Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

In the last video, we talked about some high-scoring and interesting vocabulary to describe stories, especially those in books.

Remember as well that many of those words are formal enough for Writing Task 2, as you may be asked to write about books, reading, libraries or education in that question.

When you talk about a book in Part 2, you should immediately say the title and author, and then dive into the story.

First, introduce the characters and setting, and then talk about the events that occur.

The sample answer today is about my favorite book of all-time, The Gunslinger, by Stephen King. This is the first book in an 8-book series (although in the video I say 6), called The Dark Tower Series.



A Part 2 question like this should invite you to use interesting time phrases, as you will talk about the story chronologically, improving your Fluency and Coherence score. The examiner needs to hear a variety of transition phrases for a 7+ in this category, and stories are an easy way to accomplish this.

If you are unable to fill the two minutes just by talking about what occurs in the story, you can talk about your opinion about the book.

As you watch today’s videos, notice how I veer slightly off-topic, before returning to the main question about the book. This is still high-scoring!


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You can wander, as native speakers do, as long as you indicate what you are doing. Communicating your thoughts in a natural way is fluency.

So, before I veer off-topic at all, I’ll say, “On a side note…”; then, when I finish explaining that bit of information, I’ll say, “Now, back to the topic at hand, describing my favorite book…”.

While you listen to my answers, take notes on the transition phrases I employ when I shift direction in my answer.

You can hear another IELTS sample Part 2 answer describing a favorite song in a recent podcast episode we did.

How would you answer today’s Part 2 question?

Share your ideas in the comments section below!

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