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IELTS Speaking Sample 19

Part One – Introduction and interview

[This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview. …]

Examiner: Good afternoon. How are you?
Answer: Good afternoon. I am fine. Thank you.

Examiner: How old are you?
Answer: I am 19 years old. In this coming December, I will turn to 20.

Examiner: What is your full name?
Answer:  My name is Fang Hua.

Examiner: Does your name have any special meaning?
Answer: Yes, it has a special meaning. My name is Fang Hua. The first part of my name suggests a pleasant smell while the second part refers to prosperity.

Examiner: Is your name important to you?
Answer: Definitely, my name is important to me. It is a tradition of my family that the names should be meaningful. I guess my name is the word(s) I listen several times a day. This very name represents my identity and I guess everyone’s name is important to him.

Examiner: Do you still remember your school days?
Answer: Yes. I can remember these days very clearly. In fact, those were the best days of my life.

Examiner: What impressed you most when you were at university/college?
Answer: The first thing that impressed me was the freedom the students were given. Again, I was fascinated with the way teachers delivered lectures to the classes. They did not use any textbooks, rather used some sort of presentations to make the topics clear to the students.

Examiner: What do you do for a living?
Answer: Currently, I am a student of undergraduate level. I depend on my family for my expenses. My father is an engineer while my mother is a homemaker. At present, I am trying to get some part-time jobs but actually, I am not getting the right one for me. Already I have applied in some organizations to be their interns or to get any suitable job there.

Examiner: Is getting this part-time job important to you?
Answer: Uhh… at this stage, this is important for me to have some sort of part-time job. Frankly speaking, I want to be independent. So, I need a job. If I can manage that, I would be able to bear all my expenses and financially I would be self-dependant.
Part 2  Individual long turn (Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card)

Part 2 – Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card


Describe a character or person who was your childhood hero.

You should say:

  • who he/she was
  • is he/she still your hero
  • why you consider him/her your childhood hero

and say what his/her influences was on you as a kid.

[ You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Examiner: Alright? Remember you have one to two minutes for this, so don’t worry if I stop you. I’ll tell you when the time is up. Can you start speaking now, please?


IELTS Cue Card Sample 587 – Describe a character or person who was your childhood hero


Part 3 – Two-way Discussion

Q. What happens when young people lack good role models?
Thank you for this great question. There are numerous troubles that can occur when young people do not have any role model to follow. They get derailed and lack the sense of morality and courtesy. Passing time in unproductive activities becomes more prevalent among them. But if they had a role model, they could follow the traits. Basically, the role models influence people in becoming passionate in creative activities. And if there are role models for the youths, they would be able to learn new skills and practice the that in their daily life. And when they do not have any role model, they do whatever they want without considering the detrimental impacts of such acts.

Q. Do you agree that you should never meet your heroes? Why?
A. Well, I do not agree with the statement. Heroes occupy some emotional spaces in mind. They are the admiring characters. Meeting with them help to know more about them. And at least people can take a photo with the hero to make the moment remarkable. Additionally, heroes often give advice and inspiration for doing some good deeds. Therefore, I think that meeting someone’s hero in real life is important unless the hero is a fictitious character like the superman.

Q. Why our childhood heroes are different from our adulthood heroes? Why?
A. Childhood is the best part of our life. Childhood is filled with enjoyment and unbound possibilities and dreams. Children, in most of the cases, are in love with their heroes. They actually live in the world of fantasy. So, they cannot value the real-life issues. When a hero jumps from a tall building, they think this is the most attractive feature of the hero and start admiring the character. In adulthood, people get many insights and there is a change in mental faculty. They start analyzing everything based on reality. And thus the fantasies are long gone. They know how to evaluate everything and accordingly, their heroes change. The adults are no longer interested in those childhood characters. Rather they seek real-life heroes like a successful industrialist, businessman or a celebrity. Based on the grounds, I think the childhood and adulthood heroes are different and it is quite natural.

Q. Do you think musicians and athletes can become good role model from young people? Why?/ why not?
A. Yes, musicians and athletes could be good role models for young people. In fact, becoming an athlete or a musician is a challenging task. Someone needs to spend years to gain skills in their respective fields. They have patience, talent and many other great qualities. Actually, without exercising the qualities, they would not have been successful at all. Moreover, musicians and athletes can inspire young to follow their trait and nurture their hidden talents. So, if they are represented to the young generation, I believe they could play a good role of model for them.

Q. How our real-life heroes are different from heroes from comics and movies?
A. Well, the comic book heroes perform many daunting tasks and have extraordinary powers. They jump off from taller structures, injure lots of villains, save the innocent people and many more heroic activities. But the real life is completely different from the situations drawn from the comic books and our real-life heroes are simple human like us. Fighting alone with several people may not always be feasible.  The comic book heroes are fictitious characters and have the superpower to solve problems. But real life heroes spend lots of hours to get desired success. They also have to deal with many adverse situations of life and get back from the situations with their smartness and skills. In a word, painting heroism is different than being a hero in real life. Therefore, the comic book heroes are different than real life heroes.

Q. Should parents read books to children? Why? why not?
A. Ahhh… I am against this view. The parents should allow their grown-up children to read a book by themselves. It will help increase reading skills for the children. Besides, children will get more entertainment if they read books for them than their parents. Reading books will also increase their vocabularies that they can exercise in their daily life. If parents read books for them, they will not have the chance. However, I would definitely agree that parents should read books to young children who are yet to learn reading.

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