IELTS Speaking: Part 1

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In Part 1, you have to talk about THREE topics: (A) your home town OR your work/study AND (B and C) two more topics. The topics are familiar. You are expected to talk fluently and easily for a total of 4 or 5 minutes.


Choose ONE of the two boxes below. (These are very common topics – practice them with your friends!)

Let?s talk about your home/home town or village.

  • What kind of place is it?
  • What?s the most interesting part of your home area?
  • What kind of jobs do the people in your town/village do?
  • Is your home town changing?
  • Would you say it is a good place to live? Why?
  • What changes would you like to make to your home town?
  • What’s your favourite part of your house?
  • What would you like to change in your house?


Let’s talk about what you do. Do you work or are you a student?


  • What’s your job?
  • Why did you choose that kind of work?
  • How long have you been doing it?
  • What is a typical day like at your work?
  • Are there things you don?t like about it? What are they?


  • What subjects are you studying?
  • Why did you choose those subjects? How long have you been studying them?
  • Do you enjoy them? Why?
  • Are there many job opportunities for you?
  • What is the best thing about studying?

Now talk about BOTH of these green boxes, B and C.


Now, let’s talk about food.

  • Do you like cooking?
  • What is your favourite meal?
  • Do you think that people will eat the same things in twenty years as they eat now? Why/why not?



Let’s move on to talk about music.

  • Do you enjoy listening to music?
  • Do you prefer to listen to traditional or modern music? Why?
  • Do you think children should learn to play a musical instrument? Why/why not?

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After you have tried the topics above, go to Part 2 of the Speaking Test

  • Download tips for the IELTS Speaking Test (Word version) (Adobe Acrobat version).
  • Don’t forget to check YouTube for examples of Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3 Speaking!
  • Here’s one of the best resources out there: from the Australia Network television service, an excellent series of videos and other resources. Start with this cheerful video from Lester Chin. You can download videos and transcripts. Amazing resource: Highly recommended!