IELTS Speaking Guide: Giving Answers with a Reason (Topic: Home)

In the first section of the IELTS speaking test, the examiner will ask 3-4 questions about 1 topic.  You will normally be asked about 3 different topics.

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Tip:  Never give one-word answers.  Always give a reason for your answer; do not make the examiner ask you, Why?

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Example:  Do you spend a lot of time outdoors?

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Answer:  Yes, I do go outside a lot because I enjoy taking walks and breathing fresh air.

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Vocabulary Building-Warm-Up

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Look at the following categories.  Choose a letter and try to think of as many words as possible that are related to each category.

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Example:  Letter:  T

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                  Category:  Items in a kitchen

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                  Possible Answers: teapot, tea, table, tap, towels, Tupperware.

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Use the following categories for each letter that you choose.

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Items in a kitchen

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Furniture

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Things you hang on a wall

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Items in a bathroom

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Rooms in a house

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Things in a living room

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Colors you paint a house

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Dishes you cook

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Activities in a living room

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In order to prepare properly for the exam, you need to think about how you would answer a question and give the reason for your answer.

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1.  How would you describe your home?

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Answer:  ______________________________________

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Reason: ______________________________________

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Complete Sentence: __________________________________________ because __________________________________________

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2.  Do you see yourself living in your home for a long time?

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Answer:  ______________________________________

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Reason: ______________________________________

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Complete Sentence: __________________________________________ because __________________________________________

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3.  What is your ideal home?

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Answer:  ______________________________________

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Reason: ______________________________________

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Complete Sentence: __________________________________________ because __________________________________________

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4.  Do you like your home?

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Answer:  ______________________________________

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Reason: ______________________________________

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Complete Sentence: __________________________________________ because __________________________________________

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5.  What is your favorite room in your home?

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Answer:  ______________________________________

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Reason: ______________________________________

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Complete Sentence: __________________________________________ because __________________________________________

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6.  If you could redecorate your home, what would you do?

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Answer:  ______________________________________

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Reason: ______________________________________

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Complete Sentence: __________________________________________ because __________________________________________

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7.  What dont you like about your home?

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Answer:  ______________________________________

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Reason: ______________________________________

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Complete Sentence: __________________________________________ because __________________________________________

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Speaking Activity:  Practice asking and answering the above questions with a partner.  Try not to use your notes.

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Listening Activity:  Practice asking the questions again but this time, write down your partners answers and think of a follow-up question to ask.

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Partners Answers and Follow-up questions.

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1.  Answer:  _____________________________________________________________________________

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Follow-up Question:  ____________________________________________________________________

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2.  Answer:  _____________________________________________________________________________

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Follow-up Question:  ____________________________________________________________________

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3.  Answer:  _____________________________________________________________________________

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Follow-up Question:  ____________________________________________________________________

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4.  Answer:  _____________________________________________________________________________

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Follow-up Question:  ____________________________________________________________________

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5.  Answer:  _____________________________________________________________________________

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Follow-up Question:  ____________________________________________________________________

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6.  Answer:  _____________________________________________________________________________

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Follow-up Question:  ____________________________________________________________________

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7.  Answer:  _____________________________________________________________________________

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Follow-up Question:  ____________________________________________________________________

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