Speaking Part 3 Series

IELTS Lessons, written by Sam Morgan and Tom Speed

Part 3 questions are always about the same general topic as the part 2 topic. However, while part 2 is often about your personal experience, part 3 is more general and you should avoid examples based on your experiences.

Exercise 1

Read the part 3 questions and decide if they are related to part 2 topic card A or B.
Part 3 questions

  1. Do you think children are more influenced by the people around them or by what they see on television?
  2. Which people (parents, teachers, friends etc.) influence a child the most?
  3. Is it important for young people to have role models?
  4. Do celebrities have an obligation to act well because they influence the behavior of young people?
A
Talk about someone who was important to you (not a family member) when you were growing up.
 
You should say: 
  • Who the person was
  • What this person was like
  • What you did with this person
 
And you should say why this person was important to you.
B 
Talk about a program that you enjoyed when you were young.
 
You should say:
  • What the program was
  • How often you watched it
  • Who you watched it with
 
And you should say why you enjoyed this program.
Which topic matches the part 3 question set?
A
B



Open for the Answer Explanation
​There is a clear link between talking about someone who was important to you when you were young (Part 2 topic card A) and the part 3 questions about how people influence children.

Topic card B focuses on a television program you enjoyed. The part 3 questions don’t fit well with this because while television programs may influence young people, the part 3 questions are specifically about people who influence.


Exercise 2

As you know, in part 3 of the speaking test you should avoid talking about your personal experience. The examiner wants to test if you can speak in general about important topics.

Remember there is a big difference between personal questions and general questions. The first question is:
Do you think children are more influenced by the people around them or by what they see on television?

Not:
Where you more influenced by the people around you or by what you saw on television?

So we must answer the first (general) question, and not the second.

Candidates have answered three of the questions which you saw in exercise 1. 
Choose the most appropriate answer for each question.
  1. Do you think children are more influenced by the people around them or by what they see on television?
A Well, I think for me personally, when I was a child, I was influenced by both. I was probably more influenced by friends because I saw them every day and spent more time with them than I did watching TV. My parents would only let me watch one or two hours of cartoons a day you see. I spent all day with my friends at school though and then after school and at weekend so we often hung out together as well.
B Well, I think for me personally, when I was a child, I was influenced by both. I was probably more influenced by friends because I saw them every day and spent more time with them than I did watching TV. My parents would only let me watch one or two hours of cartoons a day you see. I spent all day with my friends at school though and then after school and at weekend so we often hung out together as well.
1. The most suitable answer is
A
B



2.  Which people (parents, teachers, friends etc.) influence a child the most?
A Children are generally more heavily influenced by their parents than by any others I think. This is probably because they spend the majority of their time with their parents when they are young and so the child sees how their parents act and then copy them. Their behavior and manners of the parents therefore heavily influence the child’s behavior and manners towards others.
B In my life it has certainly been my parents, I think this is the case because I spent a great deal of time with my parents. I imagine that’s the same for everybody, however, we moved around a lot when I was growing up due to dad’s job. This meant that I didn’t have the same group of friends for very long, and for that reason friends weren’t a big influence on me until I became older and more settled in one place.
1. The most suitable answer is
A
B



3. Is it important for young people to have role models?
A Yes, certainly. Good role models enrich a young person’s life in many ways. It gives them something to aim for and work towards. Take me for example, when I was young I idolized David Beckham and I still think he is a great role model for young people. He never uses bad language and his behavior is usually good. What I liked the most about him was his football skills. I was always out playing football back then rather than watching TV or being lazy. I think he inspired lots of young people like myself, both boys and girls, to do more sport, which is great.
Yes, certainly. Good role models may enrich a young person’s life in many ways. One of the most important things is that the role model, whoever it may be, shows the child how to behave well and treat people with respect. This is one of the most important things for children to learn and I think they tend to learn this from seeing and copying people they respect. A role model may also inspire the child to take up a hobby such as a sport or an instrument which the child will hopefully enjoy for the rest of his or her life.
1. The most suitable answer is
A
B



Open for the Answer Explanation
​The best answers to the three questions above do not mention the personal experience of the speaker. When you answer part 3 questions, you could use examples such as things that you have read, or documentaries or news stories that you have watched.
For this reason you should make sure you read the news and magazines that you enjoy frequently. This will help you think of relevant things to say in part 3 of the speaking test and things to write about in task 2 (essay writing) of the writing test.


Exercise 3

Below is the final speaking part 3 question. Use your phone to record yourself answering the question. 
4. Do celebrities have an obligation to act well because they influence the behavior of young people
Listen to the recording and decide if….
  • You answer the question effectively
  • Use some interesting vocabulary
  • Don’t make too many grammatical errors
  • Sound natural and relaxed, not too fast or too slow

If you make mistakes, rerecord yourself.  Focus on correcting your error each time you record. 
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