IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Developing your answer

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There are several ways of answering the IELTS Speaking Part 2 question or cue card question. The structure I would like to prefer for answering these questions is a 5 paragraph structure.

Many candidates worry for answering a cue card questions in 5 paragraphs in a single stretch in just 2 minutes, when I told them for the first time. They gave me a weird look and said we cannot do.

I asked them if I split these four questions and asked them one-by-one, are they able to answer me on 4 questions just like part 1 and all of them said – YES.

So, that’s the trick. We will answer all the above 4 questions one-by-one and connect them using appropriate connectives or stocked phrases.

Sample Cue Card: Click here for answer
Describe an exciting sport you know

  • what the sport is
  • how you know about it
  • is it difficult

and explain why you think it is exciting.

5 paragraph structure:

  1. Opening Statement
  2. Answer first question
  3. Answer second question
  4. Answer third question
  5. Answer the last question

Opening Statement:
Start with background statement on the topic (say: exciting sports). I believe this is the better way to start a topic giving a general statement about the topic. However, if a candidate would not be able to think over the topic in just one minute preparation time, then skip this part and start your answer from the first question only.

Answer first question:
I always prefer to start the first answer with a fluency phrase “well” and pick a stock phrase like – there are several [exciting/thrilling sports] in which I [participated] in the recent past but I would like to talk about…
Let’s try to build the above statement in some other topic say place, person, and electronic item.
Well, I visited several places in the recent past but I would like to talk about one of the most popular destination of our country called…
Well, I admire many people in my life but I would like to talk about one of the most popular celebrity of Hollywood… that is…
Electronic Item:
Well, I have purchased several electronic items in my recent past but I would like to talk about…

Answer second question
Further, I would like to mention that… [Answer the second question].

Answer third question
Moving to my next point which is [how difficult it was]. The main thing which I would like to highlight here is that… [Answer the third question].

Answer the last question:
Most of the time, you will find the last question as an opinion question. So, give your opinion at the last in a positive way. Use stock phrases as below to start the paragraph.
Finally, I would like to say that… [give your opinion] or
At last, in my opinion,… [give your opinion]

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