Monday, 13 May 2013

Speaking IELTS - Part 2 & 3 (Model notes)


Describe a house or an apartment you have lived in and which you liked.
You should say:
  • When you lived there (year, period of your life etc.)
  • How it looked inside (furniture, rooms, decoration, colour, size, design etc.)
  • What kind of area it was in (city centre, suburbs, residential area, quiet neighbourhood)
  • and explain why you liked living there (comfortable home, good area, facilities in the area, convenient etc.)


How do people usually find a place to live in your country? (signs outside buildings, estate agents, word of mouth, newspapers, internet)

What factors do you think determine where people choose to live? (cost, convenience, safety, facilities, income)

What is it like to live in an apartment compared to living in a house? (houses are spacious, for family and pets, have a garden and parking, no common expenses or problems with neighbours but are more expensive to buy)


Do most people rent their homes or own their homes where you’re from? (rent as owning a home is expensive and you need a big down payment)

Could you compare the attitudes of someone who’s renting a home and someone who owns their own home? (people who are renting don’t feel responsible for the property so don’t look after it. They treat it as something temporary)

Should the government help people buy their own homes? (the government could provide low interest loans for families seeking to buy homes)


Why do you think some residential areas are more pleasant to live in than others? (greener, safer, facilities close by, friendly neighbours)

Could you compare living in the centre of the city and in a suburban area? (city centre is crowded, polluted, noisy, dangerous, busy)

What are the benefits of planning a residential area before people start living there? (save on expenses to make changes later, able to make the area attractive to potential buyers)

Questions taken from Focusing on IELTS Academic Practice Tests p.101

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