Today we are taking a close look at how to give great answers in part 1 of the IELTS speaking test by learning how to provide examples to add depth to our responses. First we will listen to a dialogue, then we will complete followup interactive exercises and practice the questions ourselves with an examiner.
Read the dialogue and listen to the conversation to begin.
Examiner: Let’s talk about photography.
Do you like taking photographs?
Candidate: Yes, I do. I usually take a lot of photographs when I go to new places.
Candidate: Good question! Well, I think it’s an interesting way to experience a new place. You view a place differently when you are taking photos. For instance, you think more about the aesthetics of the place and you try and spot interesting unique things that make good images. This sort of helps me enjoy a place more I guess.
Examiner: What kind of photos do you like to take?
Candidate: I like to take photos of urban landscapes and people doing their day to day activities. For example, last week I had to go to Beijing for work and I got some cool pictures of ancient buildings in the foreground with modern skyscrapers in the background in the late afternoon light. I also got some great pictures of the rush hour there with crowds of people hurrying home after work. I always make sure that I get some time to explore with my camera when I go somewhere new.
Examiner: Did you take lots of photos when you were younger?
Candidate: Not when I was young. Cameras were more expensive then and they were not digital so you had to pay to get the pictures made. I got into photography after I left university. I got my first camera, a Nikon, when I was about 22.
Examiner: Do you like to show other people your photographs?
Candidate: Yes, absolutely. I don’t go to my friends “hey, look at this” when I meet them but I like to post my pictures on social media. Sites, such as Facebook and Instagram, are great for sharing photos. I actually spend a lot of time looking at other people’s photos online. With technology these days, even amateur photographers can take great pictures. I think that’s really cool.
Candidate: Do you mean why is the technology cool?
Candidate: Well, for a number of reasons. Firstly, with digital cameras you are not limited to 20 or 30 pictures like you use to be. Secondly, the technology is shrinking and becoming way cheaper. Now most people have a decent camera in their pocket, right? I mean on their phones. Some phones, like newer iPhone models, can take DSLR quality photos. It means anyone can be a photographer and it allows people to be more creative, which is cool.
|1.||is an adjective meaning very old.|
|2.||is an uncountable noun which means the time of the day when the streets are very busy with people going to or returning from work.|
|3.||in the dialogue means to an extent or partially.|
|4.||is an adjective relating to things connected with cities.|
|5.||is a verb which is a synonym of rushing or moving fast.|
|6.||is a noun connected with beauty and style.|
|7.||means to become interested in something or to start a new hobby.|
Activity 4 - Giving Examples
Find them in the dialogue before you look at our answers.
Note: 'like' is less formal than the other phrases and so should only be used in speaking.
Activity 5 - Another example
- what kind of place is it?
- what’s the most interesting part of your town/village?
- what kind of jobs do the people in your town/village do?
- would you say it’s a good place to live? (why?)
- will you continue to live there for a long time?
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About The IELTS Test
Academic Writing Task 1
Academic Writing Task 2
Cause And Effect
Coherence And Cohesion
Complete The Notes
Complete The Table
Frequently Asked Questions
General Training Reading
General Writing Task 1
General Writing Task 2
Listening Section 1
Listening Section 2
Listening Section 3
Listening Section 4
Speaking Part 1
Speaking Part 2
Speaking Part 3
True / False / Not Given