IELTS Speaking Samples and Answers

IELTS Speaking Test # 119

IELTS Speaking Test # 119

IELTS Band 8/9 level Speaking sample.

Part 1 Topic:  "Fast food"
Part 2 Topic:  "Describe some technology that you decided to stop using."
Part 3 Topic:  "Computer games" & "Technology in the classroom".

Part 1 - Introduction & Interview

[This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview. In the interview, the examiner asks the candidate about his/her home, work or studies and other familiar topics.]

Topic - "Fast food"

Q.  What kinds of fast food have you tried? [Why/Why not?] 
Answer: I was a big fan of fast food when I was a teenager. As I am in my early thirties now, I no longer feel any craving for fast food, but this does not mean that I never eat any fast food these days. Well, if I list down what types of fast food I've tried, it would be pretty long! However, my favourite ones in this list would be burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, crispy chicken, french fries, chicken nuggets, apple pies, tacos, burritos and different types of coffee and shakes. I ate them mostly because that was trendy back then, and they were tasty, easy to find and ready to eat or drink.

Q.  Do you ever use a microwave to cook food quickly?[Why/Why not?]
Answer: In our home, we have a large and modern microwave oven which we use to cook a variety of foods like baked potatoes, pizzas, Spanish rice, bacon sandwich, different types of cakes, grilled chicken and so on. I have personally made several of these items in a very short time. I mostly use a microwave oven to heat my food, but sometimes they are useful to cook an item quickly and conveniently. For instance, making a chocolate cake without the help of a microwave oven would be really cumbersome for a person like me.  

Q.  How popular are fast food restaurants where you live? [Why/Why not?] 
Answer: Ahh, fast food restaurants are ubiquitous in the place where I live. You just have to walk around a few blocks to find a row of different fast-food shops and restaurants, and their number is growing faster than ever. They are hugely popular, especially among the young, due to their taste and variety. Many adults like to have them because it saves them time and money. Despite knowing that fast food is not healthy, people often opt for them because they are busy and have little time to cook a healthy meal at home. 

Q.  When would you go to a fast-food restaurant? [Why/Why not?] 
Answer: Well, I mostly prefer to eat in a restaurant that offers leafy and green vegetables, brown rice, soups and fresh salads with some delicious fish. However, pizza is still a fast food item that I try from time to time. So, there is a good possibility that I'd visit a fast-food restaurant next week or so to enjoy a pizza with a friend of mine. I usually eat fast food once or twice a month and never more than that.


Part 2 - 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 some technology (e.g. an app, phone, software program) that you decided to stop using.

You should say:

  • when and where you got this technology
  • why you started using this technology
  • why you decided to stop using it

and explain how you feel about the decision you made.

[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?]

Click here for the answer to this Cue Card Topic


Part 3 - Details discussion:

Discussion topic: "Computer games".

Q.  What kinds of computer games do people play in your country? 
Answer: Computer games are hugely popular among the young generation in my country, and they play all sorts of games. Some prefer to play first-person shooting games, adventures, sports, actions, role-playing, puzzles, strategy and multiplayer online games. Some insanely popular games that many people in my country play include Minecraft, Civilization, PUBG: Battleground, Half-life, Halo, Fortnite, Grand Theft Auto, Dota, Call of duty and so on. A large proportion of people also play mobile games that could be downloaded to their phones and played anywhere and anytime they want. 

Q.  Why do people enjoy playing computer games?
Answer: I believe most people enjoy playing computer games because they are highly entertaining. Modern games are addictive, have incredible plots and graphics and can take people into an adventurous and fantasy world. For some, playing computer games, especially strategy games that are designed as multiplayer games, is a group activity that they enjoy. Besides, some play games on their mobile phones and computers just to kill some time or out of boredom. Finally, I also happen to know some serious gamers who play games so that they can compete in different competitions or stream their playing on YouTube.

Q.  Do you think that all computer games should have a minimum age for players?
Answer: In modern times, when computer games are so invasive and addictive, I strongly believe that all computer games should have a minimum age requirement based on the game type, genre and materials. For instance, if a five-year-old child plays a game that is intended to be educational and positively recreational, I see no harm in it as long as the gaming duration is below an hour per day. But if this same child plays a game that is full of violence, carnage and guns, it is going to be a disaster for the future of this child. Games that we have these days vary to a great extent so they must be rated for age suitability. Perhaps this should be done even more rigorously than ever before.


Discussion topic: "Technology in the classroom".

Q.  In what ways can technology in the classroom be helpful?
Answer: To understand how technology can help us in the classroom we just need to look back at the time when millions of students did online classes. Had there been no technology in education or classroom, schooling would have been completely halted during the Covid-19 Pandemic. But thanks to technology - it never happened. In modern days, technology can help teachers transform the classroom into an interactive playground for children to teach them better. They can also use digital materials and online teaching, exam and assessment methods to competently educate young and adult students. Finally, technology can help record lessons delivered by the teachers so that the students can play them later to better understand the lessons. 

Q.  Do you agree that students are often better at using technology than their teachers? 
Answer: Well, in general, young people are better prepared and skilled in handling technology than the elder generation since the latter are introduced to technology at a later stage in their life. In this regard, many young students are better than their elder teachers when it comes to technology. But this gap is narrowing with time as teachers, all around the world, both young and old, are adopting and learning technology as part of their personal and professional requirements.

Q.  Do you believe that computers will ever replace human teachers?
Answer: Technology will never fully replace human teachers, at least not in the conceivable future, as teaching requires passion, empathy, the ability to inspire others, customised plans and many other human qualities besides subject matter expertise. So even if technology can offer better lesson plans, more accurate exam assessments, and so on, it can never offer personal mentorship or empathy to a learner. I believe that technology will help human teachers when it comes to teaching but it will never fully replace them.

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