum, and piano.
2. Plan to get engaged in a professional course like office management, programming, graphics design, basic computer course, accounting courses, secretarial course, interior design course etc.
3. Plan to learn a skill out of hobby like woodwork, cooking, painting, dancing, singing, gardening etc.
4. Plan to learn a subject out of interest like chemistry, computer hardware course, tour coaching, new business starting etc.
5. Plan to learn to drive, repairing electronic devices, learn to operate a particular device/ hardware etc.
6. Plan to learn practical hand works like typing, shorthand course, sewing etc.
7. Plan to learn how to be a good public speaker, good presenter, marketing executive etc.
8. Plan to get enrol in professional writing, outsourcing courses.
9. Plan to learn swimming, how to play a game, use computer software etc.
10. Plan to learn human resource management for your small business or professional need.

Virtually anything that people usually learn either by himself/ herself or from someone else, teacher, or training institutes can be described in this cue card.

If you can’t remember anything that you are going to learn (even what you desire to learn), present a skill you have as if you are going to learn it.

For the second question “why you want to learn it”, mention that you are very much interested in this and that would add many advantages in your personal/ professional life. Also, mention that you had a great interest in it for a long time and you have not been able to manage time to actually learn it. Finally, mention some of the advantages people usually enjoy if they have this skill/ quality that you are planning to learn.

For the third question “Where and how you will learn it” mention that you would either learn it by yourself with the help of books and internet or you will get enrolled in a course and learn it. If the skill is an easy one like learning how to play a game, you can mention that you are going to learn it by yourself. But if the skill learning requires some professional help, you should say that you are planning to learn it from a teacher/ of training institute. Since you are only planning to learn it, you can mention some possible alternatives where you can get enrolled and learn it. For example: if you are planning to learn how to play the piano you can say:

“Well, I will need to purchase a piano first to learn it and I have decided to purchase one at the beginning of the next year as I will have some extra money at that time. Initially, I would ask my friend (…say a name…) to help me with the basic of the piano lesson as s/he is a great piano player I have ever seen. I will then practice a lot in my free time and would try to get some help from a piano teacher in our area I know about. Besides, the internet is going to be a very handy resource for me as these sort of lessons are available over the internet and I would try to get some help from there as well. Finally, if my time allows, I will get enrolled in a good piano lesson training institute which is available in my city. I believe that learning to play the piano demands determination and practice and I am positive that I will be fully devoted while learning it.”

Give a good ending and give a very strong impression that you are passionate and determined to learn this skill.


Your ability to talk about this cue card topic should enable you to talk about the following cue card topics as well:

1. Describe a skill you have.
2. Describe a skill one of your friends has.
3. Describe a professional course you have attended.
4. Describe a skill you would like to learn.
5. Describe the quality or skill you love among your friends.
6. Describe a skill which is important for you.

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