IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
Describe a memorable childhood experience.
You should say:
- who was with you
- where it took place
- what you did
and explain why it is memorable.
Childhood is a time when everything is magical and pleasant. The possibility and dreams are vast and things become happier in childhood. Everybody has childhood memories and among them some are pleasant and some are sad. I have various childhood memories and I would like to talk about my childhood memory related to my first day at school.
I was about 5 years old when my parents got me admitted in a local school. I had a fascination of going to school from 3-4 years as I recall and when my father finally announced that I’ll get admitted in the coming January, I felt like being in heaven.
I imagined the school would be a great place and I would have lots of friends and I would study there. On the day, my parents took me to the school that I saw in the past many times from outside but never entered. After entering the school, I find myself anxious about everything.
I was unsure what to do, who to talk to, what to do when the teachers would ask questions and many such things. After my father submitted some necessary papers and fees to the admission department, they gave me new books, a temporary Identity Card and a syllabus. I started feeling comfortable after I found that some of our neighbouring kids were already in this very school and they came to me and talked to me. This took place in my hometown where I grew up and I had been to this school for the next 4 years.
To my surprise, one of the teachers asked my parents to leave me and told me to attend the classes. I was not at all prepared to join the class but I found I had little choice over that. My parents spent few times and advised me how to behave, how to listen to teachers and many more tips. After my parents abandoned me, I was frightened for few moments and sat at a corner of the class. The teacher asked to come forward and introduce myself. I found I was unable to walk and talk. But in few minutes my hesitation got away and I was talking about myself.
The teacher appreciated me and some of the new classmates came forward and greeted me. I started enjoying the class and teachers and found that I started loving my school. Later on, I got admitted in college, university and many other places but the memory of the first day at primary school was totally different and I still remember the day evidently.
Tips for answering this cue card topic:
You are asked to talk about any event from your childhood which you still remember. This event does not have to be a big event like a sporting success or a visit to a famous place. You can talk about virtually anything that you think was interesting and you can describe comfortably.
Try to talk about something that you would be able to talk fluently. While in the phase of 1-2 minutes for the cue card, many things from your childhood might pop-up in your mind. But pick the thing that you would be able to talk in details.
Some of the common things that we usually remember from our childhood and this list was made to help you generating some ideas to talk about:
1. Your first day at school.
2. Your birthday celebration that you enjoyed.
3. A fight with a friend!
4. A brave thing you did as a child.
5. An expected gift that you got.
6. Something interesting you did.
7. Something naughty you did.
8. A dangerous experience from your childhood.
Not necessarily you have to talk about an interesting and enjoyable thing from your childhood. You can talk about any negative experience you have had in your childhood; like, a death of a relative could be a memorable event that you can’t forget.
Try to make the description interesting and give an impression that you are reciting your memory. Being able to give much detail about the experience and making the topic interesting would help you get a good score.
If you can answer this cue card topic, you should also be able to talk about the following topics:
1. Describe one of the happy memories in your life.
2. Describe a memorable event of your life.
3. Describe a childhood friend.
4. Describe a celebration that you enjoyed.
5. Talk about your first day at school.
6. Describe a negative experience you had in your childhood.