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Speaking Test Part 2 Exercise 4: Hobbies

In IELTS Speaking Part 2, you will need to talk about a topic that you are provided with for 1-2 minutes.You will be given a topic card with a talking point and a set of criteria – things you must talk about. The examiner will ask give you a pen and piece of paper. Use this to jot all of your ideas down. The examiner will tell you when to begin giving your talk.Take 30 seconds to read the topic and criteria and jot down some notes. Then, start your stopwatch and try to talk continuously for between 1 to 2 minutes.

Topic: Hobbies

Describe a hobby you enjoy.

You should say:

– What the hobby is

– What sort of people like this hobby

– How it is done

– Explain why you enjoy it so much

Model Answer: Hobbies

Audio:

 

Transcript: The hobby that I enjoy the most, by far, is rock climbing. I discovered the sport four years ago when I was introduced to it by a friend. The first time I tried it, I was full of fear and my legs were shaking like a leaf. Nowadays, though, I feel so much more comfortable and confident being so high above the ground. I have met a lot of other climbing enthusiasts over the years. They tend to be people that enjoy both the physical and the mental difficulty of the sport. You, obviously, have to be very fit to be a climber and to lift your body weight up a steep wall. However, a large part of climbing is also about working out how to climb the route. This is known as the beta – it is the approach you take to climbing the route. Sometimes, you can try a lot of different beta before you find the one that works for you! There are different types of climbing too and the one I like the most is called bouldering. This means that you climb without a rope up large boulders that are normally around 4-6 metres high. I love this type of climbing the most because you are relying solely on your own mental and physical strength to top out the route. It can be hard because the fear of falling can consume you, but if you can overcome the negative thoughts and replace them with determination, you can achieve great things in climbing!

Speaking Test Part 2 Exercise 3: Books

In IELTS Speaking Part 2, you will need to talk about a topic that you are provided with for 1-2 minutes.You will be given a topic card with a talking point and a set of criteria – things you must talk about. The examiner will ask give you a pen and piece of paper. Use this to jot all of your ideas down. The examiner will tell you when to begin giving your talk.Take 30 seconds to read the topic and criteria and jot down some notes. Then, start your stopwatch and try to talk continuously for between 1 to 2 minutes.

Topic: Books

Describe a book that you have enjoyed reading.

You should say:

– What the book name is

– Who the main characters are

– What the book is about

– Explain why you enjoyed reading it so much

 

Model Answer: Books

Audio:

 

Transcript: My favourite book would have to be The Kite Runner. I can’t recall the name of the author just now, but I do remember this being the biggest emotional rollercoaster any book has ever taken me on! I was living in London at the time that I read the book. I vividly remember sneaking into bed early as I was so desperate to discover what would happen as the story unfolded. The main character was a young boy who would chase after kites when they fell from the sky. His story was tragic at times, but also heroic and inspirational. The book follows him from being a young boy living in Afghanistan to adulthood. It depicted his friendships, his relationships with his family and his relationships with other people living in the village. There were some quite traumatic parts of the story – things that you really couldn’t believe would happen – but I think that is why I found the book so enticing. I honestly couldn’t wait to retire in bed with my book every night and find out the next part of the boy’s adventure-filled life. I also learnt a lot about the Afghan culture through the book. Some elements I was already aware of, but some things, such as women not being allowed to travel alone, were very surprising to me. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for good read!

Speaking Test Part 2 Practice 2: Important People

In IELTS Speaking Part 2, you will need to talk about a topic that you are provided with for 1-2 minutes.

You will be given a topic card with a talking point and a set of criteria – things you must talk about. The examiner will ask give you a pen and piece of paper. Use this to jot all of your ideas down. The examiner will tell you when to begin giving your talk.

Take 30 seconds to read the topic and criteria and jot down some notes. Then, start your stopwatch and try to talk continuously for between 1 to 2 minutes.

 

Topic: Important People

Describe someone who is very important to you.

You should say:

– Who the person is

– How you met the person

– What is special about this person

– Explain why the person is so important to you

 

Model Answer: Important People

Audio:

 

Transcript: One person who is very important to me is my grandma. Although she is my grandma, I have always called her nan. My nan is my dad’s mum. When I was growing up, I would spend all of my summer holidays at my nan’s house. She looked after my brother, my cousins and I for the whole of the holidays while our parents were working. My nan also looked after me when I was poorly. If I fell ill at school, the receptionist would call my nan and she would come and collect me and take me to her home. I would lie on the sofa covered in a blanket while my nan gave me food, lots of liquids to drink and lots of comfort to make me feel better. My nan is an incredibly special person. She is incredibly kind and thoughtful, and is always putting others before herself. As an adult, my nan is an inspiration to me and how I should treat others around me. She truly is one-of-a-kind.

 

Speaking Test Part 2 Practice 1: Music

In IELTS Speaking Part 2, you will need to talk about a topic that you are provided with for 1-2 minutes.

You will be given a topic card with a talking point and a set of criteria – things you must talk about. The examiner will ask give you a pen and piece of paper. Use this to jot all of your ideas down. The examiner will tell you when to begin giving your talk.

Take 30 seconds to read the topic and criteria and jot down some notes. Then, start your stopwatch and try to talk continuously for between 1 to 2 minutes.

Topic: Music

Describe a piece of music that is very important to you.

You should say:

– What the piece of music is

– When you first heard it

– Where you were when you first heard it

– Explain why it is so important to you

Model Answer: Music 

Audio:

 

Transcript: My favourite piece of music is Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen. I first heard this piece of music when I was at university with my friends. It used to play every time we were at the student union bar for a night called Fun Factory. We would often be sitting around a large circular table together; chatting, dancing and having fun. Whenever the song came on, we would all jump up and start singing. We would sing at the top of our voices and drape our arms over each other’s shoulders. Everyone was always so happy when this song was playing. Now, when I hear it, I always think of my university friends and the fun times we had together. I recently watched the film that came out about Queen and Freddie Mercury. This song featured in the film and it reminded me of how much I love the song. Since hearing it again in the film, I have added it to my Spotify playlist and have started listening to it every day. It always makes me feel so nostalgic and grateful for the wonderful times I had with my friends at university.

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Listening Practice 10: Sentence Completion (North American, Irish & British)

Listen to the audio clip below and answer the sentence completion questions. If you have completed some of the practice questions for reading, you are probably already familiar with sentence completion tasks.

For the listening test, it is recommended that you use capital letters to record your answers – this will make your answer clear. And remember: to get a mark for a correct answer, it has to be spelt correctly!!!

In the instructions, you will be told how many words and/or numbers are expected to be given in the answer. Ensure that you check this carefully before answering the questions and be sure to stick to this amount of words and numbers in your response.

This practice exercise is focused on a text about bicycles.

A final top tip – be sure to quickly glance through the questions before listening to the recording – this will help you to listen out for relevant information!

Audio

 

Questions

Listen to the audio clip and complete the following sentences. In each answer, you must give no more than 1 word and/or number.

1. The radio presenter is ________ Barton.

2. The presenter wants to know if cycling is actually  ______.

3. There are many types of bikes; mountain, _______, road, city and fixed gear.

4. Bike price and _____ differ.

5. Higher quality bikes are ______ to ride on busy roads.

6. Prices range from $____ to $_____.

7. Bikes are ______ than cars.

Transcript

In this listening exercise, a radio presenter is talking about cycling. First, look at questions 1 to 7 below then listen carefully and answer those questions.

Good morning and welcome to the Anna Barton Show. Our show today is talking about whether more people should travel to work by bicycle. We know this is better for our health, but is it really safe? I’m joined this morning by Ken Hayes of the organisation 2 Wheels 4 Life. Ken, what do we need to consider about cycling to work?

Well, firstly the range of bicycles is huge -mountain, hybrid, road, city and fixed gear. These range in both quality and price. Obviously, this means that some bikes are safer for riding on main roads. On the whole, people would spend somewhere between $300 and $1000 on bikes so it isn’t a cheap option – although, it is far cheaper than buying a car!

Answers

1. The radio presenter is Anna Barton.

2. The presenter wants to know if cycling is actually  safe.

3. There are many types of bikes; mountain, hybrid, road, city and fixed gear.

4. Bike price and price differ.

5. Higher quality bikes are safer to ride on busy roads.

6. Prices range from $300 to $1000.

7. Bikes are cheaper than cars.

 

Listening Practice 9: Listening For Names and Numbers (North American Accent)

Another common task within the IELTS test is listening to names and numbers and writing these down correctly. Some names may be spelt out for you, but be warned that some may not! Be sure to listen to the whole name and record the title, first name and surname if they are given in the audio recording.

It is recommended that you use capital letters to record your answers – this will make your answers more clear. And remember: to get a mark for a correct answer, it has to be spelt correctly!!!

In this test, listen carefully and try to distinguish between letters with similar sounds. Think also about the word as a whole – if you hear a letter and are not sure if it is a B or an E, jot both letter down and come back at the end. If the letter is going between an N and a T, the correct answer must be E to make NET (because there are definitely no names spelt NBT!).

The more you practice listening to and distinguishing letters, the better you will get at this task.

 

Question

Listen to the audio clip and write down the names or numbers you hear.

 

Audio

 

 

Answers:

1. HANNAH

2. PAULINE

3. ROHAN

4. MISS ANNA SMITH

5. SALLY

6. RONALD

7. 81

8. 422-931-6167

9. 23rd

 

Listening Practice 8: Multiple Choice (Australian Accent)

Listen to the audio clip below. Use the information in the audio clip to answer the question. The answer to the question will be one of the pictures, either picture A, picture B or picture C. This practice exercise is focused on information about a famous person.

In the question, you will be told what aspect of the information in the recording you need to focus on in order to find the correct answer. REMEMBER: you will just give a one letter answer in response to this question.

A final top tip – it is likely that all three answers would make sense as the correct answer – your job is to listen carefully for the information that defines the answer as one of the pictures and not the others.

 

Audio

 

Questions:

Look carefully at the multiple choice picture options. Listen to the audio clip and answer the A, B or C questions below.

Question 1: Where did Michael grow up?
A: Toronto
B: Seattle
C: California

Question 2: When did Michael start acting classes?
A: age 3
B: age 10
C: age 14

Question 3: How often had Michael been cast in the lead role at his school?
A: Every 3 out of 4 plays
B: 70% of plays
C: Half of the plays

Question 4: When Michael moved to California, how did he find it?
A: He got his first break easily
B: He got his first break quickly
C: He was rejected a lot of times

Question 5: Is Michael still acting today?
A: Yes
B: No
C: He has retired from acting.

 

Transcript

Michael was born in Toronto, but soon relocated to a new home in Seattle where he spent most of his childhood. Following a move to California when he was 16, this is when Michael was able to really pursue his acting career. Although he showed an interest in acting from the age of 3, he didn’t start acting lessons until the age of 10. By 14, he was well-known in his school for taking on roles in school productions and by 16 he had taken the main male role in over three-quarters of the schools’ plays. He was liked and respected by teachers and students alike and was on an early path to success.

On arrival in Los Angeles in 1996, he was taken aback at the difficulty of breaking into the market and the high level of rejection he faced. However, his lucky break came just two years later when he landed the lead role of ‘Mickey’ in the Century Fox production of Disney Favourites. This opportunity thrusted him into the limelight and through this film he gained a large fan base. Now a well-known star across the world, Michael has truly realised his acting ambition. He continues to impress audiences around the world with his new film and TV projects.

 

Answers:

Question 1: Where did Michael grow up?
B: Seattle

Question 2: When did Michael start acting classes?
B: age 10

Question 3: How often had Michael been cast in the lead role at his school?
A: Every 3 out of 4 plays

Question 4: When Michale moved to California, how did he find it?
C: He was rejected a lot of times

Question 5: Is Michael still acting today?
A: Yes

Listening Practice 7: Table Completion (North American Accent )

In this practice exercise, we will focus on listening for specific information. Table completion tasks are common in IELTS listening tests and, if you have completed the reading practice tests, you will already be familiar with this type of task.

In order to listen for the correct information in the audio recording, be sure to read through the question first. From this, you should be able to work out what type of information you are looking for, e.g. a price, a time etc.

Questions

Listen to the audio clip and fill in the blanks in the table with the correct information about these attractions.

Audio:

 

 

Transcript:

Toronto has many places for people to visit across the city, including a range of museums and galleries. These attractions attract many visitors every year and allow you to brush up on your knowledge of Canadian history. Take an inspirational journey through Canada’s history at its top attractions, including a footwear museum, a textiles museum and a hockey shrine – dedicated to the country’s favourite past time.

Explore Toronto’s very own castle at the former home of Sir Henry Pellatt known as Casa Loma. That’s C-A-S-A (space) L-O-M-A. Constructed over 100 years ago, this over the top chateau consists of an 800 foot tunnel and 5 acres of gardens. Located at 1 Austin Terrace, it is open daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm and last admission is at 4:30 pm. Tickets cost $24 for adults, $14 for children and $18 for youths and seniors. For further information call 416-923–1171.

The Art Gallery located in Chinatown, is a work of art in itself. Built by architect Frank Gehry, the gallery contains over 95,000 works of art. The museum is located at 317 Dundas Street West. If you are taking the subway the closest stop is the St. Patrick stop on the Yonge-University-Spadina line. The entrance to the gallery is a five minute walk away. You can also take the 505 Dundas street car, getting off at McCaul Street. The 510 Spadina Street car also stops nearby. That’s Spadina, spelt S-P-A-D-I-N-A. Take the 510 Spadina Street car and get off at Dundas Street. Walk east for five minutes along Dundas and you will reach the gallery.

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