This post covers Sample Answers for one of the common IELTS Speaking topic in the real IELTS test – Interesting Conversation/ Speech You Heard. For Band 9.0 Model Answers for all Part 1, 2, 3 topics in 2018, you can take a look at IELTS Speaking Actual Tests & Suggested Answers (Ebook)
IELTS Speaking Part 2
Talk about an interesting conversation you had, or a speech you heard.
You should say:
– Who the speaker was
– When you heard him/her or talked with him/her
– What the speech/conversation was about
– Why it was interesting to you
Uhm, this is my favorite topic. When I was a student, I wasn’t very interested in any speech or talks. However, since I started my job as a teacher, I have enjoyed these talks a lot. I did hear a talk from a lecturer who comes from ABC University. He is a TESOL teacher, so the way he gave the talk really impressed me. Sitting in a big hall and listening to a talk actually isn’t a boring thing. The lecture presented different methodology in teaching English for high school students. Then, the talk visualized a variety of games to motivate students’ interests, such as snakes, battleships or puzzles. I have to admit that they are very creative and funny. Moreover, I did learn a lot from this talk, especially the games since I’ve never thought that games are really effective in class but they proved me wrong. The students like them a lot, which makes me believe in those new teaching methods. I think I will listen to these talks more when I have time.
- lecturer [n] someone who teaches at a college or university
- impress [v] to cause someone to admire or respect you because of something that you have done or said
- admit [v] to agree that something is true, especially unwillingly
- present [v] to give, provide or make known
- methodology [n] a system of ways of doing, teaching or studying something
- motivate [v] to make someone want to do something well
- creative [a] producing or using original and unusual ideas
- effective [a] successful or achieving the results that you want
- prove [v] to show that something is true
IELTS Speaking Part 3
Why do people feel nervous when they are giving a speech to others?
Public speaking has always been one of the utmost challenges for anyone, especially those lacking practices. Like any interpersonal skills, being able to deliver a thorough, yet captivating speech to a group of strangers requires certain factors. Reasons why most people fail, for me, fall into two main categories: the fear of audience’s reaction and the topic itself. People are judgmental creatures and can cast aspersions on almost everything; therefore, presenters may suffer from the pressure of perfecting every detail. In addition, if someone is going to talk about topic that is unfamiliar to him or too sophisticated for listeners, it is possibly not as well-received as the one he knows more about.
Utmost (a): greatest; most extreme
Captivating (a): taking all your attention; very attractive and interesting
Judgmental (a): judging people and criticizing them too quickly
Cast aspersions on: to criticize someone or someone’s character
Sophisticated (a): complicated
Well-received (a): getting a good reaction from people
How can people improve their public speaking skills?
Thanks to the Internet, information is now disseminated worldwide and easily accessible that you can get help from anyone about anything, including public speaking. There are several means to acquire and harness such skill as long as people are willing to such as enrolling in an online course or participating in forum where people with the same goal gather and share their experience. This is quite effective, flexible and most importantly, free of charge. If you want something more official and academic, talk to some experts in public speaking at some conferences or workshops. They will provide you more insights and tips to begin. Last but not least, practice makes perfect.
Disseminate (v): to spread information, knowledge, etc. so that it reaches many people
Accessible (a): that can be reached, entered, used, seen, etc.
Acquire (v): to gain something by your own efforts, ability or behaviour
Harness (v): to control and use the force or strength of something to produce power or to achieve something
Practice makes perfect: a way of encouraging people by telling them that if you do an activity regularly and try to improve your skill, you will become very good at it
Can you suggest any methods that would help reduce nervousness?
Each of us will surely experience at least once in our lifetime the feeling of anxiety. It can be before our job interview or big presentation, when meeting your family-in-law for the first time and so on. Nervousness could be a good sign since it shows that we care. However, to better perform at such life-changing events, you should control your feelings. Firstly, take a deep breath. You can’t be at your best without breathing easily. Second, don’t try convince yourself that you’re not anxious. Accept it just like any other feelings then you don’t have to keep reminding yourself to ignore it. Lastly, use positive self-talk. Encourage yourself and remember that you are in this place for a reason.
Nervousness (n): the feeling of being anxious about something or afraid of something
Life-changing (a): having an effect that is strong enough to change someone’s life
Is it good for people to visit schools and give a talk to children about different things?
As far as I’m concerned, it would be a valuable experience for children to hear real-life stories and personal insights from their predecessors who have been through ups and downs for useful lessons and advice. Nowadays, many schools have already invited some guests that could be their alumni or influential local figures to talk to students. A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark. Therefore, the sooner we sow a good seed and inspire them, the better they will grow.
Valuable (a): very useful or important
Predecessor (n): a person who did a job before somebody else
Ups and downs: the mixture of good and bad things in life or in a particular situation or relationship
Alumni (n): the former male and female students of a school, college or university
Influential (a) having a lot of influence on somebody/something
What type of person is best suited to give a talk to a group of students?
Well, I see no special talents are needed to be able to deliver a highly motivating and inspiring speech to students as long as their experiences and messages are relevant and meaningful. Hence, people who could grab students’ attention and make them question their goals and purposes are those leading an eventful life. And by this, I mean someone who has related experiences and been through ups and downs during his career to reach success. This is because I believe that if one has never tasted failures and disappointments, he can’t realize his inner strength to overcome setbacks and truly appreciate his success, which is what students should think about when they’re still in school.
Motivate (v): to be the reason why somebody does something or behaves in a particular way
Inspiring (a): exciting and encouraging you to do or feel something
Relevant (a): having ideas that are valuable and useful to people in their lives and work
Setback (n): a difficulty or problem that delays or prevents something, or makes a situation worse
Grab someone’s attention: to draw or attract someone’s attention