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2 important notes about the topic cards below.

First, during IELTS speaking test, the cards do not have the letters a, b, c, d on them. These letters are given here for organizational and coaching purposes.

Second, most of our students divide the card into 2 parts: a) an introduction where the letter a, b, and c are used answered (responded to) quickly. b) Letter d is the portion where students show more of their grammatical ability.

1

Talk about a musical event you enjoyed attending.

You should say:
a) where and when you saw it
b) why you liked it
c) who you were with

d) and describe a moment during the performance that was special to you.

2

Describe a situation when you helped someone.

You should say:
a) when it happened
b) who the person was
c) why you decided to help this person

d) and talk about how you felt after you finished helping this person.

5

Describe a time when you worked with others in a group to finish a project.

You should say:

a) what the project was
b) when you did it
c) who you did it with

d) and talk about what you have learned by working with others.

7

Talk about a time you cooked a meal for others.
You should say:

a) who you cooked for
b) what you cooked
c) when you did it

d) and describe how you felt while you prepared the meal.

Vocabulary:
vegetables, fruit, cabbage, lettuce, tomato, potato, watermelon, noodles, meat, fish, ice tea, coffee, make/ made, cook/ cooked, prepare/ prepared, meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner), menu

9

Describe a place you often drink coffee or tea.

You should say:
a) what the place is called
b) where it is located
c) why you like this place

d) and describe a recent experience of visiting this place.

Vocabulary:
drink/ drank, scenery, convenience/ convenient, beverage

10

Talk about a law in China that you think is important to you.

You should say:

a) what the law is
b) when and how you learned about it
c) why you think its important

d) and give details regarding how it has affected your life.

11

Talk about an experience when you gave your opinion in a questionnaire or survey.

You should say:
a) what the survey was about
b) when and where this happened
c) how long it took
d) and why you wanted to respond to the survey

Vocabulary:
questions, topics, response, answer, listen/listened, speak/ spoke
proof, evidence, result (consequence), confident

12

Talk about a restaurant you like that is near your home.

You should say:
a) what the restaurant is called
b) how close it is to your home
c) what type of food it serves

d) and describe a memorable meal you had there recently.

Vocabulary:
see #7 above for vocabulary

13

Talk about an important meeting you attended at your school.

You should say:
a) what the meeting was about
b) when you attended it
c) who attended the meeting with you

d) and give details regarding what you discussed at this meeting.

Vocabulary:
talked about, discussed, concerns, issues, resolve/ resolved

15

Talk about a famous building in your city/ country.

You should say:
a) what you call it
b) where it is
c) what it looks like

d) and explain why it is a famous building.

Vocabulary:
structure, edifice (less common), architecture, high-rise, sky scraper, glass walls, historical, ancient, impressive, monastery, church, synagogue, mosque, museum, modern (modern-looking) , suite (large room) or room, 40 stories high, economy sized room (small), gothic style

16

Describe a plant that is important in your country.

You should say:
what it is
what it looks like
why it is important

and describe an experience when you used it.

Suggestions
1) talk about food 2) flowers (gifts to family and lovers)

Vocabulary:
Topic 7 above has vocabulary about plant-based food.

Specialized voc
Rose, Lilac, Sunflower, Azalea, Begonia, Carnation, Daisy, Jasmine, Lavender, Lily

17

Talk about a recent event in your life that was important to you.

You should say:
a) what the event was
b) when it happened
c) why it was important

d) and give details regarding how it has affected your life.

19

Talk about an event when you were stuck in a traffic jam.

You should say:
a) when and where it happened
b) how long it took to get through it
c) how it made you feel

d) and explain what you did to pass the time.

20

Talk about something you recently did that was challenging.

You should say:
a) what it was
b) who suggested it to you
c) why you thought it was challenging

d) and explain what you have learned from doing it.

Vocabulary:
try/ tried, attempt, attempted, difficult, success/ successful

Task:
learning to speak English, preparing for IELTS, finishing university

21

Talk about a historical event you think is important.

You should say:
a) what the event is
b) when it happened
c) why you think it is important

d) and explain how it has affected your life.

Vocabulary:
remember/ remembered, life-changing

Events:
World War 1 and 2, Olympics in Beijing, the election of President Obama (first black president), the election of President Xi of China

22

Describe a hobby you enjoy.

You should say:
a) what it is
b) when you first started to do it.
c) why you like it.

d) and talk about an experience when you did it.

23

Talk about a news story you recently heard that was exciting.

You should say
a) what the story was about
b) when you heard it
c) why you thought it was exciting

d) and describe how you felt after you heard it.

29

Talk about your favorite piece of clothing.

You should say:
a) what it is
b) what it looks like
c) why it’s your favorite

d) and talk about how you got it.

Hint:
Your favorite piece of clothing is the clothing that will get you the highest score.

Vocabulary:
dress, shirt (blouse), jacket, coat, pants, shoes, hat, wear/wore, dress/ dressed.

Events:
a present at birthday, a present for another holiday, common day of shopping

30

Talk about a book you read recently.

You should say

a) what book it was
b) when you read it
c) why you read it

d) and offer details about what you gained from this book.

Vocabulary:
read/ read, lie/ lay, novel, fiction/nonfiction, children’s book, descriptions of writing styles: prose, syntax, diction

Note:
Try to think internationally or like a western person.

For example: if you talk about a Chinese novel, the examiner will not know about it. If it is not familiar to him, he may not understand your response as well, compared with talking about a western book that the examiner will know.