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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.

The IELTS Speaking Part 2 task that Alvin talked about is from the book Cambridge IELTS 8:

Describe a restaurant that you enjoyed going to.

You should say:

  • where the restaurant was
  • why you chose this restaurant
  • what type of food you ate in this restaurant

and explain why you enjoyed eating in this restaurant.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 task: something you like or like doing

A second type of IELTS Speaking Part 2 task is to describe something you like, e.g. a song or sport, or something you like doing, e.g. a healthy activity.

Here’s an example from the book Cambridge IELTS 6:

Describe something healthy you enjoy doing.

You should say:

  • what you do
  • where you do it
  • who you do it with

and explain why you think doing this is healthy.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 task: a person

A third type of IELTS Speaking Part 2 task is to describe a person, e.g. a friend or a teacher.

Here’s an example from the book The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS:

Describe a popular teacher that you know.

You should say:

  • what this teacher looks like
  • what sort of person this teacher is
  • what this teacher helped you to learn

and explain why this teacher is popular.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 task: a possession

Another type of IELTS Speaking Part 2 task is to describe something you own.

Here’s an example from the official IELTS website:

Describe something you own which is very important to you.

You should say:

  • where you got it from
  • how long you have had it
  • what you use it for

and explain why it is important to you.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 task: a place or an event

One more type of IELTS Speaking Part 2 task is to describe a place, e.g. a historic place, or an event, e.g. a festival.

Here’s an example from the book Cambridge IELTS 5:

Describe a festival that is important in your country.

You should say:

  • when the festival occurs
  • what you did during it
  • what you like or dislike about it

and explain why this festival is important.

To get some speaking practice now, why not choose one of the IELTS Speaking Part 2 tasks above, give yourself one minute to make some notes, record yourself speaking, read about these five common grammar mistakes in IELTS Speaking, and then listen back to your recording to see if you made any of those mistakes.

If you’ve taken an IELTS Speaking test recently, what kind of IELTS Speaking Part 2 task did you get?

Pete

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