IELTS Speaking Guide: Lesson 1

 

Giving Answers with a Reason (Topic: Home)

 

In the first section of the IELTS speaking test the examiner will ask 3-4 questions about 1 topic.  You will normally be asked about 3 different topics.

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TipNever give one-word answers.  Always give a reason for your answer; do not make the examiner ask you, “Why?”

Example:  Do you spend a lot of time outdoors?

Answer:  Yes, I do go outside a lot because I enjoy taking walks and breathing fresh air.

 

Vocabulary Building-Warm-Up

Look at the following categories.  Choose a letter and try to think of as many words as possible that are related to each category. 

Example:  Letter:  T

                  Category:  Items in a kitchen

                  Possible Answers: teapot, tea, table, tap, towels, Tupperware.

 

Use the following categories for each letter that you choose.

Items in a kitchen                 Furniture                   Things you hang on a wall

Items in a bathroom             Rooms in a house      Thing in a living room

Colors you paint a house      Dishes you cook         Activities in a living room

                       

In order to prepare properly for the exam, you need to think about how you would answer a question and give the reason for your answer.

1.  How would you describe your home?

Answer:  ____________________

Reason:  _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Complete Sentence:  ____________________________________________________________because

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

2.  Do you see yourself living in your home for a long time?

Answer:  ____________________

Reason:  _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Complete Sentence:  ____________________________________________________________because

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

3.  What is your ideal home?

Answer:  ____________________

Reason:  _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Complete Sentence:  ____________________________________________________________because

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

4.  Do you like your home?

Answer:  ____________________

Reason:  _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Complete Sentence:  ____________________________________________________________because

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

5.  What is your favorite room in your home?

Answer:  ___________________________________

Reason:  _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Complete Sentence:  ____________________________________________________________because

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

6.  If you could redecorate your home, what would you do?

Answer:  __________________________________________________________________________________

Reason:  _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Complete Sentence:  ____________________________________________________________because

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

7.  What don’t you like about your home?

Answer:  ____________________

Reason:  _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Complete Sentence:  ____________________________________________________________because

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Speaking Activity:  Practice asking and answering the above questions with a partner.  Try not to use your notes.

 

 

 

Listening Activity:  Practice asking the questions again but this time, write down your partner’s answers and think of a follow-up question to ask.

 

Partner’s Answers and Follow-up questions.

1.  Answer:  _____________________________________________________________________________

Follow-up Question:  ____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

2.  Answer:  _____________________________________________________________________________

Follow-up Question:  ____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

3.  Answer:  _____________________________________________________________________________

Follow-up Question:  ____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

4.  Answer:  _____________________________________________________________________________

Follow-up Question:  ____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

5.  Answer:  _____________________________________________________________________________

Follow-up Question:  ____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

6.  Answer:  _____________________________________________________________________________

Follow-up Question:  ____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

 

7.  Answer:  _____________________________________________________________________________

Follow-up Question:  ____________________________________________________________________

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