Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Books and reading are common Speaking and Writing topics.

Not only are they common on IELTS, but they are also topics that we both adore!

Listen today as we answer IELTS Speaking Part 1 questions about our love of books.

Thinking about what we like to read is interesting.

You will likely be asked about these topics on IELTS.

  • novels
  • news
  • magazines
  • literacy

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What related questions might you see on IELTS?

Writing Task 2 questions might ask you to think about the effects of reading on education.

You might see topics about literacy or the shift to digital reading.

Part 1 questions might be:

  • Do you enjoy reading?
  • What are your favorite kind of books?
  • Did you have a favorite book as a child?

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Tip #1: How to show a range of vocabulary

Today we’re showing you how to use informal slang on Speaking Part 1.

You need to show a range of vocabulary on IELTS Speaking.

In order to meet this requirement, you need informal vocabulary and slang on Part 1.

  • super jazzed: really excited
  • curl up with a good book: sit on a couch with legs up and read
  • comfy: slang for comfortable

Listen to Aubrey’s first answer to hear context for each of these.

Tip #2: Share specific details!

Aubrey gets specific in her second answer.

She shares titles and authors.

For higher Vocabulary and Fluency scores, you must share specifics.

  • obsessed with: really like

I’m obsessed with high fantasy novels.

  • escapism: immersing yourself in a world

Jessica also shares specific details in her example.

  • describing the cover
  • sharing details about the story

Tip #3: Be native and natural

Start with a native expression like “Oh my gosh!”

Say “gonna” instead of “going to.”

This will push you to a band 7 on Speaking!

You can’t sound like a student or a business professional on Part 1.

Reserve that for Part 3!

Instead, practice using slang and informal vocabulary.


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The easiest way to do this is to use slang and informal vocabulary on Part 1.

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