Saturday, 3 August 2013

Speaking IELTS - Part 2 & 3 (Model notes)


Describe something you did that was new or exciting. You should say:
  • What you did (extreme sport, travel to exciting destination etc.)
  • Where and when you did this (place and time)
  • Who you shared the activity with (friends, family members, boyfriend/girlfriend etc.)
  • And explain why this activity was new or exciting for you (different experience, hadn’t done it before, challenging etc.)


Why do you think some people like doing new things? Exciting, challenging, for the experience, break away from routine.

What problems can people have when they try new activities for the first time? Might be dangerous, disappointed that it didn’t meet expectations, don’t have enough experience.

Do you think it’s best to do new things on your own or with other people? Why? It’s best to share the excitement and experience with others, as well as discuss it.


What kind of things do children learn to do when they are very young? How important are these things? How to function alone, like eating, drinking, going to the toilet etc. These are basic skills and need to be learnt.

Do you think children and adults learn to do new things in the same way? How is their learning style different? Children can learn easier and through play while adults have the advantage of maturity and experience.

Some people say that it is more important to be able to learn new things now than it was in the past. Do you agree or disagree with that? Why? People have to keep up with new technology and new trends in their field of work otherwise they will be at a disadvantage. It is also important to learn new languages.

Question taken from Cambridge IELTS 9, p.55

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