2016 IELTS Speaking Test Questions & Answers | Work, handwriting, an important conversation, daily conversations




IELTS Speaking Test | Part 1

What is your full name?

My name is ...

Can I see your ID?

Yes, of course, here you are.

Where are you from?

I’m from [name of city].

Do you work or study?

I work, I’m a Marketing Manager.

Describe your job, please.

Well, I’m responsible for the marketing department at the company where I work. So, I oversee all national marketing activities and supervise the scheduling and running of all marketing campaigns and some of the public relations activities the company is involved in.

Under me there are several key account managers, who deal directly with clients and then they have their own teams of specialists and assistants.

My role is a key position within the company and I have to work closely with many other departments such as the sales department, finance, and production, in order to coordinate certain aspects of our marketing campaigns.

My job also involves many meetings and regular contact with our head office in the USA. That is where the head of marketing is located and the marketing department there is responsible for a lot of the global marketing initiatives which then become national ones handled by my department.

Would you like to do the same type of work in the future?

Yes, I believe so. It’s a challenging job and I enjoy the work. There’s a lot of creativity involved and marketing is quite a dynamic industry, so there are a lot of opportunities to either move up or make a lateral move within the industry.

What is your aim?

I’d like to think that as I continue to gain more experience and knowledge I will be able to ascend to higher positions and establish a long term career in marketing – it may not always be in this company where I work at the moment, but I’m quite certain it will be within the marketing industry.

How important is writing for you?

Obviously, it’s essential, for me – as it is for most people. If we didn’t have writing it would be very difficult to transfer any kind of information, or keep records or share ideas with people. I write every day, and also read what other people have written every day. Writing is one of the most important forms of communication.

Do you prefer handwriting or typing on a computer?

Computer definitely, it’s just so much easier and faster, and editing or changing an idea or adding something new is just so much quicker rather than having to read over a text again to find a certain point and then somehow add, delete, or change words.

Why do you think handwriting is vanishing from our society?

I believe it’s quite obvious that in many aspects of life nowadays there is simply no need to write anything by hand, and when there is, it’s not a problem to write a note or something.

I don’t believe handwriting will ever vanish completely, but it will certainly become less and less important in everyday life. Like many other things in the past – it has become almost obsolete thanks to the various technologies we have and use on a daily basis.

IELTS Speaking Test | Part 2

IELTS Speaking Test Part 2 Cue Card Topic Questions

Talk about an important conversation you had with someone recently

You should say:
  • What it was about
  • Who it was with
  • Where and when it took place
and explain how the conversation helped you (if it did).




IELTS Speaking Answer | An important conversation

A very important conversation I had several months ago was the one with my family about moving abroad to live and work. It was a long conversation but they had been aware for some time of the fact that I was considering living and working in Australia.

We all sat down, I think it was a Sunday afternoon, to talk about it. My parents and my brother were there, and me. I told them all the reasons why I wanted to move to Australia and why I thought it was the best option for me and my life in the future and then I asked them all individually to tell me what their thoughts were on the matter.

They all took turns to tell me what they thought and also to ask me some questions and I answered them as best as I could. We discussed what the difficulties there might be, how it would affect the future of the family as a whole, and how we could make things easier throughout the whole process.

My parents were most concerned about me being in strange country all by myself, but they also realized that it would be a tremendous opportunity for me to build a very different life to the one they have had here.

My brother was all in favor of the idea and was very excited at the thought being able to come and visit me over in Australia.

It wasn’t a particularly difficult conversation, although it was still a long one; we talked for hours about all the different aspects and things that would be involved. At the end, we were all clear about what I would do, and more or less the timeframe within which things would occur.

It was definitely one of the most, in fact probably the most important conversation I’ve had in my life so far, because it was about a big change in my life, and one that also affects the people most important to me - my family.

Overall, talking with them about all the things I had already thought about related to moving was a very helpful process, as having to explain everything in detail made things even clearer in my own mind, which was a good thing.




IELTS Speaking Test | Part 3

What is the role of conversations in our life?

They serve a variety of purposes; such as communicating ideas, sharing information, informing, instructing, sympathizing, persuading and many more. It depends on the context and purpose of the conversation – but basically they are one of the primary forms of verbal communication between people.

What are people talking about on a daily basis?

The normal stuff I guess. Family, work, problems, and bigger subjects which might affect them like politics, global affairs and things like that – generally people talk about what’s happening in their village, town or city and in the wider world.

What are the basic differences in conversations between men, and between women?

Personally, I don’t believe that there are male and female conversations; almost all people have conversations in the same way. Now, what might be different is the subject of the conversation and the type of language used, maybe.

For example, most men love talking about sport and cars and things like that, I know that’s being very general, but, anyway, while many women prefer talking about things which they like. I sometimes think that the conversations that women have might be a bit more serious than those men have – but that’s just an impression I have.

A lot depends on the actual individuals involved in the conversation. I mean, we can all be silly, funny, or serious when we want to be, can’t we? And I know I’ve had some silly conversations with some friends – and serious and deep conversations with others.

Why do you think this is so?

I have no idea really. Maybe some people are more doers than thinkers, maybe men like to have a laugh more than women, although I like to have a good laugh with my friends too.

I guess if you studied all the conversations you would probably find that both men and women talk about the same things throughout their life – just at different times and in different ways – it’s because we’re all different; men think differently from women, there are some things which are more important to each of us, but we still talk about all the same important things - we just do it in different ways.

You could say the same about almost everything, couldn’t you? Men drive differently from women, men and women work in different ways too – there are many things in life which men and women do differently, not just the way they have conversations.





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