IELTS Speaking Part 2

Following on from last week’s first part of IELTS Speaking Topics and Answers, English Teacher Online is proud to present the second episode in our trilogy to help you pass the IELTS speaking test. You can find part 3 here.

IELTS Speaking Part 2

IELTS speaking part 2 is also called “The Long Turn.” It gives you the opportunity to speak for longer about a single topic. You are given a card which asks you to describe a topic. There are prompts to key points that you need to talk about. IELTS speaking part 2 assesses how far you have become fluent in English.

The examiner will give you one minute to prepare the topic on the card. You are provided with a pencil and paper to make notes.

You will have to talk for 1 or 2 minutes. Then, the examiner will ask you some follow-up questions on the same topic. In total, IELTS speaking part 2 takes between 3 and 4 minutes.

Prepare To Practice

English Teacher Online has prepared six practice topics that may appear on your test. You are advised to practice each of them.  First, read the questions and plan your information. Next, write your answers in a natural speaking style. Use a dictionary to find words that are missing from your vocabulary. Finally, check your grammar and, if you need help, ask a teacher.

Each topic has 3 questions which you can use as a guide to write an introduction, main answer and conclusion. Write between 300 and 500 words so you can easily talk for one minute plus.

Practicing The Topics

When your topic is fully prepared, you should practice reading it in a natural speaking voice. Ask your study partner to listen as you talk for 1 to 2 minutes. Your study partner acts as the examiner who should ask one or two questions in the follow-up section. Record yourself if you can.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics

Books Topic Card

Describe a book you have recently read.

What kind of book is it?

Introduce the book’s title and the author’s name. Say when it was published and try to make a connection, like why the author wrote the book. Find out what other books the author has written and try to link things back to why you chose to read the book. Talk about the genre (romance, adventure, comedy, horror, etc). These things will all help to make a good introduction.

What is the book about?

Explain the setting for the book and the characters in it. Don’t give the whole story away – just try to explain the main theme of the book. Talk about how it made you feel as you read certain parts of the book. Show the examiner that the book took you on a journey because you understand the author’s message. This is the main part of your talk so plan it well.

Why did you like it?

Sell the book in the concluding paragraph. Talk about how quickly you read it or how the writing style grabbed you. This is your chance to talk about your own life experiences by making links back to the book. Make sure you choose the right book so you can do this last part well.

Follow-Up Questions

What function do books have in society?

Do you think books will ever go out of fashion?

Problem Questions I Just Can’t Answer!

What If I Never Read Books?

You can answer any question by being creative. For example, “recently” could mean the last book you read 10 years ago. It does not have to be a story book so you could talk about an academic book. If you read an IELTS preparation book or a cookery book, then talk about one of those. Your examiner is testing your English speaking fluency, not your knowledge of literature. Remember, you can make things up in IELTS.

The more you practise, the better prepared you will be. Make sure to practise the questions you know least about! Here are some topics that appear in the IELTS speaking part 2.

Exercise Topic Card

Describe a form of physical exercise.


What sort of exercise is it?

How is the exercise done?

What kind of people do this exercise?

Follow-Up Questions

Why is exercise important?

What are the dangers of not exercising enough?

Communication Topic Card

Describe an important letter you recently received?


When did you receive the letter?

Who sent you the letter?

Why was it important?

Follow-Up Questions

What is the significance of handwriting?

How does the popularity of computers threaten people’s ability to write letters?

Gifts Topic Card

Describe a gift that you recently gave to someone.


Who did you give the gift to?

What was the gift?

Why did you choose that gift?

Follow-Up Questions

How is gift-giving different in some cultures?

Why are brand names important for sales?

How does the media influence our choice of gifts?

Journey Topic Card

Describe a journey that didn’t go to plan.


Where were you going?

What form of travel was it?

What went wrong?

If you could do it again, what would you do differently?

Follow-Up Questions

What is your favourite form of travel?

How has travel changed over the last 50 years?

Community Topic Card

Describe one of your close neighbours.


When did you meet your neighbour?

How often do you see your neighbour?

Explain why they are a good neighbour or not?

Follow-Up Questions

What is the difference between neighbours and friends?

How can being a good neighbour help improve a community?

Childhood Topic Card

Describe a game you played in your childhood.


What type of game was it?

How did you play it, with who?

What impact did it have on your growth?

You may also explain why you don’t play it anymore.

Follow-Up Questions

What benefits can we get from playing children’s games?

What are the differences between children’s games now and in the past?

Top Tip For Success

1. Read a question and plan your information.

2. Write 300 to 500 words in a natural speaking style.

3. Each topic has 3 questions to guide your writing.

3.i. Introduction.

3.ii. Main answer.

3.iii. Conclusion.

4. Use a dictionary and increase your vocabulary.

5. Check your grammar and make corrections.

6. Ask a friend or teacher to check your work.

7. Practice reading it in a natural speaking voice.

8. Ask your study partner to listen as you talk for 1-2 minutes.

9. Record yourself.

10. Repeat this plan for another topic card.

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Well done, you are ready for IELTS speaking topics part 3.

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