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IELTS Speaking Modules

Questions which were asked during real IELTS speaking. The whole speaking
part of both academic IELTS and general IELTS took less than fifteen minutes.
In the first part of the IELTS speaking module the interviewer will be asking
questions about general topics such as your name, hobbies, family, native city
etc.
In the second part of the IELTS speaking module you will be given from one to
two minutes to prepare a two-minute talk on a given topic.

Academic IELTS Speaking Module 1


• Part 1 of the IELTS Speaking Module
1. What's your name?
2. What do you do?
3. Where do you come from?
4. Do you like your country?
5. What do you like about your country?
6. What street do you live in?
7. What is the street called?
8. Why is your street called this way?
9. Do you like your street?
10.What do you like in your street?
11.Do you like living in Kharkov city? Why?
12.Are you a city dweller? Why?
13.What do you like doing with your friends?
14.What is your favourite meal?
15.Who cooks in your family?
16.What is their best meal (house special)?

• Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking Module


1. Tell me about an important event in your life.
2. Follow-up question. Do you prefer celebrating family
occasions at home or in a cafe? Why?

• Part 3 of the IELTS Speaking Module


1. Is it important to celebrate different events in our lives?
2. Are you a goal-settler? Why?

General IELTS Speaking Module I


• Part 1 of the IELTS Speaking Module
1. What's your name?
2. Are you working or studying?
3. How long have you been working for this company?
4. What are you main duties?
5. What do you like about work you do?
6. What do you want to change or improve in it?
7. Do you like shopping?
8. What do you usually shop for? What food?
9. What items do you buy? Why?
10.What time do you do the shopping? Why?

• Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking Module


1. Describe a child you know.
2. How old is he or she?
3. What does he look like?
4. How are you related?

• Part 3 of the IELTS Speaking Module


1. What kind of children activities are there available in your city?
2. What do you need to do to interest a child in such activities?
3. What activities do you think there will be in the future?
4. What kind of pressure do children have at school?
5. What is your view of the school of the future?
General IELTS Speaking Module II
• Part 1 of the IELTS Speaking Module
1. What is your full name?
2. Where do you live?
3. Tell me about the city you live in.

• Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking Module


1. How do people spend holidays in your country?
2. Do you think the travelling industry is developing successfully in your
country?

• Part 3 of the IELTS Speaking Module


1. What kind of travelling do you prefer in your country?
2. What is your favourite food?
3. What is your favourite restaurant?
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How to Pass the IELTS Speaking Exam
So, you've signed up for a language course to prepare for the IELTS exam and are
now looking forward to the chance to showcase your English speaking skills in the
IELTS Oral Paper. OK, you may be feeling a little nervous as well! Try our tips
below to help you relax and show the IELTS examiner just how well you speak
English!
Part 1: Introduction and Interview
This first section of the IELTS Speaking exam lasts about 4-5 minutes and gives the
examiner the chance to find out a little about you through some simple 'getting-to-
know-you' questions. These will be questions that you'll have something to talk about
such as your family, where you come from and what your interests are. This is also
YOUR chance to get off to a good start!
Example Questions:
• Q: Tell me a little about where you come from?
• Q: Do you enjoy studying English?
• Q: Why are you taking the IELTS exam?
• Q: Have you got any interests or hobbies?
Impress the examiner with your ability to give full answers to his or her questions.
Top Tips!
• Avoid short, 'yes', 'no' answers.
Q: Tell me a little about where you come from?
A: I'm from Coimbra. It's a city in the central part of Portugal. It's a very
histirical city and we have one of the oldest universities in Europe.
• Use examples to back up statements.
Q: Do you enjoy studying English?
A: Oh yes! I went to England last year and loved being able to communicate
with local people. And knowing a second language means you have access to
a whole new culture ... new authors, English films.
• Give the examiner a picture of you.
Q: Why are you taking the IELTS exam?
A: I'm taking an IELTS course in India in order to go to university in the UK.
I've been accepted on a Business course in London but need to get the right
IELTS score so I've been doing lots of IELTS Speaking practice.
• Q: Have you got any interests or hobbies?
A: Not really. I like watching football and read books quite often, but I don't
have any hobbies really. Hopefully one day I'll discover a hidden interest!
Part 1: Troubleshooting
What if the examiner asks you a question you don't understand? How should you
respond in a situation like this?
You may have problems understanding a question. The simple answer is: ask for
clarification. If it was a word or phrase you didn't quite understand just say something
on the lines of:
"Sorry but could you explain what you mean by ........"
"I haven't come across that word/expression before. Could you explain what you
mean?"
If you just didn't understand what the interviewer has said, ask them to repeat the
question:
"Sorry, I didn't catch that. Could you say that again?"
"Excuse me. Could you repeat that?"
And if you're looking for clarification ask the interviewer to confirm what you think
was asked:
"Do you mean ........"
"When you say ........, are you asking/do you mean ........?"
Hopefully, these simple questions will get the interview back on track and you'll also
have impressed the interviewer with your conversation skills.
You can learn several tips for responding to questions fully in the Splendid Speaking
Self-Study Course, details of which appear below.

Learn practical ideas and techniques to help you give short,


powerful introductions to yourself. Find out more about
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Part 2: The Long Turn


In Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking exam you have to speak for between 1 and 2 minutes
on a set topic based on information on a card the examiner will give you. You'll be a
given a minute to prepare what you want to say - just enough time to jot down some
ideas to help give your talk structure and interest.
Example Topics:
• Example 1: Describe a teacher you have fond memories of.

You should say:

when this was


where you were studying when you met
which subject they taught you
and what it was about the person that makes them so memorable.

• Example 2: Describe an item of technology you use that you couldn't do


without.

You should say:


what this technology is
when you first started using it
how you use it
and why it's so essential for you.
Top Tips!
• Make the most of your preparation time and make notes.
• Structure your talk with an introduction, main body and conclusion. Signpost
your talk at the end with words or expressions like 'So ...', 'As you can see ...',
'To sum up ...'.
• Add personal details such as short anecdotes to help make your talk
interesting.
• Don't speak too fast. Pause between sentences and try to relax.
Part 2: Troubeshooting
Many people preparing for the IELTS long turn worry how they can finish what they
want to say in the time available. The best way to get the timing right is to practise
making short talks on various topics on your own. (Or in front of a friend if you're
feeling brave!) Try building in a short introduction and conclusion to give your talk
structure. You'll almost certainly overrun or finish too quickly at first but the more
you practise the sooner you'll get a feel for the time available. And remember, we
often feel nervous when presenting and this can often lead to us speaking too quickly.
Try not to rush. Regular pauses between sentences will help you control the pace of
your talk and the examiner will find it easier to follow what you're saying.
You can find out more about structuring short talks and using pauses for effect in the
Splendid Speaking Self-Study Course, details of which appear below.

Learn powerful ways to start your long-turn in the


Splendid Speaking Self-Study Course.

Part 3: Two-Way Discussion


In Part 3 of the IELTS interview, which lasts between 4-5 minutes, you will
participate in a discussion with the examiner based on the topic in Part 2. The
examiner is likely to ask you questions based on your experience or opinion of the
subject.
Example Questions:
• Topic = Sport you watch or participate in
Q: How important is it for young people to be involved in sport?
Q: Which sports are particulalry popular in your country?
Q: What would you recommend to someone thinking about taking up a new
sporting interest?
• Topic = Somebody who has been an important friend to you
Q: Why are friends so important to us?
Q: Which qualities do you most value in a friend?
Q: Is it common to have a 'best friend' as we get older?
Top Tips!
• Again, avoid short, 'yes', 'no' answers.
• Use personal anecdotes to help yourself make a point or express an opinion.
• Use expressions to allow yourself time to think. For example: 'That's a good
question.', 'Well, let me think ...'
• Refer to stories in the news to help make a point .
Part 3: Troubleshooting
Many non-native speakers about to attend an IELTS interview are understandably
worried about making mistakes in their use of English. How important is it to be
accurate and should you try to self-correct any mistakes you make? The fact that you
have a good level of English will certainly be an asset and the interviewer will be
reassured if you can speak clearly and reasonably accurately. Self-correction is a good
way of showing the interviewer that you're aware of having made a mistake.
However, don't go mad trying to correct each and every error! Remember, you should
also be demonstrating your fluency skills as well. Monitoring your speech TOO
closely and self-correcting every mistake will slow you down and make you sound
rather hesitant. Remember this: the interviewer will be interested in WHAT you have
to say as well as how you say it so try to concentrate on this fact and worry less about
speaking 'perfect' English!
You can find out how to develop your fluency skills with the Splendid Speaking Self-
Study Course, details of which appear below.

Learn how to respond to questions with specific and relevant


examples. Find out more about
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