IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Useful Idea from School

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).

PART 2

Talk about a useful idea that you learned in school.

You should say:

  • What was the idea?
  • When and where did you learn it?
  • Who taught it to you?

How have you used it in your life?

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 question carefully – the topic question/statement TWICE just to absolutely clear.

STEP 2 – Identify the category and tense(s) of the question

Ex. Category = idea, Tense = Past (past, past progressive, present/past perfect)

Idea -> time, reasons, requirements, results, improvement

STEP 3 – Think of 2-3 possible choices that can work well and are easy to talk about.

To learn fluent English, taking an MBA course, financial management and budgeting,

***You are not talking about a skill that you learned in school, but rather an idea that you got from school – these are not the same!

Home economics – write down my grandma’s recipes and sell them as a cookbook.

To study abroad after graduation in my English class

To invest in the stock market from business class.

***Always take some useful notes – USE THEM, USE THE CARD, especially if you are stuck.

STEP 4 – useful notes

In 2000, home economics
Cooking competition
Make money, pay tuition
In honor of grandma
Teacher best cookies ever
Share culture and cuisine
Ingredients and info from grandma
Type and edit
Get pictures
Publishing
1000 copies sold
Grandma is proud
Another book, sell on Amazon

STEP 5 – Get your first sentence ready!!!

It must be a direct sentence that answers the topic statement!

One of the most useful ideas that I gained from my home economics class back in 2000 was to write a cookbook with my grandma’s recipes. A cooking competition was going on in school and I had prepared a delicious chocolate cake following my grandma’s special recipe. It was loved by everyone, and my home economics teacher had advised me to write it down. At that moment, the idea was born in my mind to interview my grandma, Mary, and ask her about all of her tasty recipes. In order to make this idea a reality, I needed to find out about all of the ingredients and methods to prepare my grandma’s famous dishes, add some pictures, and I did this using my computer. The credit for this idea definitely goes to my home economics teacher who encouraged me throughout the process, her name is Ms.Francis, and I included a little bit about her at the end of the book. This has been a very useful idea from school because it led to selling over 10K copies of the book. Not only do I use this income to pay for my tuition, but I also share it with my grandma, and she uses the royalties to go on a nice vacation each year. On improvement, or should I say addition to this, is to ask my other grandma, so I can write a second book : )

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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