Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today I’ll share my favorite resources for IELTS drama questions in Speaking Part 1 and Part 2.

On the IELTS Speaking test, you may be asked to discuss a drama series you know of.

Hopefully, you can describe one you’ve watched in English, and not one that every other IELTS candidate is choosing.



Firstly, I’ve noticed some vocabulary mix-ups regarding the word ‘drama’. A drama is a serious story, in contrast to a comedy, which is funny.

A series is a TV show (online as well), usually with at least 6 episodes in a season. A movie, on the other hand, is a self-contained story, seen in a cinema, between an hour and a half and two hours long.

There is also a genre called ‘dramedy’, which is a mix of drama and comedy elements.

IELTS Drama Resource Recommendations

Family dramas6 Feet Under, The Sopranos


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Procedural dramas– (like CSI), Bones, Homeland

Law dramasThe Goodwife, Boss

Period dramasBoardwalk Empire, Downton Abby

Supernatural / sci-fi dramasSupernatural (my favorite!), Being Human, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stargate: SGU

DramediesSex in the City, Desperate Housewives

Your task now is to choose one or two of the above shows that you think will be interesting to watch.

Get into a series!

Get to know the characters, how they talk, and what kind of vocabulary they use.

Series are fantastic for improving your listening confidence, as the more you watch, the more you will understand.

What are your favorite drama series?

Share your titles in the comments section below!

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