IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
Describe a project or a piece of work you did together with someone.
You should say:
- what it was
- what you have done
- why you have chosen this person(s) to work with
and explain what you did to finish the project.
Model Answer 1:
Currently, I am a student at a university and we have to do group assignments and presentations. I would like to tell you about the group assignment that I have done with one of my friends from the University.
Last semester we had a course on Company Law and one of the assessments for this course was an assignment. We have a case law and we needed to prepare an ILAC (Issue, Law, Application and Conclusion) for this case.
When we have to do a group work, usually, I start the initial part and take necessary initiatives. I try to prepare a draft that we might read, check and change later to make it more appropriate. when I complete this revision, we start our work. Also, at the same time, my teammates prepare their drafts in order to have some information to compare.
The project I am talking about was a university project on ILAC and I worked on it with the collaboration of another student of my class. His name was Michael. He and I come from the same city and study in the same university. I chose this person because he also studies very well at the university and was quite cooperative. Both of us are doing the same degree and the same majors (accounting and finance). I believe that it is important to have cooperative and active team members in a group project or assignment. People with the same goals and mindsets can work smoothly together and can perform better. Additionally, I respect this person and value him as a good friend and good student. One of the most important aspects, why I worked with this particular student, was that he was very supportive, intelligent, reliable.
We had to prepare for the project from the very beginning. Both Michael and I prepared our drafts and to-do list to set our goal. Afterwards, we had to read a lot of reference books and case studies to finish our projects. A lot of discussions, debates, and coffee were needed to finish our assignment. We were very glad to be awarded the grade ‘A’ for our assignment.
[ by – Natalia Svetlova ]
Sample Answer 2:
During my last semester, I underwent a thesis with two of my friends. And in fact, it was my group thesis. We three had to struggle a lot for collecting data from the primary sources. Besides, there were plenty of mistakes found in the literature. We all had to make the thesis perfect.
The thesis was about population distribution in rural and city areas and how to control the population flow. Definitely, it was a difficult task for us for some reasons. First of all, this was the very first thesis of our life. Actually, being the very first one, our teacher has asked us to make it in a group. Accordingly, we prepared for everything and did the project together. But on the way to completion, we had to experience a large number of troubles for being newbies in this arena of research and analysis.
I was responsible for preparing questionnaire for the thesis. In fact, we had to take interview of some of the people and the selection process was random. So, I had to prepare the questions in line with the thesis theme. By the same time, I had to care about the issue that there should be no irrelevant questions in the questionnaire lest the respondents do not feel irritated or disturbed. So, to prepare the questions, I took help from many other similar questionnaires. But it was hard to make the suitable questions. Besides, the formatting of the questions was also troublesome as I had never done such a work before. I was unable to find out the right format for me to place the questions. Developing the questions was also difficult and I overcome all the issues finally.
Steve and Smith were with me. I formed my team with them based on some special criteria. Firstly, they are my intimate buddies and we have a nice coordination. If I picked someone else, I think I would have been troubled more. They understand me while the things are similar to me. The coordination among us is excellent and we did some other projects before. But this was a large one in size and took more time than the usual projects. A thesis is completely a dissimilar type of work than the usual assignment. But we realised the issue much later. We had to face some extreme challenges to complete the thesis. Further, the teacher who assigned us the thesis was out of the country for attending some sort of conference. As a result, we all had to wait for his return and got delayed in submitting the thesis paper.
To complete the thesis, I had to do some special sort of things in line with the others. Data collection was the most important aspect in thesis completion. To gather the data, we had to take interviews of some people both in rural and city areas. Cleaning the data and analyse them was the other greatest obstacles we experienced so far. Writing the report took a bit time. But the most unmanageable issue was the report writing. I was assigned to write the report as well but it took several attempts to complete the report and get it checked by the teacher. Finally, after lots of efforts, we were able to complete the project and it took around three months for us. It was really an interesting experience for me and others as well.
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Your ability to talk about this Cue Card would enable you to talk about the following Cue Cards as well:
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