February 2019 Latest IELTS Speaking Questions & Suggested Responses

Part 1

In which time do you prefer to work?

Actually, I suppose that for the most part I’d say that I function better in the morning and this due to the fact that I am energized since I’ve had a full rest. Another reason is that, working from a well-rested night would mean better brain operation. I guess, I would assume that being a morning person just goes well with my body clock.

How many hours of sleep do you need?

Well you know, if I had to be honest, I would definitely say that I need as much sleep as I can. I would say this because I seriously consider sleep as pleasure and this is most likely because sleep can fully revitalize my body and mind. Hence, I must say that I need more than just 7-8 hours of sleep, if I had that opportunity to do so.

Do older people need more hours of sleep than younger people?

Well normally, we’d all assume that older people would not need as much sleep as younger people do but there have been researches that state otherwise. To be more precise, older people need the same hours of sleep as younger people do which is 7-9 hours. Unfortunately, older people struggle to sleep at night which is why they take more naps all throughout the day. Unlike, younger people who find it quite easy to fall asleep in the night. In conclusion, I would say that both young and old have just as much need for sleep but just differ on habit and lifestyle.

 

Part 2

Talk about a season that you prefer in a year.

What is it?

What you do during this season?

Explain why you prefer it over the other seasons?

Well to be honest, I would have to say that this would really depend on the situation to be more specific it would depend on the location. For instance, if you live in the southern part of a country where its warmer then its most likely that you’d prefer the Spring season which is quite honestly a comfortable season. While on the other hand living in the Northern regions could mean colder winters and autumn which is would more likely mean clothing layers just happen all year round.

Continuing to my next point which is about what season I prefer, I would have to say its summer because of the fact that I get that rare chance of wearing just a tshirt and bottoms. Whereas in most seasons, I have to put on a jacket and make sure that it doesn’t get too cold for me.

Drawing attention to what I do during summer season and I would just like to state that summer is personally the best time to do all the outdoor activities. But also, let’s not forget to mention that we should keep ourselves hydrated all the time since the sun’s temperature could be strong enough to make you sick if you stay out too long. Adding to this, summer is I think fun but can be uncomfortable due to the high humidity it usually brings.

As a final point, I prefer summer season over the other seasons because of the fact that I can wear summer dresses, sunnies and literally enjoy the sun. And I would just like to mention that summertime can give us this sun kissed glow which I really think looks good on everyone. And of course, summer allows us to go out and enjoy nature. In summary, I want to say I love summer because it’s a time to see bright colors which I think mean happy times.

 

Part 3

What is the importance of new developments in a city?

Well I suppose there quite a number of things I can tell why new developments in a city is important and I will start with the reality that when a city develops there’s an obvious increase of employment for the people. In short, progress means more jobs. Another thing I should emphasize is the economic status of a city enhances infrastructure and that will reflect on the people’s lifestyle. So to sum it all up, new developments can be of great impact to the people of the city and it affects all the necessary points of the society.

Why do some people prefer to live in a city?

Speaking for myself, I believe some people prefer to live in a city because its advantageous. To be more precise, the city provides better facilities such as hospitals, schools, work opportunities and better pay. These are all necessities that people feel should be readily available to everyone needing it. I should mention here that to live in the city could possibly give you a much better lifestyle especially if convenience is highly considered.

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July 2017 Recent IELTS Speaking questions & suggested responses (Birthdays, Art, Statue, Painting)

LATEST PART 1 – BIRTHDAYS

  1. Do people in your country celebrate birthdays/have birthday parties?

Answer:   It really depends, you know, sometimes people in China will throw a party to celebrate. Although for some, they will just acknowledge it rather than actually celebrating it because of the reason that they  don’t consider their birthday special especially for those grown ups. But as for me, I can still vividly remember when I was a little boy; I’d like to invite some of my classmates and neighbors to banquet. We ate birthday cakes, played some interesting games and sometimes my parents would prepare some balloons for us. All in all, it was really a memorable moment.

Answer Overview:

  • Long response, Linking phrase (You know)
  • Answer, Linking phrase (Although for some)
  • Reason, Linking phrase (because of the reason that)
  • Example, Linking phrase (But as for me, I can still vividly remember that)
  • Summary, Linking phrase (All in all)

 

  1. How do they/children celebrate birthdays?

Answer: In my home country, children’s birthday is a big banquet. Parents will always book a room in a restaurant and invite many children’s classmates and close friends. In addition to that, they will then prepare a big birthday cake and some other tasty food like sandwiches, biscuits and fruit juice. You know, children will have a good time there, and the whole process will be recorded by camera. In a word, children in current society really enjoy their childhood.

Answer Overview:

  • Long response, Answer
  • Answer details
  • Additional point, Linking phrase (In addition to that)
  • Additional point, Linking phrase (You know)
  • Summary, Linking phrase (In a word)

 

  1. Do you think it’s important for people to celebrate birthdays?

–    As an adult, I don’t think it’s essential to celebrate birthdays anymore because of the reason that the birth date is just a reminder that we’re getting a year older,  as opposed to, for some people they religiously celebrate their party by throwing a house party or eating out. In short, the importance varies from people to people.

Answer Overview:

  • Long response, Answer
  • Reason, linking phrase (because of the reason that)
  • Comparative phrase (as opposed to), Second point
  • Summary, linking phrase (In short)

 

LATEST PART 2 – STATUE OR PAINTING

Describe a piece of art (like statue, painting)

You should say:

When you (first) saw this work of art

Where you saw it

What it looked like

And explain your feelings about this work of art when you saw it

 

Answer:

Frankly speaking, I am not very keen on painting or sculpture, so this is really a tough topic for me. But the one that comes to my mind first is a painting called Water Lilies, which is a series about 250 oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet. I have learned that Claude Monet’s Water Lilies painting are among the most recognized and celebrated works of 20th century. You know, they were hugely influential to many of the following generations of artists. In fact, the paintings are on display at museums all over the worlds and I was lucky enough to see one of the Water Lily paintings displayed at Guangzhou Art Gallery. If I can vividly recall, I visited this gallery few months ago with my classmate for research. At the first sight of the painting, I was totally amazed by its artful expression. Some may consider impressionist paintings incomplete when comparing them with classical paintings, because of the fact that impressionist paintings include relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes. Although, impressionist paintings do not focus on the accurate depiction of a certain subject, it try to capture the exact moment and lighting of the scene. As I said, I am not really fond of painting or sculpture but most importantly I have acquired knowledge from the Water Lily painting. To an extent, the Water Lily painting deeply impressed me and that’s why I choose to talk about this work of art.

 

Answer Overview:

The Painting topic falls under the category of  an OBJECT/ITEM theme. The context consist of three parts: Introduction, body content and the Summary. Basing from the answer above, you can see several important ideas mentioned such the painting’s name, the painter, facts about the painting, location, emotions towards the painting and painting descriptions. Also, linking phrases were included to connect the sentences better.

 

Linking Words & Phrases:

  • Frankly speaking, I have learned that, You know, In fact, If I can vividly recall, At the first sight, because of the fact that, although, As I said, but most importantly, To an extent

 

LATEST PART 3 – PAINTING/STATUE

 

  1.    Do you like art?

Answer:  Definitely! I love art because of that reason that art is a form of expression from one person to another as art can transcend the boundaries of language and time. First thing is that, I love that art can transcend time. Whether it’s the cave paintings of our most distant ancestors or Homer’s great epics, if art is good it will be lasting. Another point there is that, I also love that there are an unlimited number of interpretations of art. Everyone sees or hears roughly the same thing, but each of us has our own opinion of it. Our experiences throughout life help shape our opinions of art. No two people experience the exact same thing, so our interpretations are bound to vary Overall, life without art would be dull and uninteresting

 

Answer Overview:

  • Long response, Answer
  • First point, linking phrase (First thing is that)
  • Additional point
  • Second point, linking phrase (Another point here is that)
  • Additional points

 

  1.     Do you think art classes are necessary? Why?

Answer: Yes of course, it is very essential to many aspects. Almost every field has at least one component in which visual art is a key aspect. First example is Architecture, it certainly requires sketching and so does other product design as well. In addition to that, detailed graphic models are necessary in any application of design or engineering. The buildings and houses we live in started with a plan together with the sketch and details to make it possible without the sketch plan the engineer and architecture cannot visualize the outcome. On the contrary, musical arts are vital, as well since music has long been revered and considered essential for the emotional heal it can provide. For instance, think of a day when you don’t listen to music, life will surely be very dull.

 

Answer Overview:

  • Long response, Answer
  • First point, Linking Phrase (First example is ..)
  • Additional point, Linking phrase (In addition to that)
  • Second point, Linking phrase (On the contrary)
  • Example, linking phrase (For instance)

 

  1. How do you think art classes affect children’s development?

Answer: I believe that art influences children in so many ways. One primary effect is their motor skills, many of the motions involved in making art, such as holding a paintbrush or scribbling with a crayon, are essential to the growth of fine motor skills in young children. Another positive influence is their language development, for every young children, making art or just simply talking about it provides the opportunities to learn words for colors, shapes and actions. When toddlers are as young as a year old, parents can do simple activities such as crumpling paper and calling it paper ball.

 

Answer Overview:

  • Long response, Linking phrase (I believe that..)
  • First point, Linking phrase (One primary effect is)
  • Example, Linking phrase (Such as)
  • Second point, Linking phrase (Another positive influence is)
  • Example

 

  1.     What benefits can you get from painting as a hobby?

Answer: Well, I can think of several advantages from painting. First of all, painting boosts memory recollection skills and works to sharpen the mind through conceptual visualization and implementation. People who frequently use creative outlets such as writing, painting, and drawing have less chance of developing memory loss illnesses when they get older. More than that, painting allows people to express their feelings and emotions without words. Individuals that paint use art to overcome shyness and convey their personality. Using artwork to tell a story lets someone who is shy let go of normal social reservations.

 

Answer Overview:

  • Long response
  • First point, Linking phrase (first of all)
  • Additional points
  • Second point, linking phrase (More than that)
  • Additional points

 

  1. Do you think people’s preferences on arts changed in past few years?

Answer:   I would say that there were so many changes in people’s life for the past few years and that have also changed people’s preferences on arts. The is due to the reason that people’s liking on arts alters because of the development of technology and changes of lifestyle. For instance, if you used to like ancient paintings in the past your preference today will be different it might be possible that you start liking modern abstract painting because of the effect of urbanization. I couldn’t think of more reasons why but I suppose that in the near future there will be changes that will still affect people’s preferences.

Answer Overview:

  • Long response
  • Reason, Linking phrase (This is due to the reason that)
  • Example, Linking phrase (For instance)
  • Honest opinion

IELTS Speaking – Why is it essential to apply English language in real-life situations? How can I quickly improve my IELTS speaking skills / level?

The IELTS speaking exam is suppose to represent what it is like to talk to someone in a real life situation. You should therefore not practice IELTS past paper topics and just talk normally to someone instead. There are thousands of past paper questions and it is very unlikely that you will be asked any of them in your test.

We strongly suggest that you must find someone to practice your English with and talk about something you are interested in or discuss  the up-to-date topics in your oral exam. This will make it much easier and you are less likely to get bored.

You will learn the language better if you practice it often, we recommend every day. You will probably agree with the idea that the more you do something, the better you will get at it, right?

But, what if you can’t really speak/practice the language? Because you’re in your home country and nobody speaks it. Well, that’s not always true. Check online see if there are some meet-ups or other similar events where people just want to exchange languages. Another method is to talk to yourself, some people do it in the shower,  think about conversations you may have had in this language before or from whatever textbook you use to learn. And repeat it to yourself, then go with other scenarios. Imagine simple day to day conversations, practice the way you would approach them. And if ever you get stuck, you know what the next thing you need to learn is. Just talk, even if it means talking to yourself.

Our strong recommendation is to try to connect with English speaking people. Surely, there are bunch of online school out there who offers variety of courses. Try to enroll and make friends with your online tutor, so you can practice conversational English and IELTS at the same time. You already have plenty of Chinese friends. Now would be a great time to diversify the types of people you associate with. This may seem extremely awkward for you at first, but you should push yourself in that direction for your own good.

You shouldn’t be afraid or embarrassed of speaking the language you are trying to learn. You’re learning the language, you don’t know it yet. You’re going to make mistakes, accept it. Only when speaking the language will you be able to play around with new words or grammar you have learnt. You will get comfortable talking the language, even with mistakes. It doesn’t matter in the end – people will always appreciate your efforts and they will not care about mistakes you might make, because these mistakes are part of who you are and the way you communicate. Embrace them and conversations will flow normally.

Explanation, guidance and tips around IELTS speaking test (how to easily succeed!)

The other day, one of our students came up to us and was completely fussy as it is her third try and still getting the same result. Although, this is her third time she probably has a rough idea about the speaking procedure, yet, she doesn’t have a good foundation about each speaking section. On this article, we will give you an overview to give you a better understanding about your oral test. Do bear in mind that each section has a different purpose in assessing your communicative skills.

 

PART 1 – Interview

Basically, this is the least complicated section of your exam. The questions thrown at you here are basic questions about your personal life, they might ask you questions about your hometown, family, hobbies, interests, work or studies so the best response is a natural response that provides a little more information than the examiner asked for. It’s like talking to a long time friend in a coffee shop and being detailed about your talk. Remember that one of the aims of this section is to get you talking freely. I suggest that you must prepare vocabularies on these topics, for instance, if one of your interests is scuba diving, make sure that you gain the vocabulary you need to discuss this topic.

 

Part 2 – Long Turn

This section is generally a description part or story telling, the candidate will be assessed on how well he/she can describe a certain topic in two minutes. Most candidates are usually freaking out when they get into this section test, probably because of lack of ideas in elaborating their subject topic. They key strategy here is to prepare a topic for each major themes, these are subjects about a person, a place, an event/activity/situation, an item/object and a story. Also, make the most out of your 1 minute preparation time, it is still best to write down those important keywords  you will be using to discuss which will keep you on track and to avoid forgetting significant details.

 

Part 3 – Discussion

Apparently, candidates mistakenly take this part similar to how they respond in Part 1. Well, this section is to evaluate your competence in discussing analytically. It sounds a little nerve-wracking but normally the examiner uses this section to adjust your score, if they think that you didn’t perform well in Part 2 they will ask you a tough question in Part 3 to pull your score. You must provide at least 2-3 main ideas to discuss plus you must provide necessary examples such as personal anecdote to support your reasons. The examiner will mostly ask for your general thoughts on an issue; advantages and disadvantages; problems and solutions; how the issue has changed from the past until now; and how the issue will change in the future.

 

Learning about the purpose of each parts will help you recognize how to respond appropriately. Preparing for your IELTS Speaking is not just a matter of mastering the language but understanding the objective, this way you can feel at ease for having a lay out about what your speaking exam consist.

IELTS Speaking Exam – tips and advises from an Examiner

As we have mentioned in our previous statement the Speaking exam is not an academic test. You must have a better understanding on how examiners mark your score. What you might not know is that each section contributes to your final Speaking Score by breaking these skills down even further, identifying the key aspects of each. Note, that each criterion consist of 25% which sums up to 100%:

  • Fluency and Coherence (25%)
    Fluency refers to how good the candidate is at keeping talking at the right speed and proper intonation while Coherence refers to how logical you connected your ideas in speech. This is a fairly general criteria which include evaluating the relevance of the candidate’s answers, it refers to the speaker’s need to be able to understand and follow the rules of language at a word, sentence and text level.
  • Lexical Resource (25%)
    This specifies to how much vocabulary the candidate has and how well they use it. As well as the rules of language at a word level, this criteria considers the communicative functions of speech and the social meaning of speech. Idiomatic language is also a plus.
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy (25%)
    Your grammatical score is, obviously, a reflection of your mastery of English grammar. This refers to how many structures the candidate has and how well they use them. Again, as well as the rules of language, this criteria considers the communicative functions of speech.
  • Pronunciation (25%)
    This refers to how well the candidate enunciates individual words. As well as considering the communicative effect of the candidate’s pronunciation, there is an evaluation of how much strain it causes on a listener, and how noticeable their accent is – although accent itself is not a problem.

To sum up, these aspects are relevant to each other to make speech effective in communication. For instance, if you have a thick accent, your control of the grammar and extensive lexicon can support your response. Likewise, perhaps you speak rather slowly and deliberately because your fluency is weak and requires consideration. In this case, it may be a strong vocabulary and well-pronounced words that may keep your message afloat. When you think of it, the way that the IELTS speaking section is marked is pretty genius.

2017 May IELTS Exam questions

IELTS Writing questions

    • giving detailed description of crimes in newspaper and on television…media should be restricted”(what extent you disagree or agree)
    • In some countries, people can get variety food transported from other countries 。to what extent the benefits outweigh the drawbacks?
    • Some people think living in big cities is bad for people’s health. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
    • In some countries around the world men and women are having babies late in life. What are the reasons?/Why? Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
    • Young people who commit serious crimes, such as robbery or violent attacks should be punished as adult. To what extent you agree?
    • In some country, people prefer to rent a house for accommodation, while in other country people prefer to buy an own house for living.
      Is renting house has more advantages or disadvantages than buying a house?
    • Public celebrations (such as national day, festivals) are popular in many countries. But some people think government should spend money on more useful things. Do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Speaking Exam questions

Part 2
Explain a situation when you have waited too long for something.
Explain about-
1. Situation
2. When and Where
3. What did you do after this?

Part 3
1. Are people like to wait nowadays? Why?
2. Why don’t younger people like to wait to compare with older people?
3. Why don’t people have patience nowadays?
4. What is your opinion about having patience? Is it good or bad?
5. Are children are good in waiting than older people?

Part 2

Which sport do you like ?
When did you first watch this sport ?
Whom do you watch this sport with ?
How do you enjoying watching this sport ?

Part 3

What are the other sports you follow ?
What are the other sports people follow in your country ?
Do you prefer watching sport at home or outside ?
How is the environment like when you watch the sport outside ?
How did the commercials impact the professional sports ?
Are some players paid too high ? Do you support large payments to some players ?