Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Speaking IELTS - Part 2 & 3 (Model notes)


Describe an occasion when you bought a special gift or present for someone.
You should say:
  • What you bought [Describe the gift – size, color, price, use]
  • Where you bought it from [Shop]
  • Why you chose that present [Person likes that item, reasonable price, fashionable]
  • And explain how you felt when you gave the present to the other person [Happy to see their reaction, satisfied that choice was good]



When do people give presents in your culture? [Birthdays, graduation, New Year, weddings, Christmas etc.]

What kind of presents do you think adults should give children? [Small gifts, age appropriate, safe]

Is it ever acceptable to give money as a present? [At weddings, Chinese New Year, when a person needs money, when you don’t know what to get someone]


What are some ways people show gratitude when they receive a present?
[Say 'thank you', invite you for a meal, give you something in return]

Is there anything people should avoid doing or saying when they receive a present in your country?
[It’s not polite to open a gift in front of someone or saying that you don’t like it]

Are there any situations where a person should not accept a gift?
[When the gift is given to bribe someone]


Would you agree or disagree with the statement that “people sometimes give expensive presents instead of spending time with a person”?
[Today people compensate for not spending enough time with a person by buying an expensive gift]

Do you agree that, when people give presents, they usually expect something in return?
[When they are celebrating an event they expect a gift in return]

Does giving and receiving presents sometimes have negative rather than positive results?
[Sometimes a person doesn’t want to accept a gift from someone especially if it is very expensive and they feel uncomfortable when it is offered to them]

Questions taken from Focusing on IELTS Academic Practice p.117

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