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Speaking Test Part 1 Exercise 3: Books


In this exercise, you will practise answering a series of questions on the topic of ‘books’. For detailed information on the IELTS speaking test part 1, be sure to check out the post ‘Speaking Practice Part 1: Food’.

Before you start, be sure to check out my top 3 tips for success in the IELTS speaking test below:

– Use the audio recording below. Play the recording and pause it after each question. Give your answer (remember to aim for 3-4 good sentences!) and then press play to proceed to the next question.

– Check you are giving enough detail in your answers by using a timer on your phone or watch to time the length of this part of the test. To answer these 4 questions, you should aim to speak for around 1 minute 40 seconds.

– Record yourself giving your answers. Listen back to it at the end of the test and consider how well you answered the question, how good your language use was and how clearly you spoke.

Audio Clip

Listen to the audio file by clicking on the play button:

 

Questions 

  1. Do you enjoy reading books?
  2. What type of books do you most enjoy reading?
  3. Where do you most enjoy reading books?
  4. Do you think reading is important for children?

 

MODEL ANSWERS

  1. Do you enjoy reading books?

I do like to read a good novel and I often find that once I start a book, I get very hooked on reading it. However, I do find it increasingly difficult to find the time to read books. Nowadays, I probably only read books when I am on holiday.

  1. What type of books do you most enjoy reading?

For me, there is really only one genre of books that I am interested in reading – crime. I find crime novels capture my interest and keep me engaged throughout. In fact, I think it makes me read the books faster because I am so intrigued to find out ‘whodunnit’ at the end. I have tried other styles of books, but the storylines often move too slowly and I lose interest in the plot.

  1. Where do you most enjoy reading books?

I believe that reading books is a very relaxing activity and, so, I like to be in the most comfortable position possible when I settle down to read. If I am sitting on the sofa, I tend to curl up in a ball and lean on the arm rest. I have tried reading books in bed but find that I am so cosy, I fall asleep!

  1. Do you think reading is important for children?

In my opinion, reading is essential for children. From a very young age, books provide children with the opportunity to better understand the world and to develop their language skills at the same time. I understand that not all children love reading, but it is still important that they engage with books. This will help them to improve their vocabulary and become better readers and writers in adulthood.

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