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IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics May-August 2019

IELTS Speaking Part 2 and 3 Topics May-August 2019

Below is a list of Cue Cards that the examiner may give you in part 2 section of the IELTS speaking test.

These Cue Cards are not a guarantee, they are just for helping students prepare for the IELTS test.

In addition, don’t forget to check Recent IELTS Speaking questions (2019)

1. Describe a time you gave advice to someone

— Who you gave advice to?

— What the advice was?

— Why you gave the advice?

— And how you felt about the advice?

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. What kind of advice do parents give to their children?
  2. How do experts give advice to others? (e.g a doctor gives advice to patients)
  3. What advice do parents give to teenagers about making friends?
  4. Whose advice is more helpful? Parents’ or friends’?

2. Describe a meal at a special event

— What it was and why was it special

— How is it cooked

— Why do people eat it

— Why you like it

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. Which food is generally popular in your country?
  2. Why some people prefer planting food themselves?
  3. Will there be more and more people planting food in the future?
  4. What kind of food is good for a party?
  5. Do you think people should eat every meal with their family?

 

3. Describe an important decision you made with someone’s help

— What was the decision

— Who helped you

— How he helped you

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. Do you always ask for help when making decisions?
  2. Do you think teenagers are able to take decisions on their own?
  3. Why some can make quick decisions and some cannot?
  4. What should national leaders consider when they make decisions?

4. Describe a bad service you received

— What and when it happened

— Where did it happen

— Who you were with

— Why the service was horrible

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. What kind of services are bad ones?
  2. Why do some people choose to remain silent when they receive bad services?
  3. Who should be responsible for bad services?
  4. As a manager, what would you do to prevent bad services?

5. Describe a person who has encouraged you recently

— Who the person was?

— How is he/she related to you?

— How does he/she encourage you?

— Why this encouragement helped you to achieve the goal?

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. Why it is important for teenagers to set the goals?
  2. What will encourage children to learn more?
  3. Do parents and teachers punish children nowadays?
  4. Who do you think has a greater influence on the goal-setting of children: teachers or parents?

6. Describe an outdoor sport you would like to try

— What activity is it?

— When and where would you like to do it?

— What special skills or equipment would you need?

— With whom you will play

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. Why do old people like to watch sports on TV?
  2. Are there many sports programs on TV?
  3. How often do you play sports?
  4. Should children spend more time playing sports?
  5. Do you think that group sports are more useful than individual sports?

7. Describe an old person you met who has inspired you

— Who is this person?

— Where and under what circumstances did you meet him/her?

— What quality about him/her inspired you?

— How was the attitude of this person towards you and towards others?

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. What are the advantages of having an elderly person at home?
  2. Is there anything that older people should learn from the younger generation?
  3. What can the younger generation learn from the older generation?
  4. What qualities does a person need to take care of old people?
  5. Do you think elderly people should be allowed to work?
  6. Do you think that elderly people should be taken care of at home?

8. Describe your ideal house

— Where this place would be

— What it would look like

— When you would like to live there

— Explain why it is ideal for you

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. Do most people in your country live in an apartment or house?
  2. Do young people in your country like to live with their parents or by themselves?
  3. Do people in your country like to rent a place to live?
  4. Would you live in a foreign country in the future?
  5. How is modern home design in your country different to that of the past?

9. Describe a time when you heard a stranger talking over the phone

— When it was

— Where it happened

— What were you doing at that time

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. Some people like talking on phones in public transport, what do you think about this situation?
  2. What are the bad effects of talking over the phone in public?
  3. Why do some people always break the rules in public places?
  4. Should people be banned from talking aloud in public places?
  5. Is it bad to talk on the phone in public places?

10. Describe a TV advert you have never forgotten

— What it was about

— When and where you saw it

— What happens in it

— Why you remember it well

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. Why do some people hate advertisements?
  2. Do people usually buy stuff after watching advertisements?
  3. Is music useful in advertising?
  4. What are the advantages of TV advertisements? How about internet advertisements?
  5. Where usually do we see adverts?
  6. Are there any advertisements at school?
  7. Are there some inappropriate adverts, like that of a condom?
  8. Why does the government allow such ads?
  9. Do you think it is bad for children? Do parents complain about it?

11. Describe a tree, plant or bush grown in your country

— What it is

— Where it is grown

— Why is it important to your country

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. Do people in your country like to grow plants at home?
  2. Do old people grow plants?
  3. How do schools teach students to grow plants?
  4. What is the main plant in your country?

12. Describe a souvenir you bought

— What it was

— When did you buy it

— From where did you buy it

— What it was like

— Why you think it was special

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. What souvenirs do people buy from tourist attractions?
  2. Why do people like to take photos while travelling?
  3. Is it good that the locals sell things to tourists?
  4. What are the pros and cons of taking professional cameras when travelling?

13. Describe a party you recently attended

— When was it

— Who joined you?

— What happened at the party

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. Do children like to party? Do adults like to party?
  2. What are the main reasons why people organise family parties in your country?
  3. Are there many differences between family parties and parties given by friends? Why do you think this is?
  4. Do you think parties will become more popular in the future?
  5. Why do you think some people like parties but others hate them?

14. Describe a singer or music band

— Who is it? Or Who are they

— What style of music do they play?

— Talk about their personality

— Why do you like listening to their music?

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. Does the music industry prefer to make more money than producing good music?
  2. What kind of music do people like at different ages?
  3. What kind of music is popular in your country now and what kind will be popular in the future?
  4. Do people learn to sing nowadays?
  5. Do you think the most popular singer is the best one?

15. Describe a time you answered an anonymous phone call

— When you received this call?

— Where you received this call?

— What you were doing at that time?

— What the call was about?

— How did you feel about this call?

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. Some people like talking on phones in public transport, what do you think about this situation?
  2. What are the bad effects of talking over the phone in public?
  3. Why do some people always break the rules in public places?
  4. Should people be banned from talking aloud in public places?
  5. Is it bad to talk on the phone in public places?

16. Describe an occasion you had to get up early in the morning

— When did you get up early

— Why you got up early

— What did you do?

— How did you feel about it?

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. What kind of people usually get up early? And why?
  2. Is it easier for older people to get up early than younger people?
  3. What are the benefits of getting up early?
  4. What effect does sleeping late has on a person’s lifestyle?

17. Describe an exciting book you have read

— When you read it

— What type of book is it

— What is it about

— Why did you find it exciting

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. Do people in your country like to read books?
  2. What kinds of books are most popular in your country?
  3. Do you think reading is important?
  4. Do you think electronic books will eventually replace paper books?
  5. Some people like to collect books. Why do you think they do this?
  6. Is compulsory reading (in school) is a good idea?
  7. What books do children read and what do adults read?
  8. Why men and women prefer different books?
  9. Why some books become internationally popular?
  10. What type of books do children read nowadays? What type of books did children like reading in the past and what do you think they will read in the future?
  11. Do you think children have lost their interest in stories?
  12. Can storybooks be an ideal gift for children?
  13. What can be done to encourage the habit of reading among children?

18. Describe an item you bought but haven’t used much

— What was the thing?

— When did you buy it?

— Why you bought it

— Why you didn’t use it often?

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. Who is considered to be an impulsive buyer?
  2. Do you care about the pollution caused by packaging?
  3. Do you pay attention to environmental protection?
  4. Do people in your country care about waste classification?
  5. How do you deal with items you do not use anymore?

19. Describe an activity you do alone in your free time

— What the activity is?

— How often you do it?

— Where and how you do it?

— and explain why you like to do this activity?

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. How do people in your country usually plan free time?
  2. Do young people in your country work longer hours now than in the past?
  3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of flexible work time?

20. Describe a famous person that you are interested in

— Who this person is

— How you know about this person

— How this person became famous

— And explain why you like this person

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. Do you think a person who is famous is well liked? Why?
  2. What do you know about celebrities?
  3. Do you think celebrities are different in different countries?
  4. Were they different in the past?
  5. What does motivate people to become well known?
  6. Do you think technology can help people interested in it, to become well known?

21. Describe a successful friend

— Who was the person?

— When did he get success?

— How did you feel?

— Why do you think it is important?

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. What kind of people are considered successful in society?
  2. What does it take to become successful?
  3. What are the reasons for failure?
  4. Do you think a university degree would guarantee one’s success in career?

22. Describe an exciting sport from your childhood

— What was the sport?

— When did you play it?

— Who did you play with?

— How you felt about it

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. What kinds of games do children play these days?
  2. Why do people play different kinds of games when they grow up?
  3. Do you think winning is the most important goal for playing games?
  4. Do parents in your country encourage children to play games?
  5. What kind of games do children play at school?

23. Describe a time you invited a friend to eat a meal with you

— Who you invited

— Where and when you ate this meal

— What you ate

— explain why you invited the person to have a meal.

Follow-up questions / Part 3

  1. Do you believe that food is the most important part of a celebration?
  2. Do you think it is right to spend too much money on food?
  3. Do you think climate change affects the production of crops?
  4. How do you think science and technology will affect the production of products in the future?
  5. How do you compare the food that we eat now compared to the food we have before?

Check out useful phrases for expressing agreement and disagreement

For more patterns and vocabulary on this topic use IELTS Vocabulary to describe Clothes and Fashion

MORE CUE CARDS AND PART 3 QUESTIONS ARE COMING SOON, PLEASE FOLLOW THIS PAGE

Don’t forget to check Recent IELTS Speaking questions (2019)


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