Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card Sample 90 - Describe a training session that you have attended

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

Describe a training session that you have attended.

You should say:

  • where it was
  • what it was about
  • what was the most exciting and memorable part of it

and explain what you learned from the training session.


Model Answer 1:
I have had my fair share of training sessions in my not-so-long life as a professional. While some of those training sessions left me overwhelmed and bored, for the most part, the others were interesting enough to hold my attention for a long period of time. Today, I would like to talk about one such interesting training session that I had attended about 5 years ago.

The training session was held at my company’s corporate head office when I got promoted as an Assistant Project Manager. Of course, I already had learned a little about project management due to working under my Senior Project Manager, and I thought that it would be enough for me to carry on with my responsibilities as an assistant project manager. But, as I went on with my new role, I increasingly felt the need to attend some kind of training sessions.

The training was to be held in 8 sessions over 5 days, and I was to join a few other staffs at our corporate head office from a few other departments of my company like finance, customer acquisition and quality control. By the way, I was working at one of the largest construction firms in my city back then.

Anyway, although the training session started with some speech from the lead trainer on how to acquire the necessary project management skills in a demanding environment, later on, it also covered important subjects like time management, risk management and effective negotiation skills. Even though the training session was an eye-opener for me in many respects, one of the most exciting parts of them was that it allowed me to find out some of my natural skills which I never knew before.

I learned a number of things from the training session. First thing was that professionals should never stop learning no matter what their positions and level of experiences were. Secondly, I also learned that we can always learn new things by actually cooperating more with each other instead of competing against each other.


Sample Answer 2:
Throughout my academic years I have attended many training sessions and today I'd like to talk about the training session that I attended 3-4 years back when I was in 2nd year of my graduation. The training session was on Advanced Microsoft Office and presentation on PowerPoint. As a B.B.A student, I had a great interest in computing and I attended the session with an enrollment fee of 500. The session was organized by a career-building organisation in our city and they had a good reputation for conducting successful sessions and training programs. Many of my classmates attended the session that was held on the 3rd floor of the company's building.

Initially, we had some doubles about what we would learn from the session as we already knew the basic Microsoft Office functionalities. But after the session started we found that the session was organized by some professionals and aimed for those who already knew some basics.

The session started at around 10:00 am and ended at 4:30 pm with 2-3 breaks. During the session, the professionals who were conducting the training talked to us about numerous career-related topics and their way of presenting those was very exciting. They told us many interesting facts and sometimes joke as well and we could not restrain ourselves from laughing. The training part went well and was interesting as well since we have learned many new things from it.

The advanced office functionality they presented was amazing. I never knew that those things were possible with the programs I already knew! Later on, the PowerPoint presentation session went very well. We learned so many things and became very excited. I was so interested that I went home in the evening and at night I tried those lessons and functionality on hands with my computer.


Similar Cue Card topics:

Your ability to speak about this Cue Card Topic would also enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics:

1. Describe a type of training session you have ever attended.
2. Describe a course you have participated in.
3. Describe something you want to learn in the future.
4. Describe a programme you have recently participated in.
5. Describe an unusual experience you have.
6. Describe a session you conducted.
7. Describe an indoor program you attended.

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