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

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 memorized answers.  Try to speak naturally without sounding like you have memorized a speech.

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Example:  Do you enjoy your studies?

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Answer:  Yes, I do because this is a field that has continually inspired me since my childhood.

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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:

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Letter:  T

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Category:      Jobs

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 Possible Answers: teacher, technician, therapist, trainer, tennis coach

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Use the following categories for each letter that you choose.

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Jobs

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Furniture in a dorm room

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Things in a classroom

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Items in an office

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School subjects

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Things you do at work

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Professional skills

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Reasons to go to college

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Things on a college campus

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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.  Why did you choose your job?

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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 working at this job 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 job?

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Answer:  ______________________________________

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Reason: ______________________________________

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Complete Sentence: __________________________________________ because __________________________________________

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4.  Do you enjoy your studies?

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Answer:  ______________________________________

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Reason: ______________________________________

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Complete Sentence: __________________________________________ because __________________________________________

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5.  Why did you choose this major?

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Answer:  ______________________________________

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Reason: ______________________________________

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Complete Sentence: __________________________________________ because __________________________________________

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6.  What do you plan to do after graduation?

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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 studies?

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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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4.  Answer:  _____________________________________________________________________________

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5.  Answer:  _____________________________________________________________________________

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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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