IELTS Speaking- Part 1 Topics


  1. Can you describe your job to me?

  2. How long have you been doing it?

  3. What things do you enjoy about your work? Why?

  4. What do you think is the attraction of your work?

  5. What are your plans for the future?



  1. Can you tell me about your family?

  2. Would you like to live in a big family?

  3. What do your family do?

  4. Is the generation gap between you and your parents a big problem for you?


1) Have you ever collected anything as a hobby? (What?)

2) What kinds of thing do people often like collecting?

3) Why do you think people collect certain objects?

4) Is there anything that you would like to collect in the future?


1. Do you like parks?

2. How often do you visit parks?

3. Why are parks an important part of many towns and cities?

4. What do you think could be done to make parks better?


1. What games are popular in your country?

2. Do you play any games?

3. How do people learn to play games in your country?

4. Do you think it's important for people to play games?




1. Do you live in a house or an apartment?    

2. Which is your favourite room in your home? Why?

3. Would you change anything about your home? Why / why not?

4. Would you like to move to a different home in the future?


1. Do you like reading?

2. Do you usually read for leisure or for work purposes?

3. What was your favourite book or story when you were a child?

4. Do you think it's important that children read regularly?

Language learning-

1.Do you like learning languages?

2.How did you learn the languages that you know?

3. Why do people learn more than one language?

4. Do you think that all children should learn foreign languages at school?


1. Where are you from?

2. Do you like your home town? (Why?)

3. Would you prefer to live somewhere else? (Why?)

4. Do you think your home town is a good place for young people? (Why?)


1. Do you like cooking? Why / why not?

2. Who did the cooking in your family when you were a child?

3. Do you think that it's important to know how to cook well?

4. Do you think that children should be taught cookery at school?


1. Do you like walking?

2. Do you think walking is important?

3. Do you think walking in the countryside is better than walking in the city?

4. What could be done to improve the experience of walking in cities?


1. What sports or physical activities do you regularly do?

2. Which sport or game would you like to be good at?

3. Do you prefer watching or playing sports?

4. Do you think children should be encouraged to do more sport?


1) Did you play with toys when you were a child?

2) What kinds of toys did you like?

3) In your country, do boys and girls play with the same types of toys?

4) Do you think that toys help children to learn?


1. How often do you make telephone calls?

2. Who do you spend most time talking to on the telephone?

3. When do you think you'll next make a telephone call?

4. Do you sometimes prefer to send a text message instead of telephoning?


1. Are your friends mostly your age or different ages?

2. Do you usually see your friends during the week or at weekends?

     3. The last time you saw your friends, what did you do together?

4. In what ways are your friends important to you?

Musical instruments-

1. Which musical instrument do you like listening to most? (Why?)

2. Have you ever learned to play a musical instrument?

3. Do you think children should learn to play an instrument at school?

4. How easy would it be to learn to play an instrument without a teacher?


1. Are clothes and clothing fashions important to you? (Why/Why not?)

2. What different clothes do you wear for different situations?

3. Do you wear different styles of clothes now compared to 10 years ago?

4. Do you think the clothes we wear say something about who we are?


1. How do you usually keep in touch with members of your family?

2. Do you prefer to speak to people by phone or by writing emails?

3. Do you ever write letters by hand? (Why / Why not?)

4. Is there anything you dislike about mobile phones?

Emails and Handwriting-

At work or in your studies, do you often write things?

How often do you send e-mails?

Do you prefer to write by hand or on a computer?

Do you think computers might one day replace handwriting?

Travel habits-

1. What form of transport do you prefer to use? Why?

2. How much time do you spend travelling on a normal day?

3. What do you do while you are travelling?

4. Do you ever have problems with transport?


1) Do you have a favourite number or a number that is special to you?

2) Do any numbers have special importance in your country?

3) Are you good at remembering numbers? Why / why not?

4) What numbers do people often have to memorise?


1) Do you like music?

2) What kind of music did you listen to when you were young?

3) When was the last time you went to a concert?

4) Would you like to participate in a live music show?

Spending time-

1) How much time do you spend at home?

2) Do you prefer to spend your free time at home or outside the house?

3) What do you do when you have some free time and you're at home?

4) Would you like to have more spare time to spend at home in the future?


1) What type of photos do you like taking?

2) What do you do with photos you take?

3) When you visit other places, do you take photos or buy postcards?

4) Do you like people taking photos of you?


1) How did your parents choose your name?

2) Does your name have any special meaning?

3) Is your name common or unusual in your country?

4) If you could change your name, would you?


1. What do you do when you have a holiday?

2. Who do you usually spend holiday with?

3. Where do you like to spend your holidays? Why?

4. Why are holidays and important to you?


  1. How much time do you spend shopping every week?

  2. Do you enjoy going shopping? Why (not)?

  3. What is your favourite shop and why do you like it?

  4. What problems are there with shopping in your area?

IELTS Speaking- Part 2- Task Cards

Describe a prize that you would like to win. You should explain

- what the prize is for
- how you know about it
- what you would have to do to win it
- and why you would like to win this prize.


Describe an aim or goal that you hope to achieve in the future.
You should say

- what the aim is
- when you hope to achieve it
- what you need to do to reach your goal
- and why this goal is important to you.


Describe an indoor game that you enjoyed as a child. You should say

- what the game was
- where you played it
- who played this game with you
- and why you liked it


Describe a school that you went to when you were a child. You should say

- where the school was
- when you went there
- what the school and the teachers were like
- and explain whether you enjoyed your time there.


Describe a family celebration that you remember. You should say

- what you were celebrating
- who was present
- what you and your family did to make the celebration special
- and why you enjoyed the occasion.



 Describe a positive experience that you had as a teenager. You should say

- what the positive experience was
- where you were
- who you were with
- and explain why you found the experience positive.


Describe a subject that you think should be removed from school education programmes. You should say

- what the subject is
- why you think it is unnecessary for children to study it
- and explain what you would replace it with.



Describe an interesting conversation you had with someone you didn't know. You should say

- who the person was
- where the conversation took place
- what you talked about
- and explain why you found the conversation interesting.


Describe a future plan which is not related to work or study. You should say

- what the plan is
- when you thought of the plan
- who is involved in the plan
- and say how you think you will achieve the plan.



 Describe your favourite season in your country. You should say

- when that season is
- what the weather is like at that time of year
- how that season is different from other seasons
- and why it is your favourite season.


Why season changes. Do you feel curious to know about winter season in other country

Describe a recent event that made you happy.
You should say:

  • when and where it was

  • who was involved

  • what happened

  • and explain why it made you happy.


Describe a plant grown in your country. You should say

- what the plant is
- where it is grown
- why you like or dislike it
- and explain why it is important to your country


Describe an open-air or street market which you enjoyed visiting. You should say:

- where the market is
- what the market sells
- how big the market is
- and explain why you enjoyed visiting it.


Describe a funny situation that made you laugh. You should say -

- when this situation took place
- what happened
- how you reacted and why you found the situation funny.



 Describe a team project that you worked on. You should say:

  • what it was

  • what you did

  • and how you felt about it.


Describe a piece of furniture that you own. You should say

- what it is
- where you bought it
- how you use it
- and explain why you like it.


Describe an old building that you like. You should say:

  • where it is

  • what it is used for

  • and why you like it.


Describe a TV programme or channel that you enjoy watching regularly.

  • What it is called and what is it about?

  • When do you usually watch it?

  • Why do you prefer it to other programmes or channels?


Describe a vehicle you would like to buy in the future. You should say

  • what kind of vehicle it is

  • what you would use it for

  • and why you would like to buy it.



Describe a situation in which you were very polite. You should explain

  • where the situation took place

  • how you showed that you were polite

  • and why you needed to be so polite.



Describe a foreign culture that you like. You should say

  • what culture it is and how you know about it

  • what differences there are between that culture and your own

  • and why you like that foreign culture.


Describe a website that you often use. You should say:

  • what type of website it is

  • how you found out about it

  • what it allows you to do, and why you find it useful.


Describe a beautiful garden that you like. You should say
- where it is
- what you can see there
- what people do there
and explain why you like it.


Describe a situation that made you angry. You should say

- when it happened
- what happened
- how you felt


Describe an artist or entertainer you admire
You should say

  • who they are and what they do

  • how they became successful

  • how you found out about them

  • and why you admire them


Describe an interesting lesson that you attended.H
You should say

  • where you attended this lesson

  • what it was about

  • and why you found it interesting



Describe a practical skill that you have learnt (e.g. cooking, driving).

You should say

  • what the skill is

  • how you learnt it

  • why you learnt it

  • and how this skill has helped you.



 Describe a person you admire.
You should say:

  • who the person is

  • what he or she is like

  • and why you admire him or her.


Describe an interesting advertisement that you have seen.

You should say:

  • where you saw it

  • what it was about

  • why you think it was an interesting advertisement.



Describe a toy that was special to you when you were a child.
You should say:

- when you got it
- what it looked like
- who gave it to you
- and how you used it or played with it.


Describe a wild animal from your country.
You should say

  • what the animal is and what it looks like

  • where it lives

  • and explain how people in your country (or you) feel about this animal.



Describe a family (not your own family) that you like. You should say

how you know this family
who the people in the family are
what the members of the family are like
and explain why you like this family.