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The Topic From Part 2
In part 2 of the speaking exam you are given a topic to talk about. You have one minute to prepare some notes about what you want to say. Then you should be ready to talk for one to two minutes.
At the end of your long turn, the examiner may ask a follow-up question which you should give a short answer to.
Leads Into Part 3
The examiner will ask you more follow-up questions in part 3 and you should talk more generally. The examiner can respond to what you say so there are no specific questions for you to practice. Part 3 is a discussion between you and the examiner so you need to anticipate the kind of questions that may be asked.
Preparing For What’s NOT on The Card
Let’s study some more part 2 questions, but this time we are going to anticipate the kind of questions that are not on the card.
Topic: A Useful Electronic Device
In part 2, the examiner will say something like, “Here’s a paper and pencil for making notes. Here’s your topic card. I’d like you to describe an electronic device (not a mobile phone) that you would like to own.”
On the task card:
Describe a useful electronic device you would like to own. You should say:
What it is.
How it would help your life.
If it would be expensive to buy.
And explain why you would like it.
Remember to use your full 1 minute to make good notes – to help you talk for almost 2 minutes…
When you have taken your long turn to speak, the examiner may ask a follow up question like,
“Do you think you will own this thing?”
Give a short answer and get ready to start part 3.
The examiner will say something like,
“Thank you. May I have the task card, paper and pencil back?”
You are now about to start part 3.
IELTS Speaking Topics Part 3
The examiner will continue, “We’ve been talking about a useful electronic device you’d like to own and now I’d like to DISCUSS one or two more general questions related to this.”
Part 3 is the discussion stage of the speaking test and we can anticipate what the follow-up questions might be like.
Discussion Questions – Maybe?
“What are the most popular electronic devices in [your country] at the moment?
“Do you think people spend too much money on electronic devices?”
“What kind of device do you think will be popular in the future?”
“What would the world be like without computers?”
“In what ways can electronic devices make our lives easier/harder?”
“Should children be taught to use computers at school?”
50 Word Answers With Reasons
Your answers to the discussion questions in part 3 should be about 50 words long. Remember to always give reasons with your answers. Why, how, where, when, who and what are the words YOU should use to PROMPT yourself.
Practice answering the part 3 questions about electronic devices. Use the how and why prompts to write 50-100 word answers. Edit your work so the final answer is 40-60 words long. Remember to write in a natural speaking style.
Still need some help preparing an IELTS speaking topics part 3 answer? There is a sample answer below but,
Try to write your own answer first!
Examiner: “Do you think computers make it easier to study?”
Student: “Yes, I definitely think computers make it easier to study these days. Researching information is much easier with the Internet because you can bookmark webpages for future reference. Writing essays is a lot easier too. Being able to cut and paste sections of text means you can easily reorganize your work. Compared to years ago, when you had a pile of books on your desk – making notes with a pen and paper, I think computers make it much easier to study.”
IELTS Speaking Topics Part 3 Review
While practicing for part 3, you probably won’t have enough time to write answers for all the topics. Once you feel confident with the format of the test, work with a study partner in real time conversations. Only write answers to prepare for a question that you can’t speak about naturally.
Remember, it’s a speaking test so practice talking through your answers with a study partner or teacher.
Problem Question – 4 Point Plan
1. Try to speak through the problem.
2. Write the answer down – in a natural speaking style.
3. Discuss your problem in the IELTS Study Partners group.
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