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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: IELTS Speaking Test Part Two - Dos and Don'ts

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Hello, Im Keith.

And Im Vicki and welcome to the third video in our series about the IELTS speaking test.

Today were looking at part two of the exam, which is called thelong turn’.

What that basically means is its a talk.

Your examiner will give you a topic and youll talk about it for one to two-minutes.

Part two is your opportunity to give a long answer and produce a flow of English.

One of the things students find the hardest is thinking of things to say.

Now Im going to give you a topic and Id like you to talk about it for one to two minutes.

You have one minute to plan what youre going to say and you can make notes if you


Do you understand?



Here's your pencil and paper and heres your topic.

Id like you to describe a water sport youd like to try in the future

Nah, Im ready.

I would like to try deep sea diving.

Deep sea diving is great.

Jay made a mistake here.

Its hard to talk continuously for one to two minutes and he should have used the minute

to think of ideas.

Youll need lots of ideas to talk for one to two minutes, so take advantage of theone

minuteand make notes.

You have one minute to plan what you're going to say and you can make notes if you wish.

Do you understand?


Here's a pencil and paper.

And here's your topic.

So I'd like you to talk about a special meal you had with your friends or family.


Some students worry that anything they write will be marked and graded, but that doesnt


This is the speaking test not the writing test, so only the things you say matter.

Nobody will look at your notes and the note paper will be destroyed at the end of the


The examiner will give you a cue card like this that has your instructions, and bullet

points with ideas for you to talk about.

The bullet points are designed to help you structure your talk.

You dont have to use the bullet points and you can make up your own ideas if you


But theyre usually very helpful.

Heres another example.

I sometimes prepare sample answers to these questions to show my students, and I often

find my answers follow the bullet points on the cue card.

They provide a natural structure.

Youll be able to keep the cue card with you to refer to throughout your talk.


Remember you have one to two minutes for this so dont worry if I stop you.

Ill tell you when the time is up.

Could you start speaking now, please?


I went to a Greek restaurant for dinner with some school friends about a month ago to celebrate

the end of our exams.

There were five of us and were all studying animal sciences….

Its hard to know how much you can say in a minute or two, so its really important

to prepare for this part of the exam ahead of time.

You need to get a feel for how much to say so you can keep going for two minutes.

You can find example cue cards on different topics on my website.

Use a stopwatch and record your answers so you can listen back to them.

Your goal is to talk for at least one minute.

Thats the minimum.

But if you can talk for one and a half, or two minutes its much better.

Youll have more opportunity to show off your English and get a higher score.

Some candidates prepare topics for part two that they have learnt by heart.

This is a bad idea because you cant predict what topic youll receive.

Examiners are trained to spot memorised answers and theyll know if youve memorized an


Could you start speaking now, please?


A watersport Id like to try is scuba diving.

There was a famous movie called Thunderball where James Bond went scuba diving.

The movie was made in 1965 and it starred Sean Connery.

In the movie James Bond had to recover two atomic bombs that were stolen by a secret

organization called Spectre.

It was very successful.

The movie earned more than a hundred and forty million dollars worldwide.

In the movie, James Bond...

The topic on Jays cue card is a water sport hed like to try, but hes talking about

a movie.

The examiner will consider thisoff topicand will l have to ignore the language hes


This will seriously affect Jays score.

Its good to memorize words and phrases, but memorizing whole sentences is probably

not good, and certainly not a whole talk.

Im sure well be friends for many years to come because we have so much in common.

The time flew by and we suddenly realized it was midnight and my friends had to get

up early

Thank you.

Can I have your question card and your paper and pencil, please?

Thank you.

Dont worry if the examiner interrupts you.

Theyll interrupt you after you have spoken for two minutes, so thats a good thing!

One last tip.

Sometimes when youre giving your talk, you might be able to express a regret.

So you can say how you wish things were different now, or had been different in the past.

If you can, its a great way to show off your grammatical range.

Lets see some examples.

I wish I could swim.

If I knew how to swim, I could enjoy water sports.

If wed known the restaurant was noisy, wed have gone somewhere else.

Do you see what they did there?

They used complex conditional sentences to express regret.

You cant always do this because its not possible with all topics.

But sometimes you can and using complex structures can show off your grammatical range.

So now you know how part two of the speaking exam works.

Make sure youve subscribed to both our channels so you dont miss our videos on

part three.

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Bye for now.

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