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.


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.

Practical, simple & helpful IELTS Speaking exam tips from a current Examiner

The IELTS Speaking test is basically one of the most difficult parts of the IELTS examination. Most students that have studied with First English dedicate much of their time preparing for their speaking test, they usually formulate answers and memorize it which make it difficult for them to prepare. In which case, they have less understanding how examiners rate their oral capability. Remember that, these exams are challenging and can be very important for your future. Luckily, I’ve rounded up four simple ways to loosen you up.

  1. Speaking test is not an IQ or a knowledge test

Most students can go wrong because they evaluate it like an intelligence test and forget to use good English. Again, this is not an academic test, perhaps, it’s a language test. Know how the exam is marked so you can give the examiners exactly what they want. Here are 4 criteria you must consider:

  • Fluency and Coherence
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy
  • Pronunciation
  1. Study each section.

  • Part 1: Interview: This is supposed to be a relatively simple, introductory section. The examiner will likely ask your name, where you’re from, how you like to spend your free time, why you’re studying English, etc. Tip: It will be effortless to give “yes” and “no” answers in this section, but do your best to give longer responses. Example: “Do you enjoy learning English?” “Yes (keep going!), I think English is a difficult but entertaining language to learn, and it’s very practical.” The interview will last 4-5 minutes.
  • Part 2: Long Turn: In part 2 you will be given a topic about which you must speak uninterrupted for 1-2 minutes. This tends to be very difficult for most examinees. Tip: You will have one minute of prep time. Don’t try to write out complete answers, just make notes and improvise from them. You will sound more natural this way and you’ll be able to map out your entire response.
  • Part 3: Discussion: In this section of the test you will discuss a topic with the examiner for 3-4 minutes; again, a difficult category. Tip: If you have the chance to make a point through a personal anecdote, this will show you are comfortable and make your conversation more unique.
  1. Acquire the updated topics.

Knowing the food on the table will make a huge difference compared to people who is taken off guard. By learning about the topics you can create hints to each topic, in this way you can excel in spontaneity. You don’t necessarily need to memorize the answers because it is impossible for you to remember and it might sound recorded when you speak it out. Just jot down the main ideas and it will do the trick.


  1. Apply it in real life situation.

Apparently, reading English materials, listening to foreign music or watching foreign films might be a little helpful. Yet, interacting with someone is the best way to apply your oral skills whereas you can form a habit of being comfortable when using the English language. Here’s where tutors come in, practice with someone who could speak good English, they can guide you in so many aspects of the speaking test. Also, you can learn about your strength and shortcomings from your response and can identify which area of your language skills needs improvement.