Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

In our most recent Facebook Live class (Thursdays at 12pm, PST! Join the All Ears English Facebook group!), a student posted a question about movies and books.

The Facebook Live event only lasts for 30 to 40 minutes, so I don’t have time to answer all the question. However, this one caught my eye and inspired this article!

The student posted:

If speaking about movies are books, do we have to remember the author, cast, characters and directors, if I’m not interested?

This question made me think of some very important pieces of advice for you in your IELTS preparation!

Questions about movies, TV and books come up often in Speaking Parts 1 and 2, so be prepared.

Tip #1

As I just noted, be prepared!

If you know this topic is likely, find a movie you like, and watch it a couple times.

Even if you think you don’t like reading, I guarantee you there is a book that you would enjoy. Read!

Also, finding a TV series to follow, on Netflix for example, is an excellent way to not only prepare for these questions, but also improve your Listening comprehension.

Tip #2

Yes, knowing the names of characters, author and director, should be part of your answer. How will you describe the story if you don’t know the names of the characters?

As far as the cast goes, knowing just one of the big stars would be enough.

Remember, you’ll only have to describe one movie, series, or book, so learn about one example of each in detail!


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Tip #3

Don’t describe something you weren’t interested in!

That’s why it’s necessary to get recommendations from a native speaker and find something that you can really get into- something that motivates you to learn, and enjoy learning!

Tip #4

When you speak about these topics, put emotion in your voice. Reflect your enjoyment, fright, or whatever emotion you felt while reading or watching.

Describe the story from beginning to end in Part 2. This is perfect for using impressive time linking words and giving a very fluent and coherent answer.

What do you think of today’s advice?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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