Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

On IELTS Speaking Part 2, do you know how to impressively describe a movie?

This is a very common topic card on the exam.

To me, because I love movies, this seems like it should be the easiest and most fun question you could get!

The best IELTS Speaking Part 2 strategy is to tell a story.

This strategy naturally goes along with any task card asking you to describe a movie, TV show or book.

Many students do not tackle this question directly enough, talking around the topic. For example, a candidate might talk about what friends went the cinema, or how much popcorn they bought.

If you don’t dive into the story in detail, you won’t have enough to talk about.

Telling a story gives you lots of specific details to talk about, and it increases your Fluency/Coherence, Pronunciation and Vocabulary scores.

In this episode, I will provide a sample answer for this IELTS Speaking Part 2 topic:

Describe a movie you have seen recently.

Notice how I begin my answer in an interesting way:

I was really excited when I saw that you gave me this topic card, because I am such a movie fan.

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Interesting phrases I use:

get lost in a movie/story

first came to my attention

entrance into the American market

the cast is amazing

the look of the film is breathtaking

capturing this beautiful, magical creature throws nature off-balance


Also, notice how I emphasize descriptions with noticeable intonation and stress. Listen to my answer and try to copy how expressive I am.

What do you think of today’s sample answer and vocabulary?

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