IELTS Speaking Part 2 and Part 3 tips

by Louisa / 07 February 2019 / No Comments

IELTS speaking tests natural English. You don’t need to use very sophisticated language. You do need to show natural English, good pronunciation and intonation and appropriate language for the task.
Part 1 is relatively easy so we are going to concentrate on parts 2 and parts 3


IELTS part 2

The Test:
Talk for 1-2 minutes on a theme. You will be given a card with a question and prompts on it. You have 1 minute to prepare.

Typical questions:
Describe a person who has influenced you, a great teacher, food from your native country, an object that means a lot to you, a memorable place, celebrations/festivities, your family,

How to respond:
Use this method to respond: AWE which means: Answer, Why, Example. For example, if the question is: Describe someone who has influenced you…
You could Answer:
My mother has influenced me greatly.
Then, say Why.
This is because she…….
Then, give an Example
I remember one time….

Useful language:

Phrases and adjectives to describe people, things and places. Comparatives: it was one of the most special……, she was the best mother anyone could ask for. Language for concluding: All in all….
At the end of the day….. Everything considered……, Looking back I’d say…


IELTS Part 3

The Test:
3- 5 minutes. More conceptual. The interviewer will ask and respond and you should reply keeping to the topic.

Typical questions:
Often they concern changes, comparisons, predictions and opinions. E.g. view on advertising, how has the role of family changed, should individuals respond to environmental challenges, biggest challenges for the next generation, does your school influence your future prospects

How to respond:
Take your time. Think out loud in English. Use phrases like:
That’s a difficult question.
Mm, let me think a second
It’s difficult to know for sure but I’d say..
Give your opinion and explain why
I think the school can influence your future prospects absolutely. If you go to a good school, you have more chances to get a better education and then a good career.
If you need to say more, give an example
I was fortunate because my school was very good but some of my cousins really struggled due to poor teaching and expectations at their school.

Useful language:
Giving opinions: Personally, In my opinion.  Present perfect for talking about changes: Things have changed since I was at school. Comparatives: I think life was simpler then compared to now. Language for prediction: In the future I think things will be even tougher. Language to do with the environment.


Start speaking answers to typical questions out loud. Revise useful phrases, especially for giving opinions, describing changes and comparisons. Practice with a qualified Phone English teacher.
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About the author:

Louisa is Course Director at Phone English. She helped start Phone English after many years of teacher training and materials development at

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