IELTS Speaking practice with a video

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Anna Large


Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, business owner in the UK


Stay focused. Smile at the examiner and maintain good eye contact. Try not to hesitate too much: think before you say something. Try to learn useful spoken language that will give you additional time to think before you say something and have plenty of practice!Anna Large

You are going to listen to the interview and study the questions and answers. I’ve written the questions here for you so you can follow the interviewer. You can simply listen to the answers provided by the student. Afterwards, you will prepare the answers that will apply to you. Before you do this though, you will need to learn some useful vocabulary related to the topic of friends.

Questions about your friends

Let’s talk about what you do. Do you work or are you a student? What job do you do?
Do you meet interesting people in your job?
How long have you been doing this sort of work?
Let’s go on to talk about friends now. Are your friends mostly your age or different ages?
Do you usually see your friends during the week or at weekends?
The last time you saw your friends, what did you do together?
In what way are your friends important to you?

Food and cooking

I’d like to move on and talk about food and cooking. What kind of food would you like to eat?
What kind of new food would you like to try?
Do you like cooking?
What was the last meal you cooked?
Do you like cooking?
What was the last meal you cooked?

Questions about famous people

We’ve been talking about a well-known person you admire and I’d like to discuss you some general questions related to this. Let’s consider first all famous people in your country. What kind of people become famous nowadays?
Why do you think politicians and movie stars are popular throughout the world?
How would you compare the famous people today with the famous people in the past?
Do you really think that famous people in the past behaved better or is it just because we don’t know what they did?
What kinds of people do you think will be famous in the future?
Did you mention that in the future people who are more worthy of fame are scientists and writers?

Questions about celebrity culture

Let’s go on and talk about celebrity culture. For example, how are famous people used in advertising?
Do you think people would buy something because of famous people?
Do you think there could be some negative effects because of this culture especially?
Thank you very much. It’s the end of the interview.

Part 1 questions about your food habits

Examiner: Do you like to cook?
Anna: I love cooking. I’m not really keen on take aways and ready-made meals anymore because I don’t really want to put on any more weight. I have to be really careful about what I eat, especially if you are surrounded by young girls that are skinny. So basically, I prepare food at home but, you know, sometimes, I do indulge in a muffin or an almond croissant with a cup of Starbucks latte.

Examiner: What time do you usually eat dinner?
Anna: My main meal is at random times depending on when I get hungry. If I stay at work and start feeling peckish, I end up piggying out at my university’s canteen. And I must say, the portions are humungous!! I can’t take the feeling of being hungry really so I don’t tend to starve myself to death 😉 So, in the end, I don’t eat at home. And if I go home earlier, I do grab a bite to eat on the way so as a result I spoil my appetite!

Examiner: Are there any types of food you don’t like?
Anna: Only if it looks unappetising! I’m not really that fussy with food but I know for sure that I won’t be eating maggots as a snack! I used to eat like a horse but I have to be strict with my diet more these days. When I go to the gym, for example, I work up quite an appetite

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