Category Archives: IELTS Speaking topics

These blog posts contain common IELTS Speaking topics.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 tasks

What different types of IELTS Speaking Part 2 tasks are there?

As you probably know, in IELTS Speaking Part 2 you are given a speaking topic on a task card and one minute to prepare before you have to talk about the topic for between one and two minutes.

What you may not know is that the IELTS Speaking Part 2 task could be to describe a past experience, something that you like or like doing, a person, a possession, a place or an event.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 task: a past experience

The most common type of IELTS Speaking Part 2 task is probably to describe a past experience, e.g. a restaurant or party you enjoyed going to.

Watch the video below to see a candidate, Alvin, describe a restaurant he enjoyed going to and then hear me talk about a common mistake that IELTS candidates make in this type of IELTS Speaking Part 2 task.

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 questions and answers from a band score 7 candidate

IELTS Speaking Part 1 questions

Have look at the following IELTS Speaking Part 1 questions from the book Cambridge IELTS 7 and think about how you would answer them. (You could use these topics to get some IELTS Speaking practice with some other IELTS candidates or English-speaking friends.)

Keeping in contact with people

  • How do you usually contact your friends?
  • Do you prefer to contact different people in different ways?
  • Do you find it easy to keep in contact with friends and family?

Laughing

  • What kinds of thing make you laugh?
  • Do you like making other people laugh?

Now, watch the video below to see an IELTS band score 7.0 candidate, Asaka, answer the same questions, and think about whether you could have answered the questions as easily as she does.

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IELTS Speaking Part 3 question on the topic of leadership

What are the qualities of a good leader?
Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela once said “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people”

I heard from a candidate recently that one of the IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions in their test was about the qualities of a good leader.

As it’s possible that you could get the same (or a similar) IELTS Speaking Part 3 question in your test, it would be a good idea to think about your ideas on this topic now.

To help you do this, here’s a link to an audio recording of some native English speakers answering this question. The recording is from the elllo.org website and includes speakers from England, the USA and Canada.

What are the qualities of a good leader?

Like some of the native speakers in the recording, you can explain your ideas about the qualities of a good leader using the following grammatical structures: Continue reading

IELTS Speaking Part 1 topics

Two topics that are very common in Part 1 of the IELTS Speaking test

Based on the recorded versions of IELTS Speaking tests in the Official IELTS Practice Materials and on what IELTS candidates have told me about their speaking tests, two of the most common IELTS Speaking Part 1 topics are your home town and your work/study.

IELTS Speaking Part 1 topic: Your hometownAt the beginning of Part 1 of your IELTS Speaking test, your examiner may ask you some questions like the ones below on the topic of your home town:

  • Describe the town or city where you grew up.
  • Do you still live there now?
  • Does your family still live there?
  • Do you think the place has changed much since you were young?

Your examiner may ask you some questions about your work or study: Continue reading