IELTS Speaking


Part 1 is about YOU. They will ask you familiar, everyday questions about your life. This will last around 4-5 minutes.

  • Your job or studies;
  • Your hometown;
  • Your family;
  • Your home;
  • Your likes and dislikes.

Part 2 is sometimes called the ‘long turn’. You will be given a cue card and you will have 1 minute to prepare your answer. You will then be asked to speak for up to 2 minutes.

Past Themes
  1. My first Pet Animal
    1. Everyone loves to have a pet animal.
    2. The most liked pets are dogs, cats, tortoises, birds and rabbits.
    3. We love them because they follow us or love us.
    4. When I was hardly four years, I got a lovely tortoise from one of my uncles who was a fisherman.
    5. I loved the tortoise so much that I made a small pond in front of my house and named it TOTO.
    6.  
  2. An accident that changed my Life
    1. Present 1 – All of us meet with minor or major accidents in our life.
    2. Present 2 – They range from minor fall from a chair, or from a terrace, or a motor accident or sometimes an explosion that claims lives.
    3. Present 3 – Each accident makes drastic change in our lives.
    4. Past 1
    5. Past 2
    6. Past 3
    7. Past 4
    8. Past 5
    9. Past 6
    10. Past 7
    11. Past 8
    12. Past 9
    13. Past 10
    14. Present 4
  3. The first book I ever read.
    1. Present 1, 2, 3
    2. Past 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    3. Present 4
  4. My first friend.
    1. Present 1, 2, 3
    2. Past 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    3. Present 4
Present Themes
  1. Outdoor Games
    1. What are outdoor games.
    2. We don’t play outdoor games.
    3. Why?
    4. What happens if we don’t play outdoor games.
    5. How can we solve this problem.
  2. Giving Gifts
    1. When do we give gifts?
    2. What do we feel when we gift someone.
    3. What does the receiver feel on being gifted?
  3. Telephones/Mobile Phones.
    1. How do telephones help us.
    2. We are addicted to mobile phones.
  4. Bikes
    1. Kinds of bikes.
    2. Why is there such a craze?
    3. Who are crazy about bikes.
    4. Price factor
  5. Neighbours
  6. Newspapers
  7. Flowers
  8. Television x 3
  9. Keeping in Contact
  10. Laughing
  11. Cold Weather
  12. Commuting
  13. Dancing
  14. Musical Instruments
  15. Traffic
  16. Friends x 2
  17. Your Country x 2
  18. Colours
  19. Entertainment
  20. Clothes x 2
  21. Food
  22. Free Time x 2
  23. Your Favourite Place
  24. Family x 4
  25. Festivals
  26. Visitors x 2
  27. Daily Routine
  28. School Days
  29. Hometown x 5
  30. Films x 2
  31. Work x 5 –
  32. Study x 3 –
  33. Buildings
  34. Sport
  35. Shopping
  36. Your Home
  37. Restaurants
  38. Emails
  39. Text Messages
  40. Older People
  41. Markets
  42. New Experiences
  43. A Journey
  44. Helping Other People
  45. Surveys
  46. Restaurants x 2
  47. Meetings
  48. Childhood Friends
  49. Parties
  50. Ideas at Work
  51. Competitions
  52. Electronic Devices
  53. A Family Member you do not welcome.
    1. My mother’s youngest brother Nick is a man of great knowledge but I can’t help hating him. Well, Uncle Nick is a smoker of the worst kind.
    2. Of all the men and women I have come across so far, my mother’s youngest brother Nick is the weirdest.
  54. Keeping Fit and Healthy
  55. Sports
  56. Making Choices
  57. A Celebrity
  58. A Friend
  59. Festivals
  60. Historic Places
  61. A Hobby
  62. Bodies of Water
  63. Websites
  64. Films
  65. A Memorable Event
  66. Something You Own
  67. An Interesting Story
  68. A Special Event
  69. A Popular Teacher
  70. A TV Programme / Reality Shows
  71. A Time You Helped Someone
  72. Photos
  73. Cooking
  74. School
  75. Historical Buildings
  76. A Song
  77. Celebrity Culture
  78. A Surprise
  79. Schools Subject
  80. Leadership
  81. A Disagreement
  82. A Short Trip
  83. Something You Would Like To Buy
  84. Learning New Things
  85. Travel
  86. Community Service
  87. International Meetings
  88. Football and Cricket / Sporting Competitions
  89. Influence of Friends
  90. National Celebrations
  91. Ideas and Education
  92. Is Religion really Needed?
  93. Technology at Home
  94. Genetic Research
  95. Health and Modern Lifestyles
  96. Choices in Everyday Life
  97. Relationship
  98. Media
  99. Teaching of History
  100. Leisure Time
  101. Water-Based Leisure Activities
  102. The Internet
  103. Censorship
  104. Changing trends in Marriage
  105. Consumerism
  106. Advertising
  107. Helping Other People
  108. Being Polite
  109. Parenting
  110. History
  111. Art Classes
  112. Leadership
  113. Happiness

Part 3 is more abstract. This is your opportunity to really develop your answers and discuss the issues brought up by the examiner. This will last 4-5 minutes.

Biju John is an educational writer, educator and the author of OM - The Otherwise Men. He gives live classes on Skype and Facebook. You can attend his 3 Day Classes (English & Business Studies) in Delhi, Bangalore, Qatar and Dubai. His Contact number is 91 9810740061.

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