In the IELTS Speaking Test Part 2, you have to give a short talk (1-2 minutes) on a topic given to you by the examiner.
I have had a lot of students dread this part of the speaking test; “What if it’s difficult topic?” “What if I don’t understand the topic?”
Well, firstly, I’m not sure there is such a thing as a difficult topic. The topics are designed to be of general interest. There may be topics you’d prefer to speak about but the topic on the card will be within your understanding. The IELTS task card you are given has at least three suggestions of things to talk about regarding the topic. This will help you not run out of things to say! Here is a Speaking, Part 2 sample I have taken from the official IELTS website. Describe a teacher who has greatly influenced you in your education. You should say: 1. where you met them 2. what subject they taught 3. what was special about them 4. explain why this person influenced you so much. You will have to talk about this topic for 1 to 2 minutes. The examiner will give you one minute to think about what you are going to say and will give you a pencil and some paper so that you can make some notes if you wish. OK, before I give you my sample answer, I’d like to give you a few tips about this part of the IELTS Speaking Test:
- Remember that if you choose to make notes, make NOTES; don’t write sentences.
1. Writing sentences takes too much time, you should use your one minute to think of the content of your talk. 2. If you wrote sentences, you’d be tempted to read them aloud. Remember, you are being assessed on your ability to speak, not read aloud. 3. Your notes are there to guide your talk.
- Practise speaking aloud about topics for 2 minutes. You can either record it or see how long your talk was or you can get a friend to time you. You really do need to know what 2 minutes feels like.
- I suggest aiming to talk for 2 minutes. This way, your talk will never be too short and the examiner will stop you once the timer hits 2 minutes.
Don’t worry if the examiner stops you. IELTS examiners are told to stop candidates at 2 minutes so that the IELTS Test is a fair test for everyone.
- The examiner may ask you 1 or 2 follow-on questions after your talk.The bank of IELTS questions is huge so you can’t predict what you’re going to be asked.
So now for my sample answer. Remember it is MY sample answer so yours would be quite different. Also, don’t forget the following:
- If the examiner suspects you are just delivering a memorised speech, he/she will change the topic.
For this sample answer to the topic, I put myself in your shoes. I gave myself exactly one minute to think about the topic and make notes and then recorded it . And yes, I did actually feel a bit nervous!
Click here to hear my sample answer.
Here’s to the best IELTS score possible!