IELTS Speaking Cue Cards – 2024

IELTS Speaking Cue Cards - 2024

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1.   Describe a person you know who likes to talk a lot.

You should say:

  • Who this person is
    • How do you know him/her
    • What he/she likes to talk about
    • And explain how you feel about this person.
Part 3 Follow Up Questions
  1. What communication skills are important?
  2. Are you talkative?
  3. Are most Indian people talkative?
  4. What jobs need employees to be talkative?
  5. Should children be encouraged to talk more?

IELTS Speaking Cue Cards – 2024

2.   Describe a place where you would like to go to relax. (FUTURE TENSE)

You should say:

  • Where it is
    • When you would like to go there
    • What you would like to do there
    • And explain why you would like to go to this place

Or

Describe a place where you are able to relax (PRESENT TENSE)

  • Where it is
  • What it is like
  • How often you go there
  • and how you feel about this place
Part 3 Follow Up Questions
  1. How do students relax themselves?
  2. What activities do employers organize to help employees relax?
  3. Do people now have more ways to relax than in the past?
  4. Do you think natural sceneries are more helpful than indoor activities?
  5. Do you like to visit movie theatres?
  6. Where do Indian people like to go on weekends?
  7. What do old people do to relax?
  8. What is the importance of relaxation?
  9. What are the ways people relaxing themselves?

3.   Describe a long-term goal you would like to achieve.

You should say:

  • What the goal is
    • How long have you had this goal?
    • How you would achieve it
    • And explain why you set this goal.

Describe a goal you want to achieve in the future or Describe an ambition that you have had for a long time

  • What the goal is?
  • What would you do to achieve it
  • When will you achieve
  • Explain why you want to achieve it
Part 3 Follow Up Questions
  1. Should parents set goals for children?
  2. When do young children start to set goals for themselves?
  3. What kinds of goals are not realistic?
  4. Why do people set goals?
  5. What would you feel if you couldn’t achieve your goals?

IELTS Speaking Cue Cards – 2024

4.      Describe a uniform you wear (at your school or company) or you wore at school

  • When you wear it?
    • Who bought it for you?
    • What does it look like?
    • How you feel about it?
Part 3 Follow Up Questions
  1. Why should students wear uniforms?
  2. On what occasion should people wear uniforms?
  3. Should companies ask employees about the design of their uniforms?
  4. Can people tell someone’s personality by his or her clothes?
  5. What color would catch people’s attention most?

5. Describe a sportsperson/athlete that you admire

  • Who is the person?
    • What is his/her achievement
    • Why do you admire him?
Part 3 Follow Up Questions
  1. Do teenagers like exercising in your country?
  2. Do you think physical education is necessary? Why?
  3. How do you think physical education classes affect children’s development?
  4. What kind of exercises do Indian people like?

6.   Describe a job you would not like to do in the future

  • What is the job?
    • How you heard about it?
    • Why you don’t want to do it?
    • How you feel about the job?
Part 3 Follow Up Questions
  1. What kind of jobs do young people prefer?
  2. Some people will lose their jobs because of technology, how to deal with it?
  3. Will you settle down in another country?
  4. How do young people today decide their career?
  5. Which do young people generally prefer – boring jobs with higher pay or interesting jobs with lower pay?
  6. Which do you prefer physical work or work involving thinking?
  7. Do you think today we have less physical labour than we did in the past?

7.   Describe an interesting conversation you had with a very old person.

You should say:

  • Who this person is
    • Where you had the conversation
    • What you talked about
    • And explain how you felt about the experience.
Part 3 Follow Up Questions
  1. Do you think old people and young people can share the same interest?
  2. What skills can the old teach the young?
  3. What skills can the young teach the old?
  4. Do you think the old people should live with their family?

IELTS Speaking Cue Cards – 2024

8.   Describe a period when you were busy.

You should say:

  • When it was
    • What you did during the period
    • What made you busy
    • And explain how you felt about the experience
Part 3 Follow Up Questions
  1. Do you like the fast pace of modern life?
  2. How do you feel when you are really busy?
  3. What’s the best way to deal with stress?
  4. What kind of lifestyle is suitable to people in modern society?
  5. What relaxation techniques do you usually use

9.    Describe a time when you used a map.

You should say:

  • When it was
    • Where you were
    • What you did
    • And explain how you felt about it.
Part 3 Follow Up Questions
  1. Do you often get lost?
  2. Is map-reading skill important?
  3. Are some people good at map-reading than others?
  4. Why some people like travelling to other places?
  5. Should they find information about the place before going there?

IELTS Speaking Cue Cards – 2024

10.   Describe a time you successfully did something difficult.

You should say:

  • When it was
    • What you did
    • Where it happened
    • And explain how you felt about it.
Part 3 Follow Up Questions
  1. What kinds of jobs require people to be confident?
  2. On what occasions should children be encouraged? How?
  3. How do you help children stay focused?
  4. What challenges do young people face today?

11.   Describe a situation when you helped someone.

You should say:

  • What the situation was
    • Who the person was
    • How you helped them
    • And explain how you felt after helping him/her.
Part 3 Follow Up Questions
  1. Do you like helping others?
  2. In your view should children be taught to help others?
  3. How can we encourage children to help others?
  4. Do you think people are less willing to help others these days compared to the past?
  5. Do people trust others as much as they used to in the past?
  6. How do people in your community help one another?

12.   Describe an occasion when someone or something made noise.

You should say:

  • Who/what made the noise
    • What the noise was like
    • What you did
    • And explain how you felt about it.
Follow Up Questions
  1. Is noise pollution serious in India?
  2. Do you like to live in a noisy place?
  3. Do you like to go to noisy places?
  4. Where can you hear a loud noise?
  5. Do you think that there is more noise in people’s lives today than in the past?
  6. Do you think that cities will become noisier in the future?

13.     Describe something in your country that you are interested in

You should say:

  • What it is
    • How you know about it
    • Why you are interested in it
    • And explain whether you would like to know more about it

14.   Describe something you do regularly that helps you work and study better.

You should say:

  • What it is
    • When you do it
    • How it helps you
    • And explain how you feel when you do it.
Part 3 Follow Up Questions
  1. What kinds of jobs need patience?
  2. Do you think people need to be patient in their free time?
  3. Do you think Indian parents should allow their children to do whatever they want to do in free time?
  4. What is the routine of people in your country?
  5. What are the routine activities that old people and young people in your country do?
  6. What do you like to do in your spare time?

15.        Describe a photo that you took and are proud of or a photo that makes you smile?

  • When did you take this photo?
    • Where you took it?
    • What is the photo about?
    • Why you feel proud of the photo?
Part 3 – Follow Up Questions
  1. Why do some people like to use photographs to document important things?
  2. What can one learn from photographs taken throughout history?
  3. Are photographs the best way to remember something?
  4. Which is better, taking photos or keeping a diary?

16.      Describe a useful object in your home that you can’t live without.

You should say:

  • What it is
    • How often you use it
    • How you use it
    • And explain why you can’t live without it.
Part 3 Follow Up Questions
  1. Why are children attracted to new things (such as electronics)?
  2. Why do some grown-ups hate to throw out old things (such as clothes)?
  3. Is the way people buy things affected? How?
  4. What do you think influences people to buy new things?

17.      Describe a film you watched or Describe a film that impressed you a lot.

  • When and where you watched it?
    • What was the movie about?
    • Why you chose to watch it?
    • How you felt about it? and explain why it made you think a lot?
Part 3 Follow Up Questions
  1. What kinds of films are popular in India?
  2. Do different age groups like the same kinds of films?
  3. What kinds of films do young people particularly like?
  4. Do fewer people choose to watch movies in cinemas than people did in the past?
  5. What are other ways to watch movies now?
  6. What’s the difference between American movies and movies from your country?

18.      Describe an unusual holiday you had.

You should say:

  • What holiday it was
    • Who you were with
    • What you did
    • And explain why it was unusual.
PART 3 Follow Up Questions
  1. Do you think people in your country have long enough holidays?
  2. Which holidays are important in your country?
  3. Are there any popular places for holidays in your country?
  4. What are the differences between old and young people when spending their holidays?
  5. Do you think having holidays help people learn about other countries’ cultures?
  6. Why do some people dislike holidays?

19.   Describe something that you picked up that was thrown by someone else.

You should say:

  • Where was it?
    • When was it picked up?
    • What did you do after you picked it up?
    • How did you feel?
Part 3 Follow Up Questions
  1. What kind of people tend to lose things more often than others?
  2. What kind of things do people often lose?
  3. Why do some people find lost things easier than others?
  4. What do you think are the reasons why some people pick up lost things and don’t give them back?
  5. Should parents teach their children to return things lost by others?
  6. Why do some people enjoy collecting antiques or second-hand items?

20.      Describe a person who is good at making people feel welcome in his/her home

You should say:

  • Who this person is
    • How you knew him/her
    • How he/she makes you feel welcome
    • And explain how you feel about this person.
Part 3 Follow Up
  1. Do people in your country often invite others to their homes? Why?
  2. What do you think of serving food to visitors?
  3. What kind of people do you think are more likely to invite others to their homes?
  4. Who are more likely to invite others to their homes, people in the countryside or people in the city?
  5. Are tourist attractions in the countryside more popular than those in the cities?
  6. What facilities are there in the tourist attractions in your country?

21.         Describe a skill that you learned in your childhood.

You should say:

  • What the skill was
    • Who taught you this skill
    • How they taught you
    • And explain why you think it is important.
Part 3 Follow Up Questions
  1. What kinds of activities do young people like to do?
  2. Why do some young people like adventurous activities?
  3. Do you think old people accept changes?
  4. How do exciting activities relieve people’s stress?
  5. Can you give some (other) examples of adventurous or risky activities?
  6. What skills do people need to take part in adventurous activities?

22.         Describe an exciting activity that you experienced with someone else

You should say:

  • What the activity was
    • Who you were with
    • When and where it happened
    • Why you went for it
    • And explain how you felt about it
Part 3 Follow Up Questions
  1. What kinds of activities do young people like to do?
  2. Why do some young people like adventurous activities?
  3. Do you think old people accept changes?
  4. How do exciting activities relieve people’s stress?
  5. Can you give some (other) examples of adventurous or risky activities?
  6. What skills do people need to take part in adventurous activities?

23.   Describe a successful person who you once studied or worked with

You should say:

  1. Who this person is
  2. When you studied/worked with this person
  3. What you did together
  4. What this person did to become successful
  5. And explain how you felt about studying or working with this person

Part 3 Follow Up Questions

  1. Is money the only measure of success in your country?
  2. How do you define whether one is a successful person?
  3. What is the standard of success in your country?
  4. Is there a contradiction between success and happiness?
  5. Is it easy to succeed in the national tests in your country?
  6. What are the factors that influence students grades at school?

24.         Describe a park or a garden in your city

You should say:

  1. When you often go there
  2. Where it is
  3. Who you often go there with
  4. What it is like
  5. And explain why you like to visit it

Part 3 Follow Up Questions

  1. Do young people like to go to parks?
  2. What do old people like to do in parks?
  3. What benefits can parks bring to a city?
  4. What are the benefits of going to the park for young people and old people?
  5. Why do some people like planting flowers?
  6. Would you say people should help maintain public parks and gardens?

25.     Describe a beautiful city

You should say:

  • Where the city is
    • How you knew the city
    • What buildings the city has
    • What it is famous for
    • And explain why you think this city is beautiful

Part 3 Follow Up Questions

  1. What are the differences between modern towns and modern cities?
  2. How can people preserve historical buildings?
  3. Why do some people like to visit historical places?
  4. Why do people go to modern cities?
  5. What are the problems caused in maintaining historical cities?
  6. Do you think having too many tourists is a positive thing for historical attractions?

26.         Describe a time that something changed your life in good ways

You should say:

  • When and where it happened
    • What happened
    • How you felt about it
    • And explain how it changed your life in good ways

Part 3 Follow Up Questions

  1. Is your country changing rapidly?
  2. What can smart phones do these days?
  3. Since most people do work on their computers, why do they still need to go to the office?
  4. Do you think people’s work in the future will be heavily affected by technology?
  5. Compare the pace of technological progress in the past and in the present?

27.         Describe an interesting person that you have not met in person and would like to know more about

You should say:

  • Who this person is
  • How you knew him/her
  • What interesting things he/she has done
  • And explain what you would like to know more about him/her

Part 3 Follow Up Questions

  1. Are there any differences in the relationship between you and your friends and between you and other people?
  2. Do people feel lonely in crowded cities?
  3. Where and how can people get to know new people?
  4. Can clothing tell and reveal a person’s personality?
  5. Why do individuals from the same family have different personalities?
  6. How does society influence a person’s personality?

28.         Describe a development in your country like shopping Centre, park etcetera

  • What is the development
  • When you heard about it
  • How did it influence you?

Part 3 Follow Up Questions

  1. What transportation do you use the most?
  2. Is public transportation popular in India?
  3. What can be improved in public transport services?
  4. What leisure facilities can be used by people of all ages?
  5. Do you think young people in your country like to visit cinemas?
  6. How is the subway system developing in your country?

1. First set of questions, asked to almost all students

  1. May I know your full name?
  2. How may I address you?
  3. May I see your ID?
  4. Where do you come from?

1. First set of questions, asked to almost all students

  1. May I know your full name?
  2. How may I address you?
  3. May I see your ID?
  4. Where do you come from?

2.    Work or Studies

(General Training students are likely to be asked questions related to their job experience which could be personal)

WORK

  1. What work do youdo?
  2. Why did you choose to do that type of work (or that job)?
  3. Do you like your job?
  4. Is it very interesting?
  5. Do you miss being a student?

STUDIES

  1. What subject(s) are you studying?
  2. Why did you choose to study that subject/those subjects?
  3. Do you like your subject? Why/Why not?
  4. Is it very interesting?
  5. Are you looking forward to working?
  6. Do you prefer to study in the mornings or afternoons?

3.    Home/Accommodation

  1. Do you live in a house or flat? Or
  2. What kind of housing/accommodation do you live in?
  3. Please describe it a little.
  4. What’s your favorite room in your home?
  5. What have you done to your room to make it look nice?
  6. Who do you live with?
  7. Which room does your family spend most of the time in?
  8. How long have you lived there?
  9. Do you plan to live there a long time?
  10. (If you answer you haven’t lived there long) What’s the difference between where you are
  11. What do you usually do in your house/flat/room?
  12. Are the transport facilities to your hometown very good?
  13. Do you plan to move?
  14. Would you like to move to another place to live? (Why/why not?)
  15. Are you prepared to move?

4.    Hometown

  1. What’s (the name of) your hometown?
  2. Is it a big city or a small place?
  3. Please describe your hometown a little.
  4. How long have you been living there?
  5. Do you like your hometown?
  6. Do you live there?
  7. Would you say it’s an interesting place?
  8. What do you like (most) about your hometown?
  9. What’s your favorite part of your hometown?
  10. Is there anything you dislike about it?
  11. Do you think you will continue living there for long time?
  12. Are there any tourist attractions in your hometown?
  13. Would you like to live there in the future?

5.    Video games

  1. Do you play video games?
  2. What kinds of video games do you play?
  3. Is it good for young people to play video games?

6.    Sunglasses

  1. Do you often wear sunglasses?
  2. Do you spend a lot of money on sunglass?
  3. Do you give sunglasses as a gift?
  4. Why do you wear sunglasses?

7.    Social media

  1. When did you start using social media?
  2. Do you think you spend too much time on social media?
  3. Do your friends use social media?
  4. What do people often do on social media?

8.    Cake

  1. Do you like eating cakes?
  2. Do you know how to bake a cake?
  3. When do usually eat cakes?
  4. What is your favorite kind of cake?

9.    Losing things

  1. Do you often lose things?
  2. What can we do to avoid losing things?
  3. Why do some people tend to lose things more often than others?
  4. What will you do if you find something lost by others?

10.       Colors

  1. What is your favorite color?
  2. Do you usually wear clothes in your favorite color?
  3. Are there any colors that have a special meaning in your country?
  4. Do you think different types of people like different colors?

11.          Memory

  1. Why do some people have a better memory while others just don’t?
  2. Why do more people rely on cell phones to remember things?
  3. Are you good at memorizing things?
  4. Have you ever forgotten something important?

12.          Feeling bored

  1. Do you often feel bored?
  2. When would you feel bored?
  3. What do you do when you feel bored?
  4. Do you think childhood is boring or adulthood is boring?

13.          Music

  1. Do a lot of people like music?
  2. What kind of music do you listen to? Is it easy to learn music?
  3. Did you have music lessons at school?

14.          Crowded place

  1. Is the city where you live crowded?
  2. Is there a crowded place near where you live? Do you like crowded places?
  3. Do most people like crowded places?
  4. When was the last time you were in a crowded place?

15.          Advertisement

  1. Is there an advertisement that made an impression on you when you were a child Do you see a lot of advertising on trains or other transport?
  2. Do you like advertisements? What kind of advertising

16.               Musical Instruments

  1. Have you ever learned to play a musical instrument?
  2. What musical instruments do you enjoy listening to the most?
  3. Do you think children should learn to play an instrument at school?
  4. Do you think music education is important for children?
  1. Gifts
  1. Have you ever sent handmade gifts to others?
  2. Have you ever received a great gift?
  3. What do you consider when choosing a gift?
  4. Do you think you are good at choosing gifts?

18.                Films

  1. What films do you like?
  2. Did you often watch films when you were a child?
  3. Did you ever go to the cinema alone as a child?
  4. Do you often go to the cinema with your friends?
  5. Do you think going to the cinema is a good way to spend time with friends?

19.                FRIENDS

  1. How important are friends to you?
  2. Do you often go out with your friends?
  3. Where do you often meet each other?
  4. What do you usually do with your friends?

20.                Housework and cooking

  1. Do you do some cooking/help your family cook at home now?
  2. Do you think your home is clean and tidy?
  3. Did you do some house cleaning when you were young?
  4. Do you have breakfast at home every day?
  5. Do you want to learn how to cook well?
  6. What housework do you like or dislike doing?

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