IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Painting

Here are the Speaking Part 2 questions that we covered in the past. Remember to practice your speaking by clicking, "Student Partner Speaking" in your My Student Account at https://www.gieltshelp.com/buy/ (Use code A8TW9 to get a 10% discount when you join the Premium Package).

Speaking Marks 4 groups:

  1. Fluency and coherence
  2. Grammatical range & accuracy
  3. Lexical resource
  4. Pronunciation

“All roads lead to Rome.” – at the end of the day you are being assessed on English communication. *Remember in speaking band 6 = fluent English

Any score over band 6 is looking more at your communicative ability than your English.

PART 2

Describe something you made yourself for a friend or family member:

What it was? How did you make it?

When did you make it?

Who you gave it to?

How did you and your friend or family feel about it?

You will have one to two minutes to talk about this topic.

You will have one minute to prepare what you are going to say.

STEP 1: Read the questions *carefully, and read the topic statement TWICE. (one of the most common mistakes is that students speak off-topic -> this is a really bad mistake because it not only drops your score for part 2 but also negatively affects part 3)

STEP 2: Identify category (object, person, place, event, or idea) and grammar (past, present, future, or a combination)

***Talking about past, present, and future for any question is not necessarily a good idea, like in this case.

Object – 1. appearance, 2. origin, 3. function, 4. significance

*mostly past tense

STEP 3: Think of 2-3 good possible choices for the question, which are original and easy to talk about. ***Visualize, think outside the box and be optimistic rather than pessimistic.

Ex. NEVER think, oh gosh! I’ve never made anything for anyone, I’m doomed!

Ex. You should think, as humans, we make things for people all the time, what are they? What do I make for friends and family?

Cake for my mom’s b-day,
A Ganesh statue for a friend,
painting of my dad for his b-day,
a dollhouse for my daughter,
chicken vindaloo for my friends to celebrate the labor day long weekend.
Made a PowerPoint presentation for my brother to help him manage his money
Paining of dad for his birthday
STEP 4 – write down usable notes
(appearance)
80 cm x 40 cm
Bright colors, yellows, pinks, orange
Riding a horse – fun memory
Oil on canvas
(origin)
In the garage/studio
12 hours
Art store down the street, Amazon
(function)
Show my affection and love
Remind him of this positive day
Decorate his room
(significance)
Satisfaction, he got teary-eyed, grateful
Big hug

STEP 5: Get your first sentence ready.

I clearly remember when I painted my dad for his 50th birthday.
An object that I made for a loved one a couple of months back is an oil painting of my father for his 50th birthday. This painting is oil on canvas, portrait orientation, about 80 by 40 centimeters in size. I used a lot of bright and happy colors such as red, yellow, blue, to create a really positive composition depicting my dad riding a horse. In fact, I created the painting from a real moment that was captured on film back when my father was on a date with my mother. This day horseback riding is a very special moment in the past, so I decided to paint it. It took me about 12 hours from start to finish and I had made it in my garage studio at home. I both bought some art supplies from a local retailer, the canvas, and brushes, and I got the bright oil paint through Amazon. (check notes and cards, pay attention to time, and answer all questions). When my father unwrapped this painting at his birthday party, he became very emotional and teary-eyed. He gave me a big hug and a kiss. I hoped that he would hang it somewhere in the living room or bedroom to decorate his house, but to my surprise, he hung it in his office. I
was very please that he was grateful and happy that I could express my love through this home-made project.

Here are the Speaking Part 2 questions that we covered in the past. Remember to practice your speaking by clicking, "Student Partner Speaking" in your My Student Account at https://www.gieltshelp.com/buy/ (Use code A8TW9 to get a 10% discount when you join the Premium Package).

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