Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

In today’s lesson, you learn about four things you MUST do in Speaking Part 2 to knock the IELTS examiner’s socks off.

In IELTS Speaking Part 2, you will be given a task card.

On the top of the card is the topic. It says something like, “Describe your favorite teacher from secondary school.”

The topics in Speaking Part 2 fall under these categories: describing people, places, objects, or events/experiences.

On the podcast, we’ve discussed strategies for each of these possible question types.

Watch today’s video, take notes, and use them as a guide for your own practice!


Here are the top tricks to nailing your 2 minute speech for IELTS Speaking Part 2:

  • Fill the two minutes.
    • Don’t stop talking.
    • You don’t need a conclusion.
    • In fact, if the examiner has to stop you in the middle of your story, it looks like you are more fluent. It proves that you are able to keep talking for a long time, and that is what your Fluency score is based on.
  • Focus on the topic, not the bullet points.
    • If you depend on the bullet points while speaking, your answer seems disjointed. This is enough for a 6, assuming you fill the two minutes, but no higher.
    • Instead, while brainstorming, follow our strategies for how to provide a fluent and naturally organized answer.

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Search for ‘slang‘ and ‘idioms‘ on this site, listen to the episodes and watch the videos. Write down 1-2 words/phrases from each, and keep this list in front of you while you practice. Make yourself use these words in your speaking practice so you remember them on test day!

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