IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Gym Coach – Band 9

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Talk about a person you think is usually positive.

Who is this person?

What do they look like?

Why do you think they are so optimistic?

What can you learn from this person, and how will this help you?

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.

Person = appearance, personality immediately backed-up by actions
Tense = present (is usually…) present progressive and present perfect

My dad is a very positive person, he is very hard working. He works from 8 am until 8 pm tirelessly and he always completes his projects on time. This is an off-topic answer and is “for sure NOT going to be a band 9”. ***You must stay on topic!

Controlling idea = a positive person -> optimistic, looks on the bright side (of life), encouraging, motivated, happy, cheerful, constructive, inspired, enthusiastic, friendly, confident, (using these words that are associated with ‘positive’ will give the best chance to get that band 9).

Come up with 2 to 3 people that you can talk about and choose the best one!

My IELTS teacher, my friend Ronaldo, Older brother Khalid, Phys Ed. Teacher Viktor, My biology professor, Yokoi Kenji the motivational speaker.
I would choose a person that I know but is not my family and not necessarily my friend – very often IELTS candidates talk about their friends and family and it not only seems a bit unoriginal but also candidates often get into loops with these responses.

Gym teacher Viktor (pick)

App: well-built, broad shoulders, 6ft, 190lb., strong facial features chiseled jaw, muscular
6yrs, since high school, football coach,
Encourage losing team
No money for the gym, start a fundraiser
Smiley and happy liked by students
Broke leg in a car accident – got back up, continues coaching and playing

***Before your one-minute time is up, think about your first sentence!

My gym coach Viktor, is the definition of a constantly optimistic individual who I have known for the past three years. He’s 6ft tall, roughly 190 pounds, well-built with broad shoulders a pointy nose and a chiseled jaw line, short brown hair, and usually an ear-to-ear smile. He is a very inspired physical fitness teacher, I met him in high school and he has also been my football coach over the past couple of years. Any time I see him, he is just bright and happy and full of energy.

The reason I think he is a very cheerful person is because he always finds the bright side of life, even when the situation is challenging. Back in early 2020, the gym where he works had a shortage of money and instead of getting depressed about it, and closing up shop, he stayed positive and started a very successful Facebook fundraiser which eventually solved this financial crisis.

He is never disappointed when his football team loses a match, rather he always has some motivational words to encourage the team to get up and keep moving forward.

In fact, he was in a bad car accident a few years back, and instead of licking his wounds, he picked himself back up, got better quickly and got back to what he loves doing, which is helping others be fit and enjoy sports.

Definitely, I can learn from Viktor that physical fitness is an integral part of being an optimistic person, and being an optimistic person is key to success in life. This wisdom will also help me to be happy and feel satisfied no matter what curveballs life throws at me.

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